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  • March 26, 2015 12:14 PM | Anonymous

    Good Afternoon EVMA Members,

    This is your weekly update and notice of upcoming events:

    Group Rides There are no scheduled group rides this weekend. 

    It's Raining :-(  As always, please stay off wet trails. Freedom Park trails are currently closed (as of Thursday, 3/26).

    Marl Ravine Trail This will be the final weekend for Marl Ravine trail to be reversed. The signs will be removed and the trail returned to normal direction,Tuesday, March 31st.  Exercise caution & enjoy the challenge! Note that there is a bailout if you try the trail and don't enjoy it. Take the first right after the long skinny bridge and continue to the exit. Please do not ride against the trail direction to exit.

    Jersey Order This is final call for jersey orders. If you wish to purchase an EVMA jersey please email Jim at president@evma.org with type and size. 

    EVMA Spring Camping Trip The sign up for the trip to Raystown Lake is still open. Join us April 30 thru May 3rd. See details and sign up at: http://www.evma.org/event-1836747

    Club Meeting Our next club meeting will be April 4th at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center at 12:00 noon. The agenda includes the annual budget, insurance, upcoming events, and trail work at Wahrani. If you have any topics that you wish to add, please email Jim at president@evma.org.

    Wednesdays On Your Wheel Registration is open. Pre-Rides April 11th @ 10:00am, April 12 @1:00pm. Races start April 15th.  See details at: http://www.yorkcounty.gov/Portals/0/publicinfo/2015-029.pdf  Watch for a sign-up genius email for volunteer opportunities.

     We hope to see you at our next meeting, April 4th!

  • March 20, 2015 3:28 PM | Anonymous

    Both of this weekend's group rides will be held at YRSP due to recent heavy rain. Freedom Park trails are closed today.

  • March 18, 2015 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Good Afternoon EVMA Members,

    This is your weekly update and notice of upcoming events:

    Group Rides March 21st & 22nd 9:00 AM  Group rides this weekend are at Freedom Park, 9:00am Saturday, and York River State Park, 9:00am Sunday, weather and trail conditions permitting. If Freedom Park trails are closed Saturday, the group ride will be at YRSP.

    Marl Ravine Trail at York River State Park is reversed for the month of March. Exercise caution & enjoy the challenge!

    Trail Conditions  Trails are finally dry & Freedom trails are now open.  A HUGE "Thank You!" goes out to all of our trail captains and trail maintenance volunteers for their hard work removing downed trees from the trails. There is still quite a bit of debris to be cleared on some trails. If everyone takes the time to clear a few big sticks, we'll all have happier derailleurs, spokes, etc . . . !

    Lake Maury Trail Clean Up  Twenty-five volunteers turned out to clean up the Lake Maury Trails last weekend. Together, they hauled out 35 large trash bags of trash, an armchair & other miscellaneous junk. Thanks to all who helped out.

    EVMA Spring Camping Trip to Raystown Lake is on! Join us April 30 thru May 3rd. See details and sign up at: http://www.evma.org/event-1836747

    Enjoy the sunshine and the dry trails! We hope to see you this weekend and at our next meeting, April 4th!


  • March 12, 2015 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    It's Spring! We have loads of upcoming events & new club officers, so please check out this month's meeting minutes (posted below)!  Saturday, March 14th: Trail maintenance at YRSP. Meet Kirk at the maintenance area at 9:00am. Sunday, March 15th: Trail Clean-up at Lake Maury, Newport News. Please see the event posted on our page for details & special driving instructions! Marl Ravine trail direction remains reversed for March. Exercise caution! While most trails are dry, trees & limbs are down on Marl & many EVMA trails. If everyone who rides clears a few limbs, we'll have clear trails in no time! Please email Trails@EVMA.org to report hazards, or report your volunteer work hours. Remember we are a family friendly organization - PLEASE use civil behavior and don't use foul language at group rides & all EVMA events. Thank you & enjoy the sunshine!

  • March 12, 2015 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    EVMA Meeting Minutes     March 7, 2015


    1.)  Annual Election 

    - All positions were uncontested. Our new club officers are:
    • President - Jim Irby
    • Treasurer - Crystal Richardson (continuing)
    • Trails Manager - Harry Carraway (continuing)
    • Secretary - Elisa Panetta
    • Group Ride Coordinator - Penny Rich
    • Webmaster - Mike Mumford
    • Events Coordinator remains vacant. If you are interested in coordinating events, or coordinating just one event, please contact one of the club officers!
    A big THANK YOU!  was extended to our outgoing officers, Past-President, Mike Benton, and Secretary ErinTyler. Thank you both for your leadership & great service to the club! Erin has moved to Seattle. We will miss you Erin!

