Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association

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  • October 16, 2015 10:29 AM | Anonymous
    Hello EVMA Members!

    Here's your weekly update from the wild world of local mountain biking!

    Group Rides

    • Nope. Not in October. Our ride leaders have their weekend time already committed to working on the Tidewater Challenge race course. We'll be back embracing the cold weather with group rides in November!

    Events

    • Sunday, October 18th 10am - 2pm: Trek Factory Demo Test Rides at New Quarter Park. See the Webpage or Facebook Event for details.
    • Saturday, October 24 & Sunday, October 25: The 28th Annual Tidewater Mountain Bike Challenge. We'll be there. Everyone will be there. You should too. Come out to race, volunteer, or be a spectator - better yet all three!  Race Registration Call for Volunteers: We will have an EVMA tent both days and need volunteers to man the tent for 2 or 3 hour shifts. Contact Jim Irby to sign up. Volunteers are also needed to score the race, etc  . . . contact Steve Nevins to volunteer.
    • Sunday November 1st, and Sunday, November 15th Williamsburg Youth Cycling Mountain Bike Race series at New Quarter Park. Registration opens at 12:45, races start at 1:30pm. Families with children interested in racing can request to join the closed Facebook Group.
    • Saturday, November 7th: EVMA Membership Meeting, group rides, and lunch at Freedom Park. Details TBA.
    • Sunday, November 8th:  Conte's Canned food drive & mountain bike event at New Quarter Park 11am - 4pm. Details TBA. 

    Thank You to all of our Trail Captains, volunteers, and riders, who removed trees, limbs, and debris from our trails after the recent storms, and to all of you who refrained from riding on wet trails, even though you were dying to ride your bike! 

    Keep the rubber side down, and enjoy the great fall riding weather!

  • October 01, 2015 10:15 AM | Anonymous


    Due to the severe weather forecast for this weekend, the EVMA meeting scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd at New Quarter Park has been CANCELLED. There will also be no scheduled group rides this weekend. Please watch the EVMA Facebook Page for other updates, including the status of the Tidewater Challenge Course Trail Work Day scheduled for Sunday.

    Stay tuned for post-storm trail clean-up opportunities, and as always, please allow trails to dry before heading out to ride.

    Enjoy a safe, warm & dry weekend, even though it will be sadly devoid of mountain biking. :-(


  • September 23, 2015 3:06 PM | Anonymous

    Hello, EVMA Members,

    Here's your weekly update from the glamorous world of local mountain biking!

    Trip Report from Douthat:

    We had another great trip to Douthat State Park this past weekend with perfect mountain biking weather; cool mornings and warm afternoons. We'd like to shout a big Thank You to everyone that helped with Saturday's dinner: Penny Rich for cooking the sauce, Joan Benton for dessert, Melanie Storrs for the salad, Mike Munford for helping cook. Our potluck dinner on Friday was great. Thanks Mike Gross for the country grill BBQ and potato salad. Also, Thanks to Kathy Irby for assisting with food, bike shuttles, and leading the Saturday afternoon Ladies Wine Ride to Blue Ridge Winery!  Our next camping trip is tentatively scheduled for April 28 - May 2, 2016 to Raystown Lake, PA.

    Trails 

    • Freedom Park will have an event that will impact parking on Saturday, September 26th. The Williamsburg botanical Garden will hold a plant sale from 9am to 3pm, and the parking lot is expected to be very busy. Consider parking at Hornsby Middle School on Jolly Pond Road. Follow the paved path to ride into the park. 

    Upcoming Events

    • October 4th 10am Tidewater Challenge Course Trail Work Day -  Call for volunteers to rake the course for the Tidewater Challenge. Bring a rake, gloves, and water. Watch the signs to direct you down the correct driveway, and park on the left before you get to the paved circle driveway. For more information email Steve Nevins or call (757)880-6091.
    • October 9 - 11 Raystown Lake, PA Camping Trip Opportunity -  Members are welcome to join this non-EVMA event. Eric Van Dusen will be joining a group of riders from NJ to ride the Alegrippis Trail System. This is a great train system with thirty miles of fun, fast, trails. Everyone is responsible for their own camping accomodations. For more information, please email Eric Van Dusen
    • October 18 - Trek Bicycle Demo at NQP details to be announced.

