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Regional Summits Need MTBers

Whew.... what a year. A lot has happened with VMBA, chapters and state leadership in 2017. The future looks incredibly bright. VMBA's VOICe initiative has united our best local businesses around their enthusiasm for Vermont's trail infrastructure. These partners understand that a volunteer force is largely responsible for building the trails that are driving a statewide discussion focused on the potential of Vermont's outdoor economy. VMBA has successfully developed a sustainable bridge between commercial enterprise and trail-based nonprofits. As a result of their participation, VMBA's advocacy message has evolved to incorporate the desires of employers eager to share Vermont's amazing......more

Season Update

It's shaping up to be an amazing season. We're about to hit 4200 members (over 900 add-ons) and after what felt like never-ending rain, the trails are riding well. Chapters have worked together to organize trails days, rides and are making plans for next year already. Linking chapters is the hot topic and VMBA chapters have been supporting VT Huts with information, which is key to knowing where huts should be placed. The association is most excited about how well the chapters are doing: Grateful Treads is developing new relationships and access in state land near Jay Addison County MTB......more

The Governor's Executive Order

Last year the VT Trails and Greenways Council completed a successful economic impact study. At the same time, VMBA launched the VOICe initiative, which was the first to bring .COM and .ORG together to advocate for better support of VT's amazing outdoor recreation. The combination of these initiatives has been inspiring to state leadership. On June 15th Governor Phil Scott singed an executive order announcing the creation of " VOREC " the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative. The purpose of the group is to "Leverage Vermont's outdoor recreation assets, brand, and culture to sustain, grow, and drive economic development in......more

VMBA/Chapters 2017

It's June 5th and we're about to eclipse 3200 members and 760 add-ons. We ended last year at 3342 members and 278 add-ons. Despite a wet spring, things are stronger now than ever. The sun will make its grand entrance soon and when it does - game on! The chapters have been up to some amazing work already this year - you've seen much of this in the latest newsletter. Over a dozen new trail projects, numerous new landowner relationships, two new chapters and few new VMBA organizational initiatives will push us through the '17 season. Here's a quick recap......more

Pivot Your Ride. Raffle is ON!

You're already a member of your local chapter plus a few others. You ride, you dig when they call you up for trail work days. Your karma is pretty good...let's put it to the test. Somebody is going to win a sweet bike on September 1st. This year in conjunction with Pivot Cycles and The Outdoor Gear Exchange, VMBA is raffling off a Pivot. You choose from 10 Models. You choose the size and the color. Five bucks a shot. Buy your tickets here. All funds support trails and advocacy in Vermont. https://vmba.org/civicrm/event/register?id=123&reset=1​ Mach 4 C Mach 429 SL Mach......more

What's up with the strips?

You may have noticed that the bike strip has two logos on it this year - VMBA and Outdoor Gear Exchange. OGE stepped up and made a major contribution to the chapter trail grant. OGE also plays host to multiple small project grants every year across the state. VMBA seeks sponsorship from numerous shops every spring. Each of these shops are asked for sponsorship from a variety of groups, not the least of which are the chapters of VMBA. This dynamic can be difficult for everyone. We had three options to ensure continued effective advocacy and keeping your membership investment......more

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