SUCCESS! New Addition To The Arcata Community Forest!

As we understand it, the FUNDING GAP IS CLOSED, Arcata has the funds to purchase the property. Thanks to everyone who donated. Although we don't know any of the details, we know our members made a difference and will continue to do so into the future.

RCMBA Members--Help Fund the Forsyth Addition to the Arcata Community Forest!

     Arcata is adding the 49-acre Forsyth Tract to the Community Forest but is facing a funding gap. Your RCMBA Board has unanimously voted to help by matching (up to $2500) donations by our club members.

     This addition has been a de facto part of the Community Forest for many years, hosting the Jump Trail (and other fun MTB routes), disc golf holes, hiking trails and the occasional logging operation. At this time the City plans to keep the Jump Trail, add new trail segments and make needed environmental improvements. Community input will be sought.

     You can invest in our community by going here to the Humboldt Area Foundation or by sending a check to the Environmental Services Department at 736 F Street, Arcata CA 95521. Either way please reference both the RCMBA and the Forsyth Tract so the club can keep track of, and match, your donations. Donations may be tax-deductble. Thanks!

Humboldt Composite High School MTB Club Finishes Strong!

Humboldt Composite's second half of the season saw our high school MTB racers improve on their already impressive results. At Granite Bay, Meigan finished second in JV girls and Vivian rode strong into 13th for sophomore girls. For sophomore boys, Tommy, Ethan, and Wyatt finished 6th, 25th and 32nd over the rocky, windy course. Kyle, Dillon, Blake, and Riley ripped it up in the freshman boys race in 13, 16, 18 and 58th place. For JV boys, Sawyer finished in his best place yet at 35th in the hot sunny weather. Our best day yet!!

At the Norcal conference champs we had another great race. While the camping at the Six Sigma Ranch was a highlight, the racers had a battle on the course with very warm temperatures and challenging singletrack. Meigan finished her amazing season in the JV girls division with a second place several minutes ahead of third, ending the regular season 2nd overall! Elizabeth started her JV girls race at the back of the field and finished an incredible 7th!! In the boys sophomore race, Tommy started strong in 10th but suffered a slow flat tire that relegated him to 42nd. Ethan had an amazing race to finish 13th with a big smile on his face. Wyatt finished his short season with a great 26th. In the freshman boys race, Blake rocked it with his broken foot to finish 15th, followed by Kyle and Dillon in 16th and 17th. Birthday boy Sawyer had a great race in the heat of the day to finish off his senior year racing JV boys in 35th. He said it was his best race of the year, and not just because of the custom cupcakes we shared to celebrate!

At State Champs in Petaluma at the Five Springs Farm, our team had an amazing day. Meigan finished atop the podium in 3rd, and Lizzy 24 in the JV girls. This was in a huge field of 76. An incredible feat for both racers! Viv finished in 25th after being held up at the start; and Tommy and Ethan raced hard in their incredibly competitive field to finish 24th and 40th. Freshman boys Kyle and Dillon fought to finish 22nd and 36th, again in huge fields of over 100!! Kudos to Wyatt for battling through a tough day.

This was the first full racing season for HCMTB and it was so very successful. A huge thanks to the parents, families, and especially great sponsors for all the support. RCMBA, Revolution Bike, Adventure's Edge, Greenway, Arcata Scoop, Matthews, Kluck, Walsh and Wykle, RMI Outdoors, Visual Concepts, and Los Bagels.


Recap: May RCMBA Group Ride at Lacks

Lacks Creek greeted 15 RCMBA riders with bountiful sunshine, stunning views, and swift trails for the May Group Ride this past Saturday! Though the ticks were thirsty, the crew (covered in DEET) was mostly unscathed by their presence and had an awesome day out there.  We welcomed several new riders to RCMBA and to Lacks, and we’re positive they will be back for more! The highlight of the day was teaming up with the High School Composite MTB Club for their end of year celebration and BBQ. There’s nothing better than chasing those kids down the mountain and learning a thing or two! The trails are in decent shape, though could benefit from some brush clearing on Tomfoolery and some pickup sticks and blowing on Lacks Mountain. Stay tuned for an RCMBA workday out there soon! The next scheduled Group Ride (and campout!) is June 9th at Hellgate, so clear your calendars now! That ride is sure to be one of the best of the year. For more information, see the RCMBA Events page.