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    • Trail Work - Earth Day in Crystal Cove State Park April 19, 2014 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Ridge Park Trail Head in Newport Beach Join SHARE Volunteers for this special day of trail work. We wi ll be continuing our barb wire removal project and brushing trails though o ut park.
    • Rwanda 50 Mile Ride April 26, 2014 at 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Oakey Headquarters SHARE: Volunteers Needed! Info: http://sharemtb.com/2014/01/23/ 8th-annual-50-mile-ride-to-be-the-biggest-yet-april-26/
    • SHARE Poker Ride May 17, 2014 at 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Orange, CA, United States Information TBD
    • IMBA World Summit August 21, 2014 at 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Steamboat Springs, CO, United States http://www.imba.com/news/steamboat-springs-world-summit
    • IMBA World Summit August 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm – 12:00 am Steamboat Springs, CO, United States http://www.imba.com/news/steamboat-springs-world-summit
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Earth Day Trail Work – April 19

Earth Day Trail Project

Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday April 19th at 9:00 am @ Ridge Park Trailhead

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SHARE Mountain Bike Club is partnering with Crystal Cove State Park for this Earth Day event. While there are lots of activities within Crystal Cove State Park on this day, SHARE is sponsoring trail work deep in the back country where we ride.

Please join us and wear boots and long sleeves to protect yourself. We will have gloves and tools so we can remove the posts and wire that are no longer needed.

  • Where: Crystal Cove State Park
  • Location: Ridge Park Trail Head in Newport Beach
  • When: Saturday April 19 at 9:00 am
  • What: Remove more of the old barbed wire fencing in Crystal Cove State Park and some brushing on popular trail

If you would like to help out please email us at SHAREMTB@gmail.com to let us know you are coming.

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2014 SHARE/IMBA Poker Ride – May 17th

2014 SHARE/IMBA Poker Ride

Join SHARE Mountain Bike Club of Orange County for a super fun Mountain Bike Ride and Party! This is an opportunity to enjoy the fantastic trails in Santiago Oaks, make new friends, sip some tasty beverages, and enjoy the riding and outdoors. The 2014 SHARE/IMBA Poker Ride is on Saturday May 17th at 8:30 am in Santiago Oaks Regional Park. Ride is $25 for all participants. Post ride lunch and beverages is $10 (free for SHARE/IMBA members). Parking is at Irvine Regional Park Only. Registration now open!

Register Here 

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Be Part of the Fun! Ride Hard, Get Dirty, Win Prizes, and Meet New Friends!

The SHARE Mountain Bike Poker Ride is a very fun event that has been run annually for over 15 years. The event raises critically needed money sponsoring trail work and wilderness restoration projects throughout Orange County. There will be a great post ride raffle, lunch and a wide selection of fine beverages from our sponsor New Belgium Brewing Company!

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Registration

If you haven’t renewed your IMBA/SHARE membership yet, this is a great time to do it. IMBA/SHARE members get the post ride lunch and beverages for free!

Ride is $25 of all participants. Lunch is $10 (includes two beverages). Pre-register on-line at Eventbrite.com  CLICK HERE

Again, lunch is FREE for SHARE/IMBA Members.

Volunteers Needed

We do need volunteers to make this a success, if you would like to help please let us know. Email us at Sharemtb@gmail.com

Trail Work Day – Santiago Oaks – Saturday March 8

OMG! It finally rained in OC

The rain has finally arrived and allowed SHARE Mtb to schedule some great trail work events.

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Join SHARE Mountain Bike Club volunteers as we work on Chutes Ridgeline trail in Santiago Oaks Wilderness Park.

  • When: Saturday, March 8th. 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Where: Meet in Irvine Regional Park Lot # 3. We will ride or hike on Roadrunner Loop to the work site (bottom of Chutes Ridgeline)
  • What: Work on Chutes Ridgeline and Cactus if we have enough volunteers and time
  • RSVP: If you would like to volunteer please email us at SHAREMTB@gmail.com or visit SHARE’s Facebook page to let us know you are coming
  • What: Please have a hat, sturdy shoes and water. SHARE will provide tools.

