New Can You Dig It?! trail grants just announced!

Leading industry component manufacturer, e*thirteen, partners with CAMTB for a round of trail maintenance and rehabilitation grants

we*thirteeen Trail Grants

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CAMTB is please to announce a new advocacy partnership with e*thirteen. In 2022, the California and Squamish, based cycling component manufacturer e*thirteen will be donating 5% of all sales site-wide during the month of December to California Mountain Biking Coalition member trail projects. This important underwriting will direct much needed funding back into trail maintenance and upkeep projects across California. Trail use by bikers, hikers, runners and equestrians has seen exponential growth over the last two years and our trails need rehab.

The trail advocacy community has been longing for more wide-spread cycling industry engagement to help support both trail upkeep and new construction projects. We are beyond delighted to partner with the e*thirteen team to give back to the trails.

Michael Anzalone – CAMTB Executive Director

How it works

Purchase ANY e*thirteen components, site-wide, at www.ethirteen.com before 11:59pm on Dec 31, and e*thirteen will contribute 5% of the proceeds to California Mountain Biking Coalition member trail projects in 2022.

Find out more at www.camtb.org/wethirteen.

e*thirteen

e*thirteen’s headquarters are located in Petaluma, California, and Squamish, British Columbia. Both these towns are major hubs of mountain biking. The brand lives and breathes mountain biking and has located itself in some of the best riding locations in North America. At its core, e*thirteen is a small group of riders who think up, engineer, and create new products that they know will improve the way they ride their bikes. When it comes to the mountain bike industry, the best products come from riders themselves and e*thirteen is a company of riders through and through. From affordable entry-level components to high-end carbon “Race” products, e*thirteen strives to improve the ride of all riders everywhere.

History

e*thirteen first gained recognition in the early 2000s for their superior chain guide systems. The California based company soon became the industry leader in chain retention. Since their inception in 2001, e*thirteen has expanded their product offering to include wheels, tires, drivetrain components, and many others. All their current products still contain the same high-performance pedigree of their original chain guides. e*thirteen has a laser-sharp focus on improving the ride for everyone, providing beautiful, well-engineered products to riders everywhere.

Moving Fast But With Intention

Our Q2 update on all things CAMTB

And just like that, the first half of 2022 is complete! On behalf of the CAMTB Board of Directors, I am pleased to share our Q2 update.  See below for details on our work these past 3 months, as well as insights on what’s ahead. 

In community,

Michael Anzalone
Executive Director, CAMTB


Membership.  The CAMTB member community continues to grow steadily. We recently added three new member organizations: 

This brings our member organization count up to count to 25, with a combined representation of 15,000+ riders here in California. Additional members are in the works from the Shasta/Trinity/Redding area, North Coast, Central Sierras, and the Inland Empire regions.  We’re anticipating recruiting 5-7 additional organizations by the end of Q3 and the same in Q4. Stay tuned for more member announcements months ahead! 

What’s up next for CAMTB members? We have four very important opportunities for the CAMTB member community to inform our work ahead:

  1. Mid-year member check-ins (now through mid-July)
  2. Member Survey to share feedback and to express your priorities for the coming year – (mid-July)
  3. Advisory Council Meeting (Aug 12)
  4. Inaugural CAMTB Member Retreat in Downieville (Sep 24-26)

Advocacy. Thanks to our member community, CAMTB has made great strides the past quarter, especially with the emerging CA State Parks initiative. Our member-led Legislative & Government Affairs Working Group continues to provide policy and legislation oversight for the CAMTB member community. To support this work, the group initiated the development of a public facing legislative tracker to provide updates, positions, and recommended actions on state and federal legislation impacts the off-road cycling community. This resource will live here on the CAMTB website, and be available for free.  Action Item: Do you have a passion for legislation? Contact us today to learn more about participating in the Legislative & Government Affairs Working Group.

CA State Parks. After a series of insights gathering interviews and a strategic planning session in Santa Cruz, our CA State Parks work is underway. Five member-led teams have been formed to lead some foundational work, including:

  1. Fostering trust with the Leadership teams of CA State Parks Directors Office, and Partnerships Office
  2. Understanding the priorities of the CA State Parks District Superintendents (collectively and individually) and becoming a solutions provider to help address those pursuits
  3. Influencing local Road & Trails Management Planning and the related Change In Use Process
  4. Helping Member Organizations get the most out of the CA State Parks Trails Manual
  5. Addressing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in CA State Parks

This work is paving the way for our member community to make even greater contributions to the CA State Parks trail system. We also see this approach as an roadmap for working with other Land Managers in the state, like US Forest Service, BLM and CalFire. 

