The Volunteers for Outdoor California provides a volunteer workforce for large-scale trail maintenance and construction projects, habitat restoration, and related land stewardship activities on public lands in partnership with public agencies and other nonprofit organizations. Help us maintain and expand the Dragoon Gulch Trail system October 12 and 13 with V-O-Cal!
The Motherlode Bicycle Coalition led their first bicycle rodeo this summer with the help of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Sonora Cyclery, and Sonora Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership. We set up a fun and educational bike safety course following the League of American Bicyclists‚ Bicycling Skills 1 2 3 Manual, gave out free helmets, provided bike maintenance, and gathered community responses for the Tuolumne County Active Transportation Plan (ATP). As a small bike advocacy organization, the involvement of the local business community and law enforcement was extremely helpful, and together we held a successful bike rodeo that we will replicate in the future.
Please contact us if you would like to host a bike rodeo or bike maintenance workshop in Tuolumne or Calaveras County. We plan on leading more bike safety education rodeos and workshops for children and adults next year.
The Adventure Cycling Association has designated September 28 as the annual Bike Your Park Day. The principle is simple: ride or bring your bike to a park and ride it! Do it for all the reasons you enjoy riding, and maybe a bunch of bikes mysteriously showing up at a park could help bring the need for better accommodations to the attention of park staff.
The foothills have a great assortment of parks available for family-friendly or more ambitious riding. Even if the other 364 days are park your bike day for you, there’s something on this list for you. Visit Adventure Cycling to register your ride and, if you register by September 22 you are entered for a chance to win a Co-Op Cycles adventure touring bike (perfect for the mountains).
Got a favorite Motherlode park for biking not listed here? Leave a reply below!
Yosemite Valley–bring or rent a bike to explore the paved paths on the valley floor.
The MLBC helped with the permits and staging of the August 24 Tom Frost Memorial Climb on Old Priest Grade. Board Chair Rob Williams worked with Flatlander Films and Tuolume County on permitting and operations issues, and Robert Leibold graciously loaned traffic control signs and barriers for the event and road closure. Nikki Grimes, Jack Becker, and Carl Baker helped with local knowledge, check-in, implementing the closures, and parking. Four of us (2/3 of the Board) also did the climb, each setting a personal record!
Congratulations are due to Erv Kroeker who made it up the hill at 78 years young.
The event was a great bike experience, and also a fitting memorial of Tom Frost for the climbing community. The event sponsor, Flatlander Films is producing a documentary about Tom Frost, a legendary climber and a cyclist too. See https://flatlanderfilms.com/ and make a donation if you can afford to do so.
The MLBC is proud to have played a part in supporting and participating in the climb and is hoping to contribute to a second annual event. It was a treat to see cyclists coming and going to Coulterville and on other routes in the area throughout the morning and afternoon.