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  • 12 Jan 2020 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Over the past year the club has grown tremendously in membership. We currently have about 250 members. It’s been a long time since we’ve had that many members.

    First a big shout-out to ALL our amazing ride leaders. Thanks to them we hosted more rides on Meetup than in any other year - 245 rides. That comes out to a ride every 1.5 days. A special thanks goes to Lena, Babs, David and Tami. We now have over 1000 members in our Meetup Group.

    AMBA has always wanted to be able to offer some basic mountain bike instruction to its members. Unfortunately, we were restricted by a lack of insurance coverage. Things have changed, and we are now covered to offer beginner mountain biking instruction. With this coverage comes a new opportunity, and the club will be sending two of our most popular ride leaders to become certified instructors. So, if you are a beginner, you can look forward to more instructional opportunities this coming season.

    One of the goals of the club has been to get more kids involved with mountain biking, which is why we’ve always hosted a “Take A Kid Mountain Biking” day. We have supported the NICA “Goatheads” youth team financially for a couple of years now, but this past November we decided to increase our partnership with them to get more kids involved in mountain biking. In the past, members of the team were restricted by insurance coverage to only riding during their official season. Starting this year, AMBA has now incorporated the Goatheads family into our Meetup online application so they can ride year-round. Now you can expect to see Goatheads affiliated coaches leading AMBA youth rides throughout the year. This is a huge step to keep kids riding. This is also your opportunity to become a youth ride leader. For more information about NICA teams in New Mexico. Contact abqmtbkids@gmail.com and for more information about the AMBA youth rides contact contact@ambanm.org. Kids 5th grade and over are welcome without special approval, and you must sign our online application.

    We had a great time supporting the Albuquerque Mountain Bike Festival with our donut station. The donut station has always been supported by Bikeworks, but they weren’t able to do it this year, so AMBA stepped in to carry the torch and continue this essential tradition. We also supported REI’s membership day and BikeABQ’s annual Meet and Greet. We had fun at both.

    National Trails Day almost didn’t happen but we managed to squeeze in some trail work on the Challenge Trail and had a great BBQ (veggie burgers included) before the rain and lightning drove us to our cars.

    Our board member, David Harding, has been a big supporter of Esperanza, the city run bike program designed to get people in need building and owning their own bikes. Over the summer the program ran out of brake cables which severely limited their ability to go forward with their mission. AMBA, in conjunction with Bikeworks, stepped up to purchase about $300 worth of cables so Esperanza could continue to build bikes. By the way, if you want to work on your own bike, or learn how to work on your own bike, or learn how to work on your own bike with the guidance of a bike “guru,” Esperanza is the place to do it. They have all the special tools and knowledge to get your bike running the way.

    Thanks to David Burton, we have a new website. With the new website, you now have options when you join AMBA. You can join the same way you’ve always done, through IMBA, or you can join directly through our website. Joining through our website means all your money goes directly to the club. Also, on the site you can find links to Facebook, Instagram and Meetup as well as a list of our current board members.

    Unfortunately, our amazing secretary and ride leader, Rachel Bobka, has moved back to Alaska. We will all miss her. Carley Parriot has graciously volunteered to be the club secretary as well as social coordinator.

    As clubs mature, they inevitably go through growing pains. So, if you go on a Meetup ride, we ask that you postpone the celebration to after the ride. This means no alcohol or pot smoking on the ride, and if you listen to music please use ear buds.
  • 26 Jan 2019 9:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Trek Superstore Donation

    First, AMBA would like to thank our local Trek Superstore for its donation of matching funds to our December fundraiser. The club raised $1000 through individual donations and new memberships, and Trek has matched that amount with a $1000 donation. We also wish to thank BikeABQ (http://www.bikeabq.org/) for their significant contribution which helped us reach our $1000 goal. The $2000 raised will go towards local trails!

    Sandia Collaborative

    A big part of what AMBA does is build relationships with land managers and other organizations to advocate for mountain bikers. An example would be The Sandia Collaborative - the newly re-formed Landscape Team which was originally formed during the initial period of revision for the Forest Service Plan. While currently under revision, the purpose of the Collaborative is: ” ... to promote, preserve, restore, and enhance the landscape of the Sandia Ranger District for traditional and contemporary multiple use for current and future generations.

