FAT City Cycles Sponsors Fountainhead Trail

Since we are celebrating our 25th anniversary we thought it would be fun to dig through our archives and share some of the articles and news we published on MORE’s first printed newsletter, “Trailhead.” Over the next few weeks we’ll “Throw back Thursday” and share some of these with you.

Ever wonder why Shock-a-Billy Hill is called that? Well, as part of our sponsorship agreement with FAT City Cycles, we promised the custom frame builder to name a gnarly section of trail after their signature frame; This articled appeared in the September 1996 Issue of Trailhead. Read on for the scoop.

We're getting FATter: MORE vicePresident Martin Fernandez (right) and Newsletter Editor/all around MORE guy Andy Carruthers (left) finalize the FAT alliance with Wendyll Behrend-Chance of FAT City Cycles during the 1996 Newsweek 24 hours of Canaan.

We’re getting FATter: MORE Vice-President Martin Fernandez (right) and Newsletter Editor/all around MORE guy Andy Carruthers (left) finalize the FAT alliance with Wendyll Behrend-Chance of FAT City Cycles during the 1996 Newsweek 24 hours of Canaan.

Shock-a-Billy Frame to be Raffled; October Picnic Slated

Getting FAT? We are,

Fat City Cycles, that is, A high performance frame builder based in upstate New York, has teamed up with MORE to sponsor the Fountainhead Regional Park mountain bike trail in Fairfax County. As a primary sponsor of the region’s foremost MTB trail initiative, Fat City has agreed to provide $2,500 in cash and merchandise including a full suspension Shock-a-Billy frame to be raffled. Fat City has also subsidized MORE’s new four-color informational brochure under the exciting terms of the MORE-FAT partnership. Read on to find out how you, MORE, Fat City and the Mid-Atlantic mountain bike community can win, win, win!

Here’s a chance for you to get FATter: on Sunday October 20th, MORE and Fat City Cycles will be holding our Fall picnic at Fountainhead Regional Park. We hope to have several Fat City bikes for you to test ride on singletrack, in addition to the usual socializing and hoopla (B-B-Q, Frizbike, sundry bike-based fun). Details are still in the works, so please consult the Ride Line (703-502-0359) or contact Susan Musante (703-807-0143) for the latest info in October. [Please, please remember that this event is strictly limited to members of MORE and FAT Cogs (Fat City Owners Group members) and their families. The Fountainhead trail is NOT completed and NOT open for public use yet.]

A strong reputation for quality and customer service has already made Fat City among the most preferred brands of quality mountain bikes in the prosperous Mid-Atlantic region, Fat’s sponsorship of the Fountainhead trail is a measure of that! company’s commitment to trails and an acknowledgment of MORE’s success garnering positive press and the respect of land managers and trail users region-wide. The partnership means higher visibility for FAT, more funds for Fountainhead and ultimately, more open trails for all.

Sales of the ten dollar tickets began at a brisk pace at the July 21st Fountainhead fund-raiser ride, where a special guest appearance was put in by Jim Hasenauer, president of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). In order to assure all participants a fair chance at winning, ticket sales will be capped at 1,000. Thus far, MORE has raised over $2,000 of our $6,000 goal for the trail project, including some $600 in raffle revenue.

To purchase your tickets, bring cash or checks to the next Fountainhead trail day– September 7th at 9:30 AM!!! (Call Doug Oates for details at his new number–(703) 660- 6409.) Or attend a 7 PM MORE meeting on the second or fourth Tuesday of the month at the Fairfax Circle Performance Bicycle Shop or the first Tuesday at

the Rockville Performance. Not convenient? Send your check or money order (payable to “MORE”) to MORE/Att: EZ, P.O. Box 2662, Fairfax, VA 22031 along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Your tickets will arrive by mail within three-to-four weeks. Full details about the Shock-a-Billy raffle will be available on MORE’s stellar Web page (http://apollo.gmu.cdu/-chain/more). Additional information can be obtained by e-mailing FntnhdFund@aol.com or by calling MORE President Ed Zimmerman at (703) 779-3576.

Sink some bucks in a chance at high-end equipment while directly supporting your access to top-quality trails. Write a check now!

Follow up – The article below, by Andy Carruthers, appeared in a July/August 1997 issue of trailhead announcing the winner of the FAT City Cycles Shock-a-Billy Raffle.

Trail Volunteer Wins Shock-a-Billy Raffle

“Holy (Cow!) I cannot believe it!” Says Annandale Native.

The Winner, Carl Begeson

At the close of Newsweek’s 24 Hours of Canaan, the crowd was never so hushed as when Chris Chance of FAT City Cycles climbed the stage and pulled the winning ticket for MORE’s marathon raffle. The lucky winner? You.

