We have been working closely with the county and the City of Murrieta. We want to extend a special thanks to Michael LaPaglia with Murrieta’s Planning Commission. As a commissioner Mike has been such a huge advocate for us this week. The great news is the City seems to want to help us make Greer a forever MTB home. We have some very exciting things in the works. *CDFW (Fish & Game) has verified that they have not put the sign closures out. Our contacts there are also MTB family which is exciting. We will continue to nurture those relationships. I want to make it clear that we were contacted by the county before this and asked that we please help stop any new building at this site. We did not call them. That’s when we knew the time was right. Currently as always it IS TRESPASSING to ride at Greer. It always has been. Please continue to park off site and ride in whenever possible. Please help by asking anyone you know building to hold off for now. There are some very sensitive areas that have been cut through in the past couple of weeks that have our friends at the conservation level upset. We need them to feel like we are part of the solution. Not the problem. We believe we are fighting a good fight and we are making incredible progress. If you would like more info please feel free to reach out to our President Holly Cass. For now we continue to update daily if needed. Please remember we are volunteers. We spend time away from our families and our paying jobs to advocate on your behalf. We have had some unfortunate responses this past week. So please continue to lift up your local trail angels. They do a job no one else wants to do. Peace , love and Happy Shredding!!
There is an ongoing debate in the Mountain Bike Advocates circle around how to approach the use of mountain bikes on public lands designated as wilderness.
One one side of the table sits IMBA, and on the other the Sustainable Trails Coalition. Let me clarify by saying that both groups are fighting to get mountain bikers access to wilderness areas but they are on opposite sides of the spectrum as far as their respective strategies.
Drew Sanford, @Cotharyus, hosts Trail Cast, a trail advocacy podcast on Mountain Bike Radio and recently did an episode on the differences between the two groups. More importantly though, how Mountain Bike Riders as a whole need to support both organizations and stay united as a group to succeed.
It's just under an hour long but worth listening to. Here is the link to the episode.
This year the International Mountain Bike Associations (IMBA) California Regional Summit was held in Mammoth, Ca on September 11th - 13th. There were around 80 people from 32 organizations like IVMTB represented there. Most were from California but there were a couple of groups from other states.
There was a lot of great information shared and great conversations had but here are two key consistent points I took away.
Present our Organization as a resource to the community
One of the most effective ways to build relationships and a good reputation within the community is to serve the community. Our typical approach should be as a resource, asking what we can do to help. This is not to say that we cannot defend our position when we need to but our standard operating mode should be one of service. Here is an example.
The Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation
Approach 1 - Hi, we are the Inland Valley Mountain Bike Association. We are a non profit organization with over 225 members and we want you to ..... or.. we want to.....
Approach 2 - Hi, we are the Inland Valley Mountain Bike Association. We are a non profit organization with over 225 members that care about healthy kids, the environment and mountain biking. What current problems or challenges are you having with your mountain bike trails that we can help with?
Which approach do you think will be more effective in building a long term working relationship? My guess is the second one..
By showing them that we are part of the solution and not the problem they are much more likely to work with us on the things our members would like to see a the Santa Rosa Plateau vs. shutting us out.
Develop relationships outside of the cycling and land management communities
There are a lot of resources within the community that we have not approached as partners, yet we share common values. Our organization values community, healthful activity, preserving the environment, and stimulating the local economy.
- Community - Putting on and supporting group rides, movie nights, community events like parades, etc. Partnering with other local charities to raise money for causes that support our values.
- Healthful activity - Work with local hospitals, recreational centers and youth organizations to see how our organization could support cycling programs they may have or want to build. Hospitals have been known to help fund bike parks to get kids outside riding their bikes. Work with local land developers to ensure that natural terrain bike trails are put into the master plans of new neighborhoods going in. They don't have to be hard core mountain bike trails to get people involved in our sport.
- Preserving the environment - Partner with other local groups on initiatives that support trail development. The Sierra Club has been a primary driver for the development of the Murrieta Creek Regional Trail that will connect Temecula to Lake Elsinore via a multi-use trail. We can find common values and goals with the majority of organizations in the area but we have to develop a trust based relationship.
- Stimulating the local economy - Work with local city tourism offices to see what kind of things we could help with or promote. Mountain biking is becoming a huge revenue center for cities all over the country. Some cities are building huge trail systems to draw tourist to their communities in an effort to revitalize the local economy.
This is just a quick off the top of my head list, and knowing that I am not the smartest guy in this group I am sure we could come up with an impressive list of ideas to go after.
Rex Roberson - IVMTB President
2nd Annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day - Oct 3rd, 2015
It's time to start planning for our 2nd Annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.
We need to identify a few folks that want to help with the event.