    The December meeting focused on team building and revising existing documentation. Additionally, Crystal Powell, head ranger for the Sandia Ranger District, talked a little bit about the focus of the Forest Service this year, which will be on trails North of I-40. While not official yet, there was some talk of making the downhill trails that start at the 10K trailhead official system trails. The Schedule of Proposed Action (SOPA), which will document trail plans, was supposed to be released early January but well have to wait until after the shutdown to see it.

    Meetings for the Sandia Collaborative are held at the at the James McGrane Public Safety Complex in Tijeras every third Thursday of the month from 9:30am-12pm. For more information about the Collaborative, contact Marsha Kellogg, Facilitator: marita.kellogg@gmail.com

    Cibola/Santa Fe/Carson National Forest:

    Plan Revision Update

    It appears that all three of New Mexicos northern national forests will be presenting their draft plans to the Washington DC office early in 2019. After incorporating any changes identified in that final review, they will be releasing the final draft Forest Plan Revisions and Environmental Impact Statement for the official (NEPA-mandated) 90-day public comment period. Given the government shutdown it's difficult to say when the public comment period will start.

    This public comment period is the last official public comment opportunity and the one that establishes standing if one chooses to challenge the accuracy and appropriateness of Forest Service documents and decision. This links below are the most direct way of keeping track of the respective Forests Plan Revision process:

    White Ridge/Mesa

    AMBA met with Jackie Leyba, BLM land manager for Cuba, concerning White Ridge. Jackie is the land manager for the White Ridge and Cuba area, and we met with him at his request. AMBA was the first of the user groups he is talking to in order to form a user cohort to partner with to provide input and support. We discussed threats and opportunities pertinent to White Ridge. First was the mine expansion. The mine was granted an extension toward the bike trails, but it will be ten years until they get there. They have not yet been allowed access to the bike trail area. The second threat is a threatened species of flower (threatened by user generated trails spider webbing everywhere) and cryptobiotic soil preservation. Options for mitigating damages include education and physical barriers (roped off areas w/signs). Opportunity exists because Jackie fully realizes the recreational importance of the area. Hed like to develop the area with funding through grants. Development could include improved parking, information kiosks, picnic facilities, restroom facilities, creating an official trail system, signage and maps. Well keep everyone updated as we learn more.

    Cuba, NM

    The following comes to us from Dan Roper of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. You can reach Dan here if you would like more information: droper@continentaldividetrail.org

    In 2018, a group of stakeholders from Cuba, New Mexico was awarded a Rural Pathways Project grant award to promote outdoor recreation-based tourism in the Cuba region. With assistance from the New Mexico Tourism Department, they are working to promote trails and outdoor recreation opportunities around Cuba, as well cultural and historic sites that appeal to the adventure traveler. Central to the Cuba project will be the development of a professionally-designed regional trail map highlighting opportunities for hiking, biking, equestrian use, and other outdoor opportunities on public lands around Cuba, as well as installing new kiosks and signage that direct visitors to the trails. Part of this project will involve identifying the best local trails for mountain biking and posting routes on popular trail apps used by mountain bikers. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) passes through Cuba and is open to mountain bikes on sections outside of designated wilderness areas. In addition, the Cuba Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forests has over 200 miles of trails and dirt roads open for exploration, though not all trails are open to bikes. By identifying new mountain bike trails and routes in the area, locals hope to attract this user group to the region and improve the regional trail network for bikers in the coming years. Keep an eye out on apps like MTB Project and Trailforks for some new rides to try out, or grab a Santa Fe National Forest map and pioneer a route of your own.

    Meetup - Meet Your Ride Leaders!

    Our Meetup group is going strong with over 700 members. Our volunteer ride leaders have done a great job providing rides at all levels so make sure to thank them when you see them!

    Meet Ride Leader: BRAD!

    Tell me a little bit about yourself. I work as a business loan officer at TBK Bank

    What got you into mountain biking? I discovered it by accident riding an old street bike on Tramway and coming across a dirt trail and giving it a try.

    Wheres your favorite place to ride in NM, and why? South Tijeras trails just because of the extensive trail network and the variety of trails from smooth flowing trails to intense rocky terrain. I also like White Mesa.

    Whats the most unique/challenging/interesting ride youve been on? I really liked Phils World in Cortez, CO the best. Alien Run hear Aztec, NM was pretty good too. Most challenging was doing a monster loop from Coyote to Pine Flats and back down Otero (Tijeras area trails).

