Today marks the first day of Spring, and with it we announce that our weekly club rides will resume. But wait, there is more. You get two rides, for the price of one (which happens to be free).
Our weekly El Presidente Club ride kicks off the Spring ride renewal. The first of which is this Sunday starting out near Johnny’s garage. Check the calendar for details.
Our normal evening rides also resume on Wednesday, March 27th. We will start gathering at 4pm, and the train leaves the station at 4:30. This is a done deal, so put it on your calendar. We will post the location shortly. Post ride festivities usually follow at one of the local businesses.
Happy Spring and good riding!
Member John Finch takes the initiative to gather popularity ratings on trails that we ride. This is the first move to make the adoption process and trail design process democratic by way of quantitative votes. For that alone this is worth your time and a big thanks for John for getting it off the ground. Please take the 2 minutes out of your life to rate the trails by your level of “love”. This anonymous data will be saved and presented at future RTCA planning meetings. There are maps online to help you identify trails if that helps
How Much do You Love your Trails?
A recent Change.org petition was launched with the support of the Sedona Trail Stewardship Fund LLC., a non-profit advocacy organization. The petition is directed toward a mountain bike specific trail closure order under heavy consideration by the Red Rock Ranger District.
Link to Petition
We invite you to check it out, and if you feel so inclined to sign the petition. If you feel others may be interested, pass this petition along to them as well.
This week the SMBC took a major step into the future of the trail user experience here in the Red Rock Ranger District. With cooperation from the Red Rock Ranger District office and Jennifer Burns, the SMBC was able to install a new digital sign system today at the first of several authorized installations. The system design was created by members of the SMBC board and reflects a modern approach to trail management, and user experience enhancements. The new signs use a technology called “quick response code” which are easily scanned by a user’s mobile smartphone. The district is a perfect place for this type of new digital information system due to its good network coverage. Users who scan the signs will find information on trails previously not available trail-side. In addition the system requires little to no field maintenance to keep updated. In fact each sign can be updated in real-time, so in the future users will access the most up to date trail information, including new routing, conditions, work schedules, volunteer opportunities.
The idea was presented by the SMBC some 7 months ago and took some time to finally get installed. SMBC will continue to support the data backbone with charitable dollars raised through the Sedona Trail Stewardship Fund. Cost for the system are currently less that $8.00 per month and will be kept up to date by volunteers of the club with little time commitment. The SMBC club looks forward to expanding and supporting this new system which enhances the experience for all users and visitors of the district.
To participate in, or support this project please email firstname.lastname@example.org and get involved with the future of the Red Rock Ranger District.
The godfather of Sedona Mountain Biking takes the helm of the SMBC effective today at 4pm. The motion to appoint “Rama” Jon Cogan in the roll of acting president was put forth by Zack Greenfield and was quickly seconded by Dave Cichan of Fat Tire Bikes, Don Bufoni and Jim Monohan of Bike and Bean. The 24hr discussion period expired today at 12 noon and votes securing the position quickly came in thereafter. Rama is a galvanizing figure and arguably the most influential rider the area has seen. His notion of Sedona as a premier riding destination was visionary at a time when the town was primarily known for its local artists and spiritual happenings. Rama brings a unique historical perspective to the board and a large group of friends and fans to the SMBC family. Members have expressed they are so happy to have him come on board at this critical time. The level of enthusiasm and positive energy he holds will surely be felt by our local community of Mountain Bikers.
The term of appointment will continue for a maximum of 180 days upon which a general election will take place for officer positions in the club. Interest in participating in the board, the club or in any way you feel you can should be directed to email@example.com
To reach Rama email firstname.lastname@example.org