    2.)  2015 Projects

    We have no large projects on the Horizon. 
    We will be working with park management at Wahrani in the coming months to provide better signage and improve some bridges.

    3.)  Current Business

    • An important reminder for all members: PLEASE use family friendly language and civil behavior at all EVMA rides and events. We are all representatives of our organization and children are often present. 
    • Jim is working on an annual working budget for the club for ongoing yearly budgeting.
    • The board is considering long term planning and goals for the club.
    • The board is working on a risk management policy for the club.
    4.)  Trail Inspection

    As part of risk management, the club is establishing standardized safety inspection of trails, features, and signage, to be performed by the park trail captains monthly. The Trails Commission is continuing to establish standards and inspection forms. Trail inspections and volunteer trail work hours are logged on the website.

    5.)  Insurance

    Our current insurance policy will be up for renewal soon. The board is recommending a lower cost insurance policy with a narrower scope, since there are no plans to build new trails this year, and limited term policies can be added if a new project is undertaken. The potential savings is as much as $1500. Trail maintenance and trail use liability is covered under the each respective park's insurance. There is a need to meet with all of the land managers to clarify the liability limits and requirements for coverage at each park. The board is still analyzing the different insurance options' costs and benefits.

    6.)  Treasurer's Report

    • No expenditures in February.
    • General Fund Balance:     $4416.04
    • Trail Fund Balance:           $5946.98
    • Checking Account:          $10,363.02
    • Savings Account:                 $674.55
    • W.O.Y.W. Fund:                     $52.00

    7.)  Upcoming Expenses/ Purchases

    • Freedom Park C - dirt jump/ table top  ($500)
    • Kids To Parks Event at YRSP ($150)
    • Wednesdays On Your Wheel Race Series ($250)
    • YRSP Pump Track ($500)
    • Quick Books Software ($200-$300)
    8.)  Calendar for Year

    Events will be maintained on the EVMA website calendar.
    • Group Rides will continue to be on the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month
    • There will be no membership meeting in May or July due to holiday and event conflicts
    • The Sept 5th meeting will be held onsite at the camping trip
    • The Annual Election will be held at the December 5th meeting. New officers will "shadow" the current officers until they complete their term in March, 2016.
    9.)  Upcoming Events

    March
    • Saturday March 14th, Trail Maintenance at York River State Park. Meet Kirk at 9:00am at the maintenance area (by Ranger's housing).
    • Remaining March Group Rides are March 21st at Freedom Park, and March 22nd at YRSP. If there is rain the day before the Freedom Park Ride, the ride moves to YRSP.
    • We are helping with a volunteer clean up of the Lake Maury Natural Area Trails in Newport News, Sunday, March 15th. Please see the event on Facebook, and note necessary driving detours due to a marathon closing part of Warwick Blvd.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1557228617866750/
    April 
    • April 4th Club Meeting & Lunch Freedom Park
    • Group Rides are April 4th & 18th at YRSP, and April 5th & 19th at New Quarter Park & Harwood Mills
    • April 3rd Single Track High movie shows at the Williamsburg Library. Intro at 5:45pm, movie at 6:00pm
    • Wednesdays On Your Wheel Race Series at New Quarter Park starts. Pre-Rides April 11th @ 10:00am, April 12 @1:00pm. Races start April 15th.  Details at: http://www.yorkcounty.gov/Portals/0/publicinfo/2015-029.pdf  Watch for a sign-up genius email for volunteer opportunities.
    • The EVMA Spring Camping trip to Raystown Lake, PA Join us April 30 thru May 3rd. See details and sign up at: http://www.evma.org/event-1836747
    May
    • No club meeting this month
    • May 2nd NQP 30th Anniversary Celebration. All day event with trail rides, kayaking, bird watching etc . . . Volunteers are needed to lead rides, staff tent, and assist with parking. Call Todd Smith at 564-1049 to volunteer.
    • May 9th Single Track Maniac Run at Freedom Park - most trails will be closed to cyclists for this cross country track event. Volunteer opportunity for trail clean-up
    • WOYW race series continue & conclude this month at New Quarter Park.
    • May 16th York River State Park Kids to Parks Day. Volunteer opportunity - EVMA will have a tent and serve grilled hotdogs & chicken. Penny Rich is coordinating.

