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NMBP Groups in the News

Two hardworking National Mountain Bike Patrol groups appeared in their local newspapers recently, giving them a chance highlight some of the goals of the NMBP — medical response and trail advocacy.

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West Georgia Kicks Off Their New Patrol Group

From Patrol Director Wes Allen:

IMBA-SORBA West Georgia is proud to announce its new bike patrol. The patrol was formed in 2013 with only the Patrol Director Wes Allen and has quickly grown to six patrollers, with more expected.

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Go CRAMBA Mountain Bike Patrol!

The Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association patrol (southeast Michigan) had a solid year in 2013, scoring new financial support while logging 1065 patrol hours on over 12 different trails. They supported several races and events as well, putting their group in the public eye and demonstrating their professionalism.

Check out what they're doing in this story.

Much thanks from us at IMBA to director Jeremy Verbeke and his patrollers for their volunteerism.

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NMBP Group Trains with Their Local Fire Department

As chapters of the NMBP grow in size and professionalism, they are reaping the benefits of training directly with other emergency response organizations.

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Snow and Cold Can’t Stop Volunteer Patrollers

The Isanti, MN-based Backcountry Mountain Bike Trail Patrol has greatly expanded its winter patrol capabilities through the addition of two "fat bikes" and a new, compact automated external defibrillator (AED). The new tools have allowed the all-volunteer National Mountain Bike Patrol (NMBP) unit to assist at events such as the City of Lakes Penn Cycle Fat Bike Loppet and Ice Cycle races, in addition to their long-standing patrol on cross-country skis at the Loppet’s 40 Km classic and freestyle ski races.

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Recruiting Patrollers

"Shawn Murphy is looking for a few good riders. Well, to be honest, maybe more than a few.

Murphy is the director of the Michigan Mountain Bike Patrol, a small but growing group of volunteer cyclists who have taken it upon themseves to give something back to their sport by patrolling trails and race courses, offering assistance to riders in trouble whether fixing a flat tire or broken bones."

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Patrol Partners With Equestrians

Earlier this summer, IMBA Chapter Pisgah Area SORBA and the PAS unit of the NMBP partnered with their local equestrians for a series of clinics called "Staying Safe on Multi-Use Trails."

The group reports:

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Pisgah Area SORBA Patrol Gets Access to Experimental Forest

The patrollers of Pisgah Area SORBA, under the leadership of Chris Morgan, have access to two new places to patrol: DuPont State Recreational Forest, and the Bent Creek Experimental Forest.

To read more, check out this story from the Asheville Citizen-Times, ss well as this story from the U.S. Forest Service.

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OMBA Patrol Partners With Fire and Rescue

The Ocala Mountain Bike Association's patrol recently had great success working with their fire and rescue teams to evacuate a seizure victim on their trails.

From patroller Paul Guertin:

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OMBA Bike Patrol Rocks Their Fat Tire Festival

The Ocala Mountatin Bike Association (OMBA) had its 2013 Santos Fat Tire Festival in early March, with over 450 mountain bikers showing up to enjoy the IMBA Epic Bronze rated trails! For the fourth year, the OMBA Bike Patrol team was out in full force covering all areas of the trails. This was a full weekend event, with patrollers assisting the night rides as ride guides and sweeps.
Fifteen members of the patrol team were assigned different zones based on thier preferences and riding abilities.
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