Looking Back On 2017 With The BMBA

Looking Back On 2017 With The BMBA

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With the blink of an eye 2017 says goodbye and hello 2018 ...

It's amazing to me how quickly 2017 went by. It was a blur, really, in all senses. When pulling together our year summary, which I'm super late on, I actually had to dig around a bit for what we did as a group (normally I can rattle off everything, perfectly, in the blink of an eye). Needless to say, I'm amazed at all we've done this year. No one can say we aren't a group of hard working, passionate riders. In truth, when looking at the list, I think to myself "wow, I hope we can match our accomplishments from last year, this year." Just like every year we've been a club we have big plans for 2018. Big shoes to fill. I hope we can band together and really knock it out of the park this year. But enough of my ramblings ... let's let the lists speak for themselves!

2017 with BMBA

Thanks for all of your hard work over the last year guys – here is a list of all of the things we were able to do together:

Opened the parking lot.

Opened up new sections of the West side of the trail (recovering from damage from St. Johns River Water Management District work).

Installed the pineapple kicker.

Restored the east side bench (where the pro-line/zebra/etc entrances are located).

Made extensive modifications to the shoreline. Pre-2017 there wasn't even a step-up after the drop post 6-pk.

Recovered from Hurricane Irma - the strongest storm on record to exist in the open Atlantic region.

Cleared 17 tons, 17 TONS, of invasive Brazilian pepper trees

BMBA members and BMBA funds assisted in the construction Cameron Trail Shelter in the Cameron Preserve.

Installed 1/4" galvanized mesh on our bridges to prevent slipping when they are wet.

Extended the pro-line to meet up with the shoreline.

Provided a Bicycle Safety and Skills presentation to Boy Scout Troop #528 and took them on a guided mountain bike tour of Malabar Scrub/Turkey Creek.

Hosted 2 BMBA Parties as well as organized many BMBA members events.

Presented the 2017 volunteer hours to the City of Palm Bay with a huge “check” for 6,375 hours of volunteer labor! Over 600 volunteer hours more than 2017!

BMBA Member Jeff Duncan
BMBA Member Jeff Duncan
A BMBA Members Only Ride
A BMBA Members Only Ride
BMBA Volunteer Coordinator James Harvey
BMBA Volunteer Coordinator James Harvey

Our Goals for 2018

If you've ever spent any time around the groups officers or board members you'd notice that we are full of ideas, hopes, and dreams about what we want to do or what we want within the trail. Since I'm typing this up a bit late we've had sometime, as a group, to throw down a list of things we definitely want to accomplish within the next year. Of course, we all have visions for 2018 but here is our cumulative goals:

Continue to extend the Shoreline. Many of you have already seen, and contributed to, progress on this from our first Trail Maintenance and Improvement Day of 2018. We have already built and installed our first wooden feature.

Re-imagine the Pro-line including a new wooden feature. This is slated for our February Trail Maintenance and Improvement Day.

Re-imagine the Ridgeline Drop.

Re-imagine the Moto Jump Line.

Install a Rock Garden.

Create a new trail off Everest (the first large climb heading east from the West Indies).

Create a Rock'n Roll bypass.

Maintaining all of the trail to keep it ridable all year long – again!

Your 2018 Membership

Without you, BMBA is nothing. We would love to have you with us in 2018! If you have an active membership than you already are helping and we appreciate your contributions. If you didn’t renew (or purchase) a membership from November 2017 through today than you are due for a renewal (or new) membership. You can purchase a single or family membership at www.RideBMBA.org/florida-bike-club. You can also purchase or renew your membership at the trail by submitting written membership form and your dues at the trail head kiosk, or in person to any of our officers or board of directors members (listed here: www.RideBMBA.org/florida-mountain-bike-club). Again, thank you for your continued support!

As a grassroots non-profit organization you should know that we wouldn’t function at all without our members – as we have no other means of funds generation and it takes money to maintain and run our club and trails! Your membership is also tax deductible.

So, what do you get for your membership?

Access to a biking community of like minded individuals who also love off-road biking.

Invitation to a monthly members only trail ride at the Grapefruit Trail. Post ride hangout, food, and drinks almost always follow whether at the trail or a local restaurant/bar.

Invitation to a monthly all-ages/all-skill level trail work day to not only maintain features but to build new.

Invitation to the yearly BMBA Annual Trail Bash and Swap Meet.

Access to the GFT Riders Facebook Page – an active, user driven (BMBA members) Facebook group that shares everything from local trail conditions to industry news.

Access to the BMBA Members page which gives you a snapshot of everything going on within the club (including, but not limited to: accurate and up-to-date trail conditions, blogs, members calendar, picture streams, and more).

The self-reassurance that you are positively contributing to biking trails in Brevard.

Thank you for all of your support! We can’t wait to see you in 2018!

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BMBA Trail Coordinator Nick Maldonado
BMBA Trail Coordinator Nick Maldonado
Zach, Emma, Lee, and Dusty take a Break from Trail Maintenance
Zach, Emma, Lee, and Dusty take a Break from Trail Maintenance
BMBA Vice President Glen Dunnam and BMBA Treasurer Mike Blinne
BMBA Vice President Glen Dunnam and BMBA Treasurer Mike Blinne

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