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  • May 26, 2016 6:08 PM | Anonymous

    Hello EVMA Members, 

    Here's what's up in the wild world of local mountain biking:

    Events This Week 

    • Camping trip at Stokesville, VA May 27th-30th, during Trail Fest ($100 per person).   Register on BikeReg. Online Registration closes at 10pm tonight
    • Freedom Park Trails are Open and should remain open through Saturday. Sunday's weather forecast may muddy things up a bit, so call before you ride!

    Next Week

    • Saturday, June 4th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides. Noon: A brief Membership Meeting & Pizza lunch. We'll be discussing the fall camping trip and improvements to New Quarter Park and Wahrani Nature Trail. This meeting will be short and sweet!
    • Sunday, June 5th 9am Group Ride at NQP
    • Sunday, June 5th 1pm Youth Race Series at NQP:  Final Spring Season Race
    Future Rides and Events
    • August 6th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • October 1st 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • November 5th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • December 3rd 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides

    Trips

    • Sept 23rd - suggested date for fall trip - we'll be discussing options and dates at the June meeting!

    Enjoy your weekend!


  • May 20, 2016 4:21 PM | Anonymous

    Hello EVMA Members, 

    Here's what's up in the nutzo world of local mountain biking:

    Events This Week

    • May 21st 9am Group Ride Freedom Park* Weather permitting
    • May 22nd 9am Group Ride NQP
    • May 22nd 1pm Youth Race Series at NQP
    Kudos
    • A big "Thank You!" to the small group of volunteers who came out for the New Quarter Park Trail Work Day -  The raised trail has been removed, and any salvagable wood has been saved for future use.  If this was a moment of shock and awe for you, please join us at the EVMA Membership Meetings, where we discuss the pros and cons of these sorts of decisions months before taking action.
    Future Rides and Events
    • Youth Race Series at NQP:  Remaining Races Sundays at 1pm  May 22nd, June 5th
    • June 4th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • June 5th 9am Group Ride at NQP
    • August 6th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • October 1st 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • November 5th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • December 3rd 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides

    Trips

    • Raystown, PA,  April 28th - May 1st. $35 per tent, $50 per Camper/RV, not including food. Register
    • Stokesville, VA May 27th-30th, during Trail Fest ($100 per person).  See Trail Fest Page  for a look at last year's festivities (current event info does not appear to be available online) and Register on BikeReg.

    If you're into rain-dancing, PLEASE STOP, and have a great weekend! :-)


  • May 06, 2016 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    Hello EVMA Members, 

    Here's what's up in the soggy world of local mountain biking:

    Events This Week

    • Rain. So. Much. Rain.
    • Saturday's Group Rides & Meeting at Freedom Park have all been CANCELLED. Expect Freedom Park Trails to be closed Saturday, & possibly Sunday due to standing water on the trails.
    • Sunday, May 8th 9am Group Ride YRSP ** Trail Conditions Permitting**

    Up Next

    • Saturday, May 14th 8:45am - New Quarter Park Trail Work Day -  Demolition of raised trail - perfect for folks who like to break stuff. Bring work gloves. A pry bar or two might be helpfull as well. See the Event Page
    • May 14th Freedom Park Trails CLOSED for Single Track Maniac Race

    Future Rides and Events

    • May 21st 9am Group Ride Freedom Park
    • May 22nd 9am Group Ride NQP
    • Youth Race Series at NQP:  Remaining Races Sundays at 1pm  May 22nd, June 5th
    • June 4th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • June 5th 9am Group Ride at NQP
    • August 6th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • October 1st 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • November 5th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • December 3rd 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides

    Trips

    • Raystown, PA,  April 28th - May 1st. $35 per tent, $50 per Camper/RV, not including food. Register
    • Stokesville, VA May 27th-30th, during Trail Fest ($100 per person).  See Trail Fest Page  for a look at last year's festivities (current event info does not appear to be available online) and Register on BikeReg.

    Try to stay sane until the sun comes out, and have a great weekend!


  • April 22, 2016 1:37 PM | Anonymous

    Hello EVMA Members, 

    Here's what's up in the crazy world of local mountain biking:

    Events This Week

    • Sunday, April 24th New Quarter Park 9am EVMA Group Ride and Cook out - come ride at 9am, eat around noon, and cheer the kids on in the youth race! Kirk has volunteered to cook, we just need a few people to bring side dishes or desserts. Cook out 12 noon, Race start approximately 1:30pm. Leave comments or questions on the Facebook Event Page

    Thanks & Kudos

    • Thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped out with recent projects at Freedom Park, New Quarter Park, Harwood Mills, Wahrani and the pump track at York River State Park! Anyone who rides in these parks owes a trail volunteer a beer, and maybe a hug, but try starting with a just a beer and see how it goes. ;-)
    • Kudos to all of the Wednesdays on your Wheels race volunteers who were awarded an Outstanding Volunteer Award from York County for their fantastic work in running this fun and safe mountain bike race series for kids. Come out after the BBQ this Sunday to appreciate just how awsome this event is!

