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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

NEXT Cycling Builds Trails!

VMBA is collaborating with NEXT Cycling to support mountain biking in Vermont. Starting later this summer NEXT will be rolling out the new carbon “VMBA” wheel set designed for the best riding in the east! Every VMBA wheelset purchased will translate into $400 going straight to the chapter trail building grant. “VMBA is excited to partner with NEXT and further support the amazing work of the chapters,” says Tom Stuessy. Hand built in Vermont, NEXT is eager to make an impression with the new product on riders everywhere – not just in Vermont. Jerry Chabot, President and CEO of NEXT......more

Trail Rider is out!

Just in case you haven't heard....The Vermont Peanut Butter Company has produced some more Vermont goodness with their new Trail Rider . A portion of every sale goes towards advocating for more trails! That's right - you buy, enjoy and get more trails - easy-peasey! Go here to get yours today: http://www.vtpeanutbutter.com/index.php/trail-rider.html...more

Learn. Change. Grow. Repeat.

VMBA has embarked on new initiatives this year that will translate into more great riding. The Regional Membership Alliance Pilot is underway. We all know that out of state riders enjoy your trails on a regular basis, which is great news in many cases. The goal of the new program is to provide an easy way for them to make a contribution. After joining their local organization they will be routed to "add-on" VMBA. It's clear that many visiting riders are more than willing to make a contribution, but access to doing so needed improvement. In a recent survey 93%......more

Camel's Hump Grows by 2000 Acres!

Trust for Public Land 4/4/16 News Release ( Link to Map ): WATERBURY, VT. — Camel’s Hump State Park is growing by more than 2,000 acres, The Trust for Public Land and State of Vermont announced this week. The Trust for Public Land purchased 2,085 acres in Duxbury known as Dowsville Headwaters, expanding recreational trails, and protecting critical wildlife habitat and the headwaters of Dowsville Brook, an important tributary of the Mad River. The expansion of the State Park will benefit mountain bikers , hikers, backcountry skiers, snowmobilers, anglers, and hunters, while protecting watershed quality and improving flood retention. “Camel’s......more

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