If you live and mountain bike in the Maryland, northern Virginia or D.C. area, you can be confident that your riding future is in good hands. I am sure of this after participating in the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE) board of director's planning retreat, held recently at the Hilton Resort in Sedona, AZ.
Why Sedona? Well, it's January in the D.C.-area, to say the least. And the retreat was underwritten in part by a special grant from IMBA. One stipulation of the grant was team building, and what better way to foster team cohesion than riding together on Sedona's great trails?
MORE is one of IMBA's newer chapters, but one of mountain biking's most established organizations. MORE did not become a chapter because it needed help as a start-up group. Rather, MORE is a high-functioning, well-organized and well-led local mountain biking organization doing great things at the grassroots level. MORE joined the IMBA Chapter Program because it was ready to move to the next level of sophistication with staff and planning.
IMBA's interest in the the retreat and the reason for providing the grant is my interest in the development of a planning process that can serve as a template for other chapters. MORE's leadership is a willing partner in this.
The planning work that the MORE board did in Sedona will not only benefit the continued growth and stewardship of trails in the greater D.C. area, it will also guide IMBA in assisting its fast-growing association of local chapters with their continued organizational development. What that all means is better riding, and more riding with more trails and greater access.
Do the math: Leadership + Organization + Planning = More trails to ride.