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From Where We Stand-Reading, PA.
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FIRSTLY- thanks to all of the soaking wet BAMBA jerseys that were spotted out there in support of the Reading 120 race on Saturday. What a GREAT event! You know when you're a true mountain biker when a little rain just adds to all the fun.

BAMBA was awarded a portion of the Berks County Community Foundation, Young Professionals Grant to help in the implementation of our Trail Mapping and Kiosk project. We all graciously thank The Foundation for their support of our goals.

A-LINE REDESIGN – A Jewel On The Mountain
The precarious built-up log jumps on the old A line trail are now history. It took 2 years of planning, designing, and negotiation with land managers - not to mention procurement of machinery, materials, and volunteers, to get to this point. Construction started on September 5th and will continue until everything is just right and ready for final inspection, probably around October. A project of this magnitude and complexity is a vast undertaking for such a modest bike club. It requires a variety of talents that fortunately exists all within our local organization. Trail features are being shaped and packed by the hands of people who love the sport and are proud to be giving back to their community.
The final result will be a bike-park quality Gravity Flow Trail, built buy mountain bikers, for mountain bikers of all skill levels to enjoy – the price of admission, is a Thank You.

Mineral Spring Park (once known as the ‘Valley of Roses’ for its beauty and splendor) is a favorite topic of local nostalgia –“What a great place it must have been” is heard over and over again. The park is part of the Greater Reading Trail System and is a popular rout for mountain bikers that ride from Neversink Mountain to Mt. Penn. Pedaling the trail uphill through this cozy little valley is always a pleasure. Serenaded by sounds of the stone-lined creek that leads you all the way up to the top, one can only think “what a great place this can be”.
BAMBA is now planning to restore and maintain the trails through the park, and popularize the quaint and convenient East End Athletic Association. In addition, there is talk of future plans to construct a pump track and bike skills park in the adjacent Egelman Park.
In concert with these goals, the United Way volunteers and the City of Reading are scheduling a Mineral Spring Park clean up day on October 17 from 9AM-12PM.

New Mt. Penn Trail Head Parking Lot
Enjoy the trails of Mt. Penn even more now that there is a new conveinent trail head parking facility located right in the center of the action. The15 car lot is just below the intersection of Angora and List roads, adjacent to the entrance to Camp Lily, and is open to all recreational users.

This BAMBA project came to fruition in less than a year from conception to completion through the excellent collaboration with the City of Reading, the persistent efforts of BAMBA members, and with special thanks to major contributors such as Stackhouse Bensinger inc., and Lyons & Hohl.

Helping Keep Our Trails Clean
Dumping of trash on Mt. Penn trails has been a long standing concern of BAMBA and of all the recreational users of our beautiful trail system. In an effort to curtail unauthorized vehicular access to the trails, BAMBA spearheaded a project to restore the existing deteriorated fire road gates on Mt. Penn. The recipe for success of this project included generous donations of materials, fabrication and construction skills of BAMBA members, sweat equity, help from the VoTech, and collaboration with the City of Reading.

Seven new, robust, bright yellow, locked, gates now guard the fireroad entrances on Mt. Penn, helping to keep our trails safe and clean.

Pump Track in Reading, PA

  • The Reading Bike Hub received approval from the City of Reading to construct a Pump Track at 920 Penn Street. BAMBA is willing to participate in some phase of the construction. The park is now estimated to be in place by the end of 2015.

Plan your next bike adventures from the new Mt. Penn Trail Head Parking Lot Enjoy the trails of Mt. Penn even more now that there is a new conveinent trail head parking facility located right in the center of the action. The 15 car lot is just below the intersection of Angora and List roads, adjacent to the entrance to Camp Lily, and is open to all recreational users.

Schuykill River Trail is the BEST
USA TODAY 10BEST.com rates the SRT as the #1 urban trail in the USA. Check it out. New SRT maps are now available at select trail heads


Treat the whole family to biking.Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Sat., Oct. 3 Take Your Kid Mt. Biking Day
1 pm, Blue Marsh Lake - Church Road Parking Area
Bring your children along for a fun filled family day of mountain biking! You can help pass your passion for pedaling on to those that matter the most: your kids. Take part in this internationally recognized outdoor event sponsored by the Berks Area Mountain Biking Association and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Enjoy the early fall scenery as we mountain bike along the easier trails around Blue Marsh Lake. Bring your mountain bike and helmet. This event is free, but pre-registration is required to 610-374-2944 by September 28th.

Active BAMBA Projects

Maintaining Trail Quality:

  • Trail Managers evaluate erosion sensitive trails on Mt. Penn, and hang postings advising riders to avoid these areas until the trails are healthy enough to accept bikes traffic.
  • BAMBA is rebuilding the A-Line trail on Mt. Penn, and is nearing completion
  • members conduct trail maintenance and embrace stewardship of Mt. Penn and Neversink Mountain. THANKS FOR ALL HARD WORK!

Mt. Penn Trail Mapping

BAMBA is in progress with a major trail mapping project in an effort to promote the bounty and variety of mountain biking on Mt. Penn. The project scope includes:

  • Define the seven riding zones bounded by the roads on Mt. Penn
  • Document the MTB trails in each of the zones, including identifying the start and end, and noting the unique features, and skill rating. Also, naming the trails
  • Fabricate and install trail signage, and road markers to identify trail entrences
  • Erect trail head kiosks displaying a comprehensive trail map and guide
  • Make pocket map brochures available for riders to use on the trail.

Mapping efforts are progressing nicely with many thanks to the good folks of the DVOA (Delaware Valley Orienteering Association) for providing us with some excellent base data.

Duryea Downhill Race

  • BAMBA is in discussions with the City of Reading in how to make the 2016 Duryea Downhill event better than ever.

Hand Cycle Access

  • BAMBA is continuing discussions in pursuit of widening the Klapperthal bridges on Nevershink Mountain. This popular location is ideal for persons confined to hand cycles, strollers, or wheelchairs to get outside and enjoy this most scenic trail.

2015 BAMBA Goals / Projects / Events

- Work towards improving the overall Trail Experience in Greater Reading to help maintain the prestigious IMBA Bronze Level Ride Center Status.

- Promote From Where We Stand (FWWS) Video to Politicians, Land Managers,
     Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau, etc.

- Trail Head Kiosks: An important component towards IMBA Ride Center® designation.

- Thun Trail completion through RACC property.

- Reading is working with BAMBA on a new Parking Area near Camp Lily/Rotary Park and Fire Road Gate Replacements

- IMBA Mapping Project: BAMBA member Stephan Kincaid leading effort to electronically map local trails - http://www.mtbproject.com/

- Down Hill Trail Committee: A Line Rebuild. Proposal submitted to City of Reading

- IMBA Trail Building Grants - Apply for Grants in 2015 and beyond

-Birdsboro Reservoir Trails Project
     Proposed joint venture with IMBA and Natural Lands Trust.

- Volunteer at French Creek and Blue Marsh Trail days. Dates TBA.

- Kids Programs-Take a Kid Mt Biking Day in October and other dates TBA.

- BAMBA Merchandise-Buy it, Wear it, Gift it Contact: Brian Holman 610-334- 2185

- Attend a Board Meeting, Present an idea and take the lead: Meetings second Tuesday of the month 7PM Canal St. Restaurant.

- Consider renewing BAMBA/IMBA membership online for $50 vs. $30
     Best deal includes IMBA socks and a magazine subscription.

- Ride and encourage others to ride!