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AMBA 2017 Review (Posted: 02/01/2018)

We love to ride but we do more than that. To find out more about the following activities please contact us.

AMBA is still a fairly new/young club staffed only by volunteers. We have a lot of ideas on how we could grow. If you're interested in getting involved, let us know.

Trail Building

  • We had a great turn out and BBQ for National Trails Day: We created a totally new trail called “Another Juan Bites The Dust” in one day for the Forest Service in the Manzanita mountains and had an awesome BBQ to celebrate.
  • We ‘”adopted” the Ponderosa Loop in Juan Tomas Open Space (near Oak Flats) and had two great days re-routing the existing trail and building new trail in preparation for the Albuquerque Mountain Bike Festival.
  • AMBA members played a large part in the completion of the Three Bottles Flow trail in the Manzanita mountains

Rides

  • Great social rides all year long at all ability levels with as many as 30 people participating in individual rides.
  • Numerous out of town rides many of which had camp-outs and/or BBQs including Galisteo Basin Preserve, Windsor Creek Trail in Sante Fe, Phil’s World and Boggy Draw near Cortez Colorado, Moab, Sedona, Enchanted Forest, Angel Fire and Las Cruces.
  • We also had a several ‘local’ rides with some form of an after ride socials including a post Thanksgiving day, a Mars Court shuttle ride and rides at Golden, Gutierrez, and Placitas Open Space and White Mesa (Ridge).
  • Note: Our rides are organized through Meetup.com.
  • We had numerous Women’s only rides which were very popular.
  • We had a great Take a Kid Mountain Biking day in conjunction with NMXSports.

Advocacy

  • We currently represent all Albuquerque mountain bikers on the Sandia Collaborative team that advises the Forest Service.
  • We are taking an active role in representing mountain bikers in the Petroglyph National Monument/Abq. Open Space planning process.

Grants

  • We applied for and won an REI grant for $5000, which the Forest Service used to to purchase a new kiosk for the Placitas Area Trails.

Community Outreach

  • We supported NMXSports who used the helmets we donated last year to take 75 disadvantaged kids mountain biking in their new 2017 mountain biking program.
  • Using social media we attempted to invigorate the community of important community activities (e.g. bike demos, skills clinics, celebrations and advocacy).
  • We became the local site administrator for the Trail Forks application for the Albuquerque riding area.
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New Kiosks at Placitas Trailheads (Posted: 12/01/2017)

AMBA received a $4,500 grant from REI for 2 new kiosks. In December, 2017, a ribbon cutting for the new kiosks was held at the Placitas trailheads. Thanks to REI, AMBA, PATA, and the Forest Service!

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AMBA Adopts Abq Open Space Trail (Posted: 06/01/2017)

As part of the Abq Open Space Adopt a Trail program, AMBA has adopted the Ponderosa Trail in the East Mountains. This is a great entry level trail for beginners and is also an integral part of the Albuquerque Mountain Bike Festival race course.

Trail work days have been scheduled for August and September. See the Events page for more details

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AMBA Awarded REI Grant (Posted: 05/08/2017)

AMBA and the Forest Service will be placing a kiosk at the Placitas Area Trail System using a $4,500 grant received from REI. Thank you to REI and the AMBA members who put together the grant proposal!