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Update from your current President - 7/16/16


TRH Members,

Hello everyone!  I hope you are staying cool and getting to ride whenever you can.  I have a couple of things to update the membership on as we approach the Fall riding season and get back into the full swing of having fun.  

 

Big News - After the closure of the Sam Houston National Forest due to the trail damage from flooding and very low confidence of getting the trails repaired and back in service anytime soon, we decided to move our Texas State Championship Enduro Circuit Round #1 Caney Creek Enduro to Brunes Mill Ranch north of Columbus on September 24-25.  This will be our first TSCEC 2-day Sprint Enduro formatted like the event we held there in mid-May.  These events are modeled closely to the Full Gas Sprint Enduro National Series that is gaining popularity.  The latest edition of Dirt Rider magazine has a nice article on Sprint Enduros or you can read more at www.sprintenduro.com.  More details and an event flyer will emerge soon, but you can expect 30+/- miles of riding on Saturday and then 40+/- miles on a reversed course for Sunday.  Don't miss this event!  If you do not want ride, please volunteer to help us out.

 

Bad News - As I mentioned above, the Sam Houston National Forest trails in New Waverly are currently closed due to the flooding in April and May.  The good news is that the Sam Houston Trails Coalition, Old Dudes on Dirt Bikes, and TRH are heavily involved at this time in a joint effort to assist the Forest Service in the process of inspecting, providing data and solutions to not only repair the damaged sections of trail, but create solutions for a sustainable trail system to last well into the future.  We will get the trails back, but this will take time, effort, and energy from everyone that wants to preserve our public lands and trails.  As we formulate the plan of action, please respond to future TRH messages asking for help.  The more folks that we have in the solution, the quicker that we can get the trails open again.  

 

Final Words - Although TRH was dealt a bad hand recently with the loss of our lease property and now the National Forest, we are still in fantastic shape as a club.  Our membership is healthy, the Board of Directors are moving forward to provide outstanding events, and there is still an effort to find General Liability Insurance that allows us to use private lease property.  TRH formed a committee that continues to seek out lease properties and follow up on future opportunities.  Please remember that any lead for lease properties should be directed to me or anyone on the BOD.  Please remember that at the end of the day this club was created for like-minded people that enjoy riding dirt bikes to just have fun.  No one can take that away from us completely.  As long as there are motivated dirt bike riders, we'll always have a place to take our families to ride.  Now, follow me, we have some trails that are ours to fight for and re-build!

 

See you on the trail!

Lynn Bailey

2016 Trail Riders of Houston President


7/9/16

Please visit the SHNF page (on the menu to the left) for information regarding the Sam Houston National forest upcoming events and how you can get involved.


6/15/16

The Trail Riders of Houston is being forced to postpone Round 3 of the TRH Off Road Championship Race Series.  Due to massive amounts of rainfall received in the Sam Houston National Forest over the past months, the erosion has rendered the trails “unrideable,” and ultimately closed until further notice.  As this is sad news to all of us, the select few TRH members that have been out the past few weekends to try and mend the damage have begun to understand what it will take to get these trails reopened and get us all back in the saddle.  The task seems daunting, but if we come together in force, we can get things done quickly.  Fortunately, we have a very motivated person now at the helm of the Trails Coalition of Texas, Ed Ponikvar who has graced us with the availability of information and channels to record and track our progress, which goes a long way with the governing authorities.  Every little bit of help he receives brings us closer to having our trails reopened, so The Trail Riders of Houston is requesting you to please get involved.  How do you get involved?  Want to get the trails open ASAP?  Here’s a few places to start:

  1. Find solutions on the Trails Coalition site  www.trailscoalitionoftexas.org
  2. Join the Trails Coalition of Texas.  The money will go to this effort.
  3. Review the Trail Stewards program, “The Book” and dive in  http://gt.nohvcc.org/
  4. Take ownership of safety and immediately sign off areas that are in desperate need of attention.  How do you sign off?  See contact information below. 
  5. Check all bridges and follow the guidelines to keep them in good working order.
  6. When you form a plan of action, email your motorized representative of your intentions for guidance and safe passage into the forest.  For TRH members, this is currently Robert Applegate.  RApplegate@slb.com
  7. Contact anybody in TRH, and if we don’t have the answers, we will find the answers.
  8. Log your hours.  Look at the bottom of the Trails Coalition website for the form.
  9. Can't find time to do anything and unsure what to do?  Donate.  The money will go to this effort.

We can’t stress enough how important your help will be as we attack this problem and get our trails opened back up.  How fast we get it done is up to you, so again, please get involved in any way possible.

Please see the following update from the Forest Service:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/texas/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD505548

Sincerely,

The Trail Riders of Houston


A note from Ron Taylor:

It's not good, but guys, We have A LOT of work to do in the forest after all the rain. We have had TRH work days in the forest the last 2 weekends. We had a total of 10 members come. We need better participation on work days and we'll have the trails open sooner!

Thank you for those interested in the race and work days. We will get these trails fixed and have an awesome TRH event.

We'll continue to organize work days, and coincide them with the ODODB guys.

We may not have Skull Creek, but TRH is all about riding with friends of the offroad community!



6/9/16

WORK WEEKEND UPDATE

Due to turnout response and weather forecasted for Saturday, we're going to make this weekend Sunday ONLY.  Rain or shine, we'll be out Sunday to work through some trail and we could use your help!  If you're available, please come out and help.  Check the events page for information.