Prepare to get dirty!

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2014 SHARE Board

Congratulations to the 2014 SHARE Board

The 2014 Elections have been finalized and the results are completed:

  • Steve Larson, President
  • Paul Miller, Vise President
  • Ken Rands, Treasurer
  • Brad Larkins, Secretary

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From left to right: Paul, Steve, Ken and Brad

Steve Larson – President

SHARE President for the past two year, previously Steve has been also been the SHARE Secretary 3 years and has been a SHARE member over 10 years. Steve is a tireless contributor to improving trails and mountain biking throughout Orange County and was the key contributor in making the IMBA and SHARE partnership a reality. Steve and his wife Carolyn reside in Huntington Beach

Paul Miller – Vice President

Former SHARE President for 3 years and Vice President for 5 years and Park Representative for 8 years (Peters Canyon and Santiago Oaks Regional Park). Paul has been instrumental in increasing the visibility of SHARE in the MTB community and in the county parks. Paul can be seen navigating his single speed rigid mountain bike on father/daughter rides with Liberty.

Ken Rands - Treasurer

SHARE treasurer for the 6 years and SHARE member for 12, Ken also serves as the SHARE park representative for Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park where he was recognized as an outstanding volunteer by OC Parks in 2012. Ken can be seen nearly every weekend leading volunteers in trail work and supporting mountain bike events.

Brad Larkins – Secretary

SHARE Secretary for the past two year. Brad has been involved as SHARE park representative for both Laguna Canyon Wilderness Park and  Crystal Cove State Park an was awarded the Golden Poppy award by the State of California for being an outstanding volunteerism. Brad has authored SHARE’s  grants that has significantly contributed to the construction of new trails and habitat restoration in both county and state parks in Orange County. Brad and his wife Chris reside in Newport Beach.

2014 SHARE / IMBA Jersey – Order Now!

The 2014 SHARE / IMBA Club Jerseys!

Orders Closed. 

2014 SHARE Jersey

New SHARE / IMBA club jerseys are in the works. These amazing super high quality jerseys are being manufactured by IMBA Partner Primal Ware and are a very good deal for SHARE members at only $50.

These jerseys reflect SHARE’s new affiliation with IMBA. Order Cutoff is February 10th

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This year the Club is offering two styles of jerseys

  • Standard sport cut, short raglan sleeve, 3 rear pocket Jersey
  • Down Hill 3/4 sleeve loose fit Jersey

Details and Features – Sport Cut

  • Primal Ware
  • Men’s Sport Cut, Short Sleeve, Raglan Sleeve
  • Elastic Option – Sleeve: Sleeve – Elastic
  • Elastic Option – Waist: Waist – Elastic
  • Fabric Option: SpeedPro
  • Pocket Option: 3 Rear Straight Pockets
  • Stitch Option: Traditional Stitch
  • Zipper Option: YKK Full Hidde
  • Sizes: xs, s, m, l, xl, 2xl, 3xl, 4xl (sport cut sizes run small)
  • $50.00
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Details and Features – Down Hill Jersey

  • Primal Ware
  • Downhill 3/4 Sleeve Jersey, Loose Fit
  • Elastic Option – Sleeve: Sleeve – None
  • Elastic Option – Waist: Waist – None
  • Fabric Option: SpeedPro
  • Pocket Option: No Pockets
  • Stitch Option: Traditional Stitch
  • Sizes: xs, s, m, l, xl, 2xl, 3xl, 4xl  (sizes run large)
  • $50.00

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Get Both! Click here to order. Include name, contact information, style, and size in the email to stuff.sharemtb@gmail.com

Great Opportunity to help reopen Emerald Canyon Trail!!! February 1

Exciting Trail Work Day to Reopen Emerald Canyon Trail

SHARE/IMBA members have a great opportunity to assist OC Parks in reopening this trail is coming up! On February 1st, our partners OC Parks, LCF and IRC are having a trail work day to clear vegetation through out this area to prepare for the placement of a bridge.

