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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

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

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