Race #1 was a huge success. We had 83 racers come out.
Course info for Toonie #2:
Sign in is as that Water Towers from 5:45 to 6:45pm, once signed in you'll climb up to Lower Oil Can. Special Stage 1 is top to bottom Lower Oil Can. To transfer to the next stage you'll head west on the Baden Powell, climb up past Boundary (there are a couple hike a bike section) and the start for Special Stage 2 will be at a high point on the BP. Special Stage 2 will start on the BP then enter into Dreamweaver, continue down Dreamweaver and link directly into St. Mary's connector. Timing for Stage 2 will end where St. Mary's intersects with Boundary.
The Toonies are back and we've made changes for 2013.
Instead of Saturday mornings we've moved to Thursday nights.
The format is going to be Enduro. It's hot right now and getting a lot of hype for good reason. The courses are set out in a loop with the main climbs being untimes liaison sections, the special stages are the fun sections of trail we love. Special stages will be at least 80% down.
The North Shore Trail Pass is a fee that is collected by the NSMBA that is used directly for trail building and trail building resources. It does not pay for administrative costs or insurance, just trail building resources. Get it?
All annual memberships include a Trail Pass.
A North Shore Trail Pass is valid from March 1 of the year of purchase until February 28 of the following year, the same period as an annual membership. Although the purchase of a Trail Pass does not give you the same benefits as an annual membership (Insurance coverage for events and races, discounts at local shops) it does give you the extra piece of mind that you are contributing directly to the local trail system.
The purchase of a Trail Pass includes an annual trail pass (sticker) dated with the year of purchase.
The District of North Vancouver's Utilities Department will be installing underground power from the access gate at the top of Mountain Highway to the Mountain Highway water reservoirs. Work is scheduled to continue into June. Please be aware, access may be restricted at times and delays are expected. Cyclists are asked to dismount, and pedestrians with dogs are asked to keep them on leash. Please use caution when in the construction area and follow all signs and flag person directions.
CBC on Mt Seymour is now officially open for the season.
New woodwork replaced by Okanagan Springs in 2012.
Due to the aging woodwork on this trail, as well as the extensive amount of woodwork, the assessment this year before opening was particularly involved. Significant rot on elevated sections of trail were replaced last year by lead builder Stuart Kerr and his crew from Okanagan Springs. The new woodwork is sound and removed unnecessary risks. There are still areas of concern with expiring, low lying structure that will need replaced within the next two seasons and work will continue this year by Nukeproof and Okanagan Springs to replace expiring structures and continue ground work & drainage. The first CBC TAP day was held on May 26 to improve the eroded exit.
The NSMBA is proud to announce new partnerships with the WMBC in Bellingham Washington and FVMBA in the Fraser Valley as pilot projects in the expansion of the TAP model. "The Trail Adoption Plan has proven incredibly potent in getting the community involved in caring for our trails," Mark Wood, NSMBA Program Manager is excited to have two strong partners to expand the success of the program. "Both FVMBA & WMBC have a solid core of strong builders and an engaged community, this will help propel them to the next level."
Thanks to funding from the Stuart Loewen Family's Foundation, $10 000 was donated to restore the Baden Powell from the Stairs of Despair to the yellow gates on Fromme. The work took place over the course of 2 months, led by Master Builder Todd "Digger" Fiander and NSMBA Builders Pat Podolski and Peter O'Loughlin. The full report, including pictures is here. A sincere thank you to Stuart Loewen for his ongoing support of our efforts.