Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association

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  • December 03, 2015 9:58 PM | Anonymous

    Hello EVMA Members!

    Here's your weekly update from the super-cool world of local mountain biking!

    EVMA Membership Meeting

    • Saturday, December 5th at Freedom Park - Please join us for our membership meeting & lunch in the Interpretive Center at Freedom Park. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a brief, informal meeting, including the 2016 Club Officers Election.
    • 2016 Club Officers Election  According to our bylaws, we must hold an annual election of club officers. Volunteer or nominate someone by contacting any current EVMA Board member. Officers will be elected at the December 5th meeting.
    • We still have new EVMA T-Shirts in sport fabric for sale in teal, royal blue, and purple, as well as kids shirts in light blue, $15 each. 

    News

    • Upper County Park trail is CLOSED due to a property dispute. We will be working with the park to reroute the trail once accurate park boundaries have been determined. It is very important that riders stay off the trail until further notice!
    • York River State Park will be CLOSED  December 7th - 8th for the Wounded Warrior Hunt (annual culling of the deer population) 

    Trail Work

    • Saturday, December 5th & Sunday December 6th We will be working on the Pump Track at York River State Park starting at 9am Saturday & Sunday. If you can assist, please contact Kirk Moore.

    Group Rides 

    • Saturday, December 5th 10am Freedom Park Group Ride, Dirt Divas, and Beginner Men's ride. 
    • Sunday, December 6th 10am New Quarter Park
    • Saturday, December 19th 10am York River State Park
    • Sunday, December 20th 10am - TBA 

    Weekly Night Rides

    • Tuesday 6pm at Harwood Mill - See the Ride Leader for a parking pass to display in your window. 
    • Wednesday 6pm at New Quarter Park - park in the first parking lot.
    • Thursday 6pm at Freedom Park. Cars MUST be completely out of the park by 8pm so gates can be locked. 
    • RULES
      1. Helmets and lights are required & spare lights are recommended (if your main light dies, and you don't have a spare, it's a long, dark, walk out). 
      2. The buddy system is in effect for all rides (ride with a friend), and 
      3. Riders must be off of the trails by 7:30, the group needs to make sure all riders have returned to their cars, and cars must be out of the park by 8pm. 
    Additional Night Rides are being planned at York River State Park by permit. Watch the EVMA Facebook Page for dates.

    We hope to see you at the meeting this weekend!


  • November 23, 2015 3:03 PM | Anonymous

    Membership

    • Did you know: You don't need to attend meetings and group rides to be an EVMA member? If you ride the trails built & maintained by the EVMA, we need your support to keep them maintained and open. The EVMA maintains relationships and user agreements with the City, County and State Park authorities that allow us to build trails, and we help park managers to view mountain bike riders as responsible and beneficial park users. Whether you support us or not, we speak on your behalf to maintain park access. Our inexpensive membership dues are also 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, reroute & re-open the trail at Upper County Park, general trail repair at New Quarter Park, and extend rock gardens on the Marl Ravine Trail. Plus, you receive a 10% EVMA discount on parts & accessories at local bike shops with your membership. It's fast and easy to join or renew your membership online at the EVMA website, and help keep mountain bike trail advocacy rolling for all of us. Wow! Sign Me Up!  

    News

    • Upper County Park trail is CLOSED due to a property dispute. We will be working with the park to reroute the trail once accurate park boundaries have been determined.
    • York River State Park will be CLOSED  December 7th - 8th for the Wounded Warrior Hunt (annual culling of the deer population) 
    • Freedom Park Fall Photo Contest - Please submit your mountain bike pictures from Freedom Park, or direct questions to Alister Perkinson by November 23rd. Also we are looking for photos of any of our parks to update the EVMA website. Send Photos to Jim Irby.
    • 2016 Club Officers Election - According to our bylaws, we must hold an annual election of club officers. Volunteer or nominate someone by contacting any current EVMA Board member. Officers will be elected at the December 5th meeting.

    Group Rides 

    • Saturday November 21st 10am York River State Park
    • Sunday November 22nd 10am Freedom Park
    • Saturday, December 5th 10am Freedom Park Group Ride, Dirt Divas, and Beginner Men's ride. 
    • Sunday, December 6th 10am New Quarter Park
    • Saturday, December 19th 10am York River State Park
    • Sunday, December 20th 10am - TBA 

    Weekly Night Rides

    • Tuesday 6pm at Harwood Mill - See the Ride Leader for a parking pass to display in your window. 
    • Wednesday 6pm at New Quarter Park - park in the first parking lot.
    • Thursday 6pm at Freedom Park. Cars MUST be completely out of the park by 8pm so gates can be locked. 
    • RULES
      1. Helmets and lights are required & spare lights are recommended (if your main light dies, and you don't have a spare, it's a long, dark, walk out). 
      2. The buddy system is in effect for all rides (ride with a friend), and 
      3. Riders must be off of the trails by 7:30, the group needs to make sure all riders have returned to their cars, and cars must be out of the park by 8pm. 

    Night Rides are being planned at York River State Park by permit. Watch the EVMA Facebook Page for dates.

    Next Meeting Saturday, December 5th at Freedom Park

    Enjoy the great riding weather this weekend!


  • October 30, 2015 1:04 PM | Anonymous
    Hello EVMA Members!

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

    Group Rides

    • Night Rides  Week night rides start next week! Tuesdays at Harwood Mill, Wednesdays at New Quarter Park, and Thursdays at Freedom Park. Lights are required & spare lights are recommended (if your main light dies, and you don't have a spare, it's a long, dark walk out!) All riders must be out of the parks by 8pm.
    • Saturday, November 7th Freedom Park: EVMA Group Ride, Dirt Divas, and Beginner Men's Ride all at 10am:  Meeting & Lunch, Noon in the Interpretive Center;
    • No Group Ride? Get your buddies together for a ride using the EVMA Chatter page.

    Events

    • 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 at Freedom Park: Meeting & Lunch, Noon in the Interpretive Center; Group Ride, Dirt Divas, and Beginner Men's Ride all at 10am
    • Sunday, November 8th:  Conte's Canned food drive & mountain bike demo event at New Quarter Park 11am - 4pm. See details on the Conte's Website or Facebook Event .

    Indian River Park Update

    • See the report from the meeting posted by Scott Reynolds on the EVMA Chatter page. Thanks, Scott!

    Enjoy the awesome fall weather on the trails this weekend, and remember to set your clocks back on Saturday night!


  • 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!


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