Ridin’ Rowdy – September Edition

SMBA is thrilled to announce our September group ride. Come out and join us at Daniel’s Road for another rowdy ride over roots, rocks, and random small animals. September is the beginning of my favorite time of year to ride. This could be the ride of the season, so don’t miss it!

Details:

  • Date: September 29
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Daniel’s Road
    • Daniels Road (DEC Website)
    • We will meet in the new Daniels Road Parking Lot (Thank you DEC). It is a little hard to find. From Daniel’s Road – proceed to ~129 Daniels Road. There is a weird double drive-way road thing.
    • If you are coming from the Interstate or Hwy 9, you want the FIRST right turn of the two drive-way looking turns at 129 Daniels Road.
    • If you are coming from Clinton Street, you want the SECOND left turn at 129 Daniels Road.
    • Either way – you will turn down a rather unmarked dirt road that looks like a driveway. After 50 yards, it turns sharp right and proceeds to the parking area after crossing the power line right-of-way.
    • Alternatively – you can park on the Street (please stay off the grass) and ride in to the parking lot if you prefer to do that.
    • Unfortunately, the parking lot is not marked on Google but the road-side parking is labeled on Google Maps.
    • If anyone gives me better directions, I will share.
  • Weather: Who knows? Assume either wet OR dry conditions with a chance of temperatures between 40 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Goals: Have Fun! We will make route decisions based on the group of riders who show up.

2018 Membership

Riders, 2018 SMBA Membership is up and running! Show your support for the trails by purchasing your individual or family membership here on the website. Just click on the membership link above or go to: http://saratogamtb.org/shop/
Membership dollars go directly to support the club’s trail-building efforts, social events, group rides, insurance, and operating costs. Along with our thanks, you’ll receive a 2018 Trail Supporter sticker and 2-sided map highlighting the Daniels Road and Pittstown trail systems. Show your support now!

Year end ride and meeting!

Join us Saturday November 11th, for a fun group ride before our year end party and meeting! We’ll meet at the original home of SMBA, Daniels Road State Forest, at 11am and ride until 2pm. From there we will head over to the warming hut at the Saratoga Spa State Park for the meeting. The terrain at Daniels Road is definitely challenging and that’s why this year we’ll also be offering a skills clinic option (more info below) in addition to a more traditional group ride.

If you can’t make the ride, the meeting will start at 3pm at the warming hut, with pizza and drinks provided by the club. We’ll recap the club’s efforts over the past year, swap riding stories, give away some prizes to trail work volunteers, and we will also be holding 2018 elections.

Open positions are:
Secretary
John Boyd Thacher State Park Trail Director

About the Skills Clinic:
The skills clinic will begin with a short discussion about bike setup and how it can affect your ride. Following this, we will head out to some of the easier trails at Daniels and focus on topics such as bodying positioning, line choice, braking and cornering. After some time working on these things, we will ride some more to apply what we’ve learned.
The clinic’s main goal is to give riders some skills, technique and confidence to better enjoy riding at Daniels Road or the other challenging trail networks that SMBA maintain. Please note that if you are a true beginner rider, this clinic will not be for you. You should be comfortable riding at some of the more intermediate-focused trail networks in the general area, such as Gurney Lane, Luther Forest, and Colonie Town Park.

The ride and meeting are open to all- members and non-members alike. Come solo and meet some new people or bring your friends. Hope to see you there!