You and every cyclist in the region who rides trails like Fountainhead and Schaffer Farms, projects made possible in part by raffle revenue and publicity. Yeah, yeah, yeah… we know, but who really won?!

The answer? 34 year-old Carl Bergeson, who got his lone ticket for volunteering at a MORE trail day.

Bergeson, a MORE member for three-plus years, had this to say when told of his good fortune: “GET OUT!” An incredulous pause, and then: “Get out of here. Oh my God, you’re kidding me?!” he said. Finally, when his skepticism waned: “I WON THE SHOCK-A-BILLY!!!!”

Bergeson’s well-won current bike, a 1993 Specialized Rockhopper Comp with rigid fork, had “hit everything except the lottery said Bergeson. The Raffle has made possible a radical upgrade. The Shock-a-Billy frame, with a suggested retail price of about $2,000, was generously donated by FAT City Cycles.

But gear isn’t everything as Bergeson acknowledged. “I’ve always been impressed with MORE. It’s a whole attitude. They’re not a bunch of bike snobs. Just a lot of people who enjoy mountain biking.” And, he added pensively, “go to a work day, you never know what will happen.”

How Far We’ve Come…

Since we are celebrating our 25th anniversary we thought it would be fun to dig through our archives and share some of the articles and news we published on MORE’s first printed newsletter, “Trailhead.” Over the next few weeks we’ll “Throw back Thursday” and share some of these with you. The “Of Note” below appeared in the December 1995 Issue. It gives you a snapshot of how long the club and its volunteers have been working to gain access to valuable riding destinations…

The included attachments represent early work by MORE’s leadership and key volunteers to gain access to the “Shed”. These, along with many more efforts from our current liaisons and dedicated volunteers such as Philip VanWerkhoven, David Kalt, and Joe Whitehair set the tone that led to MORE’s current MOU with the City of Frederick; Indeed, how far we’ve come…

Of Note…

…the Frederick Watershed remains open! The Utility Committee of the City of Frederick met November 15th to consider the impacts and issues surrounding trail cycling. Early rumors of an imminent closure caused MORE to mobilize in advance of the meeting, contacting local officials and consulting with IMBA’s Tim Blumenthal. Member Brad Convis addressed the committee armed with stats about our trail maintenance activities and a willingness to work with land managers to mitigate problems. Public officials stressed that the Watershed area exists to provide the city with its water supply, and was not particularly intended as a recreational area. They also expressed safety concerns about illegal parking along the roadside. Nonetheless, they seemed amenable to continued use by mountain bikers and welcomed MORE’s initiative.

The letter below was submitted by then MORE’s VP Martin Fernandez to the Frederick City Council to offer MORE’s help in maintaining the trails. MORE Member Brad Convis used it when addressing the committee, along with additional documents.

MORE Letter to SHed

Brad’s request to schedule a trail work day at the shed was promptly approved.

Frederick Watershed Letter

What’s Up With MORE?

This month has been dedicated to Spring trail work, planning for the MORE Summer Festival, the 25th Anniversary Gala and IMBA Chapter Discussions.

Spring Trail Work

Thank you all for getting our trails spruced up for the upcoming riding season. Jonathan Kidwell, our Trail Boss,  has been doing an awesome job of posting workdays to the MORE calendar and our friends around the region have been posting on Meetup, Facebook and other social media sites as well. Keep up the great work and do enjoy your trails!

Summer Festival
The Summer Festival is June 10 at Seneca Creek State Park in MD. The organizing committee is planning all kinds of activities for all members of the family, including rides, disc golf, boating, hiking and just plain playing at the giant playground. We do need volunteers to lead rides and help plan some of the activities. Please contact Carlos Alfaro and let him know if you are able to help out. Remember, this is a pot-luck event, so bring your best shareable dish.

25th Anniversary Gala
Tickets for MORE’s 25th anniversary fundraising gala will go on sale June 1 on the MORE website. Tickets for the event are limited (100) and are $75 each. The fund raising Gala event will help us celebrate the past, relish the present, and look into the future of MORE. Additional donations may be made on the MORE website. As always, if you prefer, you can send us a check (payable to MORE) to the PO Box, or make your donation at the event.

We plan to have beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres while we reminisce about MORE’s accomplishments and see video presentation of member submitted pictures.

Please send us your pictures or videos so that we can include them in the presentation. Plan to come to Remember the Past, Embrace the Present and Imagine the Future.

Chapter Discussion
The MORE Board of Directors is working on a timeline for obtaining member feedback on IMBA’s Chapter 3.0 model. We will likely set-up a survey in late fall to gather member feedback.

MORE is currently in a good place as we currently have a grant to cover the difference between the Executive Directors salary and revenue shortfall from the 60/40 revenue split. Basically the 60% IMBA collects from memberships goes to fund MORE’s Executive Directors salary. This formula will change effective June 1st when IMBA will share membership revenue 50/50 with chapters.

