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  • May 02, 2019 8:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EVENTS COMING UP

    May 4 – Group ride starting at 9 am and cookout at noon at York River State Park (no official meeting this month.) Kirk and Penny will be grilling some burgers.  Please bring a side dish to share with the group.

    This is the same day as the Annual Burning of the Socks to kick off paddling season.  So you can ride, have lunch, then get in the water.  More info at https://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/events/burning-socks-canoe-kayak-season-kick

    June – We are hoping to plan a trip to Pocahontas State Park.  Come out for the day or plan to camp.  We are all busy so chime in if you are interested and which weekend is best.  Post on EVMA Chatter or email Melanie at melanie_storrs@yahoo.com.  We will likely discuss this at the next meeting.

    Sept. 20-22 – Tentative dates for fall Douthat trip.

    OTHER NOTES

    Photos Needed – The Newport News Department of Tourism is updating their website’s MTB Trails page and is requesting pictures of riders on Harwood’s Mill and Lake Maury trails. Please send any you have to mgrossdvm@mindspring.com.

    Need a new bike? – You’ve been thinking about it, and there are two upcoming events where you can take a spin on a new bike.  Mark your calendars and come on out:

    Sunday, May 12th – Rocky Mount Demo 11-3 at Pocahontas State Park

    Sunday, June 23rd – Trek Demo at Freedom Park 10 am-1pm

    Volunteer Needed – EVMA is seeking a new VP of trails.  Duties include collecting information from trail leaders and reporting to the group.  Please contact Mike Benton if you are interested.


  • April 03, 2019 6:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EVENTS COMING UP

    April 13 – Trail work at York River State Park starting at 9am.  There will be lunch and a brief meeting afterward.  Please bring shovels and gloves as we will start by working on the pump track.  Please bring a side dish (salad, chips, etc.) to share with the group for lunch.  Bring your bike for a group ride after lunch.

    April 28th – Weekend on your Wheels begins the spring season with a free pre-ride from 1pm to 3 pm.  Bring your young mountain biker, ages 3-17, out to enjoy the trails and have some fun.

    April 26-28 – The Raystown trip is Canceled due to a lack of interest.  If you were interested in going, don’t cancel your plans.  EVMA will not have the group site but there are plenty of camping sites available to book on your own.  If you are still going, post on EVMA Chatter to link up with others.

    May 4 – Group ride and meeting at York River State Park.  This is the same day as the Annual Burning of the Socks to kick off paddling season.  So you can ride, have lunch, then get in the water.  More info at https://www.visitwilliamsburg.com/events/burning-socks-canoe-kayak-season-kick

    June – We are hoping to plan a trip to Pocahontas State Park.  Come out for the day or plan to camp.  We are all busy so chime in if you are interested and which weekend is best.  Post on EVMA Chatter or email Melanie at melanie_storrs@yahoo.com.  We will likely discuss this at the next meeting.

    Sept. 20-22 – Tentative dates for fall Douthat trip.

    OTHER NOTES

    Photos Needed – The Newport News Department of Tourism is updating their website’s MTB Trails page and is requesting pictures of riders on Harwood’s Mill and Lake Maury trails. Please send any you have to mgrossdvm@mindspring.com.

    Need a new bike? – You’ve been thinking about it, and there are two upcoming events where you can take a spin on a new bike.  Mark your calendars and come on out:

    Saturday, May 11th – Rocky Mount Demo (Location and time TBD)

    Sunday, June 23rd – Trek Demo at Freedom Park 10 am-1pm

    Volunteer Needed – EVMA is seeking a new VP of trails.  Duties include collecting information from trail leaders and reporting to the group.  Please contact Mike Benton if you are interested.


  • March 07, 2019 10:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EVENTS COMING UP

    Saturday, March 9nd – No group ride or meeting this weekend.

    Night Rides – Night rides have ended this week.  I hope everyone had a chance to get out there and enjoy the cool nights.  Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward this weekend.

    April 28th – Weekend on your Wheels begins the spring season with a free pre-ride from 1pm to 3 pm.  Bring your young mountain biker, ages 3-17, out to enjoy the trails and have some fun.

    OTHER NOTES

    Raystown Survey – A spring trip to Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania is scheduled for April 25th-28th.  The cost may be $20 per site per night in the group site.  There will likely be potluck dinners both nights (maybe a taco night) and rides on Friday and Saturday.  You should receive a 1-question survey to help us determine who is going so we can adjust the costs.  Please respond.


  • February 28, 2019 7:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EVENTS COMING UP

    Saturday, March 2nd – Group ride and meeting are canceled due to weather.  Dirt Divas may still ride but check EVMA Chatter page for updates.  We are trying to reschedule for next weekend but details have not been finalized.

