VMBA June Newsletter
2013 Is Going To Be a Great Riding Season!
Vermont Mountain Bike Festival Hosted by STAB!!
More information will be shared on VMBA.ORG as we get closer. In the meantime, don't lose your chance to grab a $60 Tech T-shirt for $20 by registering before June 30th. VMBA members receive a 15% discount on registration. To register, please go to: www.vmba.org/festival
Why Should You Become a Member of a Chapter and VMBA?
VMBA is the political voice of mountain biking in Vermont. The executive director, Tom Stuessy, is focused on developing partnerships that represent chapter and riders' interests through VMBA sponsored programs including: Trail Grant, Trail Building Clinic, chapter administrative assistance, landowner materials, 501c3 status, and event promotion/support. Most importantly, VMBA advocates for expanding access, which translates into chapters designing, building, and maintaining the trails YOU RIDE.
VMBA membership represents an important element in VMBA being able to continue its important work on rider and chapters' behalf. 2013 is the first year VMBA has offered membership and we're working hard to gain momentum. If you're a member - thank you and encourage your riding partners to do the same! If not, please consider being proactive about protecting your trails.
As a result of effective advocacy, chapters need volunteers for trail days, members, and riders to be involved in events. Chapters generate the best opportunity for riders to enjoy a riding community and camaraderie at the local level. Please visit VMBA.ORG to learn more about your local chapter.
If you are a member, help support us by showing your friends the coupon book and inspiring them to protect our trails in Vermont through VMBA membership. Just a few of the coupons are included below.
VMBA AND THE STATE CONTINUING TO MAKE PROGRESS FOR RIDING IN VERMONT
Currently, almost 70% of riding in Vermont takes place on private land. To their credit, chapters have done an incredible job of stewarding relationships with landowners. VMBA will encourage this process to continue through supportive materials developed over the last year and through continuing our work with the state to share accurate and clear definitions of Act 250 and support the Landowner Liability Act.
The state land expansion plan will outline the entire trail building process and incorporate the input of chapters and commercial builders to define best practices relative to design, sustainable building, and maintenance schedules. On behalf of all riders, VMBA is eager to get started on the process and will be updating riders as we make progress on this unprecedented step forward for mountain biking in Vermont.
VMBA Awards Chapters Trail Grants
MELO VELO - Beginner trails on Cricket Hill
FELLOWSHIP OF THE WHEEL - Repairs to Saxon Hill
STAB - Connector trail to Ascutney State Park.
HOOT TOOT AND WHISTLE - Bridge reconstruction from Irene damage
Congratulations to the above chapters! VMBA encourages riders to take the time to participate in chapter trail days and thank their local chapter for their dedication. The collective effort of our riding community leads to better riding and the sweet events we all enjoy.
Congratulations to Mad River Riders!
Mad River Riders celebrated the grand opening of the Revolution Trail on May 26th In conjunction with VMBA partner, American Flatbread. MRR also opened the Blue Berry Lake Trials on June 1st. The BBL trails are the product of a partnership between the Forest Service, VYCC, Sustainable Trailworks, and VMBA. Congratulations Mad River Riders!
VMBA Trail Building Clinic & Grant Opportunities
To support the trail building clinic, VMBA has also developed the VMBA Trail Grant. The purpose of the grant is to support chapter trail maintenance and building activities throughout Vermont. VMBA received multiple very well done grant applications this year.
NEMBA Festival will be hosted June 21-23 at Kingdom Trails in East Burke. It's going to be a great weekend of cross-country and gravity riding and the industry expo is going to rock! Order your tickets now!
Fellowship of the Wheel will be hosting the "Bike&Burger" at the Catamount Family Outdoor Center on June 16th from 2-7PM. Rides will take place from 2-4PM and a BBQ from 4-7PM will follow including music and beverages from Long Trail. For more details on registration please go to: www.fotwheel.org
Middlebury Bike Club & Mad River Riders will be hosting an event on June 23rd in coordination with Mad River Riders in Fayston, VT including rides, music, and food. Please stay tuned to the Mad River Rider's Web site to learn more about the details of the event. www.madriverriders.com
Catamount Trail Association will be hosting their annual "Race to the Top of Vermont" on August 25th. Early registration ends on June 30th. For more information and to register please visit: www.rtttovt.vom
Stowe Mountain Bike Club will be hosting the Summer Time Epic Ride on June 30th from 7:30- 2:30. the 20k loop takes riders on some of the very best riding in Vermont. The race is an EFTA event (6th of 9 races). online registration: www.bikereg.com/net/19199
Flyin Ryan Eastern Cup at Catamount The Flyin Ryan Eastern Cup will be hosted at the Catamount Family Outdoor Center in Williston on June 16th. On site registration will run from 8-10AM and the friendly race will take place from 10-2. Teams will log as many laps as possible from 10 to 2. The rest of the family can enjoy food, music, bike demos, and kids games.
VMBA BOD UPDATE
The Board is seeking individuals with nonprofit board experience and demonstrated fundraising success. If interested and for more information, please contact: John Peters at: firstname.lastname@example.org