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.

 

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.

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

Patapsco Trailfest Recap

We could not be more excited and satisfied about how everyone came together for a weekend of celebrating our amazing trail system with Camping, Running, Hiking, Riding, and Racing at Patapsco Valley State Park.

Lake Fairfax Bike Park and Pump Track Ribbon Cutting

30145262082_f4571e991d_oOn October 8th, Fairfax County officially opened the new pump track at Lake Fairfax Park. MORE contracted with Elevated Trails Design, LLC., to build the new 5000 square foot pump track for a broad range of wheel sizes, but with a lean toward the average mountain bike. Funding for the Pump Track came from the Capital ‘Cross Classic race, The Bike Lane, and People for Bikes. The pump track is located at the very center of the park and is just the start of what will become the primary trail head and gathering point for cyclists within the park. Plans include addition of a 20’ x 20’ shelter, tool shed, and additional seating and signage surrounded by a split rail fence. A new half-mile of trail is also being built by MORE volunteers to connect the new facility with the existing trail system. Check the MORE Trail Work calendar for upcoming workdays.29630018664_700625ce4e_o29630843223_d8501871cc_o

MORE Board of Directors Elections are Coming

The MORE Board of Directors Annual Elections are coming soon.  The positions up for elections are:

  • Member Representativeunknown
  • Activities Director
  • Virginia Advocacy Director
  • Maryland Advocacy Director

The nomination Period is November 1-25

Voting will take place November 28-December 5

If you would like more information about the positions reach out to any of the existing board members or elections@more-mtb.org

If you are interested in nominating yourself for a position, please email elections@more-mtb.org.

Position Descriptions:

Member Representative – Represents all members from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia. The Members Representative is responsible for building and leading a team of regionally selected membership representatives with the purpose of providing feedback to the BOD. The Members Representative chairs standing members committee. The Members Representative shall have all of the responsibilities and powers of other members of the Board.

Activities Director – Oversees critical volunteer, youth, ride, and event activities of MORE. Manages MORE’s social and youth program activities and the MORE-organized rides program, which is to address the needs of all ages and ability types. Coordinates and publishes the youth programs, event, and ride schedules. The Activities Director chairs the standing activities committee and shall have all of the responsibilities and powers of other members of the Board.

Virginia Advocacy Director – Oversees advocacy, trail building and maintenance efforts in Northern Virginia in support of the MORE vision and mission statements, including the complete life cycle of all trail projects from funding through maintenance via formalized processes as directed by the BOD. Serves as the primary contact for negotiations with land management agencies. The Advocacy Director is responsible for MORE’s advocacy, trail building and maintenance efforts including, but not limited to, the coordination and execution of official trail access initiatives; trail projects; and the trail liaison program, to include maintaining the work day calendar and coordinating the trail maintenance activities of MORE. The Advocacy Director is also responsible for trail planning activities, grant application and/or grant administration functions, and contracting with and scheduling vendors to perform trail construction when applicable.

Maryland Advocacy Director – Oversees advocacy, trail building and maintenance efforts in Maryland in support of the MORE vision and mission statements, including the complete life cycle of all trail projects from funding through maintenance via formalized processes as directed by the BOD. Serves as the primary contact for negotiations with land management agencies. The Advocacy Director is responsible for MORE’s advocacy, trail building and maintenance efforts including, but not limited to, the coordination and execution of official trail access initiatives; trail projects; and the trail liaison program, to include maintaining the work day calendar and coordinating the trail maintenance activities of MORE. The Advocacy Director is also responsible for trail planning activities, grant application and/or grant administration functions, and contracting with and scheduling vendors to perform trail construction when applicable.

 

MORE Meets with Loch Raven Riders to Plan Next Steps

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.

 

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