Mid November Update

Club Updates

Our “Founding” Membership drive is going very well. We currently have 90 members with new people joining daily.
To see a list of our Founding Members please visit our Founding Members Page.

In just short of 6 weeks we have accomplished the following:

  • 90 members have signed up
  • We have 469 followers on Facebook
  • We became a 501(c)3 Non-Profit & Insured Corporation
  • We have designed a cool Founding Members Jersey and ordered the first batch. Our next and final batch will be ordered in December
  • We have presented at 2 local city government meetings.
  • We introduced the Organization to the Temecula City Council – 50 local mountain bikers attended the meeting to show support
  • We presented a proposal to the Temecula Community Services Commission asking for approval to build ~4 miles of single track and 2 pump tracks at the Ronald Reagan Sport Park – 25 local mountain bikers attended the meeting to show support
  • We received a $2500 Grant from the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) – This will fund one of IMBA’s Trail Specialists to spend 3 days consulting on the Sports Park Project (Nov 17 – 19)
  • We have put on 10 local rides

If you are not already a member and are interested in becoming one of our Founding Members please check the membership section at the bottom of this post.

Corporation and Non-Profit Status

We are officially a 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization.

Weekly rides

We continue to host a weekly Monday evening ride and some Saturday rides. You can find the ride schedule on our main Facebook Page, our Rides and Events Facebook Page and our Meetup.

Advocacy work

Ronald Reagan Sports Park  (Update) – We have been working with the City of Temecula on getting 3 to 4 miles of multi-use single track and two pump tracks built at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park in Temecula. We presented our proposal to the Temecula Community Service Commission on November 10th. The meeting went very well. The commission liked our proposal and passed it onto a sub-committee. The sub-committee will work with us to get the proposal ready for the Temecula City Council.

We also received a grant from the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) for $2500. This grant will be used to have an IMBA trail specialist come out for 3 days to consult on the project. The trial specialist will be here Monday, November 17th – Wednesday, November 19th. If you are interested in meeting him he will be joining us on our Monday night ride.

On Thursday, November 13th we met with a Press Enterprise reporter at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park to discuss the project. The article will be in Sundays paper.

Vail Lake (Update) – Jason Ranoa continues to work with the new management at Vail Lake to ensure we can continue to ride and hold events at the Vail Campground.

Hogbacks – This has been put on hold so that we can focus on the Ronald Reagan Sports Park Project

Events

We will be participating in the 2nd Annual Cranksgiving Day Ride on November 15th @ 9am. This event is a 20 mile SOCIAL road ride (on any bike you want to ride) and food drive. We meet at The Bike Shop Temecula and ride to Organic Roots to buy groceries. Then we ride back to the bike shop with our groceries. The groceries are then loaded in a van and taken to The Community Mission of Hope to be distributed to families in need. This ride was started last year by The Temecula Bike Train. If you want to participate all you need is a bike, a backpack, and $15 cash to buy items from the food drive list. This event is FREE FOR ALL AGES. We will also post details on our Facebook and Meetup Ride pages.

We are also working with Zak Schwank, founder of The Temecula Bike Train and a Commissioner on theTemecula Community Services Commission to participate in Temecula’s Santas Electric Light Parade on December 5th. Keep an eye on the Facebook and Meetup pages for details.

Thank you all for your support!! I look forward to meeting and riding with you in the future.

Membership

This Founding Membership will only be offered until December 1st, 2014. After that, memberships will be run through the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). Memberships are good 1 year from date of payment.

The benefits of this membership include:

  • 1 year IVMTB membership (your IVMTB membership will also get you an IMBA membership when our club becomes an IMBA Chapter)
  • Limited edition Founding Members card
  • You will have the option to purchase a limited edition Founding Members Jersey (These will only be offered until Dec 1)
  • Free or heavily discounted member events
  • Discounts from our sponsors (Discounts listed here)
  • Recognition on the Founding Members page of the IVMTB.org website
  • 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.
  • IVMTB is a 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization so your donations are tax deductible.

If you are interested in joining us please visit our Join IVMTB page.

Rex

IVMTB Jersey Fit Kit

Just a reminder.. Anyone that ordered a jersey and that wants to confirm the size should go by Jax Bicycle Center-Murrieta through this Sunday to try them on. I will also have the Fit Kit with me at the Sycamore Canyon Ride on Monday, 10/27.

I will be placing the first Jersey order on November 3rd.

Since Jersey sizing is so different between manufacturers I would highly recommend trying them on. Once you try them on send me a message or email with the style(s) and size(s) you want.

Mid October Update

Club Membership

Our “Founding” Membership drive is going very well. We currently have 51 members with new people joining daily.
To see a list of our Founding Members please visit our Founding Members Page.

