NEW TIMES What is CCCMB?
BETTENCOURT It’s a trail maintenance, design, and construction club. Most people that are involved are mountain bikers, but we also work with both hikers and equestrians. We understand that the more we invest in trails, the more they will provide for us as far as biking and hiking. There is a group of us that have been doing this for 10 to 20 years, and we are all of the same mind. We work with the forest service, county parks and recreation, and the city parks and recreation.
NEW TIMES What projects are you currently working on?
BETTENCOURT We are working on the Froom Ranch space that the City of San Luis Obispo recently purchased. The trail system that exists in the Irish Hills will be extended into Froom Ranch. We are working on some trails in Montaña de Oro, and we are currently in the process of creating a “free ride” area above the city’s open space above Cal Poly. We have permission and are laying out some free ride trails that would go through the eucalyptus trees.
NEW TIMES How many members do you currently have?
BETTENCOURT We have officially 90 fee-paying members, but it is more important to me that we had 400 volunteers show up for maintenance and construction last year. We also had 140 people show up when we did trail work with the city for the Irish Hill-Froom Ranch project. We logged 5,000 volunteer hours last year, collectively.
NEW TIMES How many trails do you currently help maintain?
BETTENCOURT Someone just added that up: 75.
NEW TIMES What are your plans for the future?
BETTENCOURT We want to move dirt and create more trails for the people of San Luis Obispo County. We also want to keep the ones we have from eroding.