    Future Rides and Events

    • Youth Race Series at NQP:  Remaining Races Sundays at 1pm  April 24th, May 1st, May 22nd, June 5th
    • May 7th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • May 8th 9am Group Ride YRSP
    • May 14th Freedom Park Trails CLOSED for Single Track Maniac Race
    • May 21st 9am Group Ride Freedom Park
    • May 22nd 9am Group Ride NQP
    • June 4th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • June 5th 9am Group Ride at NQP
    • August 6th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • October 1st 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • November 5th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • December 3rd 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides

    Trips

    • Raystown, PA,  April 28th - May 1st. $35 per tent, $50 per Camper/RV, not including food. Register
    • Stokesville, VA May 27th-30th, during Trail Fest ($100 per person).  See Trail Fest Page

    We hope to see you at the cookout Sunday!


  • April 14, 2016 9:30 PM | Anonymous

    Hello EVMA Members, 

    Here's what's up in the ridiculously awesome world of local mountain biking:

    Events This Week

    • Saturday, April 16 8:45am Pump Track Work Day -  YRSP Meet in the maintenance area at 8:45 am. Bring work gloves. Tools will be provided. Facebook Event Page
    • April 17th 9am Group Ride Wahrani

    Future Rides and Events

    • Sunday April 24th NQP 9am EVMA Group Ride and Cook out - come ride, eat, and cheer the kids on in the youth race! We'll need a volunteer or two to cook, and a few people to bring side dishes. Cook out 12 noon, Race start approximately 1:30pm. Facebook Event Page
    • Youth Race Series at NQP: Pre-ride Sat April 2nd, Remaining Races Sundays at 1pm  April 24th, May 1st, May 22nd, June 5th
    • May 7th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • May 8th 9am Group Ride YRSP
    • May 14th Freedom Park Trails CLOSED for Single Track Maniac Race
    • May 21st 9am Group Ride Freedom Park
    • May 22nd 9am Group Ride NQP
    • June 4th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • June 5th 9am Group Ride at NQP
    • August 6th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • October 1st 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • November 5th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • December 3rd 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides

    Trips

    • Raystown, PA,  April 28th - May 1st. $35 per tent, $50 per Camper/RV, not including food. Register
    • Stokesville, VA May 27th-30th, during Trail Fest ($100 per person).  See Trail Fest Page

    We hope to see you this weekend!


  • April 08, 2016 7:05 PM | Anonymous

    Hello EVMA Members, 

    Here's what's up in the crazy world of local mountain biking:

    Events This Week

    • April 9th 8:45am Wahrani Work Day - come out to help install two bridges! See Facebook Event 
    • April 10th Youth Race Series at NQP:  Races Sundays at 1pm April 10th is the first race of the season

    Future Rides and Events

    • April 16th 8:45am-12pm Pump Track Work Day at YRSP Sign up and see details on the Facebook Event Page
    • April 17th 9am Group Ride Wahrani
    • Sunday April 24th NQP 9am EVMA Group Ride and Cook out - come ride, eat, and cheer the kids on in the youth race! We'll need a volunteer or two to cook, and a few people to bring side dishes. Cook out 12 noon, Race start approximately 1:30pm.
    • Youth Race Series at NQP: Pre-ride Sat April 2nd, Races Sundays at 1pm April 10, April 24th, May 1st, May 22nd, June 5th
    • May 7th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • May 8th 9am Group Ride YRSP
    • May 14th Freedom Park Trails CLOSED for Single Track Maniac Race
    • May 21st 9am Group Ride Freedom Park
    • May 22nd 9am Group Ride NQP
    • June 4th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • June 5th 9am Group Ride at NQP
    • August 6th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • October 1st 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • November 5th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • December 3rd 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides

    Trips

    • Raystown, PA,  April 28th - May 1st. $35 per tent, $50 per Camper/RV, not including food. Register
    • Stokesville, VA May 27th-30th, during Trail Fest ($100 per person).  See Trail Fest Page

    We Hope to see you this weekend!

  • April 02, 2016 7:25 PM | Anonymous

    April Meeting

    Financial -  General Fund $5753                          Trail Fund  $3543

    Expenditures General Fund Insurance $484.80(Monthly $231 for 9 months) Trail Fund $2030 Lumber for Freedom and Wahrani, $179 for chainsaw equipment and supplies

    Future expenditures, General Fund Wild Apricot $540, Insurance, PO box $138, YC Youth Race Series $250, Domain Name $38


    Trails

    Harwood Mill -  The reroutes on Trail B are mostly complete. The trail is back to being one

    way. Mike Gross is still working on signage. As the trail packs in, some trimming or trail work

    may be necessary. Mike continues to work with Newport News Parks to plan on a connector

    from B to C.