As a reminder we are offering the opportunity to become a Founding Member. This Founding Membership will only be offered until December 1st, 2014. After that, memberships will be run through the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). Memberships are good 1 year from date of payment.

The benefits of this membership include:

  • 1 year IVMTB membership (your IVMTB membership will also get you an IMBA membership when our club becomes an IMBA Chapter)
  • Limited edition Founding Members card
  • You will have the option to purchase a limited edition Founding Members Jersey (These will only be offered until Dec 1)
  • Free or heavily discounted member events
  • Discounts from our sponsors (sponsors and discounts will be listed on the ivmtb.org website as they are added)
  • Recognition on the Founding Members page of the IVMTB.org website
  • 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.
  • IVMTB is in the process of becoming a 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization so your donations should be tax deductible.

If you are interested in joining us please visit our Join IVMTB page.

Corporation and Non-Profit Status

All of the required paperwork has been filed so we are just waiting for the final paperwork to be returned.

Insurance

General Liability insurance has been paid for and became effective 10/01/2014.

Weekly rides

We continue to host a weekly Monday evening ride and some Saturday rides. You can find the ride schedule on Facebook and Meetup.

Advocacy work

Ronald Reagan Sports Park  (NEW) – This is still in the planning and approval gathering stages but we are working on a proposal for the City of Temecula to get 4 miles of singletrack and a pump track built at the Sports Park. There is a lot of excitement around this project so we are confident that we will get the approvals needed to move forward.

Vail Lake (Update) – Jason Ranoa continues to work with the new management at Vail Lake to ensure we can continue to ride and hold events at the Vail Campground. I am working with Jason to get an introduction meeting to let them know who we are and what we can offer. The final SoCal Endurance and Enduro Races will be held on November 8th and 9th.

Hogbacks – A couple of months ago, per the direction of the Murrieta Parks Department, I reached out to the land management group that is managing Hogbacks and the response was not what I expected. I did not pursue it any further at that time as my focus was getting this organization started so we had a voice. I will contact the City and the Management group again now that we are an official organization.

Events

We will be participating in the 2nd Annual Cranksgiving Day Ride on November 15th @ 9am. This event is a 20 mile SOCIAL road ride (on any bike you want to ride) and food drive. We meet at The Bike Shop Temecula and ride to Organic Roots to buy groceries. Then we ride back to the bike shop with our groceries. The groceries are then loaded in a van and taken to The Community Mission of Hope to be distributed to families in need. This ride was started last year by The Temecula Bike Train. You if you want to participate is a bike, backpack, and $15 cash to buy items from the food drive list. This event is FREE FOR ALL AGES. We will also post details on our Facebookand Meetup Ride pages.

Thank you all for your support!! I look forward to meeting and riding with you in the future.

Rex

Club Updates & Founding Membership Drive

Well after many months of hard work we are ready to offer memberships to the Inland Valley Mountain Bike Association!! Here is the exciting news and a few organizational updates.

Club Membership

We are offering the opportunity to become a Founding Member. This Founding Membership will only be offered until December 1st, 2014. After that, memberships will be run through the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). Memberships are good 1 year from date of payment.

The benefits of this membership include:

  • 1 year IVMTB membership (your IVMTB membership will also get you an IMBA membership when our club becomes an IMBA Chapter)
  • Limited edition Founding Members card
  • You will have the option to purchase a limited edition Founding Members Jersey (These will only be offered until Dec 1)
  • Free or heavily discounted member events
  • Discounts from our sponsors (sponsors and discounts will be listed on the ivmtb.org website as they are added)
  • Recognition on the Founding Members page of the IVMTB.org website
  • 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.
  • IVMTB is in the process of becoming a 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization so your donations should be tax deductible.

If you are interested in joining us please visit our Join IVMTB page.

Board of Directors

We held our first Board of Directory meeting on 9/25. During the meeting we elected officers and board members, approved the Articles of Incorporation, approved the Corporate Bylaws, approved a budget, and all the other cool stuff you have to do when starting a non-profit organization.

The organizations Board of Directors is as follows:

  • Rex Roberson – President / Secretary
  • Jacob Robinson – Vice President
  • Kim Wessells – Treasurer
  • Jeff Slepski – Board Member
  • Jordan Frates – Board Member
  • Luke Wiens – Board Member
  • Ric Van Der Linden – Board Member
  • Rich Wessells – Board Member
  • Tim Donovan – Board Member

Corporation and Non-Profit Status

The state has accepted our Articles of Incorporation and I will finish filling the remaining paperwork this week.

Insurance

The Board has approved the purchase of insurance. It will be effective 10/01/2014.