US Forest Service. Over 80% of the CAMTB member organizations are currently working with the US Forest Service, which makes them a prime candidate for our next land manager engagement. In Q2 of this year CAMTB reached out to the USFS Region 5 leadership team to open lines of communication with the agency and establish regular check-in calls with their Trails Program Lead. 

Additionally, CAMTB has been brought into two USFS trail planning efforts – one in the Stanislaus NF and another in the Modoc NF –  to help familiarize ourselves with the process. Before any specific coalition work commences, however, our Q3 focus will be on forming a member-led USFS steering committee to help define our shared needs and identify opportunities for engagement.  While this group takes shape we will also be actively recruiting off-road cycling advocacy organizations with USFS.  

The Art of Advocacy. In May CAMTB and its members attended the California Outdoor Recreation Partnership Virtual Summit, which was hosted in partnership with Outdoor Alliance. 

Over the course of 3 days, we heard from industry speakers, connected with other outdoor recreation advocates, and met with our state legislative offices to advocate on behalf of several bills for equitable access to the outdoors. CAMTB was well represented in each of the 8 regions. Member met with over 25 electeds and their staff including Assemblymembers David Chiu and Buffy Weeks and State Senators Nancy Skinner and Scott D. Wiener

To build on this experience, CATMB will be hosting an Art of Advocacy workshop for members, as a lead in to our own Virtual Legislative Summit with State lawmakers in September. The summit will provide members with an excellent opportunity to strengthen relationships with their district elected officials, while also advancing CAMTB’s shared advocacy platform of Stewardship, Access, and Inclusion

Next-Gen Advocacy: MindShift Youth Ambassador Program. Last month, CAMTB re-convened its Youth Ambassador Working Group to give shape to MindShift, an emerging program developed in partnership with the NorCal and SoCal NICA leagues. The program is slated to launch in January of 2022, and will build on NICA’s existing Teen Trail Corps program by helping cultivate the next generation of off-road cycling advocates in California.

SoCal League Riders

Over the course of 6 mos, a select # of junior and senior Teen Trail Corp Captains will be offered unique experiential learning and leadership development opportunities to support their post-high school pursuits.  Participants will be given the opportunity to build relationships with professional and fellow student riders, while representing CAMTB, the NorCal and SoCal Leagues, and local CAMTB member organizations at various trail events, workshops, and lobby days with lawmakers and land managers. 

For the Love of the Trails. Now is the time to continue growing the trail advocacy organization that the Golden State needs and deserves.  Please consider making a one time or reoccurring donation in support of CAMTB and our 25 trail advocacy organizations.

Contributions by passionate mountain bikers and advocates like you will be used to Increase the capacity of a statewide trail advocacy organization; to create awareness of the issues which limit trail access for local clubs across the state; develop messaging that will foster a positive image of mountain biking to emphasize education, diversity, and healthy lifestyle choices; support our advocacy efforts with CA State Parks, the U.S. Forest, and in Sacramento; and last but not least, to build an effective and collaborative resource hub for trail advocacy best practices.`

Upcoming Events. And to wrap things up, we’ve been in deep planning mode these past three months, setting our sights on some excellent upcoming events. Stay tuned and save the date for:

  • Lobby Laps – South Coast Edition in San Diego (Jul 31)
  • CAMTB Advisory Council Meeting (Aug 12)
  • The Art of Advocacy Workshop (Aug 20)
  • CAMTB Virtual Lobby Day in Sacramento (Sep 13-15)
  • CAMTB Connected Member Retreat in Downieville (Sep 24-26)
  • Sea Otter Classic (Oct 7-10)
  • Lobby Laps – North Coast Edition in Mendocino (Nov 1)

Sierra Oddity Winner Announcement

Sierra Nevada Brewing, PAUL Component and CAMB team up to raise over $28,000 for state level trail advocacy in California!

This year CAMTB, Sierra Nevada Brewing, and PAUL Component partnered up to support state-level trail advocacy in California. This marks the third year that Sierra Nevada Brewing has commissioned a custom bicycle to support trail advocacy, and we are pleased to share that together we raised over $28,000!

And Sierra Oddity winners are…

The Grand Prize Winner is Mike Pountney of Alameda, California. Congratulations Mike! In addition to taking home this beautiful titanium single speed mountain bike from Oddity Frames, Mike will also be receiving a complimentary annual membership to the Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay (BCTEB). BTCEB is one of 30 trail advocacy organizations affiliated with CAMTB.

