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MORCA Upcoming events August 2017

Hey folks here is a list of upcoming events that MORCA will be involved in:

August 19th – Trail Work day sign up at http://morcamtb.org/trails/trail-work/

September (TBD) – quarterly social meeting
September 20— Laguna Seca Twilight Ride with Custom Sheds (we do BBQ)
October 7— Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TAKMBD) More information at http://morcamtb.org/calendar/take-kid-mountain-biking-day/ 
October 15—Cyclovia Salinas
October 28 – Public Lands Day (for sure) and potentially Night Ride Kickoff (TBD)
November 8– Laguna Seca Twilight Ride (we host)

“WE RIDE”

Trail work Saturday July 15th 2017

MORCA will be conducting our monthly trail work day this Saturday July 15th in conjunction with Latino Conservation Week and the Fort Friends group.  We’ll meet at Creekside Terrace at 9 AM and head out to work on trail trimming of Trails 49 and 50.  We’ll wrap up and head back to the trail head for lunch around 1 PM.  You can sign up on this web site under the trails tab.

Recent trail work has focused on re-aligning trail 43.  We completed this work in May so go out and check out the new Trail 43 alignment.  Our focus now is beating back the brush that has grown up over this last wet winter.  Once the rains start again we’ll go back to working on maintaining the trail tread.

 

Volunteer opportunities with MORCA at the Sea Otter Classic

The Subaru Sea Otter Classic is once again upon us April 20th through the 23rd.

We need volunteers to help MORCA marshal the Dual Slalom and staff the MORCA booth. Volunteers will get free entry to the Sea Otter Festival a great experience and maybe more.

Sign up to volunteer at: http://www.morcamtb.org/seaotter/

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp 6Fattie Raffle

MORCA is Raffling a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp 6Fattie to benefit Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day held Sat. Oct 7, 2017 at Ft Ord Cycling Day Camp.
Buy tickets here on line or during SOC at the MORCA booth (near the Cliff Bar booth).
Thanks to Bobcat Bicycles for partnering with MORCA to donate this bike.
Raffle is held at 4:45 pm on Sat. April 22nd.
Also come to our Wed ride at 6 pm pre-SOC

Raffle Tickets (1 for $5, 2 for $10 or 5 for $20)

Marina Library Pump Track?

MORCA Night Ride Season is underway

MORCA Night Ride season is underway. For more information and to sign up please follow this link.

http://www.morcamtb.org/night/

MORCA Board Election

It’s MORCA election time!

Tired of political ads? Well you won’t see any here and this opportunity to vote is fast and easy.

As a MORCA member, you may vote for six director positions to lead the club in 2016. Six hard-working folks have been nominated as directors. You may also write-in a qualified member.

Please download and read the directions on the ballot carefully.
Election Ballot!

Your ballot may be returned electronically, by US mail or in person, but we must receive it in hand by Monday Nov 7th.

Also you can review a short bio written by each of the candidates so you can get an idea of who they are.
Candidate Statements!

If so inclined come hand-deliver your ballot on Monday Nov 7th at 6:30 PM at Mountain Mike’s Pizza in Seaside, CA and enjoy meeting your fellow MORCANs.

If you have comments or questions please email the MORCA board at morca@morcamtb.org.

NOTE: You must be a current MORCA member to vote (member of IMBA with MORCA as your chapter).

See you on the trails…..

If you have comments or questions please email the MORCA board at morca@

Upcoming events in October 2016

There are a numbers of things coming up this month….

– Wednesday October 5th – The Laguna Seca Twilight Ride is hosted by MORCA http://www.mazdaraceway.com/twilight-cycling

– Monday October 10th – MORCA Board Meeting check the MORCA calendar for location and updates. Nominations for the MORCA board elections are due at this meeting.

– Sunday October 23rd – Public Lands day at Fort Ord National Monument. MORCA will be leading a ride and trim trail work group leaving from Creekside Terrace at 9 AM. See the flyer at Public Lands Day Flyer

New MORCA Jersey Available

Mr. W (Nick) sporting the new MORCA jersey he designed to wear for racing the Fritter 50.
 
Email Nick at ncmffd@sbcglobal.net if you want one:

“The jersey is available in Men’s, Women’s, Race Cut (genesis fabric), Club Cut (AMP fabric which is a tad heavier than the genesis fabric and possibly less sheer), long sleeve and short sleeve. There are 54 different color & style choices on the website. There are also matching bibs and shorts to choose from as well. www.voler.com is the webpage address if folks want to check out the products. The sizing chart was pretty accurate for me too.

