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May Newsletter

Updated: Aug 23, 2023


May 2023 Newsletter



The Latest - We have been busy! Trail work days, meetings with park managers for more trail access, continuing to grow membership, an Orange County Mountain Bike Association booth everywhere we are invited, a great bike giveaway with our partners at CAMTB and lots more! Read on below for all the details.

OCMTBA and Girlz Gone Riding Orange County sponsored a trail work day at O'Neill Park. We rehabilitated the entire Vista Trail, fixed all the drains and filled the ruts and holes. Another incredible productive day due to the strength of our volunteer community!


2023 Crankbrothers Dream Bike Giveaway CAMTB and Crank Brothers teamed up to create a dream bike. For $5, someone had an opportunity to win this one of a kind Commencal T.E.M.P.O bike, and many of you donated - thank you. You're already a winner because the proceeds go to your trails. And one lucky person in Newport Beach won the bike, watch for it on your local trails!


GET OCMTBA GEAR! Just in time for Father's Day. Or for yourself or your favorite rider! Pedal Industries has created an awesome collection perfect for any mountain biker or OCMTBA enthusiast! Get ready for the June gloom with a sweet Hoodie! Never forget any of your gear again with the #ocmtba #raceday bag. Even a race day wallet, jerseys and socks! And with every purchase you are supporting your local trails! Check it all out now! https://pedalindustries.com/collections/ocmtba-store


The Dirt

  • OCMTBA and OCMB brought people out for Trail Work events with LCF (Laguna Canyon Foundation) on Meadows trails.

  • OC Parks Volunteers, Ride Rx and OCMTBA worked on Bumblee and Cactus trails at Santiago Oaks

  • Warriors Society and OCMTBA worked on Silverado Truck Trail, Trabuco, West Horsethief and Holy Jim Trails

  • OCMTBA volunteers worked on Crystal Cove trails repairs along with CA State Parks


The Trails

  • OCMTBA President David Browning was at the Saddleback Wildernes Opening Day and we're tracking the next opening from this land grant

  • We had a second meeting with California Parks management and San Onofre Foundation to talk more about trail management in San Clemente Single Tracks in San Onofre State Beach

  • OCMTBA has met with Cleveland National Forest managment to discuss MTB trails in the forest. We attended several exploratory hikes to review rebuilding of Trabuco and West Horsethief trails

  • Holy Jim Trail in Cleveland National Forest has re-opened, and thanks to the Warriors Society, is brushed and rideable all the way to Main Divide

  • Crystal Cove State Parks trails have reopened after a long rain damage closure, we're planning more ways to help out there in the coming months

The Partners

  • OCMTBA, with a team from Harvest Home School, hosted the Kids Rodeo at the Caspers Wilderness Park Adventure, kids on bikes are awesome

  • Thank you to Rock n Road and Leaping Leigh Donovan for hosting a trail clinic and fundraiser to benefit our efforts

  • OCMTBA presented successfully in favor of the dirt and asphalt pump tracks at Dog Park (Richard Steed Memorial) in the City of San Clemente

  • We met with former Irvine Mayor and CA State Assemblyman Steven Choi for advice on how OCMTBA can work with officeholders for trail advocacy

  • We and our partners at Good Dirt Ride have a booth at every Over the Hump event - stop by and say hello

  • Two of our officers and one past president are members of the Laguna Canyon Foundation Trail Comittee along with local OC Parks management. We had a great quarterly meeting and talked about how to be more proactive with trail work immediately after rain storms

  • Our ongoing participation in the OC Parks Trails Subcommittee provided great insights on the foundations and operations of the parks we ride.

  • OCMTBA also had a presence at Luge and Brews, Sea Otter, Vision Quest/Counting Coup among others


Upcoming Events



The Good Dirt Ride 2023, a community event, now in it's 16th year has been announced for September 30, 2023. Put it on your calender, this is an event for you, run by you and to raise funds that benefit you! Registration is open, thanks in advance for your support. Register Here

