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Saturday, February 6th
This weekend we’ll be fixing up a muddy spot on the North Bank Trail. As you pass through the fence between Texas Beach and the cemetery, there is a spot that stays muddy long after the rest of the trail has dried, so we’ll be arming this section to keep it from getting rutted out.
We’ll be meeting at the Texas Beach trailhead at 9am. Bring water, gloves and sturdy shoes.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Trail work this Saturday will take place on the Northbank Trail at the Texas Beach trailhead. We’ll be doing some needed tread repair and if we get enough volunteers we also have a small reroute planned.
Meet at the Texas Beach parking lot (Texas Ave. south of Kansas Ave.) at 9am. Bring work gloves, water and sturdy shoes.
Please join rvaMORE for our Winter Social on Tuesday, December 15th from 6 – 8pm at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is located at 2408 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220
We’re back at the Pump Track this week. The Skills Area receives a lot of use through out the year and it’s in need of some touch ups. This Summer the James River Park staff moved the beginner pump track out from under the bridge so it would get some extra moisture and stay in better shape. Now the intermediate pump track needs some love.
Work will get started at 9am on Saturday, December 12th. Meet at the Belle Isle Skills Area and bring work gloves, water and sturdy shoes.
This year we’re doing something new. This first Saturday of every month will be dedicated to fixing up and maintaining the Belle Isle Skills Area. The Skills Area receives a lot of use through out the year and it’s in need of some touch ups. This Summer the James River Park staff moved the beginner pump track out from under the bridge so it would get some extra moisture and stay in better shape. Now the intermediate pump track needs some love.
Work will get started at 9am on Saturday, December 5th. Meet at the Belle Isle Skills Area and bring work gloves, water and sturdy shoes.
rvaMORE has so much to be thankful for. First and foremost we are thankful for all the volunteers. We could not have done this without everyone’s hard work and financial support!! Thank you!
Here are the top ten things rvaMORE volunteers accomplished for your trails in 2015.
Over 250 attended the event held at the Hardywood last February. We had beer, food raffles and a band. It was a great time for the community to get together and talk bikes. We raised $4,000 at this year’s event.
2. Pocahontas State Park
June this year we completed 7 miles of new trail in the Swift Creek area of Pocahontas Park. This project brought the needed beginner and handcycle trails. Also this system is a lot of fun in it for advanced riders with rollers and berms. The total funds raised to build this first phase were $325,000. A big thank you to the following donors: Altria, Dominion, Mead Westvaco and private donors.
3. Trail work
Winter started off with a new section of Buttermilk and 3 bridges that completed the route out at Ancarrow’s. This fall the Slave Trail now has a bypass. Scout camp volunteers took out a marshy area and moved it to dryer ground. At Deep Run three new boardwalks were built and reopening of Dorey Park.
4. Tour de Fall Line
This September, rvaMORE held the second annual Tour de Fall Line. We had over 150 attend and ride along the James and stay for the after party. The ride offered 14, 28, and 50 mile loops that connected parks from Chimbarazo all the way to Larus Park. At the finish on Mayo Island was Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, Mellow Mushroom Pizza (supplied by RVA Racing) Several craft Beers, and music by Josh Small and Andrew Ali. This event raised $4,000.
5. Ride Center
This past August IMBA awarded Richmond Virginia Bronze Ride Center Status. This puts Richmond on a list of top mountain bike destinations. The Richmond area has over 70 miles of single track mountain bike trails and 7 miles of handcycle friendly trail.
This year we purchased a tool trailer and a Ditch Witch SK 500. Both have been vital in putting the 7 miles of trail at Pocahontas and a single place to store and deploy rvaMORE’s arsenal of vital tools to build your trails.
7. IMBA Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day
A big thank you to Greg Mika and his crew from RVA Racing that held the rain delayed TAKMBD at Pocahontas. It was great to see over 30 kids from 3-17 years old out on bikes and using the new trails.
8. Trailbuilding class
16 volunteers came out and learned how to build and reclaim trail. They also moved a section of trail in Forest Hill Park. Some of the topics covered were use of tools, sustainable techniques and trail design.
9. Deep Run & Dorey
This summer rvaMORE signed an agreement with the County of Henrico to work on trails, We open 2 miles of trails in Dorey and 3- 5 miles in Deep Run. This agreement took rvaMORE 11 years to make happen.
10. Belle Isle
The pump track on Belle Isle has been moved and rebuilt. The work was performed by the City Trails Department. If you are using that pump track and want to help, please email us. We also purchased a service stand that was placed on Belle Isle, just like all the others around the city.
Don’t forget rvaMORE sponsors serval rides here on our meetup page
We are always looking for help to. Please send an email to email@example.com to let us know how you are able to help.
Thank you Richmond for supporting your trails!!!
Q: Who’s on the board?
Meet the folks who serve as officers and/or board members on rvaMORE.
(Learn about their hopes, dreams, beer preferences…)
Saturday, November 21, 2015
We’ll be back working at Deep Run Park in Henrico County this weekend. Last time we finished up a 144′ boardwalk. This weekend, we’ll be working on a pair on 24′ boardwalks to bridge over the perennially muddy sections of the park a to help complete a beginner and family friendly loop around the perimeter of the park.
We’ll be meeting up a different parking lot this weekend. Please park in the first lot on the right as you enter the park. Look for a black BMW wagon on the left of the parking lot entrance. If you arrive after 9am, just follow the trail along Ridgefield Pkwy. to the work site.
If you have any battery powered drills, please bring them as they will come in handy. If not, then just bring work gloves, water and sturdy shoes.
Thanks for your help on this project. Getting mountain bike trials back in Henrico County has taken a lot of advocacy so now’s a great time to give back and show the county how much we appreciate them allowing us back in the parks.
Saturday, November 14th, 2015
This week we’ll be finishing up work on the new connection trail between the flood wall and Ancarrow’s Landing. A lot of work got done last week, so this week will be mainly finish work – we expect it to take 3 or 4 hours. Meet in the Ancarrow’s parking lot at 9am and bring water, gloves and sturdy shoes.