    Night Rides – This is the LAST WEEK to get in on night rides on Tuesday at Harwood’s Mill, Wednesday at New Quarter and Thursday at Freedom Park as time changes next weekend.  The group will leave at 6 pm sharp so please arrive by 5:45 pm.  Every rider must be out of the park by 8 pm.

    Please remember, stay with the group.  No single riders at night.  Dress for the weather.  Two lights are recommended for all riders.  All riders must sign in and parking passes are required at some parks.  Be safe and have fun!

    OTHER NOTES

    Raystown Survey – A spring trip to Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania is scheduled for April 25th-28th.  The cost may be $20 per site per night in the group site.  There will likely be potluck dinners both nights (maybe a taco night) and rides on Friday and Saturday.  You should receive a 1-question survey to help us determine who is going so we can adjust the costs.  Please respond.


  • February 18, 2019 7:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EVENTS COMING UP

    Sunday, February 24  - Trail work day at Lake Maury/Gatewood starting at 9 am.  This has not been an EVMA trail in the past but we have been asked to take over the maintenance here.  The plan is to do some cleanup, map the trails and get some signs posted.  Right now, EVMA has no plans to change the trail unless the city of Newport News requires it.   This trail is really fun so come out and help get this trail in shape to ride.  Also, thank you to Chris Scales who has volunteered to be the trail captain for this trail.

    Night Rides Tuesday and Thursday evenings – Night rides are on Tuesdays at Harwood’s Mill, Wednesdays at New Quarter and Thursdays at Freedom Park until time changes.  The group will leave at 6 pm sharp so please arrive by 5:45 pm.  Every rider must be out of the park by 8 pm.

    Please remember, stay with the group.  No single riders at night.  Dress for the weather.  Two lights are recommended for all riders.  All riders must sign in and parking passes are required at some parks.  Be safe and have fun!

    DO NOT ride in parks at night unless there in a scheduled, authorized ride.  Riding in parks after hours is trespassing and could cost you a fine and a trip to court.


  • February 13, 2019 9:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EVENTS COMING UP

    February 24  - Trail work day at Lake Maury/Gatewood starting at 9 am.  This has not been an EVMA trail in the past but we have been asked to take over the maintenance here.  The plan is to do some cleanup, map the trails and get some signs posted.  Right now, EVMA has no plans to change the trail unless the city of Newport News requires it.   This trail is really fun so come out and help get this trail in shape to ride.  Also, thank you to Chris Scales who has volunteered to be the trail captain for this trail.

    Night Rides Tuesday and Thursday evenings – Night rides are on Tuesdays at Harwood’s Mill, Wednesdays at New Quarter and Thursdays at Freedom Park until time changes.  The group will leave at 6 pm sharp so please arrive by 5:45 pm.  Every rider must be out of the park by 8 pm.

    Please remember, stay with the group.  No single riders at night.  Dress for the weather.  Two lights are recommended for all riders.  All riders must sign in and parking passes are required at some parks.  Be safe and have fun!

    DO NOT ride in parks at night unless there in a scheduled, authorized ride.  Riding in parks after hours is trespassing and could cost you a fine and a trip to court.

    OTHER NOTES

    Freedom Park -James City County is looking to do more events at Freedom Park in the next couple of years.  If you have some ideas, please bring them to the attention of the club.

    REI Grant – EVMA has used all of the Grant money given by REI.  We purchased a trailer and a number of tools to help with future trail work.  Thanks to everyone who helped with this process and REI for their generous grant.

    REI CEO change – Because of our partnership with REI, we were informed that the CEO stepped down this week.  Read more at https://www.rei.com/blog/rei-news/jerry-stritzke-resigns-as-rei-ceo-eric-artz-named-interim-ceo

    Job Opportunity -  REI in Virginia Beach is currently accepting applications for Sales Specialists: https://rei.jobs/careers/JobDetail/Retail-Sales-Specialist-Virginia-Beach/13059

    If you know anyone who may be interested, have them contact Kaitlyn Fox at kaifox@rei.com or 757-687-1938.

    Bike Repair Classes – For new riders or those that want to learn more about fixing their own bicycle, REI is offering some classes.  Here are a few opportunities at the VA Beach location:

    Flat Tire Repair Workshop                         3/11/19                6:00 PM               $30         REI VA Beach

    Bike Chains and Derailleurs Workshop    3/25/19                6:00 PM               $60         REI VA Beach



  • February 06, 2019 6:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EVENTS COMING UP

    February 24  - Trail work day at Lake Maury/Gatewood starting at 9 am.  This has not been an EVMA trail in the past but we have been asked to take over the maintenance here.  The plan is to do some cleanup, map the trails and get some signs posted.  This trail is really fun so come out and help get this trail is shape to ride.

    Night Rides Tuesday and Thursday evenings – Night rides are on Tuesdays at Harwood’s Mill, Wednesdays at New Quarter and Thursdays at Freedom Park.   The group will leave at 6 pm sharp so please arrive by 5:45 pm.  Every rider must be out of the park by 8 pm.