    Freedom Park – New feature on C loop is complete. May 14th Single Track Maniac – Trail A closed until 10am, Trails D and E closed all day. Early AM ride to clear trail for runners.

    New Quarter – Meeting with Parks director went well. Plans to replace mile markers with carsonite signs, mark Emergency exits and TTFs. Molly would like to have raised trail removed. The park is not manned during the week and YC feels the liability is too great. Plans for removal are being made. The park can have help with removal. The county can assist with removal. If Freedom is closed, please do not ride New Quarter, it will be just as wet.

    Wahrani – April 9th workday to replace bridges in the low section on A loop. Mike Benton is working on bridges. Also, working on climb from the long skinny bridge.

    York River SP – Marl Ravine is returned to normal direction. Response was positive on reversal. April 16th Kirk and FOYRSP are continuing work on pump track. Outer loop is coming along.

    Indian River – Chesapeake holds monthly parks meeting. Next is April 7th. Several members planning on attending. They sent a new volunteer agreement and volunteer waiver.

    Upper Co – Closed.

    Events

    April 3rd – 9am - Group Ride – York River 

    April 9th -  8:45 - Wahrani workday, bridge replacement, Come assist with replacing two bridges. See Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/474864322719413/?ref=4&action_history=null 

    April 16th – 8:45 - Work day YRSP with FOYRSP, See Facebook event   April 17th -  Group Ride - Wahrani                                    

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1309461879071090/?ref=4&feed_story_type=308&action_history=null                  

    April 24th 9am Group Ride at New Quarter, Cookout at noon, Cheer kids race at 130. Kirk volunteered to cook, we need a few people to bring some side dishes.

    April 28th – May 1st – Raystown trip. Registration is open. $35 tent/ $50 camper. 

    May 7th 9am Freedom Park - Group Ride/Meeting    May 8th 9am Group ride – York River State Park

    May 14th – Single Track Maniac Trail Run –  Trail A will be closed until about 10:30 and Trails D and E will be closed most of the day. Group will ride early to clear the trails. First, Trail A backwards then D and E.

    May 21st Group ride – Freedom Park                      May 22nd 9am Group ride New Quarter

    May 27th – 29th – Stokesville Trail Fest – Many members are going. 

    June 4th -  9am – Freedom Park - Group ride/Meeting          June 5th Group Ride New Quarter 

    York County Youth Race Series – New Quarter – Sundays at 1pm - April 10th, 24th, May 1st, 22nd and June 5th 


  • March 29, 2016 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    Hello EVMA Members, 

    Here's what's new in the wild world of local mountain biking:

    Events This Week

    • Marl Ravine Trail is reversed thru March 31st. Ride it backwards while you can!
    • Saturday, April 2nd:  Group Rides, Dirt Divas Beginner Women's Ride & Beginner Men's Ride all at 9am at Freedom Park. Meet in the parking lot in front of the Interpretive Center. Stay for lunch and membership meeting after the ride!
    • Membership Meeting & Lunch:  April 2nd 11:30am at Freedom Park in the Interpretive Center. *Please note earlier meeting time!
    • Youth Race Series at NQP: Pre-ride Sat April 2nd 1pm
    Trail Updates
    • York River State Park 
      • Marl Ravine Trail is reversed thru March 31st. Signs are posted to indicate a clockwise direction. Exercise caution & have fun!
      • The Park Management has implemented a trail closure system as needed. We are not certain how this will work yet, but closures should be posted on the YRSP website
    • Harwood Mills
      • B trail re-route was completed. Thank you to all of the volunteers who knocked out the re-route in one work day!
    • Upper County Park 
      • Trail remains CLOSED due to a property dispute. We will be working with the park to reroute the trail once accurate park boundaries have been determined.

    Future Rides and Events

    • April 9th Wahrani Work Day
    • Youth Race Series at NQP: Pre-ride Sat April 2nd, Races Sundays at 1pm April 10, April 24th, May 1st, May 22nd, June 5th
    • May 7th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • May 14th Freedom Park Trails CLOSED for Single Track Maniac Race
    • June 4th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • August 6th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • October 1st 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • November 5th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • December 3rd 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides

    Trips

    • Raystown, PA,  April 28th - May 1st. $35 per tent, $50 per Camper/RV, not including food. Register
    • Stokesville, VA May 27th-30th, during Trail Fest ($100 per person). 

    We hope to see you at the group rides and meeting Saturday!


  • March 18, 2016 3:43 PM | Anonymous

    Hello EVMA Members! Here's your weekly update. We Hope to see you at the Harwood Mills Work Day TOMORROW!

