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4/1/2017 8:00 AM Saturday Morning Ride Weekly Rides
4/11/2017 6:00 PM SSFTA BOARD MEETING Meeting

   

CLUB NEWS
There's a heck of a lot going on w/ the SSFTA
Published: - Thursday, March 9, 2017

Upcoming Events:


Trail Work/Maintenace Day
Saturday March 11th
There is a trail work day planned at Keyesville - we will be assisiting the SoCal High School Cycling League/NICA along w/ our friends at the Tehachapi Mountain Trails Association to help fill ruts on the trails before the venue hosts both the Keyesville Classic and the SoCal High School race later this month.

We plan on meeting at the Keyesville infield at 9:00am on Saturday morning. The plan will be to hold a brief meeting in the infield promptly at 9:00 am before breaking off into smaller groups to hit multiple sections of trail. There is plenty of work to be done but the majority of the day will be focused on rut filling. At this moment I am not sure exactly how long it will take to get everything done but my hope is to having everything wrapped up by 2pm so that we can all grab a bit of pizza at Pizza Factory (SoCal's treat).

TMTA has graciously offered to bring out some tools and a utility vehicle but please feel free to bring out anything that you have as well. The SoCal league also has some of its own tools that volunteers may use.

As far as safety attire goes it is preferable that all persons working on trail have eye protection, gloves, and a pair of sturdy boots at minimum. At this moment the forecast is predicting lows in the 40's to highs in the 70's so please come expecting cold weather.

Lastly a few of us plan on camping and I am sure most of us plan on riding so please be sure to bring a bike and if you wish some camping gear.

LEHIGH TRAILS RIDE IN TEHACHAPI
Sunday March 12th
Rides depart at 9:00am from trail head: 1201 Burnett Rd. Tehachapi, 93561

The locals have been busy building new trails and grooming existing singletrack, and Tracy Jones has invited us to come check out the trails. Plan on riding apx..15+ miles Expect a good deal of climbing, awesome singletrack, and spectacular views. Lunch to follow at Red House Bbq


29TH ANNUAL KEYESVILLE CLASSIC ALL-MOUNTAIN STAGE RACE
March 18-19th
The Southern Sierra Fat Tire Association brings you the 29th Annual Keysville Classic Mountain Bike Stage Race presented by Sambarn Promotions. The longest running event in the USA, the Keyesville Classic is a weekend full of racing: Saturday morning features the Short Track race, followed by the Downhill Race later in the afternoon. Sunday morning/early afternoon brings us the XC race. Feel free to race any event, or compete in all three in the All-Mountain event. Join us for the festivities and help make this event bigger and better than ever!!
MORE INFO

PLEASE NOTE:
Sambarn has let us know they are in need of a few volunteers on Sunday from 8am-3pm to be course marshals. Its easy work, requiring you to just stop any motorized traffic while racers are passing, and it literally gives you a front row seat to the event. Sambarn will provide free lunch and drinks or a race entry to those that volunteer. To volunteer, please drop Sam an email HERE


BIG SANDY RACE
March 25th
Point-to-Point Mountain Bike Race along the San Joaquin River. Three distance options: 38-, 23- or 15-miles. Mark your calendars. Saturday, March 25, 2017.
MORE INFO

CRUISE THE KEYS
March 25th-26th

SoCal High School Cycling League
2017 Series Race #3

This event is for the middle/high school kids that particpate in the SoCal High School Cycling League, but it is a fun even to watch. 
MORE INFO

SSFTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
April 11th

Meeting starts at 6:30pm at Temblor Brewing

SSFTA meetings with the 2017 Board and Advisory Team.  The next meeting will be held at Temblor Brewing on April 11th, 2017.  The meeting starts promptly at 6:30 pm, but come early to eat. The smaller banquet room is reserved for SSFTA from 6:00pm. Come hang out and eat at 6:00pm, down to business at 6:30pm.

All members and guests welcome to attend

Other Stuff:

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS
JOIN THE CLUB!

Friends of the club that have joined or renewed their membership for 2017 will be receiving their membership packets this week. Here's a behind the scenes photo of putting the packets together; I'm overwhelmed at the amount of support the club has received this year!

If you haven't joined, please consider that membership includes:

∙10% off of parts and accessories at Grizzly Cycles, Action Sports and Sniders Cyclery bike shops.
∙Discount pricing on the SSFTA kit.
∙Invitation to "members only" out of town rides.
∙Current members are eligible to become Rider of the Month.

Your membership also helps the club:
∙pay for expenses, such as web hosting, USAC insurance, and IMBA membership
∙support charitable activities such as Eddie's Classroom
∙support future races and events the club is involved with, including BBQs, Christmas Party, etc.

Expectations:
∙Be cool. We are ambassadors of the sport of mountain biking. Please treat other cyclists, both on the trail and on the road, with respect. Please be mindful of where you are riding, and yield to hikers/walkers and equestrians when possible.
∙Spread the word. Help us propel the sport forward by inviting your friends on rides, posting photos of adventures you've had, and introducing someone to mountain biking. The more the merrier.

 

 

January 2017 Meeting Recap
Published: - Wednesday, January 11, 2017
 
Thanks to those that came out to our first club meeting of the year. Everyone seemed to like the new meeting location at Temblor Brewery!
 
