"The secret to mountain biking is pretty simple. The slower you go, the more likely it is you'll crash."
Julie Furtado

"If you're not crashing, you're going too slow."
Furtado's Paradox
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MTB Trail Access Political Action (A4B)

Fellow Mountain Bikers:
If you would like to see more trail access in Marin, now's your chance to make a difference. Access 4 Bikes has endorsed Damon Connolly (San Rafael, Dist. 1*) and Judy Arnold (Novato, Dist. 5**) and contributed $5,000 toward their campaigns.

Post-apocalyptic mountain biking...

Getting a new bike

Yo! I'm looking at finally upgrading to a new mountain bike, and thought maybe you kept up with the times better than I have so thought I'd get your take.

Tamarancho Trail News, Spring 2012

 Editor: Danny Forer

Tamarancho Trail News
and
Mountain Biking Events

"SUPPORT BIKE LEGAL SINGLETRACK IN MARIN" 

Table of Contents:     

  1. 2012/2013 PASSES NOW ON SALE
  2. Help Open Stafford Lake Bike Park
  3. Bikes, Brews, Blues & BBQ- Sat. June 2
  4. Summit Shorty XC Racing in Marin, Wed. Nights
  5. Ridge to Bridge Ride- Sat. April 28
  6. MCBC Hires New Off-Road Director
  7. Team Luna Chix, Skills Clinics and Group Rides
  8. New Multiuse Bike Legal Trail Opening- Sat. May 19
  9. Trips for Kids 25th Anniversary Party- Sun. May 6
  10. NorCal High School Champion Races- Sun. May 6
  11. Save China Camp "Pedal for the Park"- Sat. June 16
  12. Boy Scout Camp Looking for Bike Donations
  13. TAMARANCHO BIKE SHORTS

Spring is Here. Get Stoked!

Chris Akrigg - A Hill in Spain

Dude can ride.

Thanksgiving Appetite Seminar Ride re-routed... No more Repack.

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Updated 11/26:

The Appetite Seminar was re-routed this year to address environmental concerns about sections of the trail crossing over streams used seasonally by endangered steelhead trout.

We opted to forego the traditional pavement climb up Bolinas-Fairfax Road in favor of dirt, going up through Deer Park Fire Road. The rain made the dirt sticky, like pancake batter as one friend described it.

There was a good presence of people from Marin Municipal Water District, Open Space and other volunteers to ensure that the cyclists were aware of the new router. At the time we passed the rangers, they said it looked like there would be about 650 riders this year.

I was too muddy to take any pictures during the ride (reminiscent of this ride), but you can see the end result above. Post some pics if you made it out this year. Happy Thanksgiving!

Charlie Kelly's Appetite Seminar page

Marin IJ article on route change

Tamarancho Trail News, 11/2011

November 2011              Editor: Danny Forer

Tamarancho Trail News
and
Mountain Biking Events

"SUPPORT BIKE LEGAL SINGLETRACK IN MARIN" 

Table of Contents:     

  1. 2012/2013 PASSES NOW ON SALE
  2. WINTER TRAILWORK AT TAMARANCHO
  3. "REPACK" CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING RIDE 
  4. BOY SCOUT SUPPORT OF ROUTE CHANGE 
  5. MCBC "TAKES IT OFF ROAD"
  6. FAT TIRE BENEFIT- TUESDAY NOV 29
  7. TAMARANCHO BIKE SHORTS

 

2011 Mountain Bike Highlights

Downieville

10/18: Heading to Downieville this weekend to ride the downhill. Any recommendations for trails, food in the area?
Trail conditions report:

DOWNIEVILLE AREA TRAIL CONDITIONS AND TREAD REPORTS
updated October 13th, 2011
EVERYTHING IS EPIC, BEST CONDITIONS OF THE YEAR

 Will post pics and video after I get back.

10/24 Update: Rode the Downieville Classic three times over the weekend. We went from Packer Saddle to Butcher Ranch to Second Divide Saturday morning and hit Third Divide Saturday afternoon, and again Sunday morning.

Downieville Outfitters were a great shuttle service and fixed my blown-out rear spokes after my second ride Saturday. Conditions were amazing. Lots of little stream crossings and a bit of mud, but no need for fenders. By the time the 9AM shuttle got to the top of Packer Saddle, it was already warm up on the mountain and we had to take off some layers shortly into the ride.