     Group Rides

    • September - Ride weekends are already booked with Memorial Day & Douthat trip, therefore, there are no scheduled group rides. See EVMA Chatter to find ride buddies or organized your own.

    Next Meeting October 3rd at New Quarter Park. Group rides will be at NQP, and we will have a grill out and potluck before the meeting.


    Enjoy the amazing fall weather, and ride lots!


  • September 10, 2015 8:02 PM | Anonymous

    Hello, EVMA Members,

    Here's your weekly update from the wild world of local mountain biking!

    Upcoming Events

    • Douthat Camping Trip Sept 18 19 & 20  -  There is still time to attend the EVMA's fun annual Fall trip! We still have spaces available and sign-up will remain open on the website until September 16.  After that date, the sites will be released back to the park for other campers.  Register Online
    • October 9 - 11 Raystown Lake, PA Camping Trip Opportunity -  Members are welcome to join this non-EVMA event. Eric Van Dusen will be joining a group of riders from NJ to ride the Alegrippis Trail System. This is a great train system with thirty miles of fun, fast, trails. Everyone is responsible for their own camping accomodations. For more information, please email Eric Van Dusen

     Group Rides

    • September - Ride weekends are already booked with Memorial Day & Douthat trip, therefore, there are no scheduled group rides. See EVMA Chatter to find ride buddies or organized your own.

    Next Meeting  October 3rd at New Quarter Park. Group rides will be at NQP, and we will have a grill out and potluck before the meeting.

    Enjoy your week!


  • September 04, 2015 10:15 AM | Anonymous

    Hello, EVMA Members!

    We have just a brief update for you this week:

    Group Rides

    • September - Ride weekends are already booked with Memorial Day & Douthat trip, therefore, there are no scheduled group rides. See EVMA Chatter to find ride buddies or organize your own.

    Trails

          William & Mary Mountain Bike Race Trail Closures: 
    1. Saturday September 5th - YRSP Marl Ravine will be a race venue from 8am to approximately 6pm. 
    2. Sunday September 6th - Freedom Park trails D & E will be closed to the public from 8am to 2pm, and trail C will be in use around noon for the short track race. If you are interested in racing, the open XC race is on Saturday at YRSP. Race Info
    • Trail Work - Members who do any trail work, please see an email to president@evma.org with details: date, trail, number of volunteers, hours, scope of work. 
    • Trail Captains - Please log your inspections and maintenance hours for August on the website.

    Upcoming Events

    • Sept 18 19 & 20  - Douthat Camping Trip. We have 24 spaces (4 tents per site). Volunteers are still needed for food. Room is still available. Register now

    Next Meeting  October 3rd at New Quarter Park. We will have our group rides there and grill before the meeting.

    Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!

  • August 27, 2015 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    Hello, EVMA Members!

    Here's whats happening this week in your fun & fabulous local mountain bike community:

    Group Rides

    • September - Ride weekends are already booked with Memorial Day & Douthat trip, therefore, there are no scheduled group rides. See EVMA Chatter to find ride buddies or organized your own.
    News

    • New Treasurer - Kurt Bradley has volunteered to be our new treasurer. Welcome, Kurt, and thank you for stepping up!  Crystal Richardson will be showing Kurt the ropes and closing her TWO YEAR+ term as treasurer. She plans to focus her efforts on youth activities and the Wednesdays On Your Wheel youth race series. We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Crystal for her truly excellent work as treasurer, and her continued dedication to volunteer efforts in the mountain bike community. You rock, Crystal!!! Thank you!

