by David Farrow
Sunday March the 29th. Most of you would have been in bed still at 7:15am when the first of the your
Ride Leaders arrived at Jaycee house to begin the Ride Leaders Training Day. Imagine the worst possible conditions for a day to spend outside doing trail side first aid. This was it; cold, dark and pouring rain. I nearly headed back home, no one should be outside in this weather, but your dedicated ride leaders were there, bright eyed, dressed in Gore-Tex, ready to prepare to support the year's riding program.
After a hours or so of going through the details of what’s expected of a Ride Leader, signing up for weekend rides, refilling first aid kits, getting caffeined up, we headed out into the rain to the tents set up at the parking area at the Seymour Valley Trailway. Here we broke into smaller teams, and met up with the examiners who were going to be putting us through our paces. In the pouring rain, we made our way to our first accident simulation, with volunteers laying on the muddy ground, waiting patiently for us to diagnose their injuries and make arrangements for their rescue. In most cases hypothermia was the most pressing issue as the volunteers were very wet and very cold, despite the shelters that had been erected to try and shield them from the worst the elements were throwing at us. Injuries presented ranged from a simple fall and disorientation to some severe injuries, as well as deaf and mute bystanders who had a heart attack.
Rest assured that the next time you ride with NSRide, your leaders have been trained to cope with just about any medical event that could occur. After going through five of the planned six simulations, the day was called as our volunteer victims were getting extremely cold at this stage .
All thanks must go to Nick of Maple Ridge First Aid, who planned the various scenarios and his band of examiners and volunteer victims who endured the conditions without complaint, provided incredible feedback to the ride leaders and helped us all to be well prepared for the upcoming season.
As always, facing challenging situations creates a bonding opportunity, and in the warmth of the Seymour pub we rehashed the day’s events, looking to how we can improve our preparedness.
So, if you think all the Ride Leaders do is show up at a ride, give a thought to the hours that have been put in by each of your executive members and ride leaders. Next year, maybe you’d like to be part of the NSRide Ride Leaders team and experience the fantastic camaraderie that comes from working together. If so, please feel free to contact any of your ride leaders and volunteer to help your club.
Still thinking of joining the club but haven't done so yet? There's still time to sign up and there is a new rate to reflect the remaining time.
$35 - Individual
$70 - Couple
$25 - Upgrade from previously purchased 2012 temporary membership
big thank you to all the volunteers who joined us May 6th & June 3rd to dig
in the dirt on Empress Bypass. If you missed out, not to worry, the next trail
day is June 23rd! (sign up here)
After last year's successful work on
re-routing Bottletop, NSRide is excited to again participate in NSMBA's TAP program. Partnered with Different Bikes, and under the guidance of Daniel Liu and
Darryl Marlatt, this year we've adopted Empress and Empress Bypass. So far, the
focus has been on Empress Bypass, with plans to improve drainage, some slight
trail realignment, and repair of rock work and berms.
We were greeted with perfect dry conditions for
our first trail day May 6th. Working our way up from the bottom, inital efforts
were devoted to smoothing out the main sections of the trail. Drainage ditches
were cleaned out, rock work repaired, grade reversals added, and the worked on
areas topped off with gold dirt for a smooth, flowy ride. On June 3rd the focus
of the work was on rebuilding some of the lower berms. Great work was done by
all who turned out each trail day; a total of 19 volunteers on May 6th, and 16
on June 3rd.
Thanks also to the generousity of our newest
sponsor Safeway, no trailworker went hungry. Tasty croissant sandwiches,
vegetables & fruit helped fuel our labours. Muffins and other goodies
supplied by club members made lunches just a little sweeter.
If you'd like to join us on June 23rd, please sign up on the forum here. Anyone can volunteer for a
trail day, no experience necessary.