If members want to purchase a jersey, they can email me ncmffd@sbcglobal.net for the semi custom order link with the MORCA artwork.

I’ll also send them the Refer A Friend email which gives a $10 credit on their order when they create an account with Voler to purchase their products. Members can also get a free gift (insulated water bottle) if they “Join the Club, an E Newsletter” with their email address.”

MORCA Bike Raffle to support Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day 2016

MORCA is teaming with Bobcat Bicycles to raffle a Brand new, Medium Frame StumpJumper FSR Comp 6fattie at the Sea Otter Classic, plus many other prizes!

Raffle Tickets (1 for $10 or 3 for $20)


Raffle Tickets (1 for $10 or 3 for $20)



The raffle raises money for our Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day held in October. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20 and can be purchased online or at the MORCA booth! This is the best bike we have ever raffled and is all the rage in the MTB world!, With Fox full suspension, 650b 3.0″ “Fatties” and a Dropper Seat Post, this bike has it all, and is worth $3500!

More details to follow, and other prizes too! Winner need not be present to win, and we can ship, but shipping not covered.

Make sure you visit the MORCA booth at the Sea Otter Classic, in the middle ring of the festival area next to Clif Bar and IMBA. See you there!!

Volunteer opportunities with MORCA at the Sea Otter Classic

The Subaru Sea Otter Classic is once again upon us April 14th through the 17th.

We need volunteers to help MORCA marshal the Dual Slalom and staff the IMBA and MORCA booths. Volunteers will get free entry to the Sea Otter Festival a great experience and maybe more.

Sign up to volunteer at: http://www.morcamtb.org/seaotter/

The MORCA Trail Crew at the top of 42

National Public Lands Week at Fort Ord National Monument – October 17th-24th

Dear Friends:

Please join us in celebrating “National Make a Difference Day” and “National Public Lands Day” by participating in one or more of the great Fort Ord community events in October of 2015.

This year we are trying something a little different – rather than having a one day celebration where citizens can show their support for their natural resource treasures and volunteer, we are working with partners on supporting several community events. The Fort Ord National Monument is all about protecting natural resources, enhancing and improving recreation opportunities, and honoring the military heritage of this special place. The events in October all embrace those elements. Join the week-long celebration by participating in one or more of these activities:

• A trail repair project organized and sponsored by the Monterey Off-Road Cycling Association on October 17th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

• A series of volunteer activities to protect natural resources hosted, in part, by the Sierra Club on October 19th, 20th and 21st from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, or 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

• An “Honor our Fallen” 5K and 10K race/walk event to honor local and nationwide servicemen and servicewomen who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our nation. You can volunteer to work for the event, or show your support by entering as a race participant. The event is on October 24th; volunteers and participants should register far in advance.

Please see the flyer for details and how to register. If you have additional questions, feel free to call us at (831)394-8314.
______________________________
Eric A. Morgan
BLM’s Fort Ord National Monument Manager

(831)394-8314 Office
(831)206-2505 Cellular

Visit Our ExtraOrdinary Webpage here.

“GREAT LANDS, GREAT VALUE: The BLM is one of a handful of federal agencies that generates more revenue than it spends. For every dollar of federal funding spent, BLM returns about five dollars directly back to the Federal Treasury – much of this revenue is disbursed back to state and local governments where the public lands reside. Job creation associated with the BLM administered lands accounts for about 1 percent of the GDP. These lands are a sound financial investment in so many ways.”

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is coming

Take a Kid Mountain-Biking Day
Saturday, October 3, 2015
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Toro County Park
About 14 miles east of Monterey, and 6 miles south of Salinas, just off the Monterey-Salinas Hwy 68. Take the Portola Road exit into Toro County Park.
This ia a FREE EVENT!!
However, an $8 vehicle parking permit is required unless you have an annual county parks pass. The fee solely supports Monterey County Parks.

If you are interested in volunteering to help make this a successful event follow this link to see a list of volunteer opportunities and to sign up.
Volunteer!

Our custom-built obstacle course gives kids an awesome opportunity to increase their bicycle skills in a safe and structured manner under expert guidance
Several trail rides for different ability levels
Free BBQ lunch! Free Raffle Prizes!

Hosted by Monterey Off Road Cycling Association
For a schedule of MORCA activities and more info see www.morcamtb.org/tkmbd
Parents and guardians please pre-register at Pre-Registration Link so we can figure out how much food to get for lunch.