Again, MORE is covered and this gives us time to decide what our future with IMBA will be.

I hope you were able to ride your bike or dig in the dirt. As always, if you have any comments or questions please feel free to contact any member of the MORE Board of Directors.

Pro Racer Penny Davidson Endorses Fountainhead MTB Trail Project!

Since we are celebrating our 25th anniversary we thought it would be fun to dig through our archives and share some of the articles and news we published on MORE’s first printed newsletter, “Trailhead.” Over the next few weeks we’ll “Throw back Thursday” and share some of these with you. The article below was published in January 1996 and written by MORE’s newsletter editor, Andy Carruthers. Enjoy, and let us know what you think in the comments below…

Pro Racer Penny Davidson Endorses Fountainhead MTB Trail Project!
MORE initiates Fountainhead Trail Fund to Raise $6,000

Racer and ESPN commentator Penny Davidson with MORE representative Brad Convis in Arizona

Racer and ESPN commentator Penny Davidson with MORE representative Brad Convis in Arizona

Two-time national champion racer and ESPN commentator Penny Davidson has signed onto MORE’s Fountainhead Regional Park Mountain Bike Trail, the first single-user trail being built for cyclists in our region. Davidson, a competitor known for her wide variety of talents, was approached by MORE representatives at the January IMBA Mountain Bike Advocacy Conference outside of Tucson, Arizona. Based in California, Davidson is a Certified Public Accountant and a former school teacher who has made substantial public efforts in support of trail advocates including IMBA and, now, MORE.

MORE Fountainhead Fund Chairman Andy Carruthers said, “We’re very, very pleased to have Penny on board the project.” He continued, “We hope hers Will be the first of several celebrity endorsements that we can parlay into a successful fund-raising campaign in support of the trail.” MORE has committed to raising $6,000 for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) to meet a public funding shortfall for the project. The capital campaign already has an e-mail account (FntnhdFund@aol.com) established to serve as an informational clearinghouse and contact point for potential sponsors and members of the media.

“The level of enthusiasm for the Fountainhead Trail within the club, and within the larger trail cycling community, is very high,” said Carruthers. He noted that the trail, which is tentatively planned to extend as far as eight miles in length, would be a first in many respects: “It would be the first unpaved, bicycle-only trail in the entire metro area, the first NVRPA site to permit cycling on single track, and the first concerted effort by the local cycling community to raise substantial funds in support of a mountain bike trail.”

After seeing trail closures at Sugarloaf Mountain, across Montgomery County and in most of Northern Virginia’s largest parks, cyclists have been rudely informed that they cannot take trail access for granted anymore. “Free trails are a thing of the past, if they ever were a reality at all,” said trails coordinator Brad Convis. While area MTB riders have begun to shoulder their share of trail maintenance responsibilities through groups like MORE and the Capybara Mountain Bike Club with support from the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club (PPTC), cyclists need to note the long term financial and political contributions to trails made by groups such as the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) and the American Hiking Society (AHS). “Mountain bikers need to pay our dues, and this project may well be an image maker or an image breaker for us,” said Convis,

MORE members are urged to help locate potential major donors for the project. “If your employer has a charitable contribution or matching fund program, please contact us,” said Carruthers. He noted that certain firms and businesses were already being considered for appeals and asked for help in screening them; “If you or someone you know closely works for a Northern Virginia bike shop, sport utility vehicle dealer, outdoors store, America Online or the Old Dominion Brewing Company, please let us know.” Referring to this last organization, Carruthers suggested that MORE’s fund-raising campaign might be informally dubbed “RockShox & Root Beer.”

MORE members, said Carruthers, will be approached by mail to make a contribution in support of the Fountainhead Trail. “Well be asking them to make a donation of $50— roughly the cost of a new rear derailleur.” Too much? “Well,” said Carruthers, “we’ll be asking them to consider making a contribution of $100–roughly the cost of a good quality wheel.” A tall order? “We don’t think so,” insisted Carruthers, “because we’ll be asking them to consider the highest commitment level– $250, roughly the cost of a Yakima roof rack system.” When all is said and done, said Convis, “if mountain bikers don’t have trails, there won’t be much for them to do with their derailleurs, their wheels and their roof racks, and I think cyclists know that.”

