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Copper Classic Work Days

A few have asked about tentative dates for the Copper Classic Work days.

We may not need all of these days, it depends on how many club members volunteer and how much work needs to be done.

The January & February dates are intended to make the course safe and ready for use come race day.

March 2 & 3 is when we place the wood stakes out on the course to be later tagged with directional, danger & wrong way arrows on the Friday before the race. This is a key weekend for us.

The February days below have been adjusted from what was discussed at the Planning meeting on Monday night.

Sun 27-Jan
Sat 9-Feb
Sun 10-Feb
Sat 2-Mar
Sun 3-Mar

Please save these dates to your calendar. You can start replying now as to which dates you are available.

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NOHVCC Year in Review

NOHVCC = National Off-Highway Conservation Council

Take a look at this article. Open this link. https://www.nohvcc.org/2018-nohvcc-year-in-review/

TRS has started to develop a closer relationship with NOHVCC this year. Since the start of the Red Springs Single Track Trail Project, TRS has relied on NOHVCC as a source of trail design & building information and guidance on how to work with Land Managers, such as the US Forest Service. Recently we have been in contact with Geoff Chain of NOHVCC. He is mentioned in the article. Geoff has committed to join us at some point to take a look at the trails out in the Red Springs area. He has also been invited to attend a TRS club meeting. Stay tuned for more news on this topic.

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2019 Copper Classic Race Volunteers Needed

There are still a few key tasks that need to be assigned to volunteer or two. Please consider helping out.

  1. Collect Liability Waiver form signatures at “front gate”
  2. Pick Up AMRA trailer after February 2019 Prescott race
  3. Drop off location for AMRA trailer in Tucson
  4. Deliver AMRA Trailer to San Manuel Feb. 28th
  5. Pick up & Return road barricades
  6. T-shirt sales

Thanks,
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Food Bank Cutting Board

Those at the club meeting last night had a chance to check out the wonderful cutting board given to us by the East Santa Cruz Community Food Bank. We received this gift from them as a token of appreciation for our $1,500 donation.

We discussed how to best utilize this gift. There were a few suggestions presented last night.

1. Raffle it off at our next meeting
2. Keep it in the TRS trailer for use at club events
3. Laser etch the TRS logo onto the board and hang it on a wall inside of East Coast Supersubs
4. Others?

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IMPORTANT NOTICE – Red Springs Trail Project

It’s now official; the Decision Notice to proceed with the construction of the Red Springs Single Track Motorized Trail System has been signed and released. However, the trails are not yet open for use and there are still a few additional hurdles to clear before we can actually break ground.

Brief history. This is an Arizona State Parks & Trails OHV Program funded project managed in conjunction with the US Forest Service, Nogales Ranger District and Trail Riders of Southern Arizona. It is located in the Tumacacori Mountains of Nogales District, Coronado National Forest, west of Tubac.

Over the past three years TRS and the FS have been working on this project in the form of NEPA, Public comments, trail mapping, trail design, hiking the proposed trails, re-routing sections for sustainability, endangered cactus surveys, etc. The system of trails will cover about 25 miles and be open to Dirt Bikes, Mt Bikes, Equestrian and Foot travel.

TRS wished to thanks all the volunteers who have participated in the supporting the work required to get to this stage of the project. Over 700 volunteer hours have been recorded thus far in support of the project. We also thank the Forest Service for their support and guidance received along the way.

So stay tune, there will be additional opportunity to volunteer in the very near term.

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NOHVCC to Premiere Webinar Series in 2019!

Coming Soon – NOHVCC will begin a series of free webinars in 2019. The webinars will be designed to deliver quality and helpful information on OHV safety, education, management and other issues related to motorized recreation.

(Note: HOHVCC has been a key informational & technical reference source for our Red Springs Trail Project. TRS has recently made personal contact with Geoff Chain the NOHVCC Project Coordinator. Geoff lives in Prescott)

The series will kick off in January 2019 with a presentation titled What is NOHVCC? This initial webinar will be useful for those who are unfamiliar with NOHVCC, its projects and its mission. It will also be useful for those more familiar with NOHVCC but who want to expand their knowledge about specific NOHVCC programs or projects.

Future webinars will likely focus on creating and sustaining OHV clubs and associations, mapping, engaging land managers, effective OHV websites, and more!

Please keep an eye on NOHVCC’s & TRS’s website (and on your emails) as we will be providing more information as the first webinar draws near.

TRS Says, “Know Before You Go Riding In Arizona”

IT’S A DESERT OUT THERE

The southwestern desert is one of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes on earth. You can be riding in rim deep sand, teeth chattering rocks, smooth rolling trails, and hills that would challenge a mountain goat. And all in less than a mile.
We’ve put together a few suggestions that we hope will make your riding more enjoyable.

HYDRATION

 One of the biggest mistakes new riders to the desert make is underestimating their hydration needs. A bottle of water might be fine for a day ride in Michigan, but it won’t work here. We recommend a hydration pack [like a CamelBak] in addition to a spare bottle of water.

GEAR

Helmet: We recommend an MX or Adventure style full coverage helmet and goggles. A modular helmet is another option.

Boots: We recommend MX or Adventure style boots with plenty of shin protection.

Pants: There are lots of things in the desert that will try to stick you. We recommend heavy duty MX style pants. You’ll need a vented pair for warm weather.

Gloves: As we said, there a lots of things out there that will stick you [Google La Cholla cactus] We recommend gloves with finger and knuckle protection.

Jersey: We recommend a long-sleeve jersey.

Protective Gear: We recommend a chest protector [MX roost style] at the very least. Full coverage chest, elbow, shoulder and knee protection is a plus.

LICENSING AND PERMISSIONS

All vehicles, including off-road vehicles, need to be registered and plated in Arizona. You will receive either an “MC” or “RV” designation on your plate. You will also need an OHV Decal is a sticker which must be purchased annually to allow your OHV to be operated within Arizona.

https://www.dmv.org/az-arizona/motorcycle-registration.php

Arizona Trust Land is land managed by the State Land Department. Trust Land is not public land. A recreation permit is required to camp, hike or travel on Trust Land that is designated as open for recreation.

https://land.az.gov/natural-resources/recreational-permits

PUBLIC VERSUS PRIVATE LAND

In a single ride you will likely pass through Arizona Trust Land, Bureau of Land Management areas, and Private Property. It’s important to recognize and respect whichever property you are on. If you come across a gate, make sure you leave it in the position you found it. Closed, or open.

PROTECTING THE CRITTERS

The desert is an ocean with it’s life underground, so the song goes. We want to be good stewards of the land and it’s occupants.

Much of the desert is open range. Use caution when cresting hills and rounding blind corners. You don’t want to meet a 1,500 pound cow or worse yet, and angry bull.

TWBD Donation to the Food Bank

Perhaps the best part of There Will Be Dust VI was meeting the fine folks, Clark and Judith of the East Santa Cruz County Community Food Bank located in Patagonia. Today I presented to them a check in the amount of $1,500 to support the Food Bank they represent. All the riders who attended this year’s event made this donation possible. TRS thanks you very much.

This donation is what makes TRS special. Each year at this time we strive to make a donation to a local cause that will improve the holiday season for those less fortunate.

Clark & Judith surprised me with a gift for TRS as their way of saying thanks. (See the photo) The handmade cutting board comes right from their own shop. The photo does not do it justice. I will bring it to next week’s club meeting.

Please read the both letters they gave me. One is a thank you letter from the Food Bank and the other provides some interesting information about the cutting board.

Cheers!

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