Monthly Newsletter

BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT A MIND-READER…

 

 

JULY – Update From Our Chairwoman

 

 

Hello fellow mountain bikers and REMBA supporters.  We have so much to be stoked about so grab a chair and hang tight.  Your REMBA crew hit the ground running after our last board meeting with trail work, advocacy work, event support, fundraising and the less exciting but no less important business aspect of growing the REMBA name.
The biggest news is Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest will officially be open for day use only on July 16th.  No camping permitted yet but it’s all in the works to get the infrastructure back in place.    REMBA is partnered with Friends of Boggs Mountain (FOBM) who works directly with Boggs management to assist in getting new trails built. Currently no trails exist due to damage from the salvage logging operation.  We’re stoked to be a part of building the new trail system on the property and to have more trails to ride in REMBA-Land.  Check back soon to see when shovels meet the ground.
We successfully held our first REMBA trail work day in Angwin at the Pacific Union College Demonstration and Experimental Forest.  We cleared a bunch of poison oak, brush and dead trees off the trails.  Thank you for all the volunteers who came out to help.  We had a great time out on some cool trails and look forward to doing more work in partnership with PUC.  Stay tuned for the next Angwin work day.  Good times will be had.
The Ridge Trail Puncheon is complete in Trione-Annadel State Park!  With the help of a grant we were awarded through REI we were able to purchase the materials to rebuild the puncheon.  We’re grateful for all the volunteers who stepped in over the course of the last couple months in some seriously hot weather to help move materials, help with the build, and lots of brushing work.  Thank you, we couldn’t have done it without you.  Check out the pictures of the build on our Facebook page.  Pretty cool stuff.
REMBA has been working with the Parks department in Lake County at their request to assist with building a one way all mountain bike trail that drops down from the top of Mt. Konocti down to the midway point of the mountain.  Stay tuned as we move forward with this project.  Super stoked to hear the words MTB Only!
We’re going to spread some more stoke soon in Napa County.  We’ve been working with land managers in Napa along with some donors who’d like to see the expansion of trails within the county.  There are a few miles’ worth of shovel ready projects and we’re stoked to have the capacity to help facilitate that growth.  Stay tuned for more updates on our mission to have more trails and better trails in REMBA-Land.  More details to follow.
We’re pleased to announce we finalized a contract to hire a trail boss to help with volunteer trail days and trail project management for all the projects headed our way.  We’re stoked to have Tony Cale join our trail team.  Hiring Tony is one more step towards building a solid trail team to accommodate getting new trails implemented and maintaining current trails.
REMBA was also able to present another check to the Skyline Wilderness Park Association to help replace the trail signs they lost in the October fires.  Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Santa Cruz Bikes, we’ve been able to assist the park to help get trails re opened and restored.
In other news we’ve been working with Sonoma County Regional Parks to build a strong partnership within their organization to assist with trail maintenance and potential new trail projects.  REMBA and Sonoma County Bike Coalition teamed up and held a fun fundraiser at Lagunitas where we made almost $1000.00 for each organization.  REMBA was also a part of a successful Dine to Donate with Il Posto Trattoria in Napa.  In our advocacy efforts REMBA sent letters of support for the McCormick Ranch Acquisition in Sonoma County and support for the Great Redwood Trail Project which we’re happy to see bikes are included as users for the 300-mile trail system.  We also moved forward with learning a new program to roll out our membership management plan and we’re currently in the application process to receive a grant to purchase the software.
All in all, a productive month.  We have a lot more in the works so stay tuned to our social media pages where we announce our ongoing projects, trail work days and updates on what’s happening in REMBA-Land.  Feel free to attend our board meetings where all the fun decision making happens.
Once again, thank you for all your support.  We’ll be announcing the yearly member appreciation BBQ soon so be on the lookout for that.  You won’t want to miss the excitement we’re planning this year.
Happy trails and stay stoked!
Deb Bloomquist
Chairwoman – REMBA
 

REMBA Board Member Highlight

 

 