© January, 1996–The Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE)

Learn MORE about the Fountainhead Project and how far it has come in the last 20 years…

MORE Gets Technical: On-Line Resources Flourish

Since we are celebrating our 25th anniversary we thought it would be fun to dig through our archives and share some of the articles and news we published on MORE’s first printed newsletter, “Trailhead.” Over the next few weeks we’ll “Throw back Thursday” and share some of these with you. The article below was published in December 1995 and written by MORE’s newsletter editor, Andy Carruthers. Enjoy…

Why surf the Net when you can shred the Web? In a powerful display of expertise and imagination, MORE members have established a variety of computer-based resources for mountainbikers with access to a modem or an Internet email address. Ride schedules, special event listings, late breaking alerts about trail access, past issues of Trailhead and other information is now available through a homepage on the World Wide Web (WWW) or an e-mail based “news group”. All thanks to the efforts of Steve Bernard, Dean Rogers and Martin Fernandez. The following instructions will enable you to tap into these and other bike- related resources on the Net.

MORE’s Web Page (http://apollo.gmu.edu/-chain/ more): A fantastic production that rivals any of the noncommercial MTB-related pages we’ve seen on the Web. Web browsing software such as Netscape or Mosaic allows users to rummage through previous—and occasionally forthcoming—Trailhead articles, obtain general info about the club and how to join, explore listings of area ride sites, or refresh your memory on IMBA’s rules of the trail.

The page is a part of Steve Bernard’s grander Web site called “Chain Link” (http://apollo.gmu.edu/-chain) which displays an enormous amount of graphically remarkable info on area bike-matters. Get info on the local race scene or download a NORBA application. Peruse links to other MTB-ish homepages such as the on-line editions of Mountainbike Magazine or Dirt Rag, or to Specialized Bicycle Company. Consult a growing list of regional bike shops and a live link to National Weather Service regional forecasts and satellite images, among other data.

The MORE homepage, cited in the most recent issue of BIKE magazine, continues to be upgraded and expanded on a regular basis. It promises to build MORE’s international reputation in the world of trail cycling. For folks outside the region, the homepage may be all they know about us, and they’re sure to be impressed.

MORE’s e-mail group (more @cycling.org): Those without WWW access or who prefer unvarnished text over high-falutin’ graphics can sign up on this list server for local folk. All you need is an Internet-accessible e-mail address from a commercial ser-vice provider such as America On-Line, CompuServe, or Prodigy, or though your employer. Most federal agencies provide such access, as do a growing percentage of private sector employers in the metro DC-area. Note that your employer may have specific policies about use of e-mail unrelated to work.

To sign up, just send a message to majordomo@cycling.org and enter the words “subscribe more”—with-out the quotation marks—in the mes-sage body. You will be automatically enrolled and promptly receive a mes-sage with instructions and detailed info about the list, including how to unsubscribe.

Anyone can post to this list by sending a conventional e-mail mes-sage to moreecycling.org For this reason, postings should not be considered endorsed or officially sanctioned by MORE. The volume of traffic on this list is fairly low with maybe ten or so postings a week. Discussion tends to center around area trails and upcoming events. There are nearly a hundred subscribers on this list, which was established by Dean Rogers.

The Big List (mtb cycling.org): This is not a MORE enterprise, but it is the international discussion group for true off-road junkies with time on their hands. Twenty to thirty postings a day is pretty much normal. To get them bundled into one single daily message to you, subscribe this way: send a message to majordomo@cycling.org and enter the words “subscribe mtb-digest”— without the quotation marks—in the message body. I personally was able to obtain some obscure technical advice about a mechanical problem by posting my question to this list. Within an hour or two I had multiple well-informed responses, including two from Canada. It’s a lively bunch with a lot to say about bikes. You’ll need a similar appetite to keep up with them.

All about bikes inside the Beltway (dcbike@ipc.apc.org): This is the grand-daddy of local bike news groups. Home of the pedal-phile, DCBIKE encompasses nearly any bike-related subject you may care to indulge, and traffic is reported to be heavy, sometimes upwards of a dozen messages a day. The most passionate postings are often about the transportational role of bicycles, the joys/perils of commuting, and other pavement-related subjects. But all the local bike bases get covered—on and even off the road. To sign up, just send a message to majordomo@ipc.apc.org and enter the words “subscribe dcbike”—without the quotation marks—in the message body. Not sure about signing on? Send a message saying “info dcbike” in the message body to learn more.

March 2017 Board Meeting Minutes + February Activity Reports

Mid-Atlantic-Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE) Board Meeting

Held Via teleconference

March 13, 2017


Board Members Present

  1. Ernie Rodriguez, President
  2. Aaron Richter, Treasurer
  3. Greg Dwyer, Operations Director
  4. Dave Magill, MD Advocacy Director
  5. Jeff Niner, VA Advocacy Director
  6. Carlos Alfaro, Activities Director
  7. Tom Howe, Membership Director

MORE Staff, MORE Members, and Guests

  1. Steve Dontigny, MORE Executive Director
  2. Jonah Meyers, Vice-Treasurer
  3. Jonathan Kidwell, Trail Boss
  4. Martin Fernandez, MORE member and former Board member
  5. Mike Pellerin
  6. Karen Garnet

