Revelstoke Cycling Association rejoices as spring arrives

Spring officially arrives Tuesday April 17 at 6:30 p.m. when the
Revelstoke Cycling Association hosts its annual membership night and
open house at the Community Centre! Revelstokians are invited to come
down to meet our board and committee members, see what plans are in
place for this summer season, generally talk bikes and riding, learn how
get involved, and purchase your 2012 membership.

If you wish to support cycling in Revelstoke, encourage trail
construction and maintenance, and participate in rides and events, your
membership is important. To save trees and streamline the membership
process, RCA memberships are preferably purchased on-line at Zone4.ca.

The RCA has been a victim of its own successful trail construction these
past years, the ever growing number of riders has the parking areas
literally overflowing.  Plans are underway to improve parking at
Boulder, Macpherson, Griffith Creek, and Frisby. While not as exciting
as building new trails, infrastructure improvements like these will
improve safety, and the overall functionality and biking experience in
Revelstoke.

The RCA Cross Country Committee has a hit list of short trail
inter-connects to complete at Macpherson, with a goal of improving
access and flow throughout the area. Perhaps this will create some new
XC race course opportunities as well. The Frisby Ridge trail will see
additional improvements, as with all trail works, our efforts will go
towards improving drainage on this trail so that in the future it is low
maintenance and environmentally sound. Quite a few trail work days are
planned.

The RCA roadies will be putting in Sunday morning groups rides, the
third annual Tuesday night time trial series is a go, and are planning
at least one out of town multi-day excursion. Final details on dates,
times, locations, and registration will be posted shortly. A road/XC
style club kit was designed over the winter and has been ordered,
jerseys, wind jackets, wind vests and shorts will be available for
purchase in early May.

The RCA Downhill Committee will follow up last year’s Boulder Mountain
renewal with another ambitious work plan for the summer. In addition to
parking improvements, outstanding trail works and maintenance days will
be completed, and plans are underway for a club level downhill races
series, stay tuned for more on that in the near future.  Free-ride club
clothing is in the design stage, so don’t go buying a new jersey just
yet!

Speaking of racing, 2012 brings the third season of RCA Wednesday night
cross-country racing. We anticipate the same awesome Macpherson courses,
with some tweaks to include the new Flow Down trail, lots of prizes, a
creative points system, and great riding and friendly competition. Race 1
is schedule for early May if conditions allow.

The RCA would like to thank our many partners including the Columbia
Basin Trust, Site and Trails BC, the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club,
Stella-Jones Inc., Flowt Bikes and Skookum Cycle, Revelstoke Tourism,
and our many volunteers who are about to move into high gear for the
summer!