Todd Lindemann
Where do I begin…biking has been in my DNA since a young kid building and riding BMX bikes throughout grade school. Growing up around Chicago, you wanted to get out in summers, and a bike was my ticket to freedom. I drifted away from riding in my high school and early college years but did discover skiing and a drive to move west after a spring break trip to Steamboat. My last few years in college, (Wisconsin) in the late ‘80s, I got exposed to mountain biking and I was hooked. I started racing shortly after college in the Midwest and eventually landed a job where I could reside in Tahoe. Which, I still love riding, skiing and exploring Tahoe to this day.
My future wife was crazy enough to leave her budding career and move to Tahoe a few months after my move from Chicago and after almost 7 years and a kid later, our journey took us to San Jose. That didn’t last long, but we do have some fond memories as our youngest was born there. Our next move was to Park City, UT for 8 years…yes, I like to live in really cool places!
During all this time I got more into endurance riding, bike packing and racing such as PC Point2Point, White Rim Trail unsupported in a day, 24 hours of Tahoe – twice, Steamboat Stinger, Maah Daah Hey, 24 hours of Moab three times with the last a bucket list solo effort, etc… yes, my wife is amazing and very supportive.
All this leads us to now residing in Sonoma County, raising kids, working for a fantastic company (SVP at Redwood CU) and helping make a better community with REMBA. I currently serve as Treasurer with REMBA, helping guide a young, but quickly developing organization. When it comes to trails in CA, I have come to realize it takes longer than anyone expected and costs way more! REMBA is there to guide us along that journey and we are starting to see a lot of movement that will lead to “better and more trails” in the near future.
Cheers, Todd
 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

 

We need your help!
Pump Track – Our pump track champion Doug McKenzie will be taking a temporary leave
of absence.  Doug will be back in about 2 months.  In the mean time we have Adam Havner who will be leading volunteer work on Mondays.  We’re in need of someone willing to get the track on Wednesdays, Fridays and hopefully a weekend day (or whenever you can make it!) to check the track and water. Also daily riding is good for the track.
Contact: Doug: douglasi@sonic.net, on Facebook:  Pump Track, Santa Rosa
Let’s face it, it’s more fun to get involved and be a part of Sonoma County’s first public pump track.
GRANT WRITER:  If you’re interested in helping REMBA apply for grants we need your help.  Most of our time lately has been tied up in advocacy and trail building.  We’re missing grant opportunities. If you can help email deb@mountainbikealliance.org We’d love your help.PROOFREADER/EDITOR: We’d love to utilize your skills for proofreading our newsletter and potentially content for future print projects.  This would be a couple hours a month, if that. Email deb@mountainbikealliance if you’re interested.OTHER VOLUNTEERS: There are many areas we need help.  We understand it’s not always easy to get to trail work or to our scheduled events.  Hey, life is busy and we totally get that.  However there are many areas we could use your help.  Feel free to email deb@mountainbikealliance.org if you have an hour or two to spare.  We can use administrative help, legal help, financial advice, fund raising help etc.  If you have a skill you think would help our doors are open.

 

 

WHIP OUT YOUR CALENDARS!

 

 

4th Saturday REMBA Trail Day – CANCELLED
Check back for our next trail work day.
Thursday, July 5th (CANCELLED)– REMBA Team Advocacy Lunch Meetup

Trail House (4036 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa) 12-1 p.m.
Let’s chat advocacy! REMBA members are welcome to drop in on our monthly advocacy team meetings to learn what’s happening – and especially what’s upcoming in our work to keep mountain bike access in the fore of open space, park and trail planning throughout the Redwood Empire. Team leads Jake Bayless and Ken Wells will do their best to get you up to speed, and they are also super interested in hearing your ideas and concerns. Come on down to the Trailhouse and toast our continued success!

Wednesday, July 11th REMBA Board Meeting

Bike Monkey Headquarters  7-9 p.m.
REMBA members are welcome to drop by and see how the sausage gets made. Board meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month. Click below to RSVP with the Board Chair Deb.

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Sunday, July 22: Bell Joy Ride 
Trail House Santa Rosa (4036 Montgomery Drive) 9AM-1PM
Women’s MTB group rides! No drop. Social. All the fun! Click the link below to register. Spots are limited
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Saturday, August 16th – MCBC Dirt Fondo 
WHAT: An endurance ride, with 20 mile, 32 mile and 45 mile routes
WHEN: Saturday, August 18th, 2018 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
WHERE: Presidio Riding Club on Bunker Road in Marin Headlands

 

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