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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

Vermont - Utah Connection

Outdoor Retailer and Utah have been in the news a lot lately. President Obama designated the Bears Ears area a National Monument earlier this year in the face of intense opposition from state lawmakers, local ranchers and the oil lobby. The Governor of Utah is making moves to reverse Obama's action, which tipped the first domino - Patagonia decided to opt out of OR if it was to be hosted in Utah. Other companies followed suit and protested Utah's Governor by leaving OR. Money talks - OR published that it is entertaining proposals from alternative host cities. The recent controversy......more

The Ends Meet

The combination of riders and chapters is special. So special, in fact, that VMBA is the only statewide mountain bike organization of its kind in the country (as we do in VT). As we continue to set the pace for riding advocacy, we have two big initiatives in '17 that may interest you. We all understand that Vermont is a popular destination for riders across the region and beyond. For many commercial entities this is a great opportunity. Ideally, these augmented opportunities translate into more support for the trails (more on that in a minute). We know that out of......more

Just One Penny

In case you missed it, there has been an article created at VMBA.ORG that summarizes the last newsletter, which focused on VMBA's approach to trail diversity and out of state riders. The other primary topics revealed in the rider survey included defining our value to state leadership and educating new riders about trail/riding etiquette. In this newsletter we're going to focus on our relationship with state leadership. Research has shown that if someone offers you free Hershey's Kisses - you would take one, maybe two. If that same person offered to sell you as many Hershey's kisses as you wanted......more

Are VT trails diverse enough?

THE DIRT. VMBA has collected a lot of information through surveys this year. The most compelling was that in the narrative portions of the surveys. Much of the feedback was positive and riders are generally happy with their opportunities in Vermont. There was a bunch of insightful feedback presented in the commentary sections. We are VERY grateful for the time many of you took to share more with us. The most frequently mentioned commentary was isolated into four categories: 1) trail diversity concerns, 2) out of staters paying for riding, 3) state land access/MTB's value to the state and 4)......more

SPEAK TO THE RIDERS - Gubernatorial Responses

VMBA reached out to the gubernatorial candidates last month and asked for their perspective on the future of outdoor recreation in Vermont, mountain biking in particular. Three of the top candidates took the opportunity to speak to you - the riders. We asked the candidates three questions. Their responses are listed under each question below. Enjoy and don't forget to vote tomorrow! Question #1 - Trails have united communities in Vermont for decades. In most circumstances, our trail infrastructure is built and maintained by passionate volunteers. This skilled and tireless group of people is interested in state leadership that will......more

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