    Want to join a ride? Click on the Meetup icon below!

    Thanks for reading! If you are not a club member, please consider supporting our activities by joining AMBA


  • 9 Sep 2018 6:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Volunteer Trail Work

    We teamed with the Forest Service for National Trails Day to work on revitalizing the Armijo Trail System at the base of the mountain on the East side. This promises to be a great Beginner/Intermediate trail system. We want to thank everyone that came out to work on the trail and those people that worked so hard on the post ride BBQ! 

    In August we teamed with Sandia Open Space to work on the Ponderosa Trail in the Juan Thomas trail system. We spent most of the day maintaining the Ponderosa Loop. The re-routes that have taken place over the last few years have made this a fun and flowy place to ride. Afterwards we had a great club social in the Oak Flats picnic area.

    Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

    Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 6th, from 10am-2pm, for some fun on bikes with kids! Don’t have a bike? We’ll have some to loan out for middle and high school sized kiddos along with helmets. There will be races, led rides, fun games, and free food! If you’re on Facebook, check out our event and RSVP so we have an idea of how many to expect!

    Location: Los Duranes Park, 1600 Gabaldon Rd NW
    Day & Time: Saturday, October 6th, 10 am - 2 pm
    Cost: Smiles and Laughter!
    NMX Sports and Albuquerque Open Space will provide bikes and helmets to loan to middle and high-school aged kids, so come see what mountain biking is all about!
    RSVP on Facebook or Meetup!

    NICA

    Speaking of kids on bikes, did you know that Albuquerque now has a NICA -National Interscholastic Cycling Association - team?! And thanks to Zia Rides, AMBA volunteers, and all the riders at the Enchanted Forest 24 hour race, we were able to raise over $1000 to put towards kid's mountain biking. This money will be going directly to the local NICA team, named Albuquerque Youth Mountain Biking. They had their first race in Arizona on September 9th and it sounds like everyone had a great time!

    “The first race in Arizona was AWESOME. Seven of our student athletes and seven of our coaches went. We had a couple near top ten finishes - these are races with over 80 contestants in each race - but more importantly the kids all had a blast and got to see that this sport is for real. There were over 1000 racers total and 2 or 3 times that many spectators/support. -Anders, NICA Coach

    Meetup

    Our Meetup group is going strong with over 700 members. Our volunteer ride leaders have done a great job providing rides at all levels so make sure to thank them when you see them! If you haven't gone on a Meetup ride they are a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people and make good friends. You can find all our rides and events on Meetup and anyone is welcome to join our rides even if they are not a club member.

    Thanks for reading! If you are not a club member, please consider
    joining AMBA and supporting our activities!

  • 31 Dec 2017 4:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Trail Building

    • We had a great turn out and BBQ for National Trails Day
    • We adopted the Ponderosa Loop in Oak Flats and had two great days re-routing the existing trail and building new trail in preparation for the Albuquerque Mountain Bike Festival
    • We created a totally new trail in one day for the Forrest Service in the Manzanita mountains and had an awesome BBQ to celebrate
    • AMBA members played a large part in the completion of the Three Bottles trail in the Manzanita mountains

    Rides

    • Great social rides all year long at all ability levels with as many as 30 people participating in individual rides
    • Numerous out of town rides with camp-outs and/or BBQs including White Mesa, Galisteo Trail System, Winsor Creek Trail, Phil's World, Moab, Enchanted Forrest and Las Cruces
    • Numerous Women's only rides
    • We had a great Take a Kid Mountain Biking day in conjunction with NMXSports

    Advocacy

    • We currently represent all Albuquerque mountain bikers on the Sandia Collaborative team that advises the Forrest Service
    • We are taking an active role in representing mountain bikers in the Petroglyph National Monument/Abq. Open Space planning process

    Grants

    • We applied for and won an REI grant for $5000, which the Forrest Service used to to purchase a new kiosk for the Placitas Area Trails

    Community Outreach

    • We support NMXSports who used the helmets we donated last year to take 75 disadvantaged kids mountain biking in their new 2017 mountain biking program
    • Became the local site administrator for the Trail Forks application for the Albuquerque riding area

    Thanks for reading! If you are not a club member, please consider
    joining AMBA and supporting our activities!


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