Episode 20 - Bridge Between Communities: How Mountain Biking Brought Two Groups Together in the Middle East
Answering Jay Darby's question of "How do we, as Trail Advocates, inform and educate users when it's appropriate or not to ride trails base on condition." We listen to feedback from guests all over North America, including Alex Brieger, of the Central Washington Chapter of Evergreen, Matt Andrews of the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclist, Ben Horan of MTB Missoula, Jeff Hehn of the FatLanders FatTire Brigade, Brannon Pack with the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists, Christine Reid of the North Shore Mountain Bike Association and Jeff McNamee of the Salem Area Trail Alliance.
This episode we discuss the IMBA Chapter program and hear from 6 different voices. My guests come from different Trail Associations in the US, some have left the IMBA Chapter program and others have chose to stay. My first guest is Matt Andrews, Executive Director of the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists and former Regional Director of IMBA. Next is a discussion with 4 representatives from different clubs. Brannon Pack, Executive Director of the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists, and Lance Pysher, President of the Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists, both groups have decided to remain IMBA Chapters. We'll also hear from Ben Horan, Executive Director of MTB Missoula and President of the Salem Area Trail Alliance, Jeff McNamee; both groups who have left the program. And finally we chat with Kevin Adams of the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition and former Vice President of Chapter and Member Services at IMBA. Kevin recently wrote an article for Singletracks titled, "Is the IMBA Chapter Program Right for Your Club? Analyzing the Pros and Cons" and we'll get his advice for any IMBA Chapters out there.
Show Notes & Links
Episode 13 - Keeping the Focus Local: Looking Into the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the Cold Creek Mountain Bikers
Episode 12 - Politics & Non-Profits: Interview with Vernon Huffman, President of Access4Bikes, Differences of a 501c3 vs a 527
Next episode we'll look closer at the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and what they're doing in Washington State. The final episode of the trilogy will be a discussion with David Weins, the new Chair for International Mountain Bike Association, and we'll discuss what's new and what IMBA does in Washington, DC.
After a bit of a hiatus here's a quick episode discussing the role that Bike Shops might have to helping new riders entering the sport of mountain biking. What's it like to walk into a bike shop with zero knowledge? While shopping for a stroller recently, I take a walk in someone else's shoes and discover what it like to be a beginner again.
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