This just in – for a limited time, Tyax Adventures is offering a 10% discount to 2012 KBRA discount card holders for their guided multi-day mountain bike tours or their new backcountry accommodations. Get into your local Kamloops shop to buy a KBRA card then book before June 1, 2012 with a deposit to take advantage of this great offer.
The mythical romp through the forest is rapidly approaching…pre-register at the Bicycle Cafe in person, call them, or email email@example.com. This is a fun and fast DH race at the Harper trails and always is a great event. The KBRA will be on hand to serve unicorn and narwhal approved food and drinks so make sure to stop by and say hello. Volunteers are always needed so contact Cafe or the KBRA if you would like to come and help! See you Sunday, May 27 at the mountain…
KBRA’s Annual General Meeting to discuss our current plans, financials, and other bike related stuff. Not as formal as it sounds – if you are interested in hearing what we do and how you can help come and meet us. Lots of stuff to discuss and plans to make related to all things mountain biking.
When: May 9, 2012 7-9 PM
Where:Kamloops Yacht Club – 1140 River Street Kamloops
Time to start planning your weekends. Bike season is soon upon us which means events are coming here are some early season race dates to get you started!
April 28-29 – Race the Ranch – BC Cup #1 at the Kamloops Bike Ranch
May 27 – Unicorn 5002 DH at Harper
June 17 – Dirty Feet 6 Hour XC Enduro – Kenna Cartwright Park
July 14-15 – BC Cup #3 – Sun Peaks Bike Park
July 21-22 BC Cup #4 – Silver Star Bike Park
Stay tuned for more events and check out the events calender on our website. Got an event you want promoted? Contact us and we’ll get the word out!
Gotta love those acronyms… The Kamloops Natural Areas Advisory Committee has had two official meetings now. So far we’ve gotten most but not all of the administrative overhead out of the way, such as finding out who all the various reps from the various interest groups are, creating a contact and mailing list, and developing meeting schedules and a Terms of Reference. Not the most exciting stuff, but all very necessary steps when dealing with 24 people from diverse groups trying to meet towards some common goals. The group will be meeting monthly and we have a loose idea formed on what the expectations and deliverables will be from this committee to the City staff. Mountain Bikers are well represented with lots of multi-activity park users getting a seat at the table.
We spent some time reviewing the maps for the “natural areas” parks within the city and learning about what some of them have to offer the citizens, and what issues, conflicts and challenges some of these parks have. Turns out there are a lot more parks than I knew of: some new, some old, some small and some huge. Our focus will be on the two big ones first with a revision of the original Management Plans for Kenna Cartwright and Peterson Creek parks.
Hopefully we can raise the hot topic of the closed trails with the parks staff soon. The discussion point will likely start with “What makes a trail designated vs unauthorized?” and then proceed into “What can we do to get certain trails designated and re-opened?”
Also coming soon to the city website… is the DRAFT version of the “Trails Master Plan” which we’ll forward the info on as it becomes available.
The weather has been playing tricks on us lately, some of us have even been lucky enough to get out on firm trails in between snowfalls. That in mind, as the snow starts to retreat, make sure the trail you are riding won’t sustain any damage from you being on it! Bikes on soft or muddy trails can lead to erosion or long term damage from ruts left behind. If the trail isn’t ready yet then wait a few more days until it is so you can enjoy it going forward. Stay tuned for upcoming events, races, and volunteer opportunities in the coming weeks!
The Parks and Rec staff at the city have formed a committee of local residents and reps from various interest groups to help advise and formulate “Management Plans” for the natural areas and parks within the City of Kamloops. KBRA has managed to secure a seat on this group and we’ll do our best to get the views of local mountain bikers expressed through the planning process. The first meeting is coming up in early February where we will establish the Terms of Reference and other administrative necessities of forming an advisory committee. Check back here for an update once we get into the heart of the issues and start getting down to business about biking opportunities and access in and through our natural areas.
Also… the City of Kamloops is hosting an open house session for the public to view their new “Parks Master Plan” on the evening of Feb. 2nd. Click here for city website details and we’ll see you there!!
Ever wonder what the Bicycle Cafe 2012 calendar money goes towards? Cheryl and her team are raising funds to help new mothers in this country have babies in a safe and healthy environment. This is a great cause and you can help them succeed by checking out their fundraising page at the link below and pledging them. The Cafe team will be heading to Sierra Leone in January 2012 to cycle over 500 kilometres of dirt roads and jungle single-track. Help our local riders help others! Donate today.
2012 Bicycle Cafe Calendars are now on sale!
Featuring local riders on local terrain shot by
epic photographers ( John Gibson, Dan Barham,
Sterling Lorence, Matt Miles and Kaleb Trozzo)
these are a great present for the holidays. Pick
yours up today at the Cafe,only $19.99 and
proceeds go to Project Sierra Leone.
Lots going on this weekend in terms of bike stuff – check out any/all of these great local events!
Mostly Mental Invitational – riding, prizes, secret locations…contact Dylan ASAP as packages are available until Friday October 28. http://www.mostlymentalshuttles.ca/index.html
Taboo Cycles Spooktacular Halloween Night Ride – This year’s ride will take place at the Kamloops Bike Ranch. Meet in the Valleyview Arena parking lot – ride will start and end there. Get your lights and costume ready! Post ride cheer at the Inlander Pub – tell your friends, everyone welcome! October 29, 6:30 PM. http://www.taboocycles.com/
Weiner Jam – dirt jumps, weiners, and music at the Kamloops Bike Ranch October 30 starting at 11 AM. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=271889452851729
Cacti Cross – cyclocross racing at the top of Highland Drive in Juniper (upper Bike Ranch). Hosted by Catherine Pendrel and Interior Cyclocross. October 30, 9:00 AM http://interiorcross.weebly.com/