Sierra Oddity Custom Bike

Grand Prize Winner: Custom Oddity Cycles Mountain Bike

Mike Pountney of Alameda, California

CAMTB also awarded two primo runner-up prizes. Jim Leissler of Portland and Sandor Lengyel of Lake Tahoe, each won CAMTB signature shirts from Kitsbow.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this campaign such a huge success. Thank you also to all of the new and existing supporters of CAMTB. More and Better Trails are coming your way soon.

First Runner Up Prize: CAMTB Kitsbow Icon Shirt

Winner: Jim Leissler of Portland, Oregon

Second Runner Up Prize: CAMTB Kitsbow Signature Henley

Winner: Sandor Lengyel of Lake Tahoe, California

The CAMTB Sierra Oddity

International Women’s Mountain Biking Day

Join us in celebrating all the daughters, sisters, mothers, and grandmothers who ride!

Photo by Mike Schirf

International Women’s Mountain Biking Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in May. This year, Women’s MTB Day is on Saturday, May 7th, 2022. It’s a day for riders who identify as female to gather, experience, and share their love for mountain biking! Tag your ride photos on social with #WomensMTBDay!

And if you’re looking for some inspiration, check out Becky Timbers, Life on Two Wheels recent blog, which highlights some of the top female riders around the country.

CAMTB Canyon Spectral 125 CF 7 Winner Announcement

CAMTB and Canyon team up to raise over $25,000 for state-level trail advocacy in California!

This spring CAMTB and Canyon cycles partnered to help raise funds and build awareness about trail advocacy in California. The campaign included a 25-stop tour across the state, as well as a special bike give away to incentivize support of CAMTB’s state-level advocacy efforts. All told the campaign raised over $25,000! Thank you to everyone who helped make this tour a success. Thank you also to all of the new and existing supporters of CAMTB. More and Better Trails are coming your way soon.

And the winners are…

The winner of the CAMTB Canyon Spectral 125 CF 7 was announced at Sea Otter Classic on Sunday, April 10. The Grand Prize Winner was Chris Macaluso of Walnut Creek, California. In addition to taking home a brand new Spectral 125 CF 7, Chris will also be receiving a complimentary membership to the Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay (BCTEB). BTCEB is one of 30 trail advocacy organizations that are affiliates of CAMTB.

Grand Prize Winner:

Chris Macaluso of Walnut Creek, CA

CAMTB also awarded a couple of svelte runner up prizes. Matt Hedges of Santa Monica and Jeremy Henson of Lake Tahoe, each won custom CAMTB Pendleton Wool Icon Shirts, made by Kitsbow.

Runner Up Prize Winners:

Matt Hedges of Santa Monica &
Jeremy Henson of Lake Tahoe

The Demo Crew

Canyon’s Demo Team, led by Jaclyn Mayer, and crewed by Phil Fifer and Merv Davis, organized a 25 stop tour from LA to Santa Rosa. The brought along the freshly launched Canyon Spectral 125 and two sprinter vans full of Canyon gravel and mountain bikes. Demos were available free to the public at each stop along the four-week tour.

True to form, the Canyon Team also pitched in by helping CAMTB’s member organizations host volunteer trail work days, happy hours, and group rides, as well as support local membership with special promotions.

CAMTB Sea Otter Events Calendar

CAMTB and its members will be back for another lap at the Sea Otter Classic, April 7-10 in Monterey, CA!

Come see us at the CAMTB main booth (S7) and at the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden throughout the weekend [Map]. CAMTB will be wrapping up the Canyon Grab Bike Give Away , which has raised over $23,000 to support state-level trail advocacy for California mountain bikers. We’ll be hosting a live drawing at Sea Otter on Sunday, April 10 at Noon Pacific. Join us at the Canyon booth (A40) or on IG Live (@camtborg) to celebrate the winner.

We will also be unveiling our next partner bike give away – “The Sierra Oddity“, a one-of-kind, custom built single-speed Oddity Frames mountain bike with custom PAUL components – at the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden throughout the weekend. Huge and plentiful thanks to our partners at Sierra Nevada Brewing for their continued and growing support of CAMTB.

The Sierra Oddity

All proceeds raised will fuel CAMTB’s ongoing state-level mountain biking advocacy efforts, including working with land managers like CA State Parks and the U.S Forest Service, as well as tracking and influencing legislation and elections that impact access to public lands and natural resource conservation in California.


CAMTB Sea Otter Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 7

9am-11am // Morning Canyon Coffee

Stop by the Canyon Booth (A40) to grab some coffee and get fresh eyes on the newly released Canyon Spectral 125 CF 7. Donate $5 or more to CAMTB by Sat, April 10 for a chance to win. Coffee bar and custom blends courtesy of Captain+Stoker Coffee.

