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.

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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.

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

1,500 Members

MORE celebrates becoming 1,500 members strong.

As we grow as a community of mountain biking enthusiasts we build a brand, voice, and attract others to have fun in the dirt.

MORE is an inclusive community of people who enjoy the outdoors, riding bikes, building trails and sharing the social experience.  Our members demonstrate passion and volunteer spirit by leading rides, hosting events, and building and maintaining 600 miles of trails in over 50 DC, MD and VA parks.

Our numbers help us be heard, enabling advocacy for trails for all users, including hikers, equestrians, runners, dog walkers and mountain bikers.  Together we build communities around trails and establishing opportunities to give back financially or in building and maintaining trails.

MORE invites you to come out and ride your bike in a park near you or share the experience with a friend.

“Riding Bikes and Building Trails since 1992”

Join or renew your membership today to make sure we continue to have a strong advocacy voice.

Trails for Youth

TrailsforYouth.Org and Saris want to thank MORE members for their support. Every MORE member who signs up for the TYO newsletter in November will be automatically entered into a contest to win a Saris bike rack. Drawing will be November 30th and the winner will be announced on the TYO facebook page.  It’s a little something to say “Thanks for all you do for the trails and mountain bike advocacy!” Click here to enter http://eepurl.com/cmD4rf email julie@trailsforyouth.org with any questions.

MORE Recognized by MD State Highway Administration

Terry Maxwell of the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) recently shared the following about MORE in an email to all SHA Stake Holders in Maryland’s Scenic Byways program. The message recognizes MORE’s successes in working with difficult land access issues to keep growing the region’s trail network.

While the recognition comes for efforts taken specifically in Maryland, MORE and its dedicated group of trail liaisons has made great strides in relationships across the region, including the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia.


This week, we would like to recognize the excellent work of MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts), a premier mountain bicycling club in the Mid-Atlantic region; focused on bringing mountain bikers together through a shared vision of riding bikes on, building, and maintaining sustainable trails.

MORE has recently set a huge precedent in MD by brokering a commitment with Pepco to build trails along their power lines. This is HUGE since these corridors are opportunities to build regional trail networks! When MD/DC power utility Pepco merged with Exelon earlier this year, MORE and other trail users were able to obtain this commitment from Pepco to design and help seek funding for a 13 mile trail in Montgomery County as a pilot project that could lead to more trails throughout Montgomery and Prince Georges counties. The design process for the pilot trail is now well underway, with involvement from trail users, county and state agencies, Pepco and its design engineers. The pilot trail is really two trails, a 5 mile natural surface trail that would connect the Muddy Branch and Hoyles Mill trails, and a 13 mile paved trail from the Soccerplex to Montgomery Mall in Germantown. MORE members Dave Scull and Dave Magill are on various committees associated with the design, licensing and funding of the trails. The teams have set a goal of completing designs by March 31, 2017 so that fund raising can begin.

Also, MORE has also helped facilitate agreements with Baltimore City DPW regarding trail use within the Loch Raven Reservoir. More than 50 people attended a community meeting at the Timonium REI store on Oct. 13 to discuss mountain biking at Loch Raven. MORE Trail Liaisons Bob Compton and Jim Bole are leading an effort to build a stronger community around Loch Raven by providing more open communication about various issues. There were good discussions about riding, trails and how to approach the Trail Stewardship Agreement with Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW). Bob and Jim will be providing a more detailed follow-up with action items.
One of MORE’s most important pillars is to build a network of single track trails. When MORE was established, it was primarily as a social club so that riders could meet, bond and ride the trails of Northern Virginia, and Maryland. It became quite obvious, however, that the available network of trails available for mountain biking in our region was limited. So, MORE began to advocate for more places to ride and became an active partner and steward of our region’s natural resources.

MORE has numerous certified representatives regarding the use of IMBA’s Trail Solutions ( https://www.imba.com/trail-solutions ). IMBA isthe international leader in developing sustainable singletrack trails, with experience on more than 350 trail projects in the United States, etc…. Their staff excels at planning, design, construction, and management of trail systems that provide high-quality experiences for visitors while simultaneously minimizing environmental impacts.

