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Why We Work

  Hopefully you’ve been able to enjoy the beauty of California while gleefully riding the various trails. There’s a lot of magic out here, but there are many more secrets this state has tucked throughout the mountains, between valleys, from inland to the Pacific, and we’d like to discover those secrets ourselves. With big hearts, determination, and the willingness to sweat, we dig our ways, literally, to the vision of what we know mountain bikes can bring us to; community. We build so that we can know our land and neighbors, and hopefully build these trails together so that we can ride them together.   We once heard a coach say “they is you,” meaning that the “they” you may be thinking about doing all this work is actually you. Without maintaining pre-existing trails and without exploring new opportunities, anything we already have or dream to have vanishes. Make no mistake that any sweet berm, rock garden, bridge, or flow trail wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for hardworking and excited individuals coming together to provide a great riding experience for folks like us.   The NorCal High School Cycling League is committed to providing opportunities for youth in our communities to become involved in local trail maintenance and advocacy. In 2019, we are expanding our partnership to bring together various trail stewardship programs with our NICA/NorCal Teen Trail Corps Program. Our goals are twofold: to provide student-athletes with the opportunity to maintain and expand trail access through a trail maintenance and conservation training program, and to make it meaningful for everyone involved. According to NorCal League Executive Director Vanessa Hauswald, “This program provides students with the framework to build skills and character, develop a resume, provide community service, give back to their sport, take care of their ‘home court’, and most of all, to have fun while doing it!”  

Upcoming Trail Work Days


Overnight trail work and pre-riding the Six Sigma Course.

  The NorCal League are happy to announce Coaches and Student-Athlete trail work day. NorCal will be hosting a trail work/pre-ride and BBQ at Six Sigma Winery. We will start the day out by cleaning up the trails at Six Sigma, followed by a sponsored lunch from NorCal League. Following lunch, we will have plenty of time to put our work to the test. We will have plenty of time to ride the course and get familiar with the terrain. Open to the first 25 people to RSVP.   Any amount of time you’d be willing to donate to one of our Trail Work Days is greatly appreciated! All of our work days will be listed on our calendar, but feel free to reach out with any questions (erica@norcalmtb.org).   We’ll supply: Tools, gloves, safety glasses, high-fives!   You’ll bring: Strong work ethic, hat, sunscreen, water, and snacks.  

Trail Work Organizations

There are a lot of great organizations that are organizing trail work days and making miles of sweet single track throughout the Northern California area. Here are a few that we know and love:   REMBA (Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance) Est. 2016 Based out of Sonoma County   SBTS (Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship) Est.  2003 Based out of Plumas and Sierra Counties   FATRAC (Folsom Auburn Trail Riders Action Coalition) Est. 1988 Based out of the Folsom and Auburn regions   IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) Est. 1988 Based out of Boulder, CO