Ep 12 – Politics & Non-Profits: Interview with Vernon Huffman, President of Access4Bikes, Differences of a 501c3 vs a 527

Taking a quick break from our 3 part series on Umbrellas and Consortiums, we look into two types of Non-profits in the U.S. Vernon Huffman of Access4Bikes in Marin County, California explains what a 501(c)(3) is and why A4B chose to be a 527 instead. We also learn about their upcoming event on May 20th, Ales and Trails.

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Ep 11 – Working Together: Interview with Thomas Schoen of the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium

Kicking off a new 3 part series about Consortiums and Umbrellas, we ask: What happens when clubs and trail associations work together? It’s not always sunshine and rainbows; why is that? This episode we explore the many successes of the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium and chat with the president and executive director, Thomas Schoen.

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.

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Ep 10 – For the Kids: Youth Programs Changing the Future of Mountain Biking

The future of mountain biking relies on the youth of today. This episode we explore two very different programs that provide community service to get kids on bikes. The benefits are huge, and my guests, Rocky Blondin of the Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association and Bruce Martens of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association are pivotal in diversifying the sport and introducing mountain biking to youth, who may not have had a chance to ride without their respective programs.

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Ep 9 – Barriers for Beginners: How Bike Shops Can Make or Break a New Rider’s First Impression

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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Ep 8 – Bringing Trails to the People: Joshua Rebennack, Urban Trails Expert

Looking at ways to increase diversity in Mountain Biking we explore the details of Urban Trails. This episode’s guest is Joshua Rebennack, the “Dirt Boss” for the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew and the author and presenter of “Knobbies in the Neighborhood”. Joshua shares his expertise on how Trail Association can develop and create trails closer to Urban centres.

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Ep 7 – Why is this so Important?: Diversity with Ambreen Tariq of @BrownPeopleCamping

Continuing the discussion on diversity, we explore why inclusivity is so important and step outside the Mountain Bike world to learn lessons from the broader Outdoor community. My guest is Ambreen Tariq, founder of @brownpeoplecamping. Her project is sharing and promoting camping and hiking from the perspective of a proud South Asian Muslim American.

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Ep 6 – How Can We Include Everyone?: Interview About Diversity with Eric McKeegan of Dirt Rag

Following up with last episode and the discussion about diversity and inclusivity in the Mountain Bike community, I speak with Eric McKeegan. Eric is the Tech Editor at Dirt Rag and Bicycle Time and we discuss his article: A Presidential Speech for the Bike Industry.

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Ep 5 – What’s in a Name?: Offensive Trail Names And Why Change Is Important

When it come to mountain bike trail names, which ones are just a joke and which ones are just plain offensive? And what does a trail name like “Squaw Hollow” say about our path to reconciliation? Are we preventing the sport of mountain biking from becoming more diverse and inclusive? Carrie Karsgaard is trail runner in Kelowna, BC and her Blog post, Trail Names Against Humanity, has seen a huge amount of attention and has highlighted a discussion that has needed to happen for a long time.

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Ep 4 – Digging For Reconciliation: Relationships with First Nation Communities

How can mountain biking be a part of reconciliation, Patrick Lucas and the Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Program are helping to build trails and relationships that do just this. Read more about Patrick and his program at Reconciliation Canada where you can find his article Digging For Reconciliation.

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Ep 3 – Second Chances: How Trail Associations Can Reduce Barriers for Adaptive MTBs

Today I spoke with Tara Llanes of Tara Llanes Industries, about Adaptive Mountain Biking (aMTB) and just what Builders, Land Managers and Trail Associations can do to ensure trails are barrier free for all riders. If you’d like to see just what an aMTB is, check out the YouTube video located at the bottom of this page and Tara’s website as well.

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