Item #1: MORE Insurance Overview

Meeting began with Mike Pellerin providing an update of MORE’s liability insurance coverage renewed on March 1, 2017.  MORE renewed at the same rate and same coverage for $14,200 plus and additional rider for the MoCo Epic, costing an additional $2,500.  MORE events are covered under MORE’s liability insurance as long as they are not open to the general public like the MoCo Epic which requires an additional insurance rider.  MORE is not covered for moving features and we need to be diligent in removing or alerting land managers to moving features.  Additional insured may be named on our liability insurance policy at no cost to MORE.  Additional insured are landowners who require indemnification from Memorandum of Understanding agreements.  Mike will research use of electronic waivers in DC, MD and VA.

Item #2: MD Advocacy Update (Dave Magill)

General Discussion: MORE will continue working with MD-Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  MD-DNR protects natural surface trails and establishes policies and procedures allowing access when no damage will result to trails.

  1. Brunswick Rivers Edge and Frederick Watershed: MOU’s have been signed for both RTP recipients; Brunswick Rivers Edge and Frederick Watershed.  Both Rivers Edge and Watershed are working through the NEPA process.  There is another project to sign the Frederick Watershed in the planning phase.
  2. Emmitsburg: Tim O’Donnell in his role of land manager is applying for a trail award to recognize Emmitsburg trails.
  3. Northwest Branch: future increase of trails based on recent land purchase by M-NCPPC/ Additional 500 acres purchased on northwest corner of 10-mile creek. Black Hills would be connected (partially) to Little Bennet. Connectivity will take time as negotiations with developers will take time.
  4. Patapsco: Nothing to report at this time.
  5. Rosaryville: Dave provided an update on Rosaryville meeting with MD- DNR. Previously, trail work and permission issues have been worked through the Rosaryville Conservation Trust.  Issues discussed included rebuilding the inter loop, future stream restoration projects, and possibility of winter closings.
  6. Bacon Ridge: Nothing to report at this time.
  7. Northwest Branch: Open with Shaun Punga and Tom Newton as co-liaisons.

Vote: Motion to transfer $10K of unrestricted general funds into MORE’s Working Capita Grant Fund (Patuxent, Frederick Watershed, and Brunswick). Motion was seconded (Dwyer), vote taken, and motion passed unanimously.

Vote: Motion to move half of the net proceeds ($10K) from 2016 MoCo event in MORE’s unrestricted funds section to MORE’s MoCo Reinvestment Fund. Motion was seconded (Dwyer), vote taken, and motion passed unanimously.

2017 MoCo Epic Event funds transfer (Dave):

Board and Steve Dontigny should be considering how funds would be reinvested in 2017. Steve: Going forward, it’s good to understand the split between spent funds and remaining funds. One idea is to spread the funds around to trail networks in the region.

Winter Liaison meeting (Dave):

All Board members invited. There will be a pre-ride before the meeting. Meeting will take place from 1-4 in Silver Spring. Martin suggested folks from Quantico and Richmond bike clubs attend (they are confirmed).

Item #3: VA Advocacy Update (Jeff Niner)

General Update: Taking time to understand the current issues of all VA trail liaisons. Have met with many of the VA liaisons, but still many more to interact with. A survey email and welcome email has been sent to all VA trail liaisons. All liaisons want MORE’s support with trail workdays and assistance with tools.

  1. Lake Fairfax: A meeting for the VA Trail Liaisons (TL) is in the works sometime after the March TL meeting on March 26th. The VA TL Meeting date and time is TBD.
  2. BROT: On 16 August, there will be a trail survey of the BROT.
  3. GW Forest: Current liaisons are looking to pass the torch. Tom is looking for a replacement, as current team is ready to pass the work on.   Approximately 350 miles of trails. Current liaisons are looking for someone to take over 11 miles of trails that are managed by the Forest Service.

Item #4: Financials (Aaron) *Covered at end of meeting

Looking to push for spring fundraising activities—push liaisons to get additional restricted donations to their specific parks.

Item #5: DC Advocacy Update (Steve Dontigny)

Ft. DuPont Park (FDP): MORE has been asked to lead a ride in the spring (April) for the Riverfest event. Current trail is largely a cinder-based trail. Rode different parts of the trail this past weekend to understand its current situation, to look at alternate routes, and to prepare FDP for the April Riverfest event.   Request to meet w/new park superintendent has been made this week; Steve will deliver MORE’s proposal to care for the trail system in FDP. There is no true single track in FDP. There is an individual who has offered to serve as FDP trail liaison. A big job ahead for MORE to clean, build, manage, and promote the trails in FDP. We have funds in the form of the REI grant ($15K) that need to be put to this project.

