Singletrack Maintenance Day This Saturday
Meet at 8AM on Saturday, March 1st at the singletrack
trailhead on the EMRTC bypass road for a day of work on the
trail. We'll be providing some tools, but please bring rakes,
shrub trimmers, and shovels if possible. We need as many people as
possible, and you don't have to bring tools.
Please be prepared to spend a long day, but we'll be have water
and some snacks on hand. There are eroded areas and bushes that
need to be trimmed back, as well as a new section to be developed,
EMRTC Requests Singletrack Change
Formal approval for the singletrack from Tech may be nearing,
however, EMTRC has requested a change to the path. Because they
disapprove of the way the existing fence has been pushed down, we
(the singletrack users) have been asked to move the trailhead to
the gate to the north. This gate is only a couple of hundred yards
to the north of the existing trailhead.
EMRTC employees and singletrack users Robert Abernathy and Brad
Cromey took the initiative and blazed a new trail from the gate
back to the current trail. Part of the work to be done to the
singletrack on March 1 will be to establish this new section of
trail. Once the new section is open, an attempt will be made to
close the old section.
As a final note, Brad is building a stile that will go over the
barbed-wire fence on the new section of trail. He'll be working on
it Thursday night by the bike arena just south of the NMT Physical
Plant building, and he could use an extra hand. Contact Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org for
Regular Meeting To Be Held March 4
The next regular club meeting will be held on Tuesday, March
4th at 6PM at the Socorro Public Library meeting
room. If you have an item for the agenda, please contact Matt Perini. Currently, we
have the following items:
- Shelter Shuffle
- Singletrack maintenance day report
Take the Bike Coalition of NM Survey
The Bike Coalition of New
Mexico is an organization of cyclists chartered to concentrate
on political advocacy issues. They are currently taking a survey
on their web site about your cycling habits and cycling conditions
in your area. The results of this survey will be used to construct
and prioritize a list of projects and concerns for them to present
to local and state representatives.
March 2nd Sunday Run At New Singletrack Trailhead
Meet at the new singletrack trailhead on the EMRTC bypass road for
the Sunday Run this week. The new trailhead is about 2/10-mile
north of the old trailhead, at a gate. We'll also be taking a vote
on whether to move the starting time for the Sunday run back to
7AM. This week's run will start at 8AM.
Spring Handicap Series
The first race of the spring handicap series was held on Thursday,
February 20th, under cold, moist, and cloudy
conditions. Congratulations to all our intrepid runners for
braving the elements. Despite the conditions, most runners beat
their handicap times. Thanks to Robert Abernathy (the "Human
Icicle") for organizing this race, and for submitting the results.
The next race, a 10K handicap, will be held on Thursday, March
6th, at 5PM. Meet at the east end of Otero Street,
where it meets the Low Flow Channel by the river. The course will
go either south or north for 2.5K, then the opposite direction for
5K, then it'll return to the starting point. (There are two
turnaround points.) A decision as to which direction we'll run
first will be made later.
Regular Rides and Runs Around Socorro
These are not SSR-sponsored club events!
- Cycling (Road): MWF 11:30 AM, meet at the IRIS Parking Lot.
- Cycling (MTB): Friday 11:30 AM, meet at the IRIS Parking Lot.
- Running: SSR Sunday social run, meet at Tech pool parking lot, 8AM Sundays.
Like to start a new regular run or ride? Contact Matt Perini to get it listed