    Please remember, stay with the group.  No single riders at night.  Dress for the weather.  Two lights are recommended for all riders.  All riders must sign in and parking passes are required at some parks.  Be safe and have fun!

    OTHER NOTES

    Job Opportunity -  REI in Virginia Beach is currently accepting applications for Sales Specialists: https://rei.jobs/careers/JobDetail/Retail-Sales-Specialist-Virginia-Beach/13059.

    If you know anyone who may be interested, have them contact Kaitlyn Fox at kaifox@rei.com or 757-687-1938.

    Bike Repair Classes – For new riders or those that want to learn more about fixing their own bicycle, REI is offering some classes.  Here are a few opportunities at the VA Beach location:

    Trailside Bike Repair Workshop                  2/11/19                6:00 PM               $40        REI VA Beach

    Flat Tire Repair Workshop                            3/11/19                6:00 PM               $30         REI VA Beach

    Bike Chains and Derailleurs Workshop    3/25/19                6:00 PM               $60         REI VA Beach


  • January 30, 2019 6:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EVENTS COMING UP

    February 2 – This Saturday, group ride and Dirt Divas ride at Freedom Park starting at 10 am followed by lunch and a brief club meeting.  We would like to have a soup and sandwich lunch.  Mike G. has offered to bring a sandwich tray and Penny will bring dessert.  Thank you!  We need a few people to bring some soup.  Please post on EVMA chatter if you can help out or email me at melanie_storrs@yahoo.com.

    February 24  - Trail work day at Lake Maury/Gatewood starting at 9 am.  This has not been an EVMA trail in the past but we have been asked to take over the maintenance here.  The plan is to do some cleanup, map the trails and get some signs posted.  This trail is really fun so come out and help get this trail is shape to ride.

    Night Rides Tuesday and Thursday evenings – Night rides are on Tuesdays at Harwood’s Mill and Thursdays at Freedom Park.   The group will leave at 6 pm sharp so please arrive by 5:45 pm.  Every rider must be out of the park by 8 pm.

    Rides at New Quarter Park are cancelled for now due to a change in insurance requirements.  We are working to resolve this.

    Please remember, stay with the group.  No single riders at night.  Dress for the weather.  Two lights are recommended for all riders.  All riders must sign in and parking passes are required at some parks.  Be safe and have fun!


  • January 18, 2019 7:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EVENTS COMING UP

    January 19 – There will be a half marathon and 5K at Harwood’s Mill during the am hours.  Runners will be shuttled from the sports complex to the parking area, and will be running on the bike trails and fire roads.  The trails will be closed to bikes until noon on Saturday.

    February 2 – EVMA group ride and meeting.  More info coming soon.

    February 24  - Trail work day at Lake Maury/Gatewood starting at 9 am.  This has not been an EVMA trail in the past but we have been asked to take over the maintenance here.  The plan is to do some cleanup, map the trails and get some signs posted.  This trail is really fun so come out and help get this trail is shape to ride.

    Night Rides Tuesday and Thursday evenings – Night rides are on Tuesdays at Harwood’s Mill and Thursdays at Freedom Park.   The group will leave at 6 pm sharp so please arrive by 5:45 pm.  Every rider must be out of the park by 8 pm.

    Rides at New Quarter Park are cancelled for now due to a change in insurance requirements.  We are working to resolve this.

    Please remember, stay with the group.  No single riders at night.  Dress for the weather.  Two lights are recommended for all riders.  All riders must sign in and parking passes are required at some parks.  Be safe and have fun!


  • January 11, 2019 6:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EVENTS COMING UP

    January 12 – This Saturday, join EVMA for a trail work day at Wahrani starting at 9 am. It’s going to be cold so dress accordingly.  Bring your bike and ride afterward.

    January 19 – There will be a foot race at Harwood’s Mill during the am hours.  Runners will be shuttled from the sports complex to the parking area, and will be running on the bike trails and fire roads.  It is probably best to avoid these trails during this time.

    February 2 – EVMA group ride and meeting.  More info coming soon.

    February 24  - Trail work day at Lake Maury/Gatewood starting at 9 am.  This has not been an EVMA trail in the past but we have been asked to take over the maintenance here.  The plan is to do some cleanup, map the trails and get some signs posted.  This trail is really fun so come out and help get this trail is shape to ride.

    Night Rides Tuesday and Thursday evenings – Night rides are on Tuesdays at Harwood’s Mill and Thursdays at Freedom Park.   The group will leave at 6 pm sharp so please arrive by 5:45 pm.  Every rider must be out of the park by 8 pm.

    Rides at New Quarter Park are cancelled for now due to a change in insurance requirements.  We are working to resolve this.

    Please remember, stay with the group.  No single riders at night.  Dress for the weather.  Two lights are recommended for all riders.  All riders must sign in and parking passes are required at some parks.  Be safe and have fun!


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