Item #5: Donor Development (Steve Dontigny)

Sent out donor contact sheet to each board member this morning; intent is to have each Board member contact individuals on their list. Dave Magill: Do we have a stock presentation about MORE to distribute via email to each potential donor? Steve: Yes, we can update what we created in 2016. Specifically, the “Who is MORE” presentation and the case for support document, though this needs updating. Dave: Need to also update the 10,000 hours of volunteers in our social media so that potential donors can see this. Also, interacting w/our local Chambers of Commerce is an excellent way to reach local businesses and others who support us.   Steve: a powerful argument to donors for funding MORE is that trails assist in keeping users healthy and active; this is a major issue in our current political conversation regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Action for Martin F.: MORE should have a “25 for 25” page on the website to show our metrics, our plan for 2017, and our supporters.  

Item #6: 25th Anniversary Gala (Karen)

Ernie: Updated the Board on current status and past actions. Board authorized an initial $5K to fund the event.

Karen: Committee has explored many options and approaches to the July event. The committee is still reviewing all of its options for venues, prices, numbers of attendees, etc. Venues are expensive. Looking to accommodate approximately 100 people. Committee is looking at an event in downtown Washington, DC. Date is an issue. Target date is July 29th (Saturday evening). $5K would not cover the event at venues we’re looking at. The Loft is where we’re currently looking (downtown, near metro center); we would not have to look at outside caterer at The Loft. Committee is looking at heavy appetizers instead of a sit-down dinner. Looking at a six-hour rental. Karen and the committee will keep the Board informed and updated.

Item #7: Grant Discussion and DMV Outdoor Alliance (Jonah Meyers)

Grant Discussion: Jonah proposed to take the discussion off-line and catch up w/Dave Magill directly.

DMV Outdoor Alliance: Ernie, Steve, Dave, and Jonah rode w/Outdoor Alliance staff in December. Goal was to discuss possibility of uniting outdoor enthusiasts (hikers, climbers, kayakers, horse-back riders, trail runners, etc.) in the DC metro area to see if collaborating on common goals made sense, specifically, focusing on parklands, interfacing w/elected officials, multi-type sport epic events in the region, etc. Ernie: I did not envision MORE contributing funds, but instead, I thought MORE could be a member of the alliance. We don’t want MORE involved in PAC activities. Jonah: The Alliance gets involved in advocacy and lobbying. We could be affiliated, but not financially support. Greg: the concept is appealing and I would ask that additional details be provided to the Board so we can reach a conclusion regarding partnering with the Outdoor Alliance.

Item #8: Summer Festival (Carlos)

Date is June 10th. It will be a family friendly event. We have the venue reserved thanks to Russ Adams. It’s located on the west side of Clopper Lake, in Nuthatch Pavilion. Elaine Hess will be assisting. Action: Need to get this advertised on the website and FB page. Confirmed that we have an alcohol permit. Could we get a demo bike vendor for the summer festival?: Carlos is working this. Looking at Trek and Specialized to demo bikes. Propose we gather swag from vendors now. Dave Magill: there are two activities at Clopper Lake for the family: boat/kayak rides and a frisbee golf course. There is an entry fee to get into the park—we need to let MORE members know this. Do we still pay if we ride in? No. A potluck is a good way to go as the pavilions have electricity and grills. We could have a BBQ competition. Carlos: does our insurance need an additional rider? Ernie: We do not need an additional insurance rider for members and guests of members. Countdown is 89 days away!

Item #9: Women’s Clinic (Steve Dontigny)

Sunday May 7th is next women’s clinic at Lake Accotink. Looking at 100+ women to participate. Steve needs assistance w/rider check-in, registration, and other planning/implementation activities.

Item #10: Website update (Greg)

Greg is behind on his action from the January 2107 Board meeting. Intent is to work w/Martin Fernandez and Jason Ashmore to consider alternatives to the current website. Martin and Jason built the MORE website, Jason is the system administrator and Martin is the content manager. Some initial questions for consideration are: 1) Can we host it somewhere less expensive? 2) Can we edit what is on the website? Editing the website CONTENT is the key goal now. We have 10-15 people with admin rights and each person has their own vision on how/why/when the MORE website should be updated. Jason is excellent at controlling website cost and will continue serve as system administrator. Martin will work to help train administrative users to add content to our site. Action: Rob, Tom, and Carlos, et. al will work together to review the website and provide suggestions for improvements to Greg D. who will present the suggestions, options, and proposed priorities for improving the MORE website during a future Board meeting.

How could we use GIS tracks to map MORE territory via a MORE member? Martin has agreed to update the MORE “Where to Ride” section with heat and actual trail maps.

Item #11: Trailhead News (Tom)

Request has been sent out for Trailhead News content: 25th Gala, MORE Summer Festival, etc. Seeking help to pull content together for the spring Trailhead News.

