I am returning home from a bit of an Odyssey, not just physically but also philosophically as well. This winter has been the end of the honeymoon. The end of running under the radar, of going where I want to go when I want to go.
There are a few things that can keep a mountain bike community vibrant. Knowledge. Both old and new. To keep in mind the knowledge gained over years of trail building and also being able to take that historic knowledge and apply it in new ways, adapting it for more modern experiences. Exchange of information is another thing that needs to happen. To have the holders of the knowledge pass it on to willing participants, but also for the the back and forth, the conversation between the folks that know it and the folks that are learning it.
Time to pull together and keep plugging forward in creating a vision for the best off road cycling possible in the Midwest Region. To that end we are having our Regional Summit on June 15th in Cable, WI.
The Rock Sports Complex is starting to take shape. This will be the first full service, private Bike Park in the Midwest. Folks in the Milwaukee area are going to see that the Ray's phenomenon go summer and they are super stoked!
Time to start thinking about congregating, riding bikes, and telling each other tall tales about things we have built and will be building!
This will be our THIRD regional summit. Pretty amazing to think how far the region has come in the past four years. I am especially happy with this seasons Summit as it will be held on the trail system that has perhaps the deepest roots in our region. The CAMBA Trails.
For the past four years as IMBA’s Midwest Regional Director, I have been tasked with supporting off-road cyclists in building and maintaining trails. This work has not always been easy as each state has its own set of challenges. But one thing is for sure, good help is always appreciated, and moves us closer to better mountain biking.
Two years ago, the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation approached me with the idea of a partnership, one that shared a vision for Off Road Cycling in Wisconsin as well as membership.
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