Buttermilk East Trail Work

Last weekend, with the help of 30 people, we built 300ft. of new trail heading east from the 22nd Street tower.

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This weekend, we’ll be continuing east towards the Lee Bridge.  We’ll break into two crews with one fine-tuning last week’s work and one cutting new trail.  Come on out, lend a hand and help us create some new single track and a more fun way to get from Buttermilk to the Flood Wall.

When: 9am Saturday, January 17th
Where: Riverside & 22nd St.
Bring: Gloves, Sturdy Shoes, Water and a Snack

Trail Work & Flood Wall Update

This Saturday, January 10th, we’re building new trail.  Buttermilk East will run from the 22nd Street tower east under the Lee Bridge making for a safe off-road connection to the flood wall.

Speaking of the flood wall, the work on the Manchester Bridge should be wrapping up in late February.  Work on the Tyler Potterfield Dam Walk, connecting Brown’s Island and the floor wall began in December with an anticipated opening of September 2015.  This will result in closures around the flood wall and Manchester climbing wall during the construction.

We’ll be meeting for trail work at the top of the 22nd tower on Saturday at 9am.  Street parking is available on 20th, 21st and 22nd Streets near Riverside Drive.  The corridor is mostly cleared, so we’ll be able to jump right in and start bench cutting new trail.  Come on out and help, lots of hands will make quick work of it.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone that helped out on the North Bank Trail armoring project during the last 7 weeks.  All your hard work has paid off – today we put the finishing touches on it and called it done.  In total, we armored 160ft. of trail with about 25 tons of rock.  This replaces the washed out trail that had formed a gully and was washing away the upper switchback. We’re sure it will last for years to come.

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North Bank Trail Work

We’ve been watching the weather all week and right now it looks like the rain will hold off until the afternoon.  That’s great new because we want to finish up the hill armoring on Northbank Trail.

So far we’ve rebuilt the severely cupped and washed out trail bed with over 80 feet of rock arming, rehabbed the lower switch back and filled in some wheel catchers on the upper switchback.

This weekend, we have 10-15 ft. or armoring in the lower switchback to wrap up this project.  We’d love it if you could spend an hour or two helping us out.  We’ll be getting started at 9am at the back of Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Bring some water and gloves and lend us a hand.  In the event of bad weather, check our Facebook page.

Northbank Trail Work

The rain last weekend put a damper on trail work, but this weekend is calling for sunny weather.

The rock work on North Bank is nearing completion.  With over 80 feet of armoring compete, we need to finish armoring a 6 foot section in the middle of the hill, rework the bottom berm and fill in the tire catchers on the upper switchback.

We hope to finish this up in another weekend or two.  This week (Saturday, December 13th) our focus will be the final bit of armoring and reworking the berm.  We’ll get started at 9am at the back of Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Bring some gloves and water.  Even if you only have an hour or two to spare (or even 30 minutes in the middle of your ride),  your help will be appriciated.

RVA MORE Open House at Hardywood

December 16th 6:00 to 8:00

Come out and have some holiday fun at Hardywood brewery 2408 Ownby Ln. from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. RVA MORE will serve light hors d’oeuvre and cash bar of Richmond’s  finest craft brews.  Meet RVA MORE board members and Volunteers to find out what we have been up to the past year.

North Bank Trail Work

The rain is moving in earlier than expected, so we’re postponing this week’s trail work until next Saturday.


 

Apparently a few people ate a little too much over Thanksgiving and decided to burn off the extra calories buy laying some rock last weekend – Thank You!

The rock work on North Bank is nearing completion.  With over 80 feet of armoring compete, we need to finish armoring a 6 foot section in the middle of the hill, rework the bottom berm and fill in the tire catchers on the upper switchback.