Item #12: Track it Forward (Jonathon)

Plan is to continue using this system for liaisons and tracking volunteer hours. Until we have something better, we’ll continue w/Track-it-Forward.

Item #13: Membership (Ernie)

MORE is currently at 1,489 members. “Chapter 2.0” from IMBA is still a work in process. Ernie has had several discussions w/IMBA management and believes IMBA is listening.

Item #14: “Club Ride” (Ernie)

MORE 25th Anniversary T-shirts will be available on the “Club Ride’s” website w/some of the proceeds of the $30 T-shirt price going to MORE. “Tees for Trails” promotion on the website.

*The next MORE Board meeting with be April 10th at REI in Tysons Corner.

February Activity Reports

Ernest (Ernie) Rodriguez

  1. Participate in Trails Committee meeting
  2. Survey of trail liaison needs for 2017 planning
  3. Monthly membership reminders to members and individual emails to renewing or joining members.
  4. Various teleconferences with IMBA; David Wiens, Bruce Alt, Antony Duncan
  5. Teleconference with trails committee and local leaders – update on IMBA chapter 2.0
  6. Grant invitation meeting with REI
  7. Grant applications with North Face and Patagonia
  8. Teleconference with UNSELF tracking program – IMBA’s FREE replacement for Track-it-Forward
  9. Teleconference with Outdoor Alliance, Access Fund, Outdoor Climbers to join advocacy forces
  10. Meeting with Boaters Association for participation in kids fishing contest with Steve Dontigny
  11. Work on locations for 2017 monthly board meetings

Steve Dontigny:

  1. Anacostia River Festival Kick-Off Meeting
  2. Dupont Call with M. Drajem
  3. PHTA Board Meeting-LoCo Trails discussion
  4. IMBA All Staff calls
  5. REI Co-op Grant Invitee Reception
  6. Capital Trails Coalition Monthly Meeting
  7. Trails Committee Call
  8. WABA Greg Mullings Call-DC Parks and Rec Bike Park proposals
  9. 4 Mile Run Working Group meeting
  10. MoCo Epic Budgeting and Permitting
  11. Development Master list building
  12. Grant writing and submission
  13. Beth Porter, NPS Outdoor Recreation Planner, discussions and strategy
  14. Dupont/ARF trail recon and repairs
  15. Women’s Clinic planning and permitting

Jeff Niner:

  1. Participated in Trails Committee meeting
  2. Sent Survey email out to Virginia MORE Trail Liaisons to determine trail liaison needs/priorities for 2017 planning
  3. Meeting with Wicked Wash Racing Team to encourage MORE membership/ volunteerism
  4. Teleconference with Trails Committee and local leaders – update on IMBA chapter 2.0 process.
  5. Ride/Meeting with GWNF Trail Liaisons to determine Lee District trail requirements
  6. Planning telecon with GWNF Trail Liaison
  7. Telecon with potential candidate for GNWF Trail Liaison replacement
  8. Discussion with Wakefield Trail Liaison (Tom Howe) re future skills park at Wakefield

Dave Magill:

  1. Reviewed 2017 RTP grant MOU’s, discussed with C. Alfano and D. Kalt, executed same on behalf of MORE
  2. Supported C. Alfano re NEPA review for the Brunswick Grant
  3. Organized meeting site and agenda for the Liaison’s meeting March 26
  4. Reviewed early draft 2017 MoCoEpic budget and plan with Steve D.
  5. Organized a Northwest Branch advocacy effort with five MORE members to support the newly opened trail
  6. Reviewed and supported MoCo Parks plans for an alternate trail connection from Black Hills to within two miles of Little Bennett
  7. Held informational call with expanded trails committee on changes at IMBA
  8. Held formal trails committee meeting – TC approved transferring $10k of the Grants Working Capital Fund to Patuxent for three permitting contracts
  9. Signed $10k of permitting contracts for the Patuxent project
  10. Helped resolve/document transfer of all remaining funds in the Patapsco Special Purpose Funds to Friends of PVSP.

Jonah Meyers:

  1. Attended/volunteered at Winter Party
  2. Fairland corridor clearing trail work day
  3. Teleconference with Outdoor Alliance, Access Fund, Outdoor Climbers to join advocacy forces
  4. Donations deposits and PayPal tracking
  5. Maryland RTP procedures call for Brunswick and Frederick 2017 grants
  6. Maryland RTP procurement for Patuxent 2015-6 grants

Aaron Richter:

  1. Winter party
  2. MOCO epic books
  3. Closed old credit cards
  4. Opened money market account
  5. Worked on closing 2016 books
  6. 2017 bookkeeping
  7. Filed MD and VA documents

Rob Lowe:

  1. Transition Meeting Attended Jan 2017
  2. Lead Rides (6) Regular, 1 weekend Ride
  3. Ad-hoc Puddle trail work at Wakefield
  4. Winter Party – Setup, Tear down, Clean-up
  5. Anniversary Party – Attended Calls, Reviews Materials, Searched for Locations
  6. 2x Executive Sessions with Ernie and Steve
  7. Outreach at Shops
  8. Team BikenetiCX Donation – $1500 Check (2017), + 2 Events in 2016 Raised near $800 Profits.

