Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy Holiday's!

Happy Holiday's from everyone at CyclingCentralVirgina !

Be safe and see you in 2010!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Trail News Update:

The "Stairway to Heaven" project on the North Bank Trail is now complete!

After fighting off the rains each weekend over the past 2 months, Richmond-MORE was able to put the final touches on the project last weekend.

If you haven't been able to ride this section yet, Nathan Burrell informed us that approximately 450' of rock armoring and crib-wall was installed along the climb corridor to fix the erosion issues of that have crept up over the years from a combination of steep terrain, heavy use, and very sandy soil conditions.

Update on Forest Hill Park Project

This project is being billed as an extensive revamp of the FHP trail system. It will involve removal of a lot of current trail as well as the building of new trail.

This is a City Project and is now fully funded with all involved parties now signed off after a recent comprehensive walk through meeting with Nathan Burrell.

During the revamp, all of the FHP trails will be closed for a time span of approximately 4 months; starting in mid-Jan to late-April.

As always, you help will be needed to make this project happen and finish on time!

Info. will come as it becomes available.

On Other News:
Poor Farm Park has been all the talk lately with the laying of blue markers in the "Flats" that show where Henrico Co. plans to install new ball fields by the Spring 2010.

Some of CCVA members recently attended a Public Meeting about Poor Farm's recent developments. It's being reported that only the land East of the "gravel road" and between the school will be developed at this time and will be cleared to make way for 4 new rectangle fields and some additional parking.

A playground has already been installed in this area. A very promising development to this story is that there will be enough wooded land left around the fields to install a perimeter trail which can link up to the existing trails and Henrico is interested in listening to an idea of installing a "Pump Track" near this area too!

Pocahontas State Park is under major budget cuts, so night rides at PSP will not being happening until at least early Spring 2010 when the staffing increases. This is yet one more reason to support PSP by purchasing park passes!!!

Friends of PSP announced that currently there are no new plans to expand the mountain bike trails at PSP; but there is some trailcare being done at this time and is being led my Richard Garyantes.

Richard has been planing some reroutes of the Red and Double Red trails that will help increase flow while provide opportunity to added some more technical trail features.

Check the forums for the latest news, schedules, and details for all of the above trailcare.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hanover Parks Meeting, Action Needed to save Poor Farm trails

On Dec. 14, at 7pm, Hanover Parks is conducting a master plan update meeting at the new Mechanicsville Library, 7461 Sherwood Crossing Place.

This meeting is advertised as Hanover County Resident's opportunity to give their opinions on the plan. So calling all Hanover Resident MTBS.....this is our opportunity to ask them to revisit the idea of tearing down the flats......

If any non-residents have any good ideas on how best to express our views I am happy to listen to any good advice.....
Talk about this on @ the Hanover Parks Poor Farm Meeting thread.

What: Hanover Parks Meeting
When: Monday, Dec. 14th
Time: 7pm
Where: Mechanicsville Library, 7461 Sherwood Crossing Place

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

3rd Annual Pony Pasture Polar Plunge

Back by request ... the 3rd Annual Pony Pasture Polar Plunge is on!

Date: New Years Day (Jan 1st for the fools that are too drunk to remember )
Time: High-Noon ..... SHARP!!!
Meeting place: Boat Ramp in parking lot of Pony Pasture

For latest Info and to get on the Evite, goto the 3rd Annual Pony Pasture Polar Plunge forums thread.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Richmond-MORE Trail Care: Dec. 5th

Greetings Fellow Trail Builders,

Sometimes it seems we just don't get any breaks. We've got work to do and Mother Nature is not cooperating. I don't why she's been angry lately but it's getting old. Maybe we'll get some breaks soon.

This weekend we're going to finish the Maymont Ramp project. There's just a little more to do. Most of the work will involve reclamation but there's some rock armoring that remains to be completed. We need to add about five more feet of rock to the top of the trail. There's a little gully developing at the top and that area needs to be addressed.

We're hoping the weather will cooperate this weekend but it doesn't look good. We're keeping our fingers crossed. We look forward to seeing you there.

Look forward to exciting news coming soon.
In case of rain or unforeseen events, please check for cancellations on our website. Any cancellation notice will be posted by 8:00am on Saturday in our News section. Our website is at:

Here are the details:
Where: Meet at the corner of Hampton St. and Kansas Ave. behind Maymont, just above the ramp
When: Saturday, December 5th - 9:00am to 4:00PM
Bring: Water, work gloves, and sturdy shoes, and a small snack

Tacky Light Tour 2009

RABA's Tacky Light Tour =
When: Dec. 9th @ 6:30.
Where: Meet behind the Westhampton Theatre (5706 Grove Ave, Richmond, VA 23226) at Grove and Libbie Avenues.
What: A 25ml trip that snakes in and around Richmond to view some of Richmond's best Christmas light displays.

Ride will be followed up with a social @ Palani Drive Restaurant.