Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Round Mountain Trails Clear

Today I rode Round Mountain (Rock Creek Flume > Up and Over > Round Mountain > South Yuba > back) and was pleased to see that so many of the downed trees from last week's storm have been cleared. Many of these trees were large, so it was impressive to see the trail community step up and put in such an effort. I've advocated such maintenance for a long time; it is good to see that others share this perspective.

Round Mountain is a special place. If you want to help further improve these trails, please consider joining BONC for a trailwork and ride event on Saturday 12/11.

Friday, November 26, 2010

11/27 Ride Cancelled

Because of the forecast of snow/wet/cold, Saturday's BONC ride from the Rood Center is *cancelled*. Hope everyone enjoyed their holiday.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

BONC Newsletter

I am very happy to declare that at long last, BONC has a newsletter! Take a look.

We'll distribute this to the group's email list, website and at local bike shops. If you have a story or submission, just let BONC know.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

BONC Ride, Saturday 11/27 at 10AM

Join BONC for an intermediate/advanced ride on Saturday, 11/27 @ 10AM. We will explore the new Hirschman's Trail, Cement Hill Ditch and the top of Round Mountain. Bring a snack, water and determination to have a good time! Helmets required. Meet at the Rood Center. Map:

If you can help co-lead this ride, please let me know.

Friday, November 12, 2010

BONC Support for the Scott's Drop Re-Route

BONC submitted the following letter of support for the Scott's Drop trail re-route. This project will convert the existing trail into a sustainable route beginning at Pioneer Trail near the 5 Mile House and ending at Scott's Flat:

Genice Froehlilch
Yuba River Ranger District
Tahoe National Forest
15924 Highway 49
Camptonville CA 95922

Dear Genice,

Bicyclists of Nevada County (BONC) supports re-routing the Scott's Drop Trail in the Highway 20 Corridor as a non-motorized multiple-use trail. The Tahoe National Forest and Nevada Irrigation District (NID) has begun planning a new version of this trail that is less steep and more sustainable. We applaud this effort.

BONC believes that this trail should be established as a permanent amenity for the public to enjoy. Thus, we support the creation of a recorded trail easement across NID lands to protect such access for future generations. We hope that the Nevada County Land Trust can be involved to establish and hold such an easement.

At the appropriate time, BONC can offer volunteers to help plan and build the trail. We will participate under the guidance of the Tahoe National Forest and NID who own and manage the project.

BONC is committed to responsible mountain bicycling, preservation and improvement of riding opportunities, cooperation with other interest groups and the education of cyclists and non-cyclists alike. We regularly hold group rides and trail building and improvement events.

Yours truly,
John Gardiner
Chair, Bicyclists of Nevada County

Monday, November 08, 2010

IMBA TCC Visit in Pictures

The IMBA Trail Care Crew visited our area over the weekend. Here are some images of the event:

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Round Mountain Ride and Trailwork, 12/11

You are invited to join BONC on Saturday, December 11 for trailwork and a BONC Gala Ride. Meet at 10AM at the corner of Merrimas Way and Rock Creek Road (map).

We will install culverts, improve drainage at muddy spots and hang some flagging for a re-route of the Up-and-Over Trail. Please bring long pants, long-sleeved shirt, boots, water and a snack. BONC will provide New Belgium beer for participants.

After the trailwork (around noon or 1PM) we'll do a group ride on area trails.

UPDATE 12/1 - Provided we have enough volunteers, we will also repair the section of the South Yuba Trail damaged by a fallen oak, just east of the Round Mountain Trail intersection.