Greg Dwyer:

  1. Supported and attended the MORE Winter Meeting, posted meeting reminder on the MORE FB page.
  2.  Circulated to the Board for review, updated, and posted to the website (thanks Martin!) MORE’s Club Rules document, incorporating the new MD and VA/DC Trails Advocacy positions.
  3.  Met with owner of Shine Massage and Wellness of Riverdale, MD and received in-kind donation for future MORE event (Summer meeting recognition?).
  4.  Attended/participated in Fairland trail work day and posted two updates (before and after) to the MORE FB page regarding the workday.

Brad Hawk:

  1. Working on new system to track rides, ride leaders and sweeps in conjunction with posted rides on MORE calendar.
  2. Communication and support with Jo, Simona, Kathy and Anne for the MORE ladies Spring/Summer Event.
  3. Two trail workdays at Accotink clearing deadfall and closing rogue trails.
  4. Accotink stream clean up day. Removed garbage and debris.
  5. Posted Trail workdays, rides and events on Facebook page and MORE calendar.
  6. Winter Party / set-up

Jonathon Kidwell:

  1. Winter party
  2. Track it Forward data entry and close out for 2016
  3. Data entry and follow-ups for 2017 workdays
  4. Trails Committee call
  5. GWNF Ride with Ernie and Jeff

Tom Howe:

  1. Request for Trailhead Newsletter content
  2. Work with Ernie and Steve to understand CiviCRM
  3. Work with Ernie to help with monthly email reminders for renewals and thank you emails that are currently sent
  4. Complete any remaining transitioning from Jason Miller


Tees for Trails

Club Ride Apparel is teaming up with MORE to celebrate 25 years of “Riding Bikes and Building Trails”.

Request for Expression of Interest – MoCo

Our friends at Montgomery National Capital Park and Planning Commission are seeking bids to provide Bike Rentals within Montgomery County Parks.

Please see attached document for details.

Submission deadline is February 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM.


MORE’s Elaine Hess receives IMBA Award

Recipients Announced for Scott Scudamore National Volunteer Leadership Award

The International Mountain Bicycling Association was pleased to honor the inaugural recipients of the new Scott Scudamore National Volunteer Leadership Award at IMBA’s World Summit in Bentonville, AR, this past November. The award presentation featured Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, IMBA Vice President of Government Relations Bruce Alt and brother and sister of Scott “Scud” Scudamore, Marc Scudamore and Robin Vertino.

The award honors outstanding volunteers who are making a significant contribution to the mountain bicycling community. IMBA received more than 160 nominations covering all ten regions.

Elaine and Marie

Elaine Hess and MORE sMORE Marie, Scott’s granddaughter.

Elaine Hess with IMBA chapter Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) was the recipient of the overall award.

“Elaine embodies the energy and excitement that we all associated with Scud,” said Ernest Rodriguez, President of MORE. “She is so motivated to volunteer and has found a niche in which she feels very comfortable giving back.”

Hess is the Family Ride Program Coordinator for MORE, among a host of other active volunteer duties. Rodriguez said she exemplifies the Scudamore attitude of getting everyone she meets involved to volunteer.

Regional award recipients were as follows:

  • Atlantic: Clark Jones, Richmond, Virginia More
  • California/Hawaii: Greg Bettencourt, Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers
  • Colorado/Wyoming: Adam Cornely, Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association
  • Great Lakes: Jason Aric Jones, Potawatomi Mountain Bike Association
  • Midwest: Adam Sundburg, Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores
  • Pacific Northwest: Eric Emerson, Team Dirt
  • South Central: Basil Hicks Jr., Central Arkansas Trail Alliance
  • Southeast: Philip Darden, Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers
  • Southwest: Brent Bonwell, Santa Fe Fat Tire Society

Nine grants of $1,000 each will be awarded to the above IMBA chapters and one grant of $4,000 will be awarded to MORE in honor of Elaine Hess.

Scott “Superman Scud” Scudamore was a retired Air Force Captain who exemplified mountain bike volunteerism through his work with MORE. Scud’s specialty was introducing new riders to mountain biking advocacy and the efforts needed from local voices to ensure the sustainability of off-road trail networks to the growing population of outdoor enthusiasts.


Contact Eleanor Blick, IMBA Communications Manager (303) 545-9011 ext. 116