It’s Pay it Forward Day and MORCA is prepping to head out for some trail work. Working the trails is something they do every month, but how cool is it that their trail work day landed during such a great initiative?
After a little caffeine boost to get the blood flowing, the crew heads out to work.
The view out to the trails is phenomenal as always, and Mud Hen Lake is shimmering with the morning sunrise.
The tools are disseminated and the crews get ready to head up the hill.
The first crew is assigned damage control. It appears this turn is a little off and riders are missing the turn and going off trail towards the trees. A little adjustment is in order to make it a wee bit safer.
Benching the hill allows bikers to ride a line closer to the hill – making them less likely to ride off into the grass.
Meanwhile, the Poison Oak Bandit clears vines near the trail to help alleviate overgrowth – which seems to really happen in the Spring.
Team 2 works another corner by smoothing out brake bumps and refining the turn for a smoother ride.
A member of Team 3 cleans excess grass from the trail to help keep it clear.
With a little help of a McLeod, the trail thistles are brought back under control.
After the work is done, the crew finds some great food waiting for them. Burritos for all!!!
These guys and gals do this every month. To join the fun, go here: Trail Work.
Booth 243! That’s where you could find MORCA at the 2018 Sea Otter Classic. Members rotated in and out and it’s where we found results of our racers! Notably, Henrietta, who took 5thin her category for the Enduro. Ladies Dawn, Jodie, and Lisa were in on the SRAM ladies ride, while Nicki ripped it up at the Grand Fondo. Not to be outdone by the ladies, our very own Lee Jetton threw down all he had on the cross country CAT1 course and dropped nine minutes from his previous years’ time. While all that was happening, MORCA was running a Raffle to benefit our annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day– Remember to SAVE THE DATE: 6 OCT 2018
What about that Raffle?
The raffle results are in! Shout out to 1UP donated a bike rack and an awesome cooler!!! Fox also chimed in with a fork. Thank you to both our sponsors and all those that donated to our raffle. 100% proceeds go to our Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event so the kids can attend for FREE!
1UP Bike Rack – Eric Morgan of Monterey, CA
Fox Fork – Bruce Dorman of Felton, CA
1UP Cooler – Phil Craig of Salinas, CA
The Monterey Off-Road Cycling Association (MORCA) is the non-profit organization that serves as the voice of responsible mountain bicyclists in Monterey County. We support the County RMA staff’s recommendation to have a multi-user trail system at Toro Park similar to the Fort Ord National Monument, which has a culture of proper trail etiquette and friendly, mutual courtesy among trail users (hiker/runner, bicycles and equestrians).
Fort Ord and many other locations throughout California and the West have successful multi-user trail systems. The mountain bike community is also renowned for “giving back” in the form of thousands of volunteer hours of trail maintenance, poison oak removal, and other activities which benefit all trail users. Due to age or injury, not everyone can hike or afford a horse, and a bicycle is a healthy way for young and old to enjoy our local trails. As residents and taxpayers, mountain bikers deserve to enjoy quality trail systems on public lands.
— Gary Courtright, Carmel
Starting Thursday November 9th and continuing as late as November 17th, PG&E will be performing vegetation clearing around select transmission towers for tower maintenance (see the map below).
Adjacent trails will still be open but signage along the trails will alert users of these activities.
For additional information please contact:
PG&E Natural Resource Management
Hey folks. Night ride season is upon us and starting tomorrow (Wednesday October 25th, 2017 we will be operating under our Night Ride permit with BLM.
Please RSVP at the following link and pay the permit fee via the paypal link on the web page. This week we ride at 8th and G. As in the past we’ll alternate between 8th and G and Creekside.
MORCANs!! Do you want to take more of a leadership role in the club? Nominations are open for directors for year 2018. Five of the six current directors have committed for another year if you feel they are doing a good job. One director is stepping down which means a seat on the board is open and awaiting your participation. For reference, six directors are elected and they determine who will be the officers for the following year.
Are you ready to help guide MORCA in a variety of policy and business decisions? You must be a member in good standing and we request a two-year commitment. You need to attend one board meeting per month (typically the first Monday) and be active in the club– i.e., attend outside meetings, volunteer at MORCA events, advocate, etc. You are not paid, but it is fun and rewarding work.
You are welcome to nominate yourself or a fellow MORCA member — just be sure to check with them first to ensure they are willing and able to serve. To submit a nomination or if you have questions, please contact email@example.com before the November 6, 2017 board meeting. Balloting will occur through December 4, and the directors’ term starts on January 1, 2018.
This month the MORCA trail work day will be in conjunction with National Public Lands.
MORCA will lead a “Ride and Trim” from the Public Lands day site on the Fort Ord National Monument starting at 9 AM on Saturday October 28th. Bring your bike and some trimming tools you can carry safely. Please sign up at https://morcamtb.org/trails/trail-work/
For more information and direction take a look at the flyer at the following link: 2017 NPLW Flyer
We need volunteers!!!. This weekend we’ll be continuing our trail work efforts in the vicinity of Trails 19 and 23 to cut re-establish the trail corridor and beat back the brush and improve sight lines. Sign up at https://morcamtb.org/trails/trail-work/
Also, and more importantly we need volunteers to sign up to help with Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (Saturday October 7th). Opportunities include set up, tear down and helping at the event. To sign up go to https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1965293/false#/invitation
If you have any questions about these events or MORCA volunteer opportunities in general please email the board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll have our normal third Saturday Trail Work on September 16th.
Have a great Holiday Weekend!!!
Coming on October 7th MORCA is hosting Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day 2017!!!
Here’s a nice video montage from 2012.
For more info go here: https://morcamtb.org/calendar/take-kid-mountain-biking-day/
To volunteer to help: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1965293/false#/invitation
Hey folks here is a list of upcoming events that MORCA will be involved in:
August 19th – Trail Work day sign up at https://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 https://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)
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.
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: https://www.morcamtb.org/seaotter/
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
MORCA Night Ride season is underway. For more information and to sign up please follow this link.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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@
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
Mr. W (Nick) sporting the new MORCA jersey he designed to wear for racing the Fritter 50.
Email Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 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)
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!!