Quick recap of some of the business:
 
•Club President Brian Guiniling thanked Tommy Bryant for his term on the board of directors, and welcomed new Vice President Kevin Talley
 
•The BoD discussed some goals for 2017, including but not limited to:
          •Helping Gary Bryant ride 100 miles a month ;-)
          •Looking into co-hosting an enduro-style race
          •Hosting a "May is Bike Month" pop-up event, hopefully at local bike shops.
          •Holding events to encourage new riders/members and their families
 
• The club has scheduled a few All-Level out of town rides (exact dates to be determined soon):
          *March 2017: Castaic (Tapia Canyon)
          *June 2017: Just Outstanding
          *September 2017: Tehachapi (Lehigh)
          *December 2017: Palmdale
 
• Kevin Fabrizo has volunteered to revamp the website and be the web coordinator for the year, and will work with Kevin Talley and Brian Guiniling on content.
 
• Kevin Talley announced his new business - Grizzly Cycles Mobile Service - and will travel to you for repairs. He will be offering discounts on parts to club members.
 
• Kevin Talley also wants to lead a monthly Family Ride to help get kids and other beginners on bikes, and teach them basic skills needed to ride in the Foothills. The first ride is scheduled for February 11th, 9AM at Thorner.
 
• Memberships expire in February. Please consider renewing your membership!
 
Thanks again to all, and our next meeting will be April 11th, 6:30PM at Temblor Brewery.
 

2017 Board of Directors Election
Published: - Wednesday, November 2, 2016
 
 
We're happy to post the results of the election this past Tuesday:
 
2017 Board of Directors:
 
President: Brian Guiniling
Vice President: Kevin Talley
Secretary: Leanna Carskaddon
Treasurer: Elyse Goin
Member-At-Large: Gary Bryant
 
Brian and Kevin will share the rolls of Membership Coordinator and Website Administrator.
 
Stepping away as a board member this upcoming year will be Tommy Bryant; we appreciate and are grateful for his help in steering the club in 2016.
 
The BoD also voted for the upcoming year to meet quarterly versus having monthly meetings, and will be try having a rotating meeting venue.
 
The next SSFTA Board of Directors and General Meeting will be held January 10th, 2017 at Temblor Brewing on Buck Owens Drive.
 
Also, the BoD will be encouraging rotating ride leaders for all the club rides (Monday/Wednesday/Thursday nights, and both Saturday and Sunday) to help take the load off of any one ride leader, plus open folks up to new trails in the area. The Board of Directors would like to thank all of those that take the responsibility on of being a ride leader, we truly appreciate it!
 
Joe Grimaldi has been elected as Rider of the Month for December, and Eddie Gonzales has been elected Rider of the Month for January. Congratulations fellas, you both are very deserving of this award.
 
 

SSFTA KRT Ride
Published: - Thursday, May 12, 2016
 
 
Saturday, November 5th, we'll be riding the Kern River Trail, led by Patrick.
 
Meet at the Mesa Marin Cheveron at 7:30am for carpool arraingments.
 
Ride will start in Keyesville before heading down to the bridge.
 
Hope to see you there!
 
 
 
   

OTHER BIKE-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENTS
Legal Info Regarding Events Not Hosted by the SSFTA
 
Legal Info:
 
While the SSFTA supports all cycling events, these events are not hosted by the SSFTA, and all liability will be handled by the race promoter, and not the SSFTA. Please be aware that with any bicycle related activity there are certain inherent dangers, including but not limited to the hazards of road, off road terrain, accidents, actions of participants, weather, and other "acts of God". By your participation in any event, you certify that you are aware of these inherent dangers of bicycle riding, and are aware of the safety rules of the road and trail applicable to cyclists.
 

Keyesville Trail Day

 

 

With the winter storms lately, the Keyesville XC course is in need of trail maintenace. The Keyesville Classic is March 18th-19th, and the SoCal High School league is holding an event on March 27th. The NICA crew is hosting a trail work day on March 11th, and are hoping to get it all done, but they need volunteers. We, along with our friends at the Tehachapi Mountain Trails Association are headed up to lend a hand. If you have a few hours to volunteer, we would appreciate it.

The plan will be to hold a brief meeting in the infield/race staging area promptly at 9:00 am before breaking off into smaller groups to hit multiple sections of trail. There is plenty of work to be done but the majority of the day will be focused on rut filling. At this moment I am not sure exactly how long it will take to get everything done but my hope is to having everything wrapped up by 2pm so that we can all grab a bit of pizza at Pizza Factory (SoCal's treat).
 
TMTA has graciously offered to bring out some tools and a utility vehicle but please feel free to bring out anything that you have as well. The SoCal league also has some of its own tools that volunteers may use.
 
As far as safety attire goes it is preferable that all persons working on trail have eye protection, gloves, and a pair of sturdy boots at minimum. At this moment the forecast is predicting lows in the 40's to highs in the 70's so please come expecting cold weather.
 
Lastly a few of us plan on camping and I am sure most of us plan on riding so please be sure to bring a bike and if you wish some camping gear.
 
   

ABOUT SSFTA

Southern Sierra Fat Tire Association is a fun, non-profit, social gathering of mountain bike enthusiasts committed to serving and promoting the sport of mountain biking in Kern County. 

For more information, please contact us:
info@ssfta.com
(661) 412-2029
PO Box 1067, Bakersfield, CA  93302-1067

WEEKLY RIDES
Monday 6pm - Beginner/Intermediate
Wednesday 6pm - Intermediate/Advanced
Saturday 7am - Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
Sunday 7am - All-Level Ride/Beginner
 

ALL RIDES START AT JULIET THORNER SCHOOL WEEKEND START TIMES VARY WITH SEASON
CLICK THE "WEEKLY RIDES" LINK FOR DETAILS

 

   

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