Trail Work Events Trail Work - Chute’s Climb Trail Santiago Oaks 6/2 3:00 to 6:30 PM Trail Work - National Trails Day at Dilley Preserve 6/3 7:30AM to 12:00PM Trail Work - Old Emerald/Laguna Coast 6/11 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Trail Brushing - San Onofre State Park MTB Trails 6/11 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Trail Work - Santiago Oaks with The Path Bike Shop 6/17 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Events, Races and Rides Over the Hump #5 Tuesday 6/6 4:00PM Ales and Trail Fundraiser for Laguna Canyon Foundation - Saturday 6/10 6 to 10PM Over the Hump #6 Tuesday 6/13 4:00PM Family Night Over the Hump #7 Tuesday 6/20 4:00PM Over the Hump #8 Tuesday 6/27 4:00PM Finale Awards Ceremony Volunteer Opportunities Laguna Canyon Foundation Orange County Parks California State Parks - Crystal Cove and San Onofre Irvine Ranch Conservancy Cleveland National Forest The Nature Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo

Our Supporters


Trek Bicycle Tustin is an independent, family-owned, full-service bike shop in operation since 1988 as Santiago Cycling and under the current ownership of Jeff and Karen Sattler since 2011. In an effort to support our cycling community and help grow OCMTBA, Trek Bicycle Tustin is offering a free one year membership to the first twenty people that buy a new mountain bike in June!


Local Focus

Trek Bicycle Tustin From Bob Sattler Trek Bicycle Tustin is an independent, family-owned, full-service bike shop in operation since 1988 as Santiago Cycling and under the current ownership of Jeff and Karen Sattler since 2011.

Towards the end of 2010, Jeff and Karen were in a transition from their previous businesses and looking for a change, made the decision, along with their daughter and son-in-law, to move to Southern California from the Atlanta area to be close to their son who had been living in the area for nearly a decade.

Even though Jeff and Karen had always owned bicycles and fondly remembered their riding experiences, neither were avid cyclists at the time of the move. Regardless, the idea of owning a bike shop and growing a business and community for all types of cyclists came quickly. Soon they were in touch with the original owners of Santiago Cycling and planned a visit to the shop to discuss a potential sale. A deal was struck, and, the Sattlers were set on their path of becoming fully ingrained in the cycling community as shop owners and riders. Bryce Rogalski, an employee at the time of the purchase, stayed on as the sole employee through the transition and now helps lead a friendly team that excels in all aspects of cycling experiences and hospitality. In 2018, the team decided to move forward with a major remodel to become a Trek-branded store. Trek Bicycle Tustin is still under the ownership of the Sattlers and in the same location on Prospect Ave in Old Town Tustin. Along with the name change and relaunching their website to allow online purchases to be picked up in-store, they also provide other excellent services such as top-tier bike fits, bike trade-ins, and financing. Trek Bicycle Tustin continues to offer a wide selection of Trek and Electra bikes for all types of riders and a well-curated selection of all cycling-related products. Their best-in-class bike service department has a dedicated and knowledgeable team of mechanics to care for and maintain your bicycles. Trek Bicycle Tustin is also home to the Veloce Santiago cycling club, which hosts group road rides starting at the shop every Saturday. Stop by today and help yourself to a coffee or beverage from our coffee bar and let them know how they can help enhance your cycling experiences.

Girls Gone Riding Orange County Chapter From Orange County Chapter Director Amy Rambacher Girlz Gone Riding is a dues free (just join our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/ggroc, where we post all of our upcoming events, helpful articles, and other bike related content) women’s mountain biking club. Our mission is to get more women mountain biking and to ensure they have a great experience every ride! We organize monthly ladies only club rides, where we have at least 2 separate rides in the same park (location varies from month to month, rotating between OC’s various amazing parks) and after we ride we all hang for lunch. Girlz Gone Riding was founded in 2010 by Wendy Engelberg and Kim Cofield, after a discussion about there not being enough opportunities for women to ride with other women. There are currently 8 chapters across California and Arizona, with the Orange County chapter being one of the newest, founded in 2018. We’ll be celebrating our 5th birthday this June! I was selected as the director for the Orange County chapter due to my involvement with GGR since the beginning of its first chapter in LA, (leading and participating in rides) and my involvement with the local mountain biking community: mountain bike skills coach certified with NICA and PMBI at the time (now certified with BICP) and racing enduros professionally, both locally and around the world. Since having my son, I’ve been staying more local, focusing on local events and getting more ladies out on the trails. For more information about GGR, please visit us at http://www.girlzgoneriding.com/




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