RSVPs are a must! Click Here to RSVP

If you’re a OC MTB rider than  you are  probably familiar with the Emerald Canyon Trail below the BVD and Old Emerald trail intersections that are known as “The Trail To Nowhere”.  This hidden gem is one of the most beautiful trails in Laguna Beach, and goes through an incredibly diverse and beautiful range of habitat.

Unfortunately, a couple of years ago, heavy rains completely washed out a 60 foot portion of the trail leaving behind  a gully that is close to 30 feet deep, and 60 feet wide! Well the opportunity to assist OC Parks in reopening this trail is coming up! On February 1st we will be working to clear vegetation through out this area to prepare for the placement of a new bridge over the gully. Please volunteer on this day and be part of the reopening of Emerald Canyon Trail!

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 Details: Emerald Canyon Trail Work Day

  • Saturday, February 1st
  • 9:00-1:00 pm
  • Tools, water and snacks provided
  • Meet at the junction of Emerald Canyon and Old Emerald Trail (Not Old Emerald Falls aka BVD)
  •  No shuttling available so you will need to ride in (fun!) or hike in (about 3 miles). It is at the bottom of Old Emerald Trails in Emerald Canyon. Please check the map for trails from either Dartmoor or Big Bend)
  • SHARE/IMBA people that want to ride. We will meet and leave at 8:30 am at Ridge Park Trail Head and ride to the Trailwork Site.

RSVPs are a must! Click Here to RSVP

When you get there, tell them you are with SHARE/IMBA. We look forward to seeing you there!

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8th Annual 50 Mile Ride to be the Biggest Yet – April 26

The 50 Mile for Ride for Rwanda

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One of the premier mountain bike events in Orange County and will be held on Saturday April 26, 2014.  We expect over 1000 fun-loving and adventurous mountain bikers to join this year’s event.  SHARE is a proud supporter of this event and many of our members ride and volunteer for the event. 

Registration is now open for the 8th Annual Rwanda Ride

Click Here to Register

This year’s event will again start and finish at the Oakley World Headquarters in Foothill Ranch CA.  Routes could include trails through O’Neill Park, Caspers Park, Tijeras Creek and Arroyo Trabuco.  After they finish, riders and their friends and family stick around at Oakley for the post-ride party, BBQ and gourmet food trucks, live band and huge raffle prize drawing.  Event sponsors have already donated over $20,000 in prizes.  For more information and to register for the event, please visit www.50mileride.com .  For more information about the ride’s beneficiaries, visit www.worldbicyclerelief.org and www.teamrwandacycling.org .

 The Ride

The Rwanda Ride appeals to advanced and novice riders alike.  The event is a “ride” not a race.  Event organizers have only three goals: rider fun, rider safety, and to raise lots of money for Rwandan causes.  Three different route options are available:  the signature 50 mile route, a shorter but still challenging 25+ mile route, and a 10 mile route suitable for casual mountain bikers.  Riders participate for a lot of reasons: some for the challenge of riding further on a mountain bike than ever before, some because they love the Rwanda cause, some for the fun of sharing an epic day with their best riding buddies.  To date, the ride has raised over $430,000 for Rwanda causes.

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What this Benefits?

The 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda supports two non-profits:  World Bicycle Relief and Team Rwanda Cycling.  World Bicycle Relief is transforming individuals and their communities through the Power of Bicycles; they envision a world where distance no longer prevents access to healthcare, education and economic opportunity.  With over 130,000 bicycles in the field and more than 800 field mechanics trained, World Bicycle Relief is changing lives across Africa and Southeast Asia.  World Bicycle Relief (WBR) has assembly facilities in six African countries and bikes on the ground in 13 countries across Africa and Southeast Asia.