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Best Practice Friday is a Maryland Scenic Byways Program initiative, for the purpose of building partnerships towards achieving a sustainable system of scenic byways that contribute towards the State’s goals for preserving our natural and cultural heritage, enhancing economic opportunities related to that heritage, and providing the means to experience that heritage in a safe and enjoyable manner. To see the MSBP Strategic Plan, go to http://www.roads.maryland.gov/OED/MSBP.pdf.

Terry Maxwell
Maryland Scenic Byways / Recreational Trails Program
Office of Planning & Preliminary Engineering | State Highway Administration
707 N Calvert Street |Baltimore, Maryland 21201

EX2 Rendezvous

Thanks to Jim Harmon at EX2 Adventures, MoCo Epic was able to fence-off the beer garden, supply aid stations with water coolers and provide other amenities at no cost.

If you didn’t get to ride Schaffer during the MoCo Epic, join Jim at EX2 Rendezvous Saturday November 5th.

If you can’t race, then volunteer and help make it all happen!  Volunteers help with check-in, aid stations, course marshaling, timing, food, course sweeping and course demarking.  Shifts are usually 2-4 hrs and are available all day.  Volunteers receive free food, a cool race t-shirt, $15 off a future EX2 race or $5 off EX2 merchandise, and our sincere appreciation. Plus, volunteering at EX2 races is fun!

The flowy, fast, and fun trails at Schaeffer Farms offer twisty single-track, stream crossings, log ramps, several steep hills, and open farm field running/riding.  We will start with a half marathon and 10K in the morning (9am and 10:15am, respectively) followed by a cross country mountain bike race at 2pm in the afternoon.  Run, ride, or both – you choose!

Click here to view the course maps, elevation profiles, and GPS tracks.

Click here to view the current start list.

Register by 11:59pm on Wed, 11/2 to save money and guarantee your spot on the starting line.

MOCO Epic 2016 Recap

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2016 MoCo Epic

The 7th edition of the MORE MoCo Epic continued to highlight new trails built with support from the event proceeds. “Going big in your backyard” has new meaning as we bumped up the mileage, again, in 2016.

Ten Mile Creek added over 6 new miles of MoCo Flow to the already impressive inventory of trail within Montgomery County. Riders on the 25, 55 & 75 mile courses were treated to this new trail that hugs the western shores around Little Seneca Lake. Riders on the 40 Mile course saw improvements to their route as well with several re-routes along the Muddy Branch trail to improve sustainability, and flow. These improvements, combined with reversing the course for the first time, gave riders a new look at this classic MORE event.

Hurricane Mathew brought enough rain to bump the Family Fun Day activities until Sunday, creating some logistical challenges. However, our team of incredible volunteers and sponsors rallied and seamlessly adapted to the combined format. Sunny skies and consistent wind made for incredible trail conditions that surprised many of the participants. The MoCo Team, however, knew we would be in for another amazing day.

What a day it was! The early morning clouds gave way to bluebird skies. Upon their return, riders settled in with friends and family to share their combined experiences. The Mothership had plenty of room as the majority of participants opted to soak in the rays while getting refreshments, playing at the bike park, having their picture taken, or simply enjoying the camaraderie of our cycling community.  

We hope to see you on October 7th & 8th, 2017, for the 8th edition of the MoCo Epic. We have some nice things cooking already.  As usual, we’ll be riding bikes ALL DAY LONG!

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We would like to sincerely thank all our event sponsors. Without your support, the MoCo Epic would not exist: Shimano, GU Energy Labs, Whole Foods Market MoCo, REI Co-Op, New Belgium Brewing, Fairfax Screen Printing, Sandy Spring Bank, Germantown Cycles,  Darius Mark State Farm Insurance, The Bike Lane, City Bikes, Bikenetic, Muddy Branch Alliance, Friends of Seneca Creek, Bike Doctor Frederick, PowHer Chiropractic, Village Settlements, EVO Cycle Works, Trails for Youth, Best Bike Rides DC, Duo Signage + Graphics, Knobby Tire Mapping,  EX2 Adventures, Trailwerks Cyclery, Bryce Bike Park, Dart Homes, Erik Scudder- IFP, Agrodolce, DJ Ramzy, 304 Biking, MC Services, ABC Imaging, Texas BBQ Factory, Fine Earth Landscaping, Gravity Soul,  The Bicycle Escape