    Trails

    • Freedom Park Partial Trail Closure Sunday, September 6th -
    • Trail Work - Members who do any trail work, please see an email to president@evma.org with details: date, trail, number of volunteers, hours, scope of work. 

    • Trail Captains - Please log your inspections and maintenance hours for August on the website.

    Upcoming Events

    • Sept 18 19 & 20  - Douthat Camping Trip. We have 24 spaces (4 tents per site). Volunteers are still needed for food. Room is still available. Register now

    Next Meeting  October 3rd at New Quarter Park. We will have our group rides there and grill before the meeting.

    Membership is down. We will continue to encourage our members to renew, and will request that bike shops check EVMA membership cards before extending the 10% EVMA discount. If you have misplaced your card, contact us at evmamembership@gmail.com to request a new one.  Our inexpensive membership dues are an important source of revenue used for trail maintenance and improvements. In the coming year we'll be working on plans to extend the trail network at Harwood Mills, make bridge improvements at Wahrani and York River State Park, general trail repair at New Quarter Park, and extend rock gardens on the Marl Ravine Trail, to name a few. It's fast and easy to renew your membership online at the EVMA website, and help keep mountain bike trail access advocacy rolling for all of us. Renew Now 

    New Youth Mtb Team

    • Colonial Revolution A new composite NICA interscholastic mountain bike team has formed and started pre-season practice. Interested middle school and high school students grades 6 thru 12 can learn more at the Colonial Revolution website  or Facebook Page.
    Have a great week, and ride lots!


  • August 21, 2015 11:57 PM | Anonymous

    Hello EVMA Members!

    We have just a brief update this week:

    Upcoming Events

    • August 22 -  Estuaries Day at YRSP - Group rides at 9 am, food will be served by the Friends of YRSP Group beginning at 11:30 am. We are looking for volunteers to lead group rides and help with food. Also this is a great opportunity to get involved with the Friends of YRSP Group.

    • Sept 18 19 & 20  - Douthat Camping Trip. We have 24 spaces (4 tents per site). Volunteers are still needed for food. Room is still available. Register now

    Group Rides

    • September - Ride weekends are already booked with Memorial Day & Douthat trip, therefore, there are no scheduled group rides. See EVMA Chatter to find ride buddies or organized your own.

    Enjoy your weekend!


  • August 08, 2015 9:53 PM | Anonymous

    Hello EVMA Members!

    Remember that time you typed the Meeting Minutes and then forgot to post them? Wait, that wasn't you, that was me. Well here are the Meeting Minutes & newest updates with my apologies!  - EP

    This Just In:  Volunteers Needed at York River State Park Sunday, August 9, 2015 9am-11am

    This past spring there was a fire on the edge of the park. In order to stop the fire from spreading, a fire line was created and it crosses the Dogwood trail at several locations. YRSP is looking for volunteers to help fill the fire line in by breaking up the dirt and raking it to make the ground level again. Meet in front of the visitor’s center to sign in. Please bring gloves, boots and plenty of water. No experience necessary, ages 15 and up are welcome. If you have questions, Call 757-566-3036 for more details and ask for Casey.

    EVMA Meeting August 1, 2015

    We had a great turnout for our morning rides & had several new members attend the meeting. Welcome new members!

    Upcoming Events

    • August 15 -  James River Trail System Road Trip  Penny will be the ride leader.  Riders will meet at 9:00am. Parking to be determined - please watch the Facebook Page for further information.
    • Sept 18 19 & 20  - Douthat Camping Trip. We have 24 spaces (4 tents per site). Volunteers are still needed for food. Room is still available. Register now

    Group Rides

    • Saturday, August 15th - James River Trail System, details TBA
    • Sunday, August 16th 9am - York River State Park
    • September - Ride weekends are already booked with Memorial Day & Douthat trip, therefore, there are no scheduled group rides. See EVMA Chatter to find ride buddies or organized your own.

