October 2019


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Ride Like A Girl - China Camp
Hosted by Alex Kay and Ellen Wilson
Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:15 AM to 12:15 PM
San Pedro Rd at Miwok Meadows Gate
799 N San Pedro Rd · San Rafael, CA
38.006558, -122.484616​

​Hi ladies.  Lets ride China Camp! It is almost all single-track - yay! And there are switchbacks to keep us on our toes! We'll begin with about 2 miles of uphill where there are a few rocks and an area or two where the trail is pretty narrow. For the basic route, the rest of the ride is mostly downhill and flowy with pretty much no technical features. For those who want a little more challenge, a group of us can climb up to the "Nike site" (a nice challenging climb up a semi-paved fire road), then descend down a fun rocky trail to hook up with the trail which the rest of the group will also ride. For both routes, it will be helpful to be in relatively good aerobic condition and familiar with riding on narrow single track. The routes should be great for advanced beginners and above. The ride should take about 2.5 hours, be about 10 miles and 1200' of climbing. 

Please RSVP so you can be notified of any ride changes.

For details, ask questions, and to RSVP go to the BTCEB Meetup page.

Hope to see you there!  


Gala Ride at Crockett Hills Regional Park
Sunday, October 13, 2019
9:30 AM to 12:30 AM
Crockett Hills Trail Head Parking Lot
2QWH+RF Crockett, CA
38.047103, -122.221242

A reminder that the next BTCEB monthly Gala Ride will be at Crockett Hills East Bay Regional Park on SUNDAY October 13th.  Arrive at 9:30am, roll at 9:45am.

Here's a SUNDAY ride at Crockett Hills in case Saturdays are no good for you!  We usually meet on the 2nd Saturday of most months, but again it's SUNDAY this month!

We start gathering at 9:30am and hit the trails promptly at 9:45am. Plan to ride (or push) 10 to 12 miles of hilly single track and fire roads.  As alway join us for refreshments and snacks after the ride. Safety glasses and plenty of water are suggested. A well-tuned mountain bike is a must!

For more details and to RSVP on the BTCEB Meetup page.

Popup Rides
by Mike Udkow, BTCEB President

BTCEB has many other smaller, less formal last-minute rides, known as "popups". In just the past month we've had popup rides at: Fernandez Ranch, China Camp, Redwood Park, Crockett Hills, and Joaquin Miller Park.  Thanks to the small group of organizers for sharing the stoke with our group.

Want even more organized rides?? Who doesn't. Sign up to organize a POP-UP ride. If you are uncomfortable as a ride leader, no problem. Ask someone from the group to lead (that's what I do!). The "organizer' isn't necessarily the "ride leader". Send me the ride info and your cell number to mikeudkow@gmail.com and I will cut and paste your description into MeetUp. Let's keep in going!

Look for Popups at anytime on the Meetup page:

Or join and subscribe for automatic email notifications here:

BTCEB via Facebook

​Finally, if you want to hear about other last-minute news, such as demo rides, and volunteering opportunities, "like" and follow BTCEB's Facebook Notification Page, and also request to join BTCEB's Facebook Discussion Group.



September Gala Ride at Fernandez Ranch
by Mike Udkow

This was our first Gala ride at Fernandez Ranch, part of the John Muir Land-trust, not EBRPD. The ride was moved from Chabot to Fernandez. Our past rides at Fernandez were cancelled because of rain. Not this time! The weather were perfect.

Although only 24 people RSVP'd on our Meetup, we had 35 plus riders ranging from advanced to novice riders. The advanced riders got in their mileage at a blistering pace while the novice riders were treated to a skills session thanks to Yvette and Jim. The session was so popular that we are planning on more in the future.

And as always, thank you ride leaders and sweepers. We can't do these rides with out your help. In the future, if you are familiar with the ride venue, please offer your help. And most importantly, thank you Dave Blank for bringing the beer!

And a few reminders.  Our October ride is on a SUNDAY, 10/13 at Crockett Hills. Just wait until you see what the BTCEB has done to the trails there. Also please RSVP for all our rides, especially in the rainy season when rides get cancelled.

September Ride Like a Girl at Santa Cruz
by Alex Kay

(Above) Amy & Patty lead the faster group while (below) Alex led the Zen group on a 13 mile ride.

Everyone had a great time and rode some trails that were new to them.

Crockett Hills:  Hardening Nears Completion
by Scott Bartlebaugh

To date approximately 190 feet of diamond block hardening have been installed on Warep trail and one 20 foot section remains to be installed from the original proposed scope.

Warep trail is the lower section of trail below Tree Frog in the southern portion of Crockett Hills Regional Park and is subject to holding significantly more moisture than most of the rest of the trail system. 

This project should make this section rideable in a similar timeframe as the rest of the trail system following a rain along with being more resistant to cattle damage.  We first started talking with the park in March 2018 about this project and while the wheels of progress have not turned rapidly they have turned forward and we expect to complete this project by year end 2019.