    10.)  Trail Status

    * All parks have winter debris/ trees down and are in need of volunteer maintenance. If everyone who rides clears a few limbs, we'll have clear trails in no time! Please email Trails@EVMA.org to report problems, or report your volunteer work hours. 

    • Marl Ravine ride direction is reversed for the month of March.
    • Wahrani needs maintenance, clean-up & signage. New Kent will be providing $1000 for signage. Additional funding will be needed for maintenance. Steve Maxey is coordinating with the county.
    • Upper County may lose much of the existing single track to a property line dispute. Future trail rerouting will likely be necessary.
    • Freedom Park has been very wet, and basic inspection and maintenance are needed.
    • Indian River & New Quarter - no updates, inspection needed.
    • Harwood Mills Trail A reroute is complete; Needs ridden in.
    • YRSP trees down on JBT & Marl Ravine. Removal scheduled 3/14 @ 9:00am
    11.)  Jersey Order

    We are 2 short of a minimum order, but will submit the order soon. Please contact Jim Irby or Penny Rich if you want a jersey!
  • March 06, 2015 3:48 PM | Anonymous

    EVMA  Annual Election March 7th  The EVMA annual election, monthly club meeting & lunch, will be held this Saturday, March 7th, 12:00 to 1:30pm at Freedom Park. Hot lunch will be served at 12:00, followed by the election and meeting. We will be electing club officers and are still in need of volunteersfor two positions: Trails Coordinator, and Advocate. If you would like details of what these jobs entail, email Jim Irby at jimirby@aol.com   We expect the trails at Freedom will be closed to riding Saturday. 

    Group Rides March 7th & 8th  Group rides this weekend move an hour earlier. The Freedom Park, 9:00am Saturday ride is cancelled, York River State Park, 9:00am Sunday, weather and trail conditions permitting. We will make a call regarding YRSP on Saturday, please watch Facebook for updates. 

    The Dirt Divas ride is also cancelled, and a Dirt Divas walk will be held at Freedom Park at 10:30 AM instead. Come on out, you know being cooped up is makin' you crazy!

    Marl Ravine Trail at York River State Park is reversed for the month of March. Exercise caution & enjoy the challenge!

    Trail Conditions  We all know how much work goes into building and maintaining our trails, so please respect the labor that goes into them and stay off wet trails. Thank You!

    Lake Maury Trail Clean Up  Join us for a volunteer trail clean up followed by lunch, Sunday, March 15th 9:00am to 2:00pm at Lake Maury Natural Area in Newport News. This trail is not an EVMA trail, but well used and popular with local mountain bikers. Work will be primarily removal of trash & dumped debris. See details on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1557228617866750/

    EVMA Spring Camping Trip to Raystown Lake is on! Join us April 30 thru May 3rd. See details and sign up at: http://www.evma.org/event-1836747

    The EVMA Website migration is complete. Thank you, Mike Mumford! Bookmark the new site http://www.evma.org/

    Daylight Savings Time starts this Sunday, March 8th. Weekend group rides now start at 9:00am.

    We hope to see you all at the meeting Saturday!

  • January 29, 2015 5:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

    Good evening EVMA!  


    All the rain and snow have kept us off the trails, but hopefully this weekend we can get back out there! We are having a group maintenance day at Harwood Mills this saturday.If you would like to help out meet in the parking lot at 8:45 am and bring your work gloves, water, a rake, and gas powered leaf blower if you have one! It will be wet so wear some boots that will help keep you dry and warm. The group ride will also be at harwood mills this saturday at 10am, if it dry's out enough. This saturday ride will count toward January's challenge so if you need to get your second group ride to fulfill the challenge, come on out.


    This saturday is the last day for the January challenge. February does not have a specific challenge but you can work on 1 of 3 challenges: 1. Bringing a friend who is new to mountain biking 2. Ride 1 trail outside the EVMA system and write a short review for the club 3. Lead rides at 1 park for a full month. Remember to email evmachallenge@evma.org so that you can get credit for a completed challenge!


    For the month of february group rides will be at Harwood Mills on Saturday, and York River State Park on sunday. Both days rides will start at 10am

     

    The winter social is coming up next weekend February 8th at the Coventry community club.   Come out and join us for an evening of relaxing, eating, and mountain bike talk.  We will have some entertainment, along with the photo contest.A suggested donation of $10 will be collected at door.

    This is a members, spouses and invited guest event only. You may renew or join at door. Please register so we can get a count at  http://evma.wildapricot.org/event-1814531 or on the EVMA Facebook page


     Jersey Orders will be taken through February 14th. All items must be paid for before ordering.

