If you're in our neck of the woods! Come and join us!

OREGON EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Santiam Bicycle's 3rd annual fundraiser to benefit Blackrock Freeride Association and the Blackrock Mountain Bike Park near Falls City will be hosted at Northern Lights Theatre Pub in Salem, Oregon on Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:00pm. Raffle tickets for the event cost $25 each and may be purchased at Santiam Bicycle (388 Commercial St) or Venti’s Café (189 Liberty NE) in Salem. You do not need to be present to win. Raffle ticket includes admission to event. Each minor attending MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Before the raffle drawing, the theatre will show the mountain biking movie "The Collective" by The Collective and also an independent video of local riders which was edited and produced by Ryan Powell of Salem. Also the ROAM trailer (The Collective's next film to be released April 2006) will be shown!

Last year, $4,000 was raised for the trail (to pay for signs, tools, nails and other construction materials). Blackrock Mountain Bike trails are located on about 1,000 acres 3 miles west of Falls City, Oregon on Oregon Department of Forestry land. These were the first mountain bike only trails in Oregon sanctioned by ODF under an Adopt-a-Trail agreement with the Blackrock Freeride Association in 2002. See http://blackrockfreeride.org for info.

For the past several months, Ben McDaniel, with Santiam Bicycle, has been on the phone with various bike vendors obtaining thousands of dollars worth of prizes for the raffle. Over 35 vendors have "kicked it down" for raffle items (thousands of dollars worth of loot!)

Here's the sponsors:

Quotes from people after last years fundraiser hosted at Northern Lights Theatre...
“I had a blast watching the movie. Santiam (Bicycle) is the best thing to happen to cycling in the valley ever… the trails look great. I can see why those guys have fundraisers, it's worth it.” – Jeremy W
“Thanks to all (Leo and the guys), everyone's chipping in and Blackrock is gonna just keep going from all the good support! See ya on the hill...” – Richard Bontrager
“AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!! That's all that can be said about the fundraiser tonight. I have to say I'm really impressed with the number of people that came to support this worthy cause.” – Patrick Stephenson
Contact information:
Kevin Roudebush, Manager of Northern Lights Theatre Pub
Rich Bontrager (rich@blackrockfreeride.org), BFA president
Troy Munsell (troy@santiambicycle.com), Santiam Bicycle owner

Here's the full press release:

GENERAL Q&A about the event:

What is it?

It's an event where everyone that's into mountain biking packs into a movie theatre to a) watch bike videos (including local riders), b) win biking stuff, c) drink beer, d) eat... And, NOT particularly in that order of importance!

Who is it for?

It's for the "Blackrock Freeride Assocation" and benefits everyone who rides the Blackrock trails. Santiam Bicycle is organizing/sponsoring the event, and Northern Lights Theatre Pub is hosting it. This is the 3rd year this event has taken place! 100% of the money raised goes directly into the trail system!

What are the funds used for?

To pay for nails, tools, signs, and other materials used in the building and maintenance of mountain biking trails at the Blackrock Mountain Bike Park located 3 miles west of Falls City, Oregon. There's also some plans for other projects to enhance the trail park - all of it requiring funds to make it happen!

Who can attend the event?

Anyone who is of legal drinking age (21 and older) or who is accompanied by a PARENT or LEGAL GUARDIAN. No, your brother, sister, aunt/uncle, etc does NOT count as a legal guardian (unless they've truly got legal custody of you as a dependent). This is an Oregon state law - and BFA fully supports Northern Lights Theatre in strictly enforcing this law.

Do I have to be present to win raffle items?

No. Santiam Bicycle will contact you after the event if your ticket is drawn.

What's the plan for the money raised this year?

1. To pay for pressure treated lumber (approved for use on wooden stunts this year by ODF) - we'll continue to use "blow down" logs for rails/runners and split wooden rungs for that natural look/feel we all love to ride!

2. To pay for legal fees for filing for 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt status for Blackrock trails organization

3. To pay for expansion of the parking area at trailhead - costs include culvert drainage work

4. as always, nails, nails, nails and more tools - plus rental of wood splitter (ain't no better way to split stacks of rungs!)