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The Sitka Cycling Club is just more than a month away from its goal of having built its first official single-track mountain bike loop off the Sitka Cross Trail, and volunteers are needed to help continue the work.

The Sitka Cycling Club will host regular trail work parties (limited to five people due so people can work far enough apart for health and safety) from 5-7 p.m. on Thursdays, starting on April 30 and going every Thursday the entire month of May.

To protect everybody’s health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreaks, all volunteers should bring sturdy shoes, work gloves, bandanas, face masks, ear plugs (especially for those who might work near someone using a chainsaw), buckets for hauling gravel, and wheelbarrows. There are tasks individuals and smaller groups can accomplish if they can’t make the Thursday groups. If you want to help, please RSVP with volunteer coordinator Amy Volz at amy.volz@outlook.com so she can coordinate the work parties to keep them to a safe size.

Dubbed 907, the first single-track loop can be found by entering the Sitka Cross Trail from the Sitka High School auditorium parking lot and turning right at the first junction (lime-green shaded area on right side of map). The loop has been laid out, and plastic sheeting spread to mark the trail. Now, workers are filling it in with rock, gravel and dirt.

Laurent Deviche, who is supervising the trail-building project, said this is trail work people can do on their own:
“Volunteers can continue to lay coarse, fist-sized gravel from the nearby streams using buckets on the trail that is marked with orange pin flags. When taking rock from the stream channels be careful not to take it from places that could cause the stream to alter its existing channel. The middle pile of gravel that was delivered is almost gone, but that can also be used as the base layer in that section. Remember we are shooting for a 16- to 18-inch tread width.
​”It would be helpful to bring your own wheelbarrow to cart rocks from the pile to the trail.
We will continue to post updates to work that can be done throughout the week.” (Contact Amy Volz to get on the email list for trail updates.)
Another way you can support this project is to donate to the Sitka Cycling Club. You can click this link to donate through PayPal. The other option is to mail a check to Sitka Cycling Club, c/o Charles Bingham, Treasurer, 405 Marine Street, Apt. No. 6, Sitka, Alaska 99835. You can contact Charles at 623-7660 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com for more details.
Most of the supplies we’ve received have been donated, but down the road we may have to pay for signs, tools, fill dirt or rocks, etc. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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Even though we are still practicing social distancing, the Sitka Cycling Club is making progress on building its first single-track mountain bike loop off the Sitka Cross Trail.

The next small work party will meet from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, near the Sitka High School entrance to the Sitka Cross Trail (take a right on the trail from the high school auditorium parking lot). Contact volunteer coordinator Amy Volz at amy.volz@outlook.com for more details.

Due to the need to protect everybody’s health and safety during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, we are limiting the size of work parties and also requiring gloves, masks, and social-distancing while working on the trail. Thursday’s work party is limited to five people total, and we already have two volunteers and need three more.

Individuals also can help outside the scheduled time. Laurent Deviche, who is supervising the trail-building project (alternately known as Bear’s House or 907), said this is trail work people can do on their own:

“If people want to go work before next Thursday they can keep hauling fist-sized rocks and put them on top of the fabric. See the pictures attached. Rocks can be brought in from the creek near the stake that is shown in the picture. Two trees have green flagging next to this same creek. We are also putting the first top layer of smaller gravel on top of  the base layer, from the delivered piles that Troy (Bayne) brought (use the middle pile first). This is much easier with a wheel barrow. Next week we can use more wheel barrows and buckets.

​”If you can do some rock work, please be mindful of anyone else also working on the trail by keeping your distance.”

The goal is to have the first loop ready to ride by June 1. The Sitka Cycling Club signed a MOU with the City and Borough of Sitka to build the single-track loops off the Sitka Cross Trail in February. In addition to gloves and masks or bandanas, volunteers should wear sturdy work boots and ear plugs (especially if you are working in the same area as someone using a chain saw).

Another way you can support this project is to donate to the Sitka Cycling Club. You can click this link to donate through PayPal. The other option is to mail a check to Sitka Cycling Club, c/o Charles Bingham, Treasurer, 405 Marine Street, Apt. No. 6, Sitka, Alaska 99835. You can contact Charles at 623-7660 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com for more details. Most of the supplies we’ve received have been donated, but down the road we may have to pay for signage, tools, fill dirt or rocks, etc. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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The Sitka Cycling Club recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the City and Borough of Sitka allowing us to build a single-track mountain bike trail or two using old game trails off the Sitka Cross Trail.

We need your help. We have small volunteer crews (using proper physical distancing) working on our first trail now. They are doing things like clearing brush, laying down rock, making signs, and more. We have started a group text list to send notes to trail crew folks, letting them know when we have small groups going out to work on the trail. If you’re interested in helping, contact Doug Osborne at 738-8734 or douglaso@searhc.org. If you do participate in one of the small work parties, please bring gloves, face mask or bandanna, sturdy boots, and ear plugs (especially if you’re working near someone using a chainsaw).

Another way you can support this project is to donate to the Sitka Cycling Club. You can click this link to donate through PayPal. The other option is to mail a check to Sitka Cycling Club, c/o Charles Bingham, Treasurer, 405 Marine Street, Apt. No. 6, Sitka, Alaska 99835. You can contact Charles at 623-7660 or charleswbingham3@gmail.com for more details. Most of the supplies we’ve received have been donated, but down the road we may have to pay for signage, tools, fill dirt or rocks, etc. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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The Sitka Cycling Club will hold its monthly meeting from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, using Zoom online meetings due to the need to social-distance ourselves for health and safety during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. This online meeting is open to all interested folks interested in promoting safe and fun cycling in Sitka.

The monthly meeting is open to everyone interested in making Sitka an even better town for cyclists of all ages. Topics include success stories, a single-track trail update, ways to get the club involved in naming the trail (Bear’s House, 907, etc.), brainstorm how to support the single-track project, revamping the club ride and 2020 schedule, figuring out how we can promote bikes during a pandemic, updating our 2020 goals and other considerations, follow-up actions, and a summary and close. Also, National Bike Month is in May, so how do we plan for it during a disease outbreak that has people quarantined?

To access the meeting by Zoom, go to this link. Or you can access by phone by calling either 1-669-900-6833 or 1-346-248-7799 and enter the meeting code of 987-031-009# when prompted.

For more information, call Doug Osborne at 738-8734.

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