Weekly rides

We continue to host a weekly Monday evening ride and some Saturday rides. You can find the ride schedule onFacebook and Meetup.

Logo’d Pint Glasses

Unfortunately this did not work out. We received a full refund on the order.

Advocacy work

Vail Lake – Jason Ranoa has been working with the new management at Vail Lake to ensure we can continue to ride and hold events at the Vail Campground. I am working with Jason to get an introduction meeting to let them know who we are and what we can offer.

Hogbacks – A couple of months ago, per the direction of the Murrieta Parks Department, I reached out to the land management group that is managing Hogbacks and the response was not what I expected. I did not pursue it any further at that time as my focus was getting this organization started so we had a voice. I will contact the City and the Management group again now that we are an official organization.

We have a couple of other projects that are in the early stages that I will share as soon as I know they will move forward.

Events

This Saturday, October 4th, 2014 is IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. IVMTB is going to be at the Santa Rosa Plateau between 9am – 11am doing safety checks on kids bikes and giving out stickers to show support for the day. We wanted to do more but did not have time to organize a big event so this will have to do for this year.

Thank you all for your support!! I look forward to meeting and riding with you in the future.

Rex

Thank You & Some Organizational News

First I want to personally thank Jacob Robinson for jumping on board and helping me get this organization going. He designed our logo and has been helping me work through decisions on how we build the club. Thanks Jacob!!!

I also wanted to say thank you for all of your support during our t-shirt fundraiser. We sold 93 t-shirts and made $750 profit. That money will be used to pay a one time IMBA administrative fee and cover part of our insurance premium for the year.

Here are some update as to what we have been working on.

Board of Directors – I have been interviewing potential board members so that we can get our first meeting scheduled, get Bylaws approved and set some goals set for our first year. I am still working through the list, slowly, but hope to have this completed by the middle of Oct.

Corporation and Non-Profit Status – I have submitted the first 2 forms needed to get the process started. This is a slow and confusing process for sure.

Insurance – I have a quote for general liability insurance and will have insurance as soon as we appoint a Board of Directors.

Weekly rides – We have started hosting a weekly Monday night ride.. Thanks to Jacob for covering for me while my wrist heals.

Logo’d Pint Glasses – The pint glasses were delivered but were returned due to very poor quality. We are working with the company now to get replacements or a refund.

Advocacy work

Meetings – Jacob and I attended our first Riverside County Trails Committee Meeting on 8/27 and made some great contacts and heard about some very cool projects that are going on within the County. I will be doing a write up on the meeting as soon as I can.

Vail Lake – I made a call to Rancho Water to let them know that our club was very interested in seeing the Vail Lake Trails stay open for recreational and competitive use. Rancho Water directed me to The California Parks Company, who has been hired to manage the property. I sent the Vice President of Cal Parks an email from the club letting him know that our 300 members wanted Vail to stay open and that our club is available to provide resources to make that happen. I am waiting to hear back from him.

Club Membership – We are also almost ready to start offering club memberships. We are working on a very special surprise for the initial members of the club. We want the members that help start the club to get some special recognition so stand by for that exciting announcement..

That should give you enough to chew on for now..

Thanks again for all of your support.

Rex & Jacob

2014 IMBA World Summit Recap

Wow.. Where do I start?

I rode out to Steamboat Springs, CO with Matt Gunnell, Director of the SoCal High School Mountain Biking League and David Jaget, the president of the Southern Nevada Mountain Bike Association. Needless to say there was a lot of great conversation about mountain biking and politics during the 1000 mile trip.

While there I attended sessions on Club Governance, Risk Management, Strategic Planning, Branding, Working with Land Management and Trail Building. There were several other sessions I wanted to attend but I could not figure out how to be in two places at the same time.

The information presented at the summit was extremely valuable in my quest to start this organization but the most valuable information came from other participants.

I was exposed to some very knowledgeable individuals that represented clubs ranging from 5 members to over 1000 members. All willing to share their experiences, challenges and successes. I came away with even more enthusiasm about the things that we can accomplish when we come together as a group and work towards a common goal.

If have never been to Steamboat Springs to mountain bike you don’t know what your missing. They have 40 miles of singletrack accessible from a trailhead in the middle of town. They also have a significant trail system on the ski resort. Unfortunately due to a broken wrist I was not able to enjoy any of the trails but I did get to take a tour of the Moots factory which is 4 miles outside of town. Talk about some sexy ass bikes.

Inland Valley MTB Fundraiser

The Inland Valley Mountain Bike Association is a mountain bike advocacy group that believes in Education and Participation. We are located in Southwest Riverside County, California and are active in Temecula, Murrieta, Hemet, Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore and Rainbow.

100% of the proceeds from these t-shirts will go towards becoming a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization and an IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) Chapter Club.