Conditions have been excellent at Black Rock as of late with all the un-seasonably warm weather we have been having. If you are out riding and see any our awesome trail managers lend a hand if you can or let them know how great they are for keeping things running so good all over the mountain.
Come out and help us maintain the trails, re-build and update old trail features, throw dirt and earn some trail karma. Meeting time is at 9am at Basic Training, where we have everyone sign waivers. If there are individuals that are under eighteen who would like to volunteer, we are required to obtain a signature from a parent of guardian on the waiver. We try to work in small teams of four to six people, on different projects, depending on the tasks at hand. We usually try to have the day’s work done by 3pm. For more info on trail building activities, including updates on maintenance day closures for inclement weather, please check us out on Facebook under Black Rock Trail Builders, or BRMBA. The Schedule of Trail Maintenance Days is as follows:
December 14th, January 10th, April 12th, May 9th, and June 14th.
-Bonzai DH is getting updated all over. Re-route of BD6 is half way done.
-Sickter Gnar is getting Gnarly. Re-due of aircraft hanger on SG4. New ladder feature on SG6.
-Grannies Kitchen is Cooking. The Cheese Grater is getting an overhaul, and the Wall Ride is getting a re-build.
-Sunday Stroll is strolling right along with Brake Check.
-Slayer is getting some flow.
-Dino’s Run Around is getting epic.
-Basic Training is getting progressive with some longer flow lines. Getting a pump track, a larger green area, and new updated blue and black lines.
Trail Work on lower grannies kitchen.
Click here for a great article showing that you can wear lycra and enjoy all the hardwork that BRMBA has built for varying user groups. Remember that you don’t always have to “Go Big or Go Home”, you can “Go Big or Go Around” and have a great time.
Blackrock can be ridden by riders on hardtail 26/29ers, full suspension mtn bikes of varying wheel sizes and travel. We have even seen BMX bikes and unicycles out on the trails. At a minimum riders are asked to wear a helmet when on the Mt. Brown trails. Elbow/knee pads, gloves and full face helmets are strongly encouraged but not required. Chest/back body armor are also a good idea but are bulky and hot when climbing. Many riders like to think of Blackrock as armor assisted cross country(aka Freeriding). Many riders push their 40+lb bikes up and have a great time descending on the longer travel bikes that excel in railing the bikes into the corners and jumps. But 20-30lb XC or all-mountain bikes can have a great time.
BLACK ROCK MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
An Opportunity To Support The Organization That Meticulously Operates The Black Rock Trail System
For just short of a decade, the Black Rock Mountain bike trail system has been provided to the public by a small group of local volunteers. Ten years ago, these riders banded together, forming a non-profit organization with the mission of building a top notch trail system, and maintaining access to it. As the Black Rock Mountain Bike Association, we are dedicated to the continued public access to, and care of our precious jewel that is Black Rock.
We have been extremely fortunate to have a volunteer base that is quite unbelievable. Our build days seen numbers in excess of forty strong. Our organization is responsible for providing tools for all these builders to utilize, as well as the Honey Bucket to keep things clean. The fact is, there is quite a long list of expenses to cover.
After years of getting along with an uncomfortably low budget, we have decided to launch a membership program in order to encourage our riding public to donate to our organization. This will be the first time we have charged for membership, and this does not mean you have to be a member to ride at Black Rock.
This is an opportunity to support the group of dedicated people who are working hard to maintain public access, coordinate volunteers, and continually refine the trail system we all love.
For an annual membership fee of $40, you will receive a membership card and 2 membership stickers. Each year will bring a new design to the cards and stickers.
Click here to register as a member online.
Contact: Dan Shell