Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Ride Cancelled

This sucks, but BONC's New Year's Day ride has been cancelled. Predictions of 32 degrees and snow showers are why. I suppose we could try to toughen up and ride anyway, but who are we kidding... we are Californians.

Hopefully, we can schedule another club ride soon.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

BONC January Newsletter

The January BONC newsletter is now available. Get the scoop on local mountain bike riding, advocacy and social events. Read it online:

Friday, December 24, 2010

Kids and Trailwork

Recently, I began training my kids to enjoy and participate in trailwork. Like adults, at first they find the work challenging and exhausting, but come to appreciate and deeply enjoy it. Trailwork is an ideal activity for kids; it gets them outside exercising and developing a work ethic, plus they start to learn the intrinsic value of being a volunteer.

The key is to not push them too hard. Give them small tasks that do not require large hikes in or full day efforts. Today, I brought my daughters out to Scott's Drop, where we cleared many downed trees that made the trail impassible. While I did the heavy lifting, I set them off trimming smaller brush with loppers and handheld clippers. After several hours, we wrapped it up, climbed back in the truck and headed home. Both of the girls told me they really liked our outing and would love to do it again.

Which is about as nice a thing as I could hear on this Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Round Mountain Recap, 12/11

A big thank you to everyone who pitched in at BONC's trailwork event on Saturday. About 25 volunteers installed culverts, took out downed trees, built a bench at Coyote Overlook, repaired a blowout of the South Yuba Trail, finished the re-route project near Coyote Overlook and planned for more trail improvements.

We'll have a longer write up in our upcoming BONC newsletter issue. In the meantime, here are some pics. Darwin posted some additional pics on our Facebook page:

Special thanks to the Nevada County Land Trust (who donated a culvert) and everyone else who has worked on Round Mountain recently.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Join BONC at a New Membership Level!

Bicyclists of Nevada County (BONC) is pleased to announce multiple membership levels, each contributing toward the future success of BONC's advocacy and trails building efforts:

Basic Membership - $20 annual
Trail Explorer - $40 annual
Fat Tire Friend - $70 annual
Singletrack Sustainer - $100+ annual

BONC invites financial contributions in excess of our basic membership level. This encourages those who can, to support trails development financially, even if unable to personally move dirt on BONC's trail-building projects.

Your membership helps fund purchase and maintenance of tools, trail construction, trails maintenance, trail planning, advocacy, events, club insurance and more. Enjoy a 10% discount off parts at local retailers, upon presentation of your current BONC membership card. Visit and click Join for details.

BONC is an 501c3 non-profit organization; consult your tax professional regarding deductibility.

Thank you in advance for your contribution to the ongoing success of BONC!

Friday, December 10, 2010

New Year's Day Ride

Join BONC for an intermediate-advanced ride on New Years Day! Meet at the Rood Center at 10AM... hey you have to wake up sometime :-) We'll meander along local ditch trails, perhaps hit the top part of Round Mountain or Miners Trail. Helmets required.

Please let me know if you can co-lead this ride, thanks. Map: