The Fall Academies are now complete. In total, the NSMBA conducted 11 Builder Academy theory sessions in 2012 delivering the curriculum to a total 187 graduates. Of the attendees, 20 are from the WMBC in Bellingham, 20 from FVMBA in the Fraser Valley and 20 from the NS Hikers/BCMC/Friends of Cypress Provincial Park/Old Growth Conservancy. Practical sessions with Build Leaders Matt Preston & Chris Barker included 5 Academy build days doing work on the North Shore trails.
The CBC trail on Mt. Seymour is now officially closed until the Spring of 2013. The Cove and Okanagan Springs are working hard to reconstruct rotted structures and correct drainage issues with significant ground work through the TAP program. Work will continue pending weather conditions. This week there is a forecast of a cumulative 200+mm of rain.
The NSMBA asks the community for their understanding and support that in order for the new work to continue, and to give the dirt a chance to bed in, riders need to stay off the trail in the wet season.
On October 28th, the DNV, BC Parks, the NSMBA and the Lower Mainland Green Team worked together to naturalize the Empress Bypass as a final stage to beautify the area after the realignment and maintenance efforts led by NS Ride, Different Bikes as TAP adopters under the leadership of NSMBA Trail Builders Dan Lui & Darryl Marlatt. The trail has been greatly improved offering a better user experience while alleviating speed issues and drainage concerns. The NSMBA would like to thank the DNV, BC Parks and the Lower Mainland Green Team. For more pictures, click here.
On October 11th, the NSMBA presented the North Shore Trail Adoption Plan to an International Delegation at the IMBA World Summit. A total of 350 delegates from around the world joined together to share ideas towards sustainable solutions for the sport. Mathew Bond, NSMBA President, and Mark Wood, NSMBA Program Manager, presented our story of success here on the Shore. The TAP program has grown exponentially in the past two years, now involving 23 Adopters who are doing major restorative projects on 19 trails. "Today we represent not just the NSMBA, but the hundreds of volunteers who are driving TAP forward," said Wood when addressing the delegation.
Mathew Bond & Mark Wood in Santa Fe New Mexico.
The Summit also provided an opportunity for the NSMBA to learn from other groups and build upon their current successes. "We need to take things to the next level," says Bond. Attending sessions on Relationship Building with Land Managers, Coalition Development, Sustainable Building, Community Involvement and many other significant and pertinent topics, the NSMBA has once again reinvested in itself to continue building on the already significant momentum within the organization.
The NSMBA would like to thank Chad & Deanne Lazuruk, IMBA Canada Trail Care crew for their support to drive the NSMBA to present at the Summit. The NSMBA would also like to thank IMBA Canada for their continued support and all of the volunteers and supporters who make TAP happen.
Mark your calendars! The final installment of the 2012 NSMBA Toonies is coming up on Saturday, October 6th. Starting at Executioner, you'll be racing one of the most popular laps of 2012 as you complete the full length of Dreamweaver, before climbing Dempsey-Braemar, traversing Baden Powell and dashing up the gravel road to the water towers. View the course map here. We need course marshals and first aid volunteers for this event, so please contact us if you're available to help.
Here's the schedule for the day:
8:30am - Registration opens at the Water Towers.
9:30am - Registration closes.
10:00am - Race starts on the gravel road, 200m before the Executioner trail-head.
All racers must be current NSMBA members and sign a waiver. We will be accepting new membership signups at the event.Please arrive at registration early enough to make your way up to Exeuctioner, we will be starting exactly at 10:00.
We have some great prizes to give away to the racers and volunteers, including gear from Pearl Izumi. Hope to see you there!
VIDEO of the council presentation on Monday September 17th when the NSMBA's Mark Wood & Mathew Bond present "A Community Driven Model for Sustainable Trail Maintenance". Simply click on the 'film' icon in red after opening the link below. Section 2 has many friends of the NSMBA voicing their support, plus some other interesting presentations. The NSMBA Presentation and ensuing dialogue with Council can be seen by viewing section 5. Thank you again to everyone who came out to support our efforts and to the DNV Council for considerate dialogue on our proposal. Special thanks goes out to Ben Campbell-Barry and Phil Bradshaw for their expertise and dedication to seeing through the completion of the Business Case. The NSMBA is pleased to see that Council has asked the DNV Financial Department and Staff to assess the proposal.
At 7:00pm on Monday, September 17th, Mathew Bond and Mark Wood of the NSMBA will be presenting this plan to District of North Vancouver council at 355 West Queens Road in North Vancouver to seek support through funding and partnership. Please join us at council chambers to voice your support. There is opportunity for Public Input as part of the agenda. Arrive early, sign up at 6:30pm for a 2 minute time slot to ensure your voice is heard.
Ongoing funding for trail maintenance is the first step in securing a world-class trail network for today and into our future.
Please sign our petition to show your support. If you are a District of North Vancouver resident, a hard copy of the petition will soon be available in your local bike shop.
Mark your calendars! The next installment of the 2012 NSMBA Toonies is coming up on Saturday, September 1st. This is one of the longest courses of the year, starting just below 7th Secret, and following Leppard, Kirkford, Crinkum Crankum and Upper Griffen down the flank of Fromme before the final dash up King of the Shore to the water towers. View the course map here. We need course marshals and first aid volunteers for this event, so please contact us if you're available to help.