    You can check out the different styles of tops at  http://www.champ-sys.com/cycling/ , click custom cycling collection.
    We are ordering tops (jerseys, jackets, wind breakers, etc)

    EVMA Spring Trip - Raystown, PA
    Join EVMA on another mountain biking trip. We are heading to the  http://www.allegrippistrails.com/home
    We will be camping April 30 to May 3 at Seven Points campground, Raystown Lake. Cost is $40 per tent and $50 per camper/RV.
    This should cover camping and group dinner Saturday night. Space is limited. Registration is open.
  • January 22, 2015 8:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Good evening all! 


    This weekend's group rides will be at New quarter Park on saturday and Warhani on sunday! We hope to see many of you there. You have this weekend and saturday of next weekend to get in your group rides for this month's challenge. Once you've ridden 1 saturday AND 1 sunday group ride, be sure to email evmachallenge@evma.org to get credit and earn your first certificate of the year. 

    On the 31st there will be a trail building (rerouting) day at Harwood Mill.  If you are interested in helping out, meet in the parking lot at 8:45 and bring some work gloves, water, a rake, and if you have one, a leaf blower. 

     THe EVMA Spring Camping Trip will be to Raystown PA.  We are heading to the  http://www.allegrippistrails.com/home
    We will be camping April 30 to May 3 at Seven Points campground, Raystown Lake. Cost is $40 per tent and $50 per camper/RV.
    This should cover camping and group dinner Saturday night. Space is limited. Registration is open.
     
    Jersey Orders will be taken through February 14th. All items must be paid for before ordering.
    You can check out the different styles of tops at  http://www.champ-sys.com/cycling/ , click custom cycling collection.
    We are ordering tops (jerseys, jackets, wind breakers, etc)  Send an email to advocate@evma.org with your order. 
     
    The Winter Social is just 2 weeks away on February 8th from 6 to 9pm at the Coventry Club House: 100 Wrought Iron Bend Yorktown, VA
    EVMA will provide light food, beer, wine and soft drinks and a suggested donation of $10 will be collected at door.
    This is a members, spouses and invited guest event only and you may renew or join at the door.  Please register so we can get a count at  http://evma.wildapricot.org/event-1814531 or on the EVMA Facebook page, Winter Social event
     
     
    Check out the  http://evma.wildapricot.org/ web page. Mike Mumford is working hard to update the page. You should register and make sure
    all your information is correct.

    See everyone out on the trails!
  • January 08, 2015 2:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good afternoon EVMA! There is a lot going on and this updated includes the meeting minutes from this past Saturday so please bear with me! I hope you will glance through it all!

    For the month of January, group Rides will be at new quarter on Saturday, and Warhani on Sunday. If you ride on Sunday with the group, bring along some loppers or something to help do a little trimming. There is no formal trail maintenance but it does need a little TLC. This is a perfect opportunity to partly fulfill the January Challenge along with one of the longer term challenges for maintenance.

    Speaking of the challenges, keep in mind we have kicked off the brand new EVMA Challenge. An event page has been created on EVMA’s facebook page for it. I have once again included the details of the challenge and the end of this post. Each month we invite you to participate and earn some bragging rights. Along with the challenge, we have created a group on bikejournal.com to track all of EVMA’s miles. You need to signup and create your own user name, but you can log all of your miles on this one page. We are challenging EVMA to log

    Connie Farley is going to host a ladies beginner ride at New Quarter this Saturday at 10am. With the new year started, this is a great opportunity to meet like minded ladies that will help keep you motivated!

    The long skinny drop on loop A at freedom park has been worked on and changed a little. The wood was beginning to rot but Mike Benton and a few friends were able to fix it up nicely. If you like skinnies check it out!!

    The winter social is coming up in February (8th) at the Coventry community club. Come out and join us for an evening of relaxing, eating, and mountain bike talk. We will have some entertainment, along with the photo contest. Submit yoru photo’s now!! https://www.facebook.com/pages/EVMA-Photo-Contest/482177618559534

    Freedom park is once again hosting a Dirt Diva’s ride the 1st Saturday of the month (except april, it will be the 2nd). Any of you ladies out there whether you are a beginner or advanced rider should join us!
    There will also be a beginner ride during this time whether you are male or female. If you or anyone you know is new to mt biking or just wants to give it a try this is a great opportunity! All that’s required is a bike and helmet!

    If you are interested in being part of the trail council and would like to have more of a voice in the progress of our trails, join us this Sunday January 11th from 530-7pm at freedom park. The inside room has been reserved to discuss a trail rating system, trail characteristics, and trail captain responsibilities. We hope to see a bunch of you there. It will be a great open forum for ideas.