Things that we will need help with are:
- Planning and organizing
- Identifying location of ride
- Identifying routes and ride leaders
- Registering the event with IMBA
- Determine logistical needs (tables, water, snacks, shade, etc)
- Assign volunteers to tasks
- Advertising the event
- Day of the event volunteers
- Setup and teardown
- Greeting riders
- Bike safety checks
- Ride leaders
If you are interested in helping please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. Please let us know what areas you might be able to help in.
For more information about IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day please visit https://www.imba.com/kids
2015 CLUB UPDATES
- We officially became an IMBA Chapter Club on Saturday, March 14th, 2015.
- 221 Active members
- 178 original IVMTB members
- 49 members from IMBA integration
- Almost 700 followers on Facebook
- Received IMBA - Level 1 Ride Guide Certification
In 2015 we have changed our Rides strategy. In an effort to help promote our local shop rides and ride groups we will focus on promoting and participating in those weekly rides instead of hosting one. However, IVMTB will continue to put on occasional special rides and events. You can find the ride / event schedule on our websites Calendar Page and our main Facebook Page.
If you host or participate in a weekly that you want us to know about and promote please shoot us an email. email@example.com
RONALD REAGAN SPORTS PARK
We are continuing our work with IMBA and the City of Temecula in the development of a detailed proposal for the City to review and hopefully approve. This has required a lot more work than we thought and the individuals working on the plan have limited time so it makes it even more challenging.
If you have experience in developing site plans, creating presentations for cities, land managers or government agencies and would like to help please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Ranoa with SoCal Endurance continues to work with the new management at Vail Lake to ensure we can continue to ride and hold events at the Vail Campground.
Our first official IVMTB Event was held on Saturday, Feb 21st. We had a Trail Ride / Rummage Sale at Wiens Brewing Company in Temecula. We raised $1454.00 to help fund the Ronald Reagan Sports Park project and other trail projects that might come up. We also want to thank Wiens Brewing Company and BC Cafe for providing great beer and food to the attendees.
We are in the planning stages of our first IVMTB Member Gathering. We are looking at a camping / riding weekend at the Vail Lake Resort. We are trying to nail down a date that does not conflict with another event and provides some nice weather. More details to come as we figure them out.
Now that we are an IMBA Chapter all of our memberships will be run through IMBA.
If you are interested in joining us please visit our IVMTB / IMBA membership page.
The benefits of this membership include:
- 1 year IVMTB / IMBA membership.
- IMBA Membership Kit with stickers and membership card
- Subaru VIP Discount; Get $1,300 - $3,300 off MSRP on a new or leased Subaru
- Subscription to a magazine of your choice — choose Bicycling magazine, Dirt Rag digital edition, Peloton digital edition or Velo digital edition
- Discounts on bike gear and outdoor equipment, IMBA events, trips and insurance
- 4 issues per year of IMBA Trail News and monthly eNews
- Discounts on IVMTB Merchandise
- Free or heavily discounted IVMTB member events
- Discounts from IVMTB sponsors and supporters (Discounts listed here)
- Being part of a unified voice on Mountain Bike Trail use issues in Riverside County.
- Knowing that you helped make the Inland Valley Mountain Bike Association become a reality.
Both IMBA and IVMTB are 501(c)3 Non Profit Organizations so your donations are tax deductible.
We have a great opportunity to help get some legal trails built in Menifee.
The City of Menifee is working on it's Parks Master Plan and are asking for feedback on how parks, trails, open space and recreation amenities should be developed in the city.
If you are a Menifee resident or would like to see a legitimate trail system built in the Menifee area here is your opportunity to get involved.
A Draft Environmental Impact Statement addressing environmental effects of a proposed land exchange between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (Tribe) is now available for public review and comment.
Several of the proposed exchange scenarios, including the "Preferred" scenario, would remove sections of "The Palm Canyon Epic" trail from the public ownership. We need everyone to send in comments in support of keeping trails publicly owned, before March 29th. A sample letter that you can cut-and-paste, add your name and personal experience, then send, is below.
Here are some thoughts from Jeff Slepski on the issue. Jeff is one of the people responsible for the legal trails that are in Simpson Park and is on the IVMTB Board.
The Agua Caliente Land Exchange is Really a Big loss for the Public and the Local Environment
The proposed land exchange with the Agua Caliente tribal interests would remove a classic land use area and trail system from the Public owned lands that are presently valued and enjoyed by Southern Californians. This area is a yearly destination for outdoor enthusiasts that appreciate the unique features of a mountain to desert environment with the rare experience of a desert riparian habitat. It has been recognized as an opportunity for people from all demographics to appreciate.
