Riding into 2018 like

Those crocs tho

SEMBA 2017 Year in Review

It sure was another busy one for SEMBA.  Lotsa tapped kegs, saddle sores, and smiles.  It’s been a year of forging new partnerships, nurturing existing ones, and creating “firsts”.  First, we want to give thanks to some amazing partners (I’m sure we’re missing some, sorry):

  • MMSA and Tamarack XC Ski Center
  • USFS
  • BLM
  • Town of Mammoth Lakes
  • Mono County
  • Inyo County
  • Mammoth Lakes Recreation
  • Mammoth Lakes Trail System
  • Aerohead Cycles
  • Eastside Wide
  • Eastside Velo
  • Friends of the Inyo
  • Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation
  • June Lake Brewing
  • Mountain Rambler Brewing
  • Footloose Sports
  • The Maven Bike Shop

As always, our number one goal is to implement our mission statement:

“SEMBA was created to enhance, preserve, and promote existing mountain biking trails – while creating new opportunities, access, and experiences for all mountain bikers in the Eastern Sierra.”

So… as we strive to get people on bikes, here’s some photos and a couple words from 2017.

January 14 – our first ever fat bike race at Main Lodge attracted 44 riders.
We hosted our first “St. Fatty’s” race at Tamarack Lodge on March 16
Start line at The Yurt
After-party in The Yurt – Adrian, Juniper, and Matty G
Another wildly successful year for our XC VC Race Series at Mammoth Mountain – averaging 40-50 riders per race.  
We hosted a trail day at the top of Lower Rock Creek with the USFS, BLM, Mono County, and Friends of the Inyo – the crazy snow totally eroded 20 yards of trail.  We fixed and re-routed some drainage to keep this from happening again.
After photo at Lower Rock Creek.
“The Gang” at Lower Rock Creek
Partnered with Aerohead Cycles and Eastside Velo for a fantastic “Disciples of Gravel” spring riding series.  This year it’s only getting bigger and better – starting in January!!
Views for days on the Bishop gravel rides!!
First-ever fat biking pilot program on the groomed non-motorized trails in Shady Rest Park – thanks to partnerships with USFS, Town of Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Lakes Trails System and Mammoth Lakes Recreation.
SEMBA riders volunteer with the MMCF Youth Mountain Bike Team, and the team uses VC races for training and practice.  The team grew leaps and bounds this year.  Axton (right), was the NICA series champion!
Mammoth saw its first new singletrack in years – almost 3 miles of sweetness in the Sherwin Meadows.  Thanks to the USFS, TOML, and the Mammoth Lakes Trail System – this should be the first of many more miles to come!!  SEMBA had design influence, helped build, and will help MLTS maintain the new trails.  Hopefully much more to come soon!!
New trails mean new signs!
Ted helping out on the new trails.
What it’s all about!!  Shredding the new singletrack!!
In July, we held our first real fundraiser – the Trails in Motion MTB Film Screening at the USFS Auditorium.  What a fantastic night – watched some sweet movies and raised enough money to cover our yearly liability insurance!!
Fun is what we’re truly about.  This motley bunch representing at The Lost and Found gravel race.  Ben, Scott, Ann, Ted, Bill, Simon
Another fantastic Halloween Frankenride.  Thanks to Kevin and Julie for hosting again!!
Representing at the Kamikaze Games.  Lots of hardware was won by the locals this year!!  Ingrid, Tammy, Caroline, Julie
Biggest turnout for the Big Friggin Loop yet!!  This underground gem is well, not so undergound anymore 🙂
For the crazies who turned out for the coldest, snowiest running of the Caldera 250/500 yet!
We partnered with Aerohead Cycles and Mountain Rambler and continue to grow the Fall Cyclocross Series.  First ever Cross Race at Canyon Lodge was a huge success!!
Followed by the First-Ever cyclocross race at Millpond!!  Huge turnout (photo by Mary Newton)
Sweet poster!!

We’ve got plenty cookin’ for 2018.  There are no excuses to not be riding your bikes year-round in the Eastern Sierra!!!  Whether you like mtb, road, fat, gravel, cross, etc – With the help of our partners, we  host FUN rides and races all year long – no classism, racism, sexism, schmuckism.  Bring any bike and skill level and be ready for smiles and high fives.  Ride bikes.  Drink beer.  Live happy.

Click here to read our 2016 Year in Review