    Trails

    • Wahrani Nature Trail - most signage is up. We are currently evaluating bridges for replacement. Work will start in fall.
    • Marl Ravine - Steve Nevins will be resuming construction of rock gardens. We will be installing two emergency exits and are planning to replace the skinny with a wider bridge.
    • John Blair Trail - We will be installing mileage signs every 0.5 miles by section
    • Harwood Mill - The next project will be a connector trail between A and B. Watch for a trail work notice in the near future.
    • New Quarter Park - Planning for sand and mud abatement, and will evaluate the raised trail for safety.
    • Reversals? - Marl Ravine, Freedom D & E are possible. Other trails requested (Freedom A & New Quarter) have too many entrance points to be practical for signage, and will not be reversed.
    • Trees Down Freedom E & 1/4 mile in NQP 
    • YRSP Campsites & Cabins? - Are in the park's five year plan. Location is under consideration. The park will be moving the contact station so paid parking can be extended. Primitive camping will be by Boat Ramp. No impact on our interests at this time.

    Teams & Races

    • Colonial Revolution NICA team grades 6 thru12. Will the EVMA provide financial support? YES - $400 contribution Passed with a majority vote. The team can also pass funding through the EVMA account for 501.3C status. 
    • VORS Woody wants to hold a race at YRSP in the spring. In preliminary planning stage. Organizer will be looking for volunteers if it is scheduled. Race organizer and State will handle organizing and advertising (Steve Boyd w/ DCR). The EVMA can build it into a festival if there is interest. 

    Accident at Freedom -  A rider crashed near the first gap jump on Trail C in Freedom Park and suffered a cervical spinal injury. He is recovering feeling in the chest and arms, but not movement. The EVMA's accident review, and the County assessment concur that accident was caused by rider error. Freedom has had fifty-six recorded accidents in the last calendar year, two requiring medi-vac.

    Treasurer’s Report

    • General Fund Balance       $2412.89
    • Trail Fund Balance             $5946.98
    • Checking Acct Balance      $8359.87
    • Savings Acct Balance         $675.05
    • WOYW                                   $117.00


    IMBA Chapter? The EVMA has concluded looking into the cost and benefit analysis of becoming an IMBA Chapter. IMBA requires a 60/40 split of membership dues. That would leave us with $12 per member but we currently spend $16 per member to run the club ($13 insurance + admin, website fee, etc.). IMBA does give a club more clout for receiving trail building grants, however, the cost is prohibitive for the EVMA at this time. 

    Membership is down. We will continue to encourage our members to renew, and will request that bike shops check EVMA membership cards before extending the 10% EVMA discount. If you have misplaced your card, contact us at evmamembership@gmail.com to request a new one.

    Next Meeting  October 3rd at New Quarter Park. We will have our group rides there and grill before the meeting.

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    Other Important Stuff 

    EVMA Membership

    Membership lapsed?  Our inexpensive membership dues are an important source of revenue used for trail maintenance and improvements. In the coming year we'll be working on plans to extend the trail network at Harwood Mills, make bridge improvements at Wahrani and York River State Park, general trail repair at New Quarter Park, and extend rock gardens on the Marl Ravine Trail, to name a few. It's fast and easy to renew your membership online at the EVMA website, and help keep mountain bike trail access advocacy rolling for all of us. Renew Now , and keep your bike shop 10% discount!

    Trails

    • Trail Work - Members who do any trail work, please see an email to president@evma.org with details: date, trail, number of volunteers, hours, scope of work. 

    Contact Info For Colonial Revolution

    • Colonial Revolution A new composite NICA interscholastic mountain bike team has formed and started pre-season practice. Interested middle school and high school students grades 6 thru 12 can learn more at the Colonial Revolution website  or Facebook Page.
    Have a great week, and ride lots!


  • July 30, 2015 11:09 PM | Anonymous

    Hello, EVMA Members!

    Here's what's happening this week in the wild world of local mountain biking:

    EVMA Club Meeting Saturday, August 1st Freedom Park

    Start off your weekend with an EVMA group ride at 9AM, and follow up with lunch & our club meeting at noon in the Interpretive Center. We hope to see you there!