Bring your bike and helmet – A HELMET IS REQUIRED!!
A signed waiver is mandatory: no exceptions. Download and print it from www.morcamtb.org/MORCA_Waiver.pdf

Many, many thanks to our recent and present sponsors and donors: Stowe Contracting, Bobcat Bicycles of Salinas, Carmel Kitchens and Baths, Cleary Bikes, Adventure Medical Kits, Peninsula Bike Works, Bay Bikes, Green Pedal Couriers, Cypress Coast Subaru, REI , Natividad Medical Center, Kryptonite Locks and Cyclepath Outfitters.

If you are interested in volunteering to help make this a successful event follow this link to see a list of volunteer opportunities and to sign up.
Volunteer!

Nominations Open for MORCA Directors for 2016

It is that time of year again as we head toward elections at our November meeting.

From now through the close of the Monday, October 3 meeting, we are soliciting nominations for MORCA directors. There are six directors on the board.
Our Bylaws state the nominee must be a member in good standing as of September 30,(2015).

We solicit nominations through the end of the October meeting.
The balloting runs from October 15 through the end of the November meeting.
If more than six folks run, the top six persons are the selected directors.
The directors select the President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary plus two members-at-large.

Nominees should care about MORCA and its mission and be willing to attend two MORCA meetings per month (as feasible), take on leadership tasks, enjoy volunteering and attend other meetings and events to represent the club. We work with directors to find a good meeting date. Presently, directors meet on the last Monday of the month (sometimes Tuesday) at 6 PM and the regular meeting is the first Monday of the month at 6:30 PM.
Note that other members who are not directors lead committees and special projects. We try to spread the work around as much as possible so no one person is overburdened.

The current directors are:
Joel Trice, President (He will not run again due to family obligations).
Phil Craig, VP (I am not sure of Phil’s plans as he is out of town; need to confirm)
Nick Madronio, Treasurer (Nick is willing to run and serve again)
Henrietta Stern, Secretary (Henri is willing to run and serve again)
Sue Benjaram, Member-at-Large (Sue is willing to run and serve again)
Brian Tomasini, Member-at-Large (Brian is willing to run and serve again)

Thus, we need folks to step up and serve. The term is one year. Don’t be shy– you are welcome to nominate yourself! Please first check with the person you nominate to be sure they are willing and committed. Contact the board if you have nominees or questions at: morca@morcamtb.org

Niner Bike Demo Sunday August 2nd at 8th and G

Scoping Workshops for Fort Ord Natl Monument Dog Management Plan

Dear Friend:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) invites you to attend scoping workshops regarding the pending Fort Ord National Monument – Dog Management Plan. As you are aware, on April 8th, 2015 the BLM enacted an interim/temporary dog leash restriction on the national monument and promised to work with the community when crafting a long-term dog policy. These workshops will be just one of the opportunities for you to be actively involved with the planning. There will be other opportunities to provide feedback once a draft plan is developed and released for public review.

The purpose of these workshops is to provide a comfortable forum for community members to brainstorm together and generate useful information for the BLM to consider before a draft plan is prepared and released for review. The workshops are meant to be productive sessions to discuss key topics openly with others that will help guide planning efforts. At this time, there is no draft dog management plan to comment on.

Workshops are tentatively scheduled July 28th (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm) in Seaside, at the Oldemeyer Center, on 986 Hilby Avenue; July 29th (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm) in Marina, at the Marina Library, 188 Seaside Avenue; and August 5th (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm) in Salinas, at the Government Center, 168 W. Alisal Street, 2nd Floor, Monterey Room. If you cannot attend a workshop, feel free to send us your feedback directly to the topics that are identified.

Attached is some useful information to review before you attend a workshop. These materials will provide you with an overview of the workshop topics, and some background information we assembled with help from our colleagues at Golden Gate National Recreation Area who are also preparing a dog management plan.
______________________________
Eric A. Morgan
BLM’s Fort Ord National Monument Manager

Attachments at following links:
Background Information
Dog Management Plan Briefing Presentation
Dog Management Plan Invitation Letter
Workshop Discussion Topics

Sea Otter Classic Volunteers Needed

The Sea Otter Classic is coming soon.
April 16 – 19, 2015 is your chance to participate in the 25th Annual Sea Otter Classic up close and personal while helping MORCA raise funds and increase membership.

Volunteer to help as a course marshal at the Dual Slalom or join us in the MORCA booth to help get new members.

For more info and to sign up go to:
http://www.morcamtb.org/seaotter

Trail 19 Ribbon Cutting

Great MORCA Trail Work Day

Nice turn out at the trail day today.

44 trail workers showed up to help continue working on the new Trail 19. Thanks a bunch to the Salinas High School Mountain Bike team for showing up in force and also to Christina for feeding us after a hard days work.

We really made some great progress and this is looking to be a really nice trail.