    Events This Week

    • Saturday, March 18th 8:45am - 12pm Harwood Mills Work Day -

      The Club will be working at Harwood Mill Saturday Mar 19th, from 845 to 12. We will be completing the Trail B reroute.This work will completely take Trail A and B off the fire roads. Meet at the parking lot at 8:45. Bring gloves and water. We have most tools but bring a rake or trimmers if you have one. Bring you bike, you may want to ride in. With a good turn out, this will only take a few hours.

      • Winter Weekly Night Ride Series has ended.  Thank you to all of the ride leaders who made it possible. Please note the March 19th YRSP ride has been cancelled.
    Trail Updates
    • Marl Ravine Trail  remains reversed thru March 31st. Signs are posted to indicate a clockwise direction. Exercise caution & have fun!
    • The YRSP Park Management has implemented a trail closure system as needed. We are not certain how this will work yet, but closures should be posted on the YRSP website
    Future Rides and Events
    • Youth Race Series at NQP: Pre-ride Sat April 2nd, Races Sundays at 1pm April 10, April 24th, May 1st, May 22nd, June 5th
    • April 2nd 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides

    • May 7th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • June 4th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • August 6th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • October 1st 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • November 5th 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides
    • December 3rd 9am Freedom Park: Group rides, Dirt Divas & Beginner Rides

    Trips

    • Raystown, PA,  April 28th - May 1st. $35 per tent, $50 per Camper/RV, not including food. Register
    • Stokesville, VA possible date Apr 15th - 17th or May 13th to 15th, attending during Dirtfest ($100 per person) is also possible. Please respond to the Stokesville Dates Poll on the EVMA Chatter page.  
    Enjoy your weekend! 


  • March 05, 2016 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    March Meeting - Thank you, Jim Irby for taking minutes!

    Introduction, new members

    Insurance was renewed, purchased through Associated Agencies, $2525. This is a more inclusive policy. Uses same underwriter/master policy used by MORE. Cost was $700 more than current policy. This policy was selected because it included liability coverage when nonmembers participated in our events and more inclusive trail building coverage.

    Financials

    Treasures report, General fund $4878, Trail fund $5753

    Upcoming expenses, From general fund: Insurance $2525, Wild Apricot $540 in April, PO Box rental $138, Domain name server $38. From Trail fund: lumber for Freedom and Wahrani $2030

    Thanks to GoApe for donation to club. GoApe has sponsored for several years. They also had employees work trimming trails.

    Thanks to Kevin Goff, EVMA member, for donation towards bridges at Wahrani 


    Events

    This is last week for night rides. After DST change it will be light until 7:40

    Stokesville – Facebook question on EVMA Chatter about date, please check

    March 19th Harwood Mill work day.                   March 20th Harwood Mill ride 9am

    March 19th Night ride cancelled, will not get dark until 745

    April 2nd Group Ride/Club meeting 9 am           April 3rd

    April 9th Wahrani work day

    April 28th – May 1st Raystown PA, Registration is open. $35 per tent/$50 per camper. 

    May 7th Group ride/Club meeting 9am       May 8th

    May 14th Single Track maniac, Trails at Freedom will be closed part of the day.

    Trails

    We are trying to schedule work days at each park to give members opportunities to volunteer. If you can’t make it to one of these days, you may work on your own. With spring coming, all trails will need trimming. Members are encouraged to use loppers or handsaw to trim back growth. Downed trees may be removed but please do not cut down any live trees. Please drop an email for any work done, with trail, number of people and total hours.

    Harwood Mill – The reroute on Trail B have been approved. Mike has spent a few days leaf blowing the trail. We are scheduling a work day on March 19th 9 to 12. Meet at 845. With 15 or 20 volunteers we will be able to complete the work and open trail. Look for Facebook event.

    York River State Park – Marl Ravine is still reversed for March, get out and give it a try. The March 19th night ride is cancelled due to unexpected daylight. The night rides were fun, Thanks to Mike Powers. Steve Dye, and Paul Panetta. We will be looking to do them again next year. The park manager is looking at closing trails to bikes during extremely wet conditions. The fire roads are getting rutted. We are working on ways to get info out. It will be put on park’s web page as alert. http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/york-river#general_information 

    Freedom Park – Mike Benton is working updating features to make them more beginner friendly while also offering a new challenge. Donation from Liebherr used to purchase lumber.

    New Quarter – We completed several projects on the work day. Reroutes around the bridge at 3.25 and eroding hill at 6.5 completed. Bridge will be removed soon. Several berms and log piles were repaired. Still some work on eroded areas to do and signs to be installed.

    Wahrani – Mike Benton picked up wood for bridge replacement, hope schedule work day April or May. Kevin Goff, EVMA member, made donation towards 

    Upper co – closed to bikes.



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