EBRPD Supervisors and staff have provided critical support by partnering and authorizing the project, purchasing the diamond block and gravel,  and staging the materials.  Thus far BTCEB volunteers have put in over 150 hours on this project.  THANK YOU!   

Popup Ride at Fernandez Ranch
by Amy Arcus

August 31.  We had a great turn out (for a last minute ride) of 11 riders on a blue-skied summer day.  Unfortunately our fearless leader Mike Udkow had to turn back early due to a flat tire.  The rest of us continued on, did a little detour over to Vista Point for pictures, and talked bikes as we pedaled along enjoying the shady sections of trail.  A few of us even climbed back up to practice and conquer the switchbacks - yes!   A good time was held by all!   

BTCEB Membership Drive
by Mike Udkow

While membership on our Meetup site continues to grow to over 3,800 followers, membership in the BTCEB, your mountain biking organization, has been lagging.

To grow, to survive, and to represent the mountain biking community, we need your support. Your membership dues support our Gala rides and our RLaG program, pays for our insurance, helps to support NorCal High School MTBing and supports trail work at China Camp, Rockville, Fernandez and Crockett. We are hard at work developing the JMP Pump Track.  Our Board of Directors meets bi-monthly to discuss all topics relevant to local mountain biking.

Membership levels start at $30, with a $15 student/hardship level. Lifetime membership is $500.

Aside from the dues, we truly need and value 
your membership.

Please join or renew today at www.btceb.org


From the Dusty Trail . . .

New Trail Markers on Big Trees at JMP
by Stan Dotson

BTCEB is collaborating with Oakland Trails in adding new trail markers to the upper section of Big Trees Trail. With so many unauthorized trails leading off Big Trees, in many areas it is difficult to know when you're on the actual trail. Added trail markers will help keep good folks on the designated trail and out of sensitive areas.

Special thanks to Friends of Joaquin Miller Park for their assistance in funding for the posts.

Tamarancho No Dab Challenge!
September thru December 2019


Can you ride a complete loop of Camp Tamarancho without a dab? A dab is when your foot (or hand) touches the ground. The trails at the Camp have gotten more difficult over the past 20 years, and it takes a skilled rider to clear all the roots, drop offs, ruts, and tight switchbacks in the 8 miles of trails.

So folks over at Camp Tamarancho decided to put on a fun competition to acknowledge those riders with that "no dab" skill. This will be a self-judged competition for 3 months, from Sept 15 to Dec 15, 2019. All riders who complete the loop without a dab, can enter to win a 2020 Camp Tamarancho Annual Pass, and in addition, they will publish a list of those riders who have accomplished this task.

Visit the Tamarancho website for a complete list of rules.

Dual Slalom & XC Racing at Stafford Lake!

B-17 Racing's DUAL SLALOM SERIES comprises 4 side-by-side, gravity-fed races on the Stafford Lake Bike Park dual slalom course. Pump and jump through qualifying and final rounds! The races have been going on every other Sunday since August with the last races of the season are on Sunday, October 6.

Each class will do a single lane qualifying run to seed for the first bracket. Combined times from a run in each lane will halve the field in subsequent heats until the final two go head to head for the final. Class size is limited to 32, and the full race for each category will not exceed 2 hours from qualifying to podiums.

Fee to race is $20. Pre-register for all 4 and receive a 15% discount. Pre-registration is best, but we will have onsite registration up until the start of each category. The Open class will be for the fastest, open to anyone that wants to race for the best prizes and competition. Other classes are limited to their age designations (use your age as of race day). Minors must have a waiver signed by a parent. Podium will be 5 deep for each class.

Reminder: As a BTCEB member, you can receive a 10 percent or higher discount for parts at many of the bike shops in the East Bay.  You just have to ask.  Thank you to the many bike shop sponsors for your support!


BTCEB is a one-stop shop.  We defend access rights.  We lead volunteers to build sustainable trails and repair historic trails.  We host social rides.  We teach underprivileged kids to ride.  We fund youth mountain bike race teams. The list goes on because  as riders we can do more together than individually.  If you have not already, please consider joining us as a member.  Many bike shops in the East Bay grant a 10% discount on bike parts to BTCEB Membership Card holders. It is just another benefit of joining BTCEB.  Thank you to all the East Bay bike shops that support our efforts both on and off the trails!


 Do you have a good ride story, trailwork report, or other bike trail news? Tell us about it.  Please send a paragraph with 150 words or less with a pic (under 10MB please) and/or link telling us about trailwork, rides, events, or any good mountain bike effort to bring our community together, etc.  Please send via email to the editor, Jamuel Starkey, with pictures if possible, at:  buzz@btceb.org


Mike Udkow, President

Jim Arth, Membership Coordinator

Yvette Skinner, Vice President
Dan McAvoy, Secretary
Lauren Haughey, Treasurer
Henry Mitchell, Trails Coordinator
Dave Wolden, Director of Youth Programs (YMBA)

Amy Arcus, Director of Women's Programs
Tom Gandesbery, Member-at-Large
Tom Holub, IT Chair

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P. O. Box 9583
Berkeley, CA 94709
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