The President, David Guilford, opened the meeting at 7:03 PM. There
were 9 members and one guest present.
Minutes of the previous meeting on 2/5/20 were read and approved.
was no Treasurer's Report this month as Dean was out of town.
was no Membership Report this month as Dean was out of town.
2020 DDMC Swap Meet, May 9th
for the 2020 Swap Meet is now open. If you have accessories or gear
to sell the vendor signup is here: 2020 DDMC Swap Meet Vendor Signup
can also sign up via a link on the DDMC home page.
you want more information about the Swap Meet you can view the event
flyer here: 2020 Swap Meet Flyer. The flyer will be also posted on
craigslist, deals-and-wheels, advrider.com, etc.
you need more information or have additional questions on the Swap
Meet you can email the manager (Wayne) here:
Buttes Trail Stewardship - Building Single Track Trails for Offroad
month Paul Quade of the Silver State Offroad Alliance (SSORA) gave a
presentation that was a call to action to address land use issues.
Paul recommended OHV group expansion and cooperation, and that OHV
groups apply for grant money to build and maintain trails.
took action on Paul's recommendation and attended a Reno Area
Dirtriders (RAD) meeting on Monday the 2nd that included a
presentation on the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS). The SBTS
is the leading organization dedicated to trail creation and
maintenance in the Sierra Buttes and the Tahoe, Lassen and Plumas
national forests. The SBTS is focused on creating single track
trails, not double track trails.
SBTS will help our club both get grant money for trail building, and
provide the machinery and expert engineering to actually build the
trails. The only thing missing is the club initiative and some
volunteer work from club members to help build the trails once grant
money is received.
you are interested in getting involved with trail building post your
idea on our Forum to get other club members involved. The next step
is to get our community involved. Here is the contact information to
the key players in our area:
Fell, Nevada OHV Commission, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, web: Nevada OHV Commission
Quade, founder of the Silver State Off-Road Alliance, email:
email@example.com, web: SSORA
Gurtler, Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Nevada BLM, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, web: BLM
Barnett, Secretary/Treasurer for the Reno Area Dirtriders, email:
email@example.com, web: Reno Area Dirtriders
Williams, Executive Director of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship,
email: firstname.lastname@example.org, web: SBTS
Pindar, President of Truckee Dirt Riders, email:
email@example.com, web: TDR
Guests on Club Rides
club considered requiring a legal release for guests that want to
join us on club rides. While we want to encourage guests to ride
with us, we also would like additional legal protection for the club.
The easiest way to do this would be to provide a downloadable form
on the DDMC home page. Ride leaders could make a hard copy of the
waiver and get their guest riders to sign before kickstands go up.
Sparks to Gerlach to Winnemucca and Back, March 14-15
will be leading a ride from Sparks, up Pyramid Highway on tarmac and
continuing on dirt/gravel roads to Gerlach. From Gerlach the route
will be all offroad to Winnemucca, fairly flat but with some good
sandy sections. The sand sections hold moisture well and this route
will be rideable with light rain. The highest point on the route is
only about 5,800', so barring a heavy storm snow should not be a
problem either. The plan is to go light and hotel it in Winnemucca -
it is too cold to camp off the bikes. This will be a B level ride,
but a plated dual sport is recommended. A big adventure bike could
cover this ground, but it would be slow going in the sandier
sections. For more details check the Forum here: Sparks-Gerlach-Winnemuca and Back
Offroad Ride, March 21
will be leading an offroad ride on March 21st. Check the Forum for
news on this.
Pyramid Lake Adventure Loop, April 12
will be leading a big bike and beginner-friendly loop (C level ride)
from Chickadee around Pyramid Lake to Doyle and back to Chickadee.
The total distance for this day ride will be about 120 miles. Gas is
available along the way. Bikes must be street legal. More details
are coming soon on the Forum here: Pyramid Lake Adventure Loop
Taste of Dakar, April 16-19
will be hosting the 2020 Taste of Dakar rally on April 16-19. This
year the event will be held in Gold Point. This is a commercial
event (not free). The terrain will feature "sand dunes to
stretches of cracked sandbeds, dirt trails winding around valleys and
everything in between ". Food, drink and entertainment are
included, and optional training clinics. For more information check
the event web site here: Taste of Dakar 2020
Reno to the Pacific Ride
one is still a ways out, but Dean's 2020 Reno to Pacific Ride will be
held in May or June (to avoid congestion and higher hotel prices in
July). The route this year will be the reverse of the 2019 route.
Dean's thread for this ride is in the Forum here: 2020 Reno to the Pacific Ride
were no ride reports this month.
The meeting adjourned at 8:05.