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SIMBS is a not-for-profit organization run by an enthusiastic team of volunteers who advocate for trail access, build sustainable riding areas, hosts events that promote mountain culture and engages the local community to provide an opportunity for everyone to ride.

We are the voice of South Vancouver Islands Mountain Bike Community.

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Trail Maintenance Report, Sunday Sept 17

Hello All:

Sixteen people came out Sunday morning to give the trails some love. A sprinkling of rain kept things cool. We split into two groups with the bulk of the Trail Crew heading to North Ridge, and Jelly Roll. There, we moved a log from winter storm debris that had been dressed several months ago and was now dry enough to manage. The old low consequence log ride on the old North Ridge had rotted out, mainly because part of the old trail had become a seasonal stream. We rerouted that section this spring, and the replacement log ride was moved into the new location today. The new log is again low consequence but is wider and a single log instead of three. The new log ride fits well within IMBA guidelines and Whistler Standards for an Intermediate Technical Trail Feature. Although it is rideable, there is still some work to be done at the entrance and exit before we officially open it.

The Crew also hit Jelly Roll in a couple of spots. One corner damaged by winter storms had the original line restored. The second area had some trail blowout, mainly because a log cut out had crept downhill as the log shifted over the years. We widened the cut in the log to allow riders to maintain the high line, then tuned up the tread.

At the opposite end of the park on Shock Treatment 6 people tuned up the trail under the watchful eye of Chris Oman. They brushed out the trail and repaired tread damaged from normal wear and tear over the hot dry summers. It had been at least 5 years since work was done there. Shock is a main corridor on the Trail Forks heat map so the fact that the tread wears so well is a testament to the original design and build (Greg Carmichael). The second spot was to repair environmental damage caused by riders going off trail, creating a braid. Although the original line was appropriate for the trail difficulty and was wearing very well, an alternate line had developed. Roots were starting to become more prominent on the alternate line, and it would not have been long before the trail crew was faced with a bigger repair job. So the original grade was decreased to encourage riders to stick to the trail. The alt line flora should regenerate with the winter moisture.

After a morning of hard work, we all reconvened at the parking lot for Red Barn sandwiches and soup. Big shout out to Mrs Luzzi for all the delicious cookies that completed our lunch.

Thanks to all who came out.

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Trail Maintenance Sunday September 17

Please join us this coming Sunday for our monthly Trail Maintenance Sunday.

Meet at 8h45 at the Hartland Bike Park parking lot next to the washrooms.

We provide lunch so please email trails@simbs.com with your choice of Veggie, Turkey, or Roast Beast sandwich. Lunch is at 13h00 back in the parking lot.

Wear sturdy shoes, and bring something to keep you hydrated.
We provide tools and training as needed.

See you Sunday

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