Partner: Canyon

2pm-3pm // Coastside Mountain Bikers CAMTB Booth Takeover

Join the Coastside Mountain Bikers at the CAMTB Main Booth (S7) for a special meetup at Sea Otter! Come check out their plans for our new pump track, and learn more about its youth racing team and its work in San Mateo county. Sign up for the Coastside mailing list or follow them on social media for a chance to win some sweet Coastside swag.

Partners: Coastside Mountain Bikers

3:30pm-5pm // Sierra Nevada Happy Hour Ride & Hang

Join CAMTB and Sierra Nevada for our daily Sea Otter ride and afternoon hang. Ride will start and end at the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden. Ride leaves promptly at 3:40pm. Not up for ride? No worries! Grab a can of your favorite Sierra suds and hang with your fellow dirt lovers. And don’t forget to check out the one-of-a-kind Sierra Oddity custom titanium single speed mountain bike, valued at over $11,000, that will be up for grabs at the end of April.  Donate $5 or more to CAMTB by April 29 for a chance to win this amazing rig.

Partners: Sierra Nevada Brewing, PAUL Component, Oddity Cycles

Friday, April 8 

9am-11am // Morning Canyon Coffee

Stop by the Canyon Booth (A40) to grab some coffee and get fresh eyes on the newly released Canyon Spectral 125 CF 7. Donate $5 or more to CAMTB by Sat, April 10 for a chance to win. Coffee bar and custom blends courtesy of Captain+Stoker Coffee.

Partner: Canyon

2pm-3pm Orange Country Mountain Bike Association Booth Take Over

Come meet the Orange County Mountain Biking Association (OCMTBA) at Sea Otter, your advocates for protecting and expanding the precious MTB trail mileage in Orange County, California.  If you are a resident of Orange County, we’d sure like to get to know you and make sure we can represent your interests in defense of our shared two wheel passion in the area.  Visit Booth S7 on Friday, April 8 from 2-3P and opt in to OCMTBA communications and win some cool SWAG from SRAM!

Partners: Orange County Mountain Bike Association (OCMTBA)

3:30pm-5pm Sierra Nevada Happy Hour Ride & Hang

Join CAMTB and Sierra Nevada for our daily Sea Otter ride and afternoon hang. Ride will start and end at the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden. Ride leaves promptly at 3:40pm. Not up for ride? No worries! Grab a can of your favorite Sierra suds and hang with your fellow dirt lovers. And don’t forget to check out the one-of-a-kind Sierra Oddity custom titanium single speed mountain bike, valued at over $11,000, that will be up for grabs at the end of April.  Donate $5 or more to CAMTB by April 29 for a chance to win this amazing rig.

Partners: Sierra Nevada Brewing, PAUL Component, Oddity Cycles

Saturday, April 9 

9am-11am Morning Canyon Coffee

Stop by the Canyon Booth (A40) to grab some coffee and get fresh eyes on the newly released Canyon Spectral 125 CF 7. Donate $5 or more to CAMTB by Sat, April 10 for a chance to win. Coffee bar and custom blends courtesy of Captain+Stoker Coffee.

Partner: Canyon

2pm-3pm Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association Booth Take Over

Join TAMBA for a special meetup at Sea Otter! We’ll be taking over the CAMTB booth (S7) on Saturday at 2pm. Come check out plans for our new Lake Tahoe Trails, and learn more about our volunteer trail days and our work in the community to support all Tahoe trails and users.

Partners: Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA)

3:30pm-5pm Sierra Nevada Happy Hour Ride & Hang

Join CAMTB and Sierra Nevada for our daily Sea Otter ride and afternoon hang. Ride will start and end at the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden. Ride leaves promptly at 3:40pm. Not up for ride? No worries! Grab a can of your favorite Sierra suds and hang with your fellow dirt lovers. And don’t forget to check out the one-of-a-kind Sierra Oddity custom titanium single speed mountain bike, valued at over $11,000, that will be up for grabs at the end of April.  Donate $5 or more to CAMTB by April 29 for a chance to win this amazing rig.

Partners: Sierra Nevada Brewing, PAUL Component, Oddity Cycles

Sunday, April 10 

11:30pm-12:30pm CAMTB Canyon Spectral 125 CF 7 Bike Give Away Drawing

The moment you’ve been waiting for! Join us at the Canyon booth (A40) for the live drawing of the CAMTB Canyon Spectral 125 CF 7. Drawing will take place at noon sharp! 

Partner: Canyon

Assembly Bill 1789 Passes the Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee

Trails legislation reaches important milestone in the California Assembly

AB 1789, which was introduced by Assembly Member Bennett on February 3, 2022, unanimously cleared the Assembly’