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Words of wisdom from Martin

What’s going on, right this minute.

So, we had a meeting last night. Thanks again to David Zaitz for hosting. We got most of the weekends in June scheduled for rides, except for June 14/15 and 21/22 so if any of you have any rides you’d like to lead, speak up. I am looking at my schedule to see when I can lead a Chilao/Vetter Mountain/Mount Hillyer/Mooney ride, per request of DZ. Now that the high school racing season is effectively over, I will be trying to get a few regular rides scheduled out my way to provide for some rides for my son’s team to keep in shape in their offseason and for the OTH series. Feel free to offer to lead some, if you are keen on some of the rides in the area, like Marshall, Bonelli, Monroe, Turnbull, FDL, Chino Hills, etc…
I should mention that you need to be a paid member to lead rides. I stopped by Pasadena Cyclery before the meeting to check on memberships and there are some that haven’t been processed from the last couple of months but there are quite a few of you who haven’t renewed, so get on it. It’s May. You also cannot buy any of the swanky new kits that will be coming down the pike if you are not in good standing.
We also quickly discussed Mammoth.
Again, Forrest and I had been talking about the 1st week of August, but now he has something going on for work and prefers the 2nd week. Roman and Crystal can’t do after the 1st week because she is back in school. I’ve heard that other people are asking about when we are going but not many people responded to the poll. What say you? I am out because I probably can’t afford to go, so talk amongst yourselves and get it figured out PDQ before all the good places are booked.
Please check the PMBC Facebook page for the schedule or for any questions while we are still working on this site.
That’s all for now. I now return you to your regularly scheduled cat videos.

Waiting for the ball to drop


Hello again PMBC peeps.
As I watch the last minutes of 2011 tick away, I wanted to take the time to remember this past year and look forward to my 20th year as President of the Pasadena Mountain Bike Club. Dang! Has it been that long?
This year, we had some great rides, parties, pump-track sessions, and some epic trips. We had many new faces come out and ride with us, rode some new trails and returned to some old favorites that were closed by the Station Fire. It always warms my cockles to see all of the new, like-minded crazies who take to our sport and have that enthusiasm show on their faces when they are railing some singletrack for the first time. They keep us old-timers excited. We also had other club members have milestones with marriage, parenthood and all the other things life brings.

Racing seems to have regained some of its appeal for club members and I don’t think it will slow down next year. Ray did a great job (as he does with all of the heavy lifting he does for the club) supporting all of the racing events he went to this year. Thanks to Ray-and everyone else-who make all the PMBC events, epic!

I personally, had a tough year, with my father’s illness and passing and (at last) the end of my long period of unemployment. I look forward to moving on to 2012 and know that it will be a better year. For the other club people out there still looking for work, I wish you better luck and know that you talented and creative people will find something that you want to do.

The club has many things to do this coming year. As we saw with the MWBA’s great strides this year, we also need to become more organized and have some purpose. Lots to talk about in upcoming meetings.
Anyway, I hope to get more miles of riding in this coming year and see more of you out on the trail. I also hope to make my return to the annual PMBC trip to Mammoth. I have been itching for it. My bikes have too.
Just a couple of minutes left, so I wish you all a safe and prosperous 2012! If the Mayans were right, oh well….

Happy Trails,


Dropping the yule log again!

It’s just about that time again. I just want to wish all Pasadena Mountain Bike Club members and all of our friends and riding buds, near and far, a safe and joyous holiday season.
I know we’ll have even more epic and memorable rides in the coming year. Hope to see you then.
Happy Trails,