Say hello to Patrick Kell, the new IMBA Region Director for the Southwest. Formerly the director of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA), Patrick now lives in Prescott, AZ, and will facilitate IMBA activities in Arizona, southern California, southern Nevada and southern Utah.
In his five years as the Executive Director of VMBA, Patrick directed its growth from eight chapters to 18, with over 4,300 individual members. This notable capacity growth was the path forward for many new trail projects and more robust funding, including over $200K for development of a Vermont Ride Center. Patrick also served as the Grants Program Director for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.
Keep reading below the video for Patrick's first blog post and the story of his introduction to his new region.
Contact: patrick [dot] kell [at] imba [dot] com
After a four-day, 2,800-mile road trip from wintry Vermont, I arrived in Prescott, AZ, in the shadow of Thumb Butte, surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest. I've been busy getting up to speed with mountain bike advocacy initiatives in the Southwest, including meeting many of the IMBA Chapters and clubs in the region; learning about the priority access issues; and riding some awesome desert trails.
Luckily for me, there is a great chapter right here in my new hometown of Prescott. I attended a meeting with the good folks of the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance (PMBA) this week, and received a warm welcome. (Thanks!) PMBA is a busy group for sure, with projects including a pump-track that will be built this spring, a schedule of group rides for all abilities and an awesome list of trail projects and events.
Prescott is also home to the Whiskey 50 race in April, so look out for a PMBA booth there.
Over the next few weeks I will be traveling throughout the region. Here's a rundown of where I'm headed:
- Cave Creek, AZ: There is a group of riders down there who are interested in forming an organized mountain bike club in order to address some access matters.
- Idyllwild, CA: Club members and USFS staff are working on an access project.
- Orange County, CA: I am attending the IMBA board of directors meeting with management-level IMBA staff and industry representatives and luminaries, along with members of CORBA, the Los Angeles-based IMBA Chapter.
- Hurricane, UT: I will meet our chapter there, the Dixie Mountain Bike Trails Association, which will hopefully include a ride at Goosbeberry Mesa!
- Washington, D.C.: March 20-22 is the the National Bike Summit. Will I see you there?
I have to say that I couldn't be happier to be in the Southwest and look forward to meeting lots of riders, trail builders and advocates down here. Feel free to shoot me an email at patrick [dot] kell [at] imba [dot] com to let me know what's going on in your part of the Southwest!