It’s been said that the best trail in the world is the one your ride the most… after a hard day at work, for the exercise, preparing for an upcoming event, just for fun, etc. For these and many otherÂ reasons, local trails are super important to many a trail user.
Make note, almost every single singletrack in this country is maintained by volunteers.Â Where am I going with this? This. LAMBA is a 100% volunteer nonprofit. We don’t have paid staff, every volunteer toiling in the dirt, meeting rooms, etc. is doing it for free, in their spare time. Why? Because they love and possess great passion for the trail experience.
Consider donating your time… lend a hand with trail work / maintenance, plan a social event, get involved on the political side of things, talk to people about the trails, whatever promotes this awesome activity! I don’t know a single person who isn’t busy, so think about your strengths and what you’re willing to do, and consider committing to a finite activity, or more. In my humble opinion, it is one of the most rewarding things a person can do. Thanks for reading. -Ken, Singletrack Trail Lover
Don’t be a “they sayer” LAMBA needs YOU!
What’s your absolute favorite trail to ride? Think about how good that experience makes you feel. Then, consider how good it would feel to give something back to the trails we all enjoy.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) works in close partnership with local-level chapters like LAMBA who donate thousands of hours in volunteer trail work every year to make your riding experiences the best they can be.
The IMBA Trail Fund helps power this work. Last year, IMBA’s Trail Fund provided more than $360,000 in direct support for 30 mountain bike projects in 15 states. IMBA enhances your donations by pairing them with money from the bike industry to double and even triple the level of support for trail projects.
Visit imba.com/trail-fund to make a donation, or to learn more.
Friday, June 5 includes a land manager session, free to any land manager, tourism professional, or planner. The training runs from 11-3 and lunch is included.
Saturday is the IMBA Trail Building School, starting at 9 am. This is free to all attendees and lunch is provided! Come dressed to work.
There will be a group ride on Sunday and other riding opportunities throughout the weekend. Please see the registration page for more details and please register!
Register online at –Â https://events.clearthunder.com/IMBCS2015
Not racing, but want to be involved? Be a VOLUNTEER!
email LAMBA07@gmail.com to help with the following:
Timing / Registration / Race Setup / Course Marshalls
Every year the same thing happens, folks jonesing for dirt get on out into the dirt a little before conditions are ideal…
Please be patient, natural processes will soon allow for dry trails, riding before then will make the trails extremely rough / not fun and require volunteer time and energy to repair… trust me, LAMBA volunteers have some really fun things planned for this season!
Here’s last years post about the very same topic –Â http://lambaonline.org/2014/03/27/let-the-frost-out/
IF YOU LOVE MOUNTAIN BIKING, YOU BELONG WITH LAMBA-IMBA!
LAMBA and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) believe access to sustainable mountain bike trails is critical to recreation and land conservation. Every day, we work to educate trail users for a strong future, because without stewards and advocates of the trails, mountain bike experiences will be limited or lost.
Joining your local IMBA chapter is the most effective way for you to build and maintain the amazing trails you love to ride. Your membership dues support your local chapter’s work, and IMBA’s efforts nationwide. During the month of March, your membership enters you to win great prizes, like a Scott Genius mountain bike, or a VIP mountain bike trip to the Burning Can Festival at The Oskar Blues REEB Ranch in Brevard, NC! Sign up now and check out the prize details below.
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Ah winter riding, such a conundrum when it comes to hitting the dirt. Itâ€™s not an exact science due to multiple factors (i.e. soil type, moisture content, grades, temperature, sun exposure, leaf cover, etc.) therefore black & white steadfast rules donâ€™t really exist, itâ€™s ultimately up to the best (and hopefully educated) judgment of each trail user. Do know this… if you’reÂ leaving an impression on the trail more than a half inch deep, you are causing problems that will require volunteer time and attention; not cool. People want to get out on the trails, a good thing! However, we address this problem every spring, throughout the “normal” riding season, and now in the winter… I could go on and on, but wonâ€™t. Instead, check out this regionally similar post with more details, it is one of the better / more accurate ones Iâ€™ve come across. And here is another from our FORC’n Quad Cities friends, who are awesome. Thank for reading and clicking every single link Ken, the LAMBA guy who is really into trails