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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

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