Perks! Different Bikes is offering shop discounts
for every member that participates on a trail day. Receive a voucher for a
one-time 20-30% discount* on parts, clothes and accessories. In addition, a
draw for a BIG discount on a bike (pro-deal), will be held each trail
meet at the Old Buck Parking lot at 9 am
bring a small backpack, sturdy shoes or hiking/work boots, water and work
work will include re-shaping switchbacks & berms, water dispersion and
building grade reversals
Congratulations to Shirley Wilcott and Ivana
Horecek who are the winners of the pro-deal discount on a bike offered by
It's been a great year once again, lots of rides, lots of fun, lots of friends! Hopefully you all had a great year as well, and it concludes with lots of time with family and friends, and maybe a bike ride here and there! From everyone at NSRide, we wish you and yours a very happy holidays.
It really has been a trying fall, but finally night rides are back in business thanks to amazing work from Gary. If you are interested, check out the forum for up to date schedules. You will find them in the “Members Only” section. Even though the rides had a late start, that doesn’t mean nothing else has been happening. At this time of year, we hold our AGM and a new board of directors is elected. Planning is already started for next year.
Our 2012 membership is already opened and you will find the links here (full-time and temporary) to sign up. Once again we will have an early bird membership special: if you sign up by January 31st 2012, the fee will be discounted.
Hope everybody is having a great fall so far, and hope to see everyone soon!
As part of our ongoing mission to support \Off-Shore\ rides we're delighted to announce Tantalus Bikes as our latest sponsor. They're based just off the highway next to the Squamish Cinema and all our Squamish based rides will meet there. Just show your membership card for 15% discount on parts, accessories, and workshop repairs! For more details on Tantalus Bikes here.
We are fortunate to have Survivor Bootcamp onboard as a sponsor of NSRide for 2011. They have generously extended the following offer to NSRide members:
50% discount at all North Vancouver Survivor Bootcamps for the 2011 year
Description Regular Price Member Deal
5 Days/week $275 $137.50
3 Days/week $225 $112.50
2 Days/week $190 $95
The North Shore Mountain Bike Association's will host its 2011 Bike and Gear Swap on April 9th at Jaycee House in North Vancouver. Jaycee House is located at 1251 Lilloett Road.
This is a great opportunity to clear out your closet, garage, or basement and also pick up some great deals on new and lightly used equipment. Mountain, Road and BMX bikes and gear will all be on sale.
Drop offs will be handled April 6th, 7th and 8th between 5pm and 10pm at Jaycee House. Cost to sell is $2 per item with 15% of the proceeds from the sale, up to $120, going directly to the NSMBA. Cash and unsold gear can be picked up as of 5:30.
Admission is $2 from 11AM until 5PM. Early birds can get first crack between 10AM and 11AM for $5.
All money raised will go directly to the NSMBA, to be used for the maintenance of local North Shore trails. As always, volunteers are much appreciated. For more information about the sale or how to get involved; contact Rachid@NSMBA.ca or go to www.NSMBA.ca
For more information regarding this event or this press release please contact Rachid Nayel at 778.990.8187.
It's almost March 2011. Wait a second ... wasn't it just Christmas?
It sure seems like the year is moving along at brisk clip. The riding has been a little bit quieter than I would like so far. I have only been out a half dozen times, which is about the equivalent of being on life support. But scarce riding doesn't mean nothing is happening with the club. As is normally the case this time of year, the club management is meeting regularly, getting things in place for another busy year. Ride leader first-aid training, membership application processing, securing permits, insurance, sponsors, scheduling, web site content and hosting. Hopefully most of this stuff will be finalized in the next month so that we can concentrate more on riding.
There is a lot to look forward to this year. I always appreciate being able to leave work in the evening and ride with old and new friends. There will be a selection of weekend rides again this year, Squamish, the Sunshine Coast, Galbraith, Whistler etc. These days are always lots of fun, and a great opportunity for people that are new to the area or to riding to experience some of the other great riding in BC.
There is some riding going on, you will see the schedules when you log onto the forum. We also have an upcoming weekend ride in Squamish tentatively scheduled for the end of March. Watch for details on that. And, the season opener is not that far away. Make sure to check back to the website for that announcement.
Hope you have had a great start to the year!