6/6/16

TRH Members, we had a bit of a poor turnout this past weekend at the Sam Houston National Forest work day for race prep, so we really need to rally the troops.  We need your help, so please check the updated events listing for upcoming work weekends.  We'll be holding work weekends both upcoming weekends as these are the last chances we have to get the overgrowth and obstacles moved out of the way.  Contact information for the race chairman is provided, so if you have questions, please reach out to them.  Also, we'll need some help on the event weekend, so if you'd like to help, please contact the race chairmen.  Don't worry if you have no experience running a check, as we have plenty of experienced people to teach you how to do it.


6/2/16

TRH Members, we apologize for the late notice, but we will be holding a workday event at the Sam Houston National Forest this Sunday, June 5th at 8AM at the East Side Trail Head.  Please see the events section for more details.  If you need directions to the trail head, please visit the SHNF web page at the following link:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/texas/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=30282&actid=93


5/18/16

Good news!!!  The Trail Riders of Houston's first Sprint Enduro seemed to go extremely well.  A very special thanks to Lynn Bailey for spear-heading this event, and of course thank you to everybody that pitched in and made this even a success.  Fortunately, the weather cooperated just enough to allow us to have this excellent event and a great track!  For those that didn't make it, don't worry.  You missed a great race, but there will be more to come.  We are going to embrace the Sprint Enduro format and make it a regular event in our series.  Thanks again to everybody who made it out and we appreciate all the support.

I would also like to humbly thank John and Pam Prosser from TSCEC (Texas State Championship Enduro Circuit) for making the haul down from Lubbock to oversee and facilitate the scoring of our Sprint Enduro.  We couldn't have done it without them and we sincerely appreciate their support.

A few words from our hard-working Juliet Peters who was integral to this event:


Thanks to Lynn Bailey our president for putting on our first Sprint Enduro & coming up with new ideas to hold our club together. Thanks to the scoring crew Brian Perret,Toby Landry,Kirby Kunze, Sharon Pavlicek Geigley, Also to the people behind the scenes who put in a lot of weekends of work getting the place ready. Eric Pullen who hauled all our equipment out there & helped Marcus Peters with Bob Cat work,Herb Fish for getting all the work done on the new TRH flat bed trailer. Robert Granger,Kristi Granger,George George Miller Brad Bradley Geigley, Barry Green, Ron Taylor & family,Ken Grundmann (hauling back dead bikes!)Zaphod Peters, Laura Peters & their kids 3 & 5 year olds who actually cut trail with pint-size loppers!
Sorry if I missed anyone out!
We got rained on hard again right after Trophy Presentation so nothing has been cleaned up yet. We are a club & you all have a responsbility to help out. We are hoping to get a bunch of you back out next weekend to pick up all the race markings & stakes so we can leave Brunes Mill perfectly clean so the landlord welcomes us back for future events.



2016 TRH Off-Road Championship Series

Welcome to the Trail Riders of Houston 2016!  With the New Year comes the expectations for another fun filled schedule of Off-Road riding, racing, and Family fun.  So load up those bikes, bring the family, and enjoy some of the best off-road riding that Texas has to offer. 


TRH is proud to announce the 2016 Off-Road Championship Series.  Our Off-Road series is very unique in the fact that you will be able to experience and compete in three different forms of off-road competition in a four event series.  Each Off-Road Series event will consist of an open ride funday on Saturday, and then competitive events for each skill level on Sunday.  Gate fees will vary with each property, but the event Entry fee will be always be $25 for each rider.  Transponders for electronic scoring will be available for a fee at Hare Scrambles and Sprint Enduros.

For more information and videos on the Sprint Enduro format, please check out www.sprintenduro.com

For more information or videos on the Re-Start Enduro, please checkout www.nationalenduro.com

Please mark your calendars and come out to ride the 2016 TRH Off-Road Championship Series. Bring a buddy and introduce them to the FUN!


5/18/Due

Go to EVENTS tab for upcoming races and funday events!!!






An Ongoing Hunt...


The TRH Board is still engaged in a two pronged issue:  the search for quality properties to ride and potentially lease similar to the Skull Creek lease, and the ability to obtain a General Liability policy for the lease property.  This is not to be confused with event insurance.  TRH is still insured on all of our events.  We had the 1100 as a lease property, but had to cease our riding activities as we search for adequate and affordable insurance.  Once we obtain GL insurance, we could potentially regain the use of the 1100 for club members.  This is a time consuming task, but one that we are working on.
For 2016, our plan is to continue having fun days and TRH competitive events at locations like Brunes Mill, Sterling Ranch, Rio Bravo and the Sam Houston National Forest.  All is not lost, TRH existed well before Skull Creek.  We promise to continue holding fun events.  Please watch your emails and updates to the TRH website for membership renewal and 2016 events schedules.

It is time for TRH members to step up and help out with several Board positions.  It is not as time consuming as you may think and the current crop of Board members (pick one) has worked in the same or rotated to different positions for the last 5+ years.  If you have fresh ideas and an opinion on the direction that TRH should evolve, please speak up and volunteer.  The club stays strong if everyone participates.  Hope to see you out there!

Thank you for your support,
Lynn Bailey
VP   


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