The Rwanda Ride also supports Team Rwanda Cycling.  Team Rwanda Cycling is a story about redemption, hope, and second chances.  Tom Ritchey, renowned mountain bike industry pioneer, founded Project Rwanda in 2005 after visiting Rwanda and being inspired by both the people and the beauty.  In addition to crafting cargo bicycles for Rwandan coffee growers, Tom recruited his long-time friend and cycling legend Jock Boyer to identify, coach, and mentor young men who would become Rwanda’s first National Cycling Team.  The mission of Team Rwanda Cycling is to search for and develop young Rwandan talent to empower, enable and inspire not just individuals but families, communities and a nation through cycling.  One of the team’s original members, Adrien Nyonshuti, became Rwanda’s first Olympian to compete in the Mountain Bike event in London in 2012.

Link to photo gallery

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Trail Work on Sunday at 8 am

Come join the fun. Trail Work Day Sunday October 27.

SHARE Mountain Bike Club is having a trail work day to do brushing, tread work and trash pickup. The Irvine Coast Trail  parallels San Diego Creek on the north side.

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  • When: Sunday October 27 @ 8 am
  • Where: Park on Bayview Way near the intersection of Jamboree and Bayview Way in Newport Beach. Bayview Way is one block south of Bristol on Jamboree.  See map. Look for the SHARE Mountain Bike Trailer.
  • What: We will be working on the Irvine Coast Trail in Newport Beach. This short stretch of trail is used by equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers and is in need of some TLC. The trail needs brushing, tread work, and trash pick up.
  • Time: 8 am to 10:30 am

For information call Brad Larkins @ 949 887-8913 or email Sharemtb@gmail.com

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Whiting Ranch Poker Ride 2013

Wow, OC Parks does it again with a great event!  

Over 500 happy faces filled Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park for the 2013 OC Parks Poker Ride.

Participants rode through Whiting Ranch as part of the second annual Poker Ride event presented by Orange County Parks. Orange County Parks, in partnership with Oakley, presented the event that featured more than 500 participants on Oct. 12 event.  Men and women of all ages challenged themselves on trails leading to poker checkpoints along the way. Riders received their poker hand at the finish line and the best poker hands were awarded prizes from Oakley and Jax Bicycle Center. SHARE/IMBA had a booth at the event and SHARE/IMBA volunteers supported riders and stations. Thanks to all our volunteers this year.

Pictures from the event

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Checkpoint #3 at Four Corners

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Checkpoint #2 at the intersection of Borrago and Mustard

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Riders coming up the trail

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This years map

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Event sweep crew from SHARE and the local HS mountain bike team

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Check Point #4

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Great prizes from co-sponsor Oakley and Jax Bicycles

Safe Trails Coalition Work Shop – Wrapup

Safe Trails Coalition Workshop in Orange County

SHARE/IMBA was there!

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Friends of Harbors Beaches and Parks held a work shop called the Safe Trails Coalition on September 26. Steve Larson, President of SHARE/IMBA, presented on mountain biking in Orange County and responsible mountain biking. There were very few participants from the OC mountain bike community in the audience which was primarily from the hiking, naturalist, and equestrian communities. Presenters included SHARE/IMBA, OC Hiking Club, Laguna Canyon Foundation, the Battalion Chief from OCFA and the OC Parks Division Manager for South Orange County. Metrics presented by OC Parks indicate that the number of reported biker – hiker or biker – horse trail accidents are small. Unfortunately, the perception from the representative from the OC Hiking Club was that “on every hike the group goes on someone gets ran over or almost hit by a mountain bike”. SHARE/IMBA will be partnering with the OC Parks and groups such as the OC Hiking Club to better understand the problem presented and provide solutions for Orange County Trails.

SHARE/IMBA continues to work with all trail user communities to assure an optimal and safe experience.

SHARE/IMBA works to protect responsible access to Orange County trails for Mountain Bikes.

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