We hope to finish this up in another weekend or two.  This week (Saturday, December 6th) our focus will be the final bit of armoring and reworking the berm.  We’ll get started at 9am at the back of Mt. Calvary Cemetery.  Bring some gloves and water.  Even if you only have an hour or two to spare (or even 30 minutes in the middle of your ride),  your help will be appreciated.

rvaMORE – is Thankful!

rvaMORE had so much to be thankful for. First and foremost are our volunteers. We could not have done this without everyone’s hard work!! Thank you!

Here are the top ten things rvaMORE did in 2014.

  1. Trailicious:

Over 250 attended the event held at the Carillon 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 over $4,000 at that event.

  1. Canycom for Friends Pocahontas State Park

A REI Grant of $5,000 went to the $6,000 cost for a new Canycom walk-behind, tracked dump/material carrier. This is force multiplier for the Friends of Pocahontas that make volunteer days much more productive.

  1. Trail works: Reedy Creek Bridge, Re-route at Scout Camp, Prunapalooza, & Scout Camp trail fest.

This summer we had a big gully washer that finally pushed the bridge over the south end of the park downstream. A big crew removed the old bridge over several weeks, and a new reroute was formed. We also had a great crew (over 30) come out and prune all the sight lines. In January a large re-route was created at the Scout camp taking out a washed out section and the recent Trail Fest reroute.

  1. IMBA Trail Care Crew

Last spring rvaMORE hosted the IMBA Trail Care Crew. They taught a trail building class at Pocahontas helping to create more trail bosses. They also spoke to community leaders to help them understand the financial impact mountain biking can create for a city. rvaMORE helped make this happen by contributing $2,500 to hold the meetings.

  1. Tour de Fall Line

This September, rvaMORE held the first annual Tour de Fall Line. We had over 150 riders and boaters ride/paddle along the James and attend the after party. The ride offered 14, 28, and 50 mile loops that connected parks from Chimbarazo all the way to Larus Park. The boaters helped raise money for JROC, as the group paddled the full fall line of the James River. At the finish on Mayo Island waited Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, Sierra Nevada Beer, and music by Josh Small and Andrew Ali . This event raised $6,000.

  1. Bell Built Grant

RVA stepped up and gave us the overwhelming win with the most votes of all three regions. The grant brought $33,000 to build trails at Pocahontas. They are out there finishing the work as this is being written. The Bell Built Trail will be ready to ride early December. Stay tuned.

  1. Ride Center Website

rvaMORE has been on the for front making Richmond the best urban trails in America and part of that is to become an IMBA Ride Center. The project to add 20 miles of mountain bike trails at Pocahontas is the first step in attaining that status. rvaMORE funded the website development along with a matching grant from Virginia Tourism. Check out the proposed trails here: www.rvaridecenter.com

  1. Tools

We spend over $2,000 to update the tool cache with the latest hard-working tools from Rogue Hoe and new sickle bar trimmers. The current cache can supply a crew over 30 volunteers to build new or repair the existing trail. The sickle bar trimmers will be vital in creating the Hidden Link trail that will connect The tower at the Eastern end of Buttermilk to the floodwall walk.

  1. IMBA Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

IMBA Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day held on Belle Isle is best told by this video.

  1. Ride Center – Donations

rvaMORE has raised this year and placed in the Ride Center fund $8,000

We are looking for help to fill the following open positions. Please send an email to info@rvamore.org to let us know how you are able to help.

  1. Trail Liaisons
  2. Ride leaders
  3. Social leaders
  4. Volunteer Coordinator
  5. Online media support

North Bank Trail Work

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If you’ve ridden North Bank over the past few weeks, you’ve seen some new rock – if you haven’t, check out the Richmond.com article on the project

This Saturday, we’ll be at it again.  We have about 40 feet of trail armored and are over halfway done.  But we need your help.  Even if you can only spare an hour, every little bit helps.  We have all the tools for moving rock and digging them into place, all you need to bring is some water, maybe a snack and you energy.  Consider stopping by mid ride for a little cross training.

Park at the back of Mt. Calvary Cemetery – enter off of Colorado Ave. and head straight back. We’ll be working from 9am until about 1pm.