    The Jersey order has not yielded enough yet to place an order. We will be extending the order deadline to February 8th. If you are interested in ordering a jersey, go to http://www.champ-sys.com/cycling/ for item descriptions. Short sleeve jersey is $55, long sleeve is $66, long sleeve fleece is $95 and wind jacket is $65. All items must be paid for before order is placed, or they will not be ordered. To place your order you may email advocate@evma.org with your item and size.

    Kirk Moore is working on the Pump Track and York River State Park and has approached EVMA for help. After a lengthy back and forth discussion, EVMA has pledged $500 to the pump track, with the stipulation that another $500 will be attained from some other funding source. EVMA would like to do it’s best to do some fundraising to raise this $500.

    YRSP would like to conduct a “bring your kids mt biking” on Saturday, May 16th. It will be sanctioned by the park but they are hoping for help from EVMA in the following areas:
    Sign as volunteers for the park
    Advertise
    Ride leader,
    Skills clinic
    Drinks, cookout
    Table membership drive/sell products
    Advertise wowy
    Saturday group ride that day too

    Our spring camping trip will be to Raystown at the end of April (April 30th-May 3rd). We are starting to get interest, but we need to have a general head count before we can set up registration. If you are interested in going and have not done so yet, please email Jim Irby at advocate@evma.org to reserve a spot!! If you want to know a little more about the mt biking there, you can visit http://www.allegrippistrails.com/

    EVMA Challenge 2015

    Goal: To get club members more actively involved by promoting friendly competition. They are challenges to make everyone a better rider, get to know one another and our trails, and have fun while doing it. And bragging rights.

    Description: Each month and each season, a new challenge will be presented to the club. Members will use the honor system, and sometimes a witness, to keep track of his/her own progress. At the end of each month and each season, a volunteer will collect all of the results and enter them into a database. Results will be posted on the EVMA website and/or facebook. At the end of the year, during the winter social, awards will be presented for completed challenges. There will be one all-encompassing EVMA Master challenge as well. The club member must complete all 12 months and all 3 long term challenges to receive the Master challenge award.

    Awards: For every month you complete you will get a certificate. If you complete at least 3 months the award will be ___________________. If you complete at least 6 months the award will be __________________, if you complete at least 9 months the award will be __________________, and if you complete all 12 months the award will be ______________________. There will be 3 longer challenges and awards. For each of these challenges, you will receive _______________. If you complete all 3 longer challenges the award will be _____________________. The EVMA Master Challenge award will be _____________________.

    Description of monthly challenges.
    1. January: Ride at least one Saturday and one Sunday group ride during the month
    2. March: Pedal one trail in any of the parks in the highest gear possible, no changing gears (or lowest?)
    3. April: Take a pair of trimmers with you on 1 ride and do some maintenance, or ask the trail captain what maintenance you could help with
    4. May: Fastest lap at new quarter (you have 4 tries/times to submit) it must be witnessed and an accurate time accounted for.
    5. June: Complete 1 feature on C-loop at Freedom park that you’ve never done before (need a witness, picture proof would be best)
    6. July: How many miles can you ride in 1 day? Person with the most miles in 1 day wins bragging rights.
    7. August: Ride all of the trails at Freedom park in one day
    8. October: Ride all of the trails at York river state park in one day (John Blair in both directions)
    9. November: Do 1 night ride at each of the trails offering them
    10. Anytime (will count towards February, September, December): Ride at least 1 trail outside the EVMA System and write a short review for the club
    11. Anytime (will count towards February, September, December) Lead rides at a park for 1 month (Saturday or Sunday)
    12. Anytime (will count towards February, September, and December): Bring a non-EVMA friend to ride any EVMA trail (preferably for a group ride). Let’s encourage others to give mountain biking a try.

    Description of longer term challenges
    1. Ride all of the parks/trails in the EVMA system, including southside (need to complete within a 3 month time period).
    2. How many volunteer hours can you accumulate? Includes: trail maintenance, leading a group ride, manning a table at an event, cooking lunch for a meeting (Add them up for the year!)
    3. How many miles can you ride in a year? Let’s keep a running tally every 3 months to see who is riding the farthest!

    As you complete a challenge, send an email to evmachallenge@evma.org. This will serve as our proof that you completed the challenge. Any pictures or garmin or strava data that you can include would be appreciated, but this is all going to be on the honor system and for bragging rights!

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