The world is waking up to the benefits of Mountain Biking, and now communities are asking how they can become the next Mountain Bike town or destination. Caliente, Nevada is doing just that. With the local mine no longer operating, they’re looking to Mountain Biking as the reason to draw visitors into town. We’ll hear from Patrick Kell, Grants Manager at the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) about how things got started, what trails are currently built and what the potential could be for future trails.
After our summer hiatus we’re back with some follow up on some past topics and joined by a few guests. First we’ll hear about the Vermont Outdoor Innovation Coalition from Tom Stuessy, Executive Director of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association. Following that, we’ll get an update from Lance Pysher of the Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists on their lawsuit against the US Forest Service. And finally, we’ll hear from Tony Ferlisi Executive Director for Mountain Bike the Tetons and his experience representing Mountain Bike stakeholders on the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative committee.
This episode we explore two upcoming events. The first is the 2018 MTB State Summit in Grand Rapids, Michigan; hosted by the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, Michigan Mountain Bike Association and the Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association. Tom Stuessy of VMBA and Melissa Werkman of MMBA join me. And second, Jay Darby of IMBA Canada and Christine Reid of the North Shore Mountain Bike Association share details about the Western Mountain Bike Advocacy Symposium, in North Vancouver, BC. Both events are sure to be great and if you can make the trip to either, they’ll be well worth it.
Christine Reid of the North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA) discusses diversity and what it means to be a woman in Mountain Biking with guests: Cynthia Young of the NSMBA, Amanda Schulze, Brand Strategist and Founder of Lithia Effect and Danielle Baker, Freelance Writer and Communications Manager at BC Bike Race.
For the 3rd Panel Discussion of the Podcast we hear from four Adaptive Mountain Bikers: Jeremy McGhee of SportON USA and the UnPavement, Ethan Krueger of Adaptive MTB Trails, Andrew Liddawi of Break the Boundary and past guest Tara Llanes of Tara Llanes Industries. We discuss aMTB rating systems, barriers on trails and off and what trail associations and builders can do.
As a follow up to the last episode we welcome back to the show, Patrick Lucas. He’s the founder of the Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Program and shares his “Best practices and guidelines for engaging and working with Indigenous Peoples on trails and outdoor recreation projects”.
This episode we here from Len Necefer, he’s a Navajo Mountaineer and CEO of NativesOutdoors. Using the Geo-tagging capabilities of Facebook and Instagram, Len has been returning traditional Indigenous names to popular recreation spots. Len also helps us understand the value and importance of those names and the effects of cultural appropriation on Indigenous communities.
Diving further into youth programs we look into one particular high school race team’s effort to create trails for their NICA team. We’ll hear from Team Director and Chair of the Stillwater Area Scholastic Cycling Advocates: Calvin Jones, and Dirt Boss and Board Member: Hank Gray about how SASCA is creating trails in Stillwater, MN for it’s students and community.
For the 40th episode of the podcast we go back to where we started with Episode 1 and focus on Kelowna, BC. We’ll hear about two programs and how they’re reducing the barriers for access in the sport of Mountain Biking. The first guest is Mike Greer, Executive Director of Elevation Outdoors. Second we’ll hear from Norm Vados and Bonnie Fraser of BikeWays and the Pathways Ability Society respectively.
For the finale of our eMTB conversation we’ll hear the second panel discussion of the podcast. Guests include: Joshua Rebennack of City MTB and the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew in Minnesota, Yvonne Kraus, Executive Director of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance in Washington State, Jerry Greer, President of the SORBA Tri-Cities out in Tennessee, Wendy Sweet, President of the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance in Colorado and finally, Cooper Quinn, Vice President of the North Shore Mountain Bike Association in Vancouver, Canada.