This land has been successfully utilized by diverse groups including hikers, backpackers, equestrian and bicyclists. It has been an area of study and appreciation for natural history enthusiasts. It affords a unique experience of the California geoflora not available to Californians anywhere else in the state. It is known as a “classic” or “epic” adventure that is eagerly looked forward to every year by the public. One has only to go online and do a simple search to see how many people have made this a positive part of the southern California experience.
The truth is that most of the public consider this land use a “success story.” It is an example of where the BLM has “done it right.”
The proposed land swap has the stated purpose “to promote effective and efficient arrangement of the public and Tribal lands by reducing the extent of “checkerboard” land ownership, thereby providing the BLM and the Tribe with more logical and consistent land management responsibility in the Monument.” However, the logic behind the checkerboard land ownership has not been a problem for the public or the BLM.
In fact, the Aqua Caliente’s (checkerboard) land ownership in the area has been incredibly profitable as it exists today.
What if an argument was made that Tribal Lands such as Indian Canyons that is adjacent to the BLM land in question were “swapped” to promote a more logical and consistent management system? The tribal interests would rightfully present a tremendous objection to such a swap and would consider it stealing their land. That is exactly how the public feels about this proposed land deal.
The public has backed and are interested in protecting Tribal interests throughout our region. This has been evident in the prevalent respect of lands owned by Tribal groups by the public and not encroaching or interfering with these lands. The same respect should be shown to the public use of BLM lands. At present, several trails from the national forest enter into this area and would be subject to restricted access either entering or leaving the national forest.
This is not a local tribe issue. This is a federal land use issue.
This decision will last forever so please contact the BLM for public comments ending March 29th.
THE SAMPLE LETTER BELOW NEEDS TO BE SENT TO THE FOLLOWING:
Fax to: (760) 833-7199,
Email to: AguaCalienteExchange@blm.gov
Postal Mail to: National Monument Manager, Bureau of Land Management, 1201 Bird Center Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Your Congressman via the webform
The Congressman of Palm Springs Raul Ruiz via webform
County Supervisor of Palm Springs John Benoit via web form
Subject: BLM-Agua Caliente Land Exchange
ear National Monument Manager,
I am a member of the Inland Valley Mountain Bike Association (IVMTB) submitting comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the proposed land exchange between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (ACBCI). I support Scenario 1, which would keep all the BLM parcels containing popular trails (T.5S. R.4.E. section 36; T.4S. R.4E. section 16 & 36) as BLM managed land and help reduce the "checkerboard" landownership by consolidating BLM land base. These trails should remain within public ownership to preserve recreation and access, as the ACBCI has historically not allowed mountain bike access on their trails and charges for hiking/equestrian access.
To increase the viability of Scenario 1, the appraisal should consider that the ~2 ACBCI parcels lack infrastructure for traditional (dense high monetary value) suburban development and have similar value as the ~6 BLM parcels proposed for exchange in Scenario 1. All other Scenarios are not in the environments or public's best interest.
The "Palm Canyon Epic" (Palm Canyon-Indian Poterro-Hahn-Cathedral Canyon-Wild Horse-Goat Trails) is nationally regarded as the best long distance desert mountain bike ride in Southern California. I strongly support having the entire trail system under BLM management (including a short rerouting of Indian Poterro to not cross ACBCI land) so that future generations can experience the natural beauty and remoteness of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument on their mountain bikes. Recreation such as mountain biking, hiking, and horse back riding help promote the protection of public lands.
We have several methods of communicating with our members. Below is a list of the methods and how to access each.
- Facebook Page - You don't need to have a Facebook account to view.
- Remind - A texting service that you can subscribe to.
- Text the # 81010 with the message @ivmtbevent
- We are using Mail Chimp to send out our group newsletters. If you would like to sign up you can do it here. http://www.ivmtb.org/mailchimp
Good day all,
The IVMTB Board wanted to provide an update regarding the IVMTB Monday Night rides.
When we formed this organization last year our mission was defined as "the development and care of sustainable, multiple-use trails while fostering a community that participates in healthful activity, preserving the environment and stimulating the local economy through advocacy, education and participation."
We wanted to build a group that could help unite local ride groups, shops and industry in the development and protection of local trails. Our board felt that hosting a weekly ride would help spread the word on who we are and what we are about. While that has worked, we also feel that we may have inadvertently caused a decline in participation with some of the other local ride groups, and it has also made it difficult for us to find time to participate in those groups ourselves.
During the next few weeks we will be communicating the cancellation of our weekly Monday Night IVMTB ride. Instead we want to focus on increasing participation in other clubs and shop rides. Our board members, committee members and general members will be encouraged to join other groups rides to build awareness of IVMTB, learn new trails and understand the struggles in different areas of the county.
Stay tuned for more exciting news..
Thanks for all of your continued support..