    EVMA Membership

    Membership lapsed?  Our inexpensive membership dues are an important source of revenue used for trail maintenance and improvements. In the coming year we'll be working on plans to extend the trail network at Harwood Mills, make bridge improvements at Wahrani and York River State Park, general trail repair at New Quarter Park, and extend rock gardens on the Marl Ravine Trail, to name a few. It's fast and easy to renew your membership online at the EVMA website, and help keep mountain bike trail access advocacy rolling for all of us. Renew Now.

    Summer Group Rides 

    • Saturday, August 1st 9am - Freedom Park*  (EVMA Meeting at Noon) 
    • Sunday, August 2nd 9am - York River State Park
    • Saturday, August 15th - Buttermilk Road Trip, details TBA
    • Sunday, August 16th 9am - York River State Park

    * YRSP is the default back-up in the event Freedom Park trails are closed

    Trails

    • Wet trails Enough with the rain, already! As always, please allow trails to dry before riding, and call the Freedom Park interpretive center for trail status before you head to the park. (757)259-4022
    • Trail Work - Members who do any trail work, please see an email to president@evma.org with details: date, trail, number of volunteers, hours, scope of work. 

    Upcoming Events

    • Saturday, August 1st Noon Club Meeting & Lunch at Freedom Park
    • September 18th-19th -  Fall Douthat Camping Trip - Registration is open on the website, and spaces are still available. Space is limited so Register now.
    • Late April/ Early May, 2016 Raystown Lake Spring Camping Trip

    Other News & Events

    • Colonial Revolution A new composite NICA interscholastic mountain bike team has formed and started pre-season practice. Interested middle school and high school students can learn more at the Colonial Revolution website  or Facebook Page.
    Have a great weekend, and ride lots!


  • July 24, 2015 8:48 AM | Anonymous

    Hello, EVMA Members!

    Here's what's happening this week in the wild world of local mountain biking:

    EVMA Membership

    Membership lapsed?  Our inexpensive membership dues are an important source of revenue used for trail maintenance and improvements. In the coming year we'll be working on plans to extend the trail network at Harwood Mills, make bridge improvements at Wahrani and York River State Park, general trail repair at New Quarter Park, and extend rock gardens on the Marl Ravine Trail, to name a few. It's fast and easy to renew your membership online at the EVMA website, and help keep mountain bike trail access advocacy rolling for all of us. Renew Now.

    Refer a Newbie

    Do you know someone who's bike-curious? Reassure them that they're not alone, and that they can find an understanding and supportive environment at our EVMA beginner rides. These no-drop, leader based rides are held the first Saturday of most months, and are a great introduction to the manna that is mountain biking, and the ridiculously awesome riders of the EVMA. See the details, and forward to a friend!

    Summer Group Rides 

    • Saturday, August 1st 9am - Freedom Park*  (EVMA Meeting at Noon) Also Dirt Divas and Beginner Ride.
    • Sunday, August 2nd 9am - York River State Park
    • Saturday, August 15th - Buttermilk Road Trip, details TBA
    • Sunday, August 16th 9am - York River State Park

    * YRSP is the default back-up in the event Freedom Park trails are closed

    Trails

    • Wet trails Enough with the rain, already! As always, please allow trails to dry before riding, and call the Freedom Park interpretive center for trail status before you head to the park. (757)259-4022
    • Trail Work - Members who do any trail work, please see an email to president@evma.org with details: date, trail, number of volunteers, hours, scope of work. 

    Upcoming Events

    • Saturday, August 1st 12 noon Club Meeting & Lunch at Freedom Park
    • September 18th-19th -  Fall Douthat Camping Trip - Registration is open on the website, and spaces are still available. Space is limited so Register now.
    • Late April/ Early May, 2016 Raystown Lake Spring Camping Trip

    Other News & Events

    Keep the rubber side down, & enjoy your week!


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