We are are having our monthly trail work day in Blue Lake, but not where you might have been thinking? We will be helping clear the course for the upcoming Mad Scramble CX. The course is near the Mad River Brewery and will need a good number of hands to get the course opened up. Meet on Taylor Way near the brewery.
Join us for our Winter General Meeting at the Arcata Theater Lounge. This one is going to be fantastic. Besides the meeting, we will be raffling off a Carbon Specialized Stumpjumper, courtesy of Specialized with some flare added by Adventures Edge and Revolution Bikes. More details and photos to come. We are also going to show Redbull’s North of Nightfall, see trailer below. And, best of all, RCMBA will update you on what we are working on and where we are headed. So come join us. Here are some details, more to come as we get closer.
Entry: Members will be free. Non-members $5
Doors Open: 6:00 PM
Meeting Starts: 6:30 PM
Movie Starts: 7:30 PM
Doors Close: 9:00 PM
Raffle Tickets: Will be available soon.
We'll be starting and ending at the Mad River brewery for this familiar but challenging ride. It's about 40 miles, and depending on the final route decision it will be 1,000-2500 ft climbing. Please Be courteous on the Hammond trail section! As always, there will be a final sweep vehicle but please be self-sufficient with flat repair, tools, layers, and snacks. See you out there! For more information on the route click here.
The Stomach Churn is a Humboldt event not to be missed. The annual Stomach Churn treats riders to a beautiful Humboldt Short Track course that includes wood and meadow sections. No man made barriers on course, however mother nature has made this circuit a rewarding challenge for all riders with a mix of technical, open sections, climbs and descents. Half hour and hour races on the large circuit, with a free kids race at half time on a portion of the adults' track. The day ends with the one and only Crailing Championships, where the slowest and most stylish wins the day.
Check www.pirateride.org for more information.
Come support Annie and Mary Rail Trail at the inagural Mad Scramble CX race in Blue Lake. There will be a 30 minute race, two kid races, and a 60 minute race, in that order. The 30 minute race will begin at 11:00 AM. More details coming.
Always wanted to take a spin in the forest at night but haven’t? Love night rides? Then join us this Friday for a casual spin through the forest with a fun group of people. If you aren’t sure what you will need for a night ride, then head into one of the local bike shops, they will set you up. Or email us and we can give you some advice. We will meet at the Redwood Curtain Brewery starting at 6:00 and roll at 6:30. Following the ride, hang out at the Curtain for a beverages and food.
Revolution Bicycles is sponsoring a film night at the Arcata Theater Lounge (ATL) to support the Humboldt Composite High School MTB Club (HCMTB). The feature film will be Blood Road (2017), a documentary following mountain biker Rebecca Rusch as she pedals 1,200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh trail to retrace the mysteries surrounding her father’s death in the Vietnam War.
The doors will open at 6 PM and there will be a short film highlighting the past two HCMTB seasons before Blood Road, which will begin at 7 PM.
Tickets will be available from Revolution Bicycles at both the Arcata and Eureka shops as well as from HCMTB.
Head on over to Community Forest in Arcata with Pivot Cycles and the crew from Adventure’s Edge for a fantastic day of fun and riding! We will have a full Factory Demo Fleet there for you to test out all the best from Pivot Cycles! The crew from Adventure’s Edge will also be providing some BBQ for lunch! For more information, please contact Chris at Adventure’s Edge (707) 445-1711, or visit: http://www.adventuresedge.com/.
Come ride with and support the Humboldt Composite High School MTB Club! This event is open to the public and we encourage all riders, especially any potential high school riders, to come out and see what the team and community are all about. The riders will meet in Redwood Park in Arcata at Noon. The ride will leave shortly after. Following the ride, everone is invited to Arcata Scoop for ice cream!
Hope to see you there!
