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Permian Basin Bicycle Association

Member of the League of American Bicyclists

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New bridges at Odessa Mountain Bike Park

We built some new bridges at the Odessa Mountain Bike Park over Memorial Day weekend.  One of the bridges is at the bottom of “Ridgeline” trail and is over 100 feet long with a built in berm.  The other area we improved is by the gas well and includes three separate short bridges that span across the areas that flood and get muddy.  The bridges by the gas well are low relief and part of the beginner trail system.  We hope you enjoy the new structures.
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Steve Mitchell

PBBA Mountain Bike Director

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Work day at MTB Park a success

imageThe work day at the Odessa Mountain Bike park was very productive. We had about 15 volunteers all with a lot of enthusiasm. We managed to put about 2 more gallons of paint on the trail to better mark the routes. More signs were also erected at trail junctions . We added two new berms in the North pit and repaired and enhanced three berms in the south pit area. The main effort however was focused on fixing the trail sections that get submerged every time it rains. We built up dirt at the area over by the gas well, constructed an earthen bridge in the low spot just before bridge (also over by the gas well), and last but not least we built an 80 ft bridge just below Ridge Line In the area thimageat always turns into a lake after each rain.
Every ones contribution was huge but I would like to especially thank Micky Navarrete – owner of Odessa Electro-Mechanical – for donating four telephone poles and for getting his fork lift at 8 PM to help us load when we realized four of us couldn’t lift the telephone poles. Further I want to thank David Belew and Joe Wallender for bringing the tractor/ front loader and Bobcat. Also, thanks to Odessa Family Powersports for loaning us an ATV for the day. Without the heavy equipment we couldn’t have built the bridges or the berms.

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Photos from Police Memorial Ride 2015

Thanks to Cochise Masters and Tammie Porter for these photos from the May 10, 2015, Police Memorial Bike Ride.

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Angel Fire Mountain Bike Trip 6/26

ANGEL FIRE MOUNTAIN BIKE TRIP   JUNE 26TH – JUNE 28TH

The dates for the Angel Fire New Mexico Mountain Bike trip will be June 26th – 28th. The trip itinerary is not completely decided but tentatively, we plan to ride as follows:

Friday, June 26th:
Ride Angel Fire resort.  The resort consists of mostly moderate to extreme downhill trails and all mountain trails with a small portion of cross country trails.  The trails are lift accessed by a high speed quad chair.   Full suspension bikes are highly recommended and the more travel the better.  Be sure your brakes are ready to be put to the test.  Bikes are available for rent but they are a bit pricey.  I have ridden my 29er all – mountain bike at the park and it did great.   Please see the resort link below for more info.
Angel FireYou are on your own for lodging and transportation to the Angel fire however once we figure out who is committed to making the trip, we will try to help organize rides and group accommodations.  There are some good deals on Condos at the resort which can sleep 4- 10 people.  This can bring average cost down significantly.
http://www.angelfireresort.com/activities/bike-park/

Saturday, June 27th:  Ride South Boundary Trail.  This ride will require a shuttle from the resort to the trail head and then from Taos back to the resort.  We are working on arranging a shuttle for all individuals interested in making this epic cross-country ride.  The ride is approximately 25 miles long and the majority of the ride is downhill with three fairly significant high elevation climbs (approx 2500′ of combined climbing).  We will start about 8 miles south of Angel Fire resort and ride into Taos.  The trail is 90% single track and travels through miles of aspen forest.   Preparation physically and mechanically is important.

Be sure to pack the following:

Sunday, June 28th:  Possibly a half day of downhilling at the resort or drive to the new Gallisteo x-country trails south of Santa Fe depending on individuals energy levels.  Some will probably want to start driving home Sunday morning.

Please let me know ASAP if you plan to make the South Boundary Ride on Saturday so I can get an approximate head count for planning the shuttle.  You can send me an e-mail at stmpetro@gmail.com

Thanks,

Steve Mitchell
PBBA Mountain Bike Director

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11th Annual Police Memorial Ride – 05/10

2012 Police Memorial Ride

2012 Police Memorial Ride

The 11th Annual Police Memorial Ride will be this Sunday, May 10th at 2pm.

We’ll meet at the Midland PD (601 N Loraine). The ride will be 19 miles long to honor officers that have died in the line of duty over the past year. We lost 16 to include Midland County Sgt. Mike Naylor. We’ll ride an additional 3 miles for 3 Midland Officers from past years. The ride will be a slow pace with stops and escorts. Rumor has it there’ll be door prizes after the ride.

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Thanks to Odessa Boy Scout Troop 98

OMBPEntranceThe PBBA thanks Odessa Boy Scout Troop 98 from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that donated their time last night to come work on the trails at the Odessa Mountain Bike Park.  There were 18 boys and leaders that showed up with weed eaters, shovels, and rakes and cleared a large portion of the weeds, stickers, and loose debris from the trails in the south pit.  Additional thanks go to Ty Huber and Bryon Stromberg for organizing the trail work.We truly appreciate this kind of help from the community.

Sincerely,
Stephen T Mitchell
PBBA Mountain Bike Director

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MTB Time Trials Photo Gallery