Dartmouth Mountain Biking Club

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The Dartmouth Mountain Biking Club is a subclub of the Dartmouth Outing Club. The club was created for the purpose of introducing students to mountain biking and incoming mountain bikers to the trails around Hanover as well as in the rest of New Hampshire and Vermont.

History

The Dartmouth Cycling Club was restarted during Spring '08 as the Mountain Biking Club (or 'MBC') by Tom Collier '11, after a hiatus of several years. It was started because there was a community of riders who wanted a way to grow in size as well as get in touch with each other about rides, questions, and gear. In addition, there is the opportunity to get funding from the DOC to lead trips to local riding areas.

Mission

The goal of the club is to bring together mountain bikers and potential mountain bikers on campus. It seeks to information about local trails to all riders as well as introduce interested students to the sport of mountain biking. The club will provide a common meeting ground for riders through weekly feeds as well as frequent rides and periodic longer trips. It will inform students about trail rules and etiquette as well as keep students off of trails when trail conditions are not suitable. Lastly, the club will serve as an instrument to introduce students to trail work and good citizenship in the mountain biking community.

Meetings

Weekly beginner and advanced rides will be taking place most weeks that the trails are dry enough.

There are weekly feeds every Friday night, usually at 7 PM at 9 Maple St. Cost is $3.

Blitz Mountain.Biking.Club@Dartmouth.edu for more info.

Trail Conditions

We ask that you please refrain from riding trails when they are wet as it can cause permanent damage.

Ride Reports & Photos

Check out:

First Beginner PE Class Fall 2010 Photos by Tom Collier

Beginner Ride on 9/25/10 Photos by Tom Collier

Boston Lot Ride 2009

Waterbury, VT 2009

Trips

The club frequently takes out local beginner rides, using bikes from DOR and taking new riders to Boston Lot or Oak Hill. Oak Hill has traditionally been closed to biking, but as of this season the area is open to biking, and the club is working on improving and marking the single track.

Additionally, the club organizes rides to more advanced areas nearby, such as Kingdom Trails or Highlands.

Follow the above links for photos.

Riding Around Hanover

Maps and Descriptions

Trailwork & Oak Hill

The Mountain Biking Club is responsible for helping the OPO manage and maintain the mountain biking trail network on Oak Hill. Details on this are under the Club Procedures section.

Leaders

Requirements are listed here: Requirement List

Current leaders and leaders in training are listed here: Leader List

Club Procedures

DMBC Procedures and Documents

Rules of the Trail

We abide by and advocate for IMBA Rules of the Trail:

1. Ride On Open Trails Only

Respect trail and road closures -- ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.

2. Leave No Trace

Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

3. Control Your Bicycle

Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

4. Yield to Others

Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you're coming -- a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to all other trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. Strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.

5. Never Scare Animals

Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.

6. Plan Ahead

Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding -- and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear. From IMBA.com