Meet at Forks of Salmon Post Office in Siskiyou County. Ride starts almost promptly at 8:00 a.m. The route follows the North Fork Salmon River along Sawyer's Bar Road to Etna Summit and back down into Scott's Valley. Most riders like to stop at Etna Brewery for lunch, which is a little over forty miles into the ride. From there we turn right on Highway 3 to Callahan and right again on Callahan/Cecilville road all the way back to Forks of Salmon Post Office.
The ride is about 100 miles long with about 10,000 feet of climbing. Almost all of the pavement is in excellent condition; skinny tires work well. There will be a SAG wagon to carry food, water, and other stuff you don't want to load on your bicycle. Know your limitations and be prepared.
Camping for riders, spectators and volunteers Friday and Saturday at Nordheimer Campground. Potluck dinner and party Saturday night after the ride. Musically inclined folks are encouraged to bring their instruments to play around the campfire (if fires are permitted). THERE IS NO POTABLE WATER AT THIS CAMPGROUND, come prepared please.
Limited to 125 riders! Volunteers Needed! Website
A partnership between RFFI and Usal Redwoods is providing a unique opportunity to ride on state, county and private RFFI/Usal land. As an effort to showcase their restoration efforts and stewardship of the land and provide the public access for the weekend we will be riding on their 50,000 acres between the Eel River and the Pacific Ocean. Hoppers have always been about adventure and exploration while striving to connect to and create community within the cycling community of northern California. We are thrilled to be venturing north and give you a glimpse into remote Mendocino County.
Come join RCMBA members and BLM for a Paradise Royale work day. Although this technically is not an RCMBA event, it is being hosted by BLM, it is important to the club and so will be posted under our events banner. Camping will be free for trail workers Friday and Saturday night. Saturday night, BLM will provide dinner. While enjoying the feast, relaxing around the fire, hear about the new plans for a trail that descends from King's Peak Road to Shelter Cove! And, another smaller/beginner loop within the Paradise Royale boundaries.
Come make one of the premier trails in Humboldt even better.
More details to come.
RCMBA members have been invited to a weekend camp out to explore the upper South Fork Trinity River Trails. More information to come, but here is their invite, sounds pretty sweet!
Our Hayfork Youth Conservation Crew has been maintaining the primary 18-mile river trail for more than 15 years, but this year we’ve been fixing up the feeder trails such as Smoky Creek, Rough Gulch, Snow Gap, St Jaques and Dog Gulch as a part of an OHV Restoration project. While the project isn’t finished we’d like to show off what we’ve accomplished so far.
Come on out, bring your camping gear, hiking boots or bikes and we’ll show you around.
Camping at the Forest Glenn Campsite.
Adventure's Edge is bringing back The 8 Hours of Humboldt to the Arcata Community Forest! This year the course promises the fast, fun and of course beautiful trails sheltered under the redwoods. The start, finish and pits will be on the sunny lawns of Redwood Park. We are encouraging teams this year with a focus on a community event in the park. We are trying something new in registration this year. Riders who don't have a team or riders who just want to mix up the friend circle can enter the "wildcard" category! Names will be drawn at random to build some fun and exciting teams! Prizes will be given for more than just race results.... how about Most Fun Tent, Heaviest Bike, Most Stoke.... etc! Round up your friends, share the event, maybe train a tad, and get your rest! Beer and BBQ provided for racer and guest can donate some cash to the HCMTB High School Team and join in the party. The course will be released closer to race day... stay tuned and get registered!
Its almost race day. Come help work on the trails in Blue Lake in preparation of the Mad River Enduro to be held September 8th.
Meet at the gate at 10 or ride up with coming later.
Bring your favorite tools, water, snacks and clothes to work in. Bring the bike for after work shenanigans.
Come join us for the 2nd annual Diamond Grinder on Green Diamond Resource Company roads outside of Blue Lake. No Pre-Riding, Please. This years course is 27.5 miles long, includes 5,000 ft of climbing, and two Mad River crossings. The ride begins at Mad River Brewery at 10 AM. Click here to download the GPX file or check out the route and profile in the image below the AMAZING poster by Bryan Buswell.
July has the second Saturday (our group ride day) and the third Sunday (our trail work day) back to back this month and so we are going to focus all our attention on Blue Lake. As you probably know by now, the Mad River Enduro will be held on September 8th and a lot of work needs to be done on the trails to get them ready. So join us for both or one of the days to do some work and do some rid'n. More details to come.
Join us for our summer General Meeting & Membership Appreciation BBQ. We will give a short recap of the activities we have been working on since January and what we will be working on in the near future as well as longer term goals. Then we will be serving up delicious BBQ. More details to come.
Many local RCMBA ladies will be heading to Oakride for the ladies only Sturdy Dirty Enduro. This is a fantastic event. Many significant others with kids in tow will be heading up to cheer on the gals as they rocket through some of the most amazing riding trails in the States. Many of us will be camping. If you are interested in finding out who is going and coordinating, please contact us and we will get you connected. This is sure to be a highlight of the summer.
RCMBA hosts a ride the second Saturday of each month. Although some monthly rides might be local, we want to make these group rides fall a little out of the ordinary. With this in mind, we will be riding the South Fork Trinity River Trail for the June ride (originally was going to be May but was moved). The trail begins in the Hell Gate campground, just off Highway 36 near the tiny town of Forest Glen. Although the first few miles are on double-track, much of the ride is on single track as you move upriver. The trail is not technical and all abilities can enjoy it although there are a couple sections that are exposed. Riders not comfortable with this, can easily walk these sections. There is a bit of poison oak as well, really isolated to one area. This trail is an out and back and so riders can go as far as they want. Board Member Travis James has ridden this trail several times and has posted this video from 2014.
Because this is a bit of a drive (2 hours from Eureka) people are encouraged to camp for the night and make a weekend out of it, several members are planning to starting Friday night. We hope you can join us.
Ride will start at approximately 10:30.
There are two camp areas near the trail head. Hell Gate is more developed but costs some money, not much, and there is a bunch of free camping but might not have toilets. We will place some sort of sign at the split between the two campsites or on the Hell Gate Camp Site's board.
Look for a giant orange tent (image at bottom of page). We are planning on arriving around 8PM on Friday night.
Current Forecast (as of Thursday @ 08:00): This is a shift from the forecast two days ago and they have added a small chance of rain on Saturday morning and the temp will remain cool. The rain shouldn't be a big deal at all, may even help the trails a bit. The cool weather will make swimming a little less desirable as the river will still be relatively cool. BUT it should be fun nonetheless!
The LaGrange Classic returns! Join your fellow RCMBA members in Weaverville for this one day race in the Weaver Basin Trail System. There is a 14.4 mile short course (1,966 ft climbing) and a 27 mile long course (4,159 ft climbing) on 90% single track. If you are interested in joining other RCMBA members at the race, let us know.
Tri-Kids is an annual classic on the North Coast for kids. The race takes place in Arcata at the high school. The triathlon is for ages 7 to 18. Kids not quite old enough or ready for the triathlon can take part in a super fun and spectator friendly running race. So get your kids out there or come out and cheer! Support active kids! See their website and Facebook site for more details.
For 40 years the Tour of the Unknown Coast has been California’s Toughest Century Ride and among the most beautiful rides anywhere. For 2018 they’re stepping up their game and along with taking finish times are also taking intermediate times at the Dyerville Overlook (100 kilometer turnaround) and at the base of the infamous “Wall.” They will also have medals for the top three men and women in each ride.
Head across the border along with other RCMBA members and get your Spring Thaw on. There is amazing riding and spectating to be had in this two day race format. Saturday, earn your down time in the XC race. On Sunday, it is all DH time. Better yet, get in on the All Mountain Challenge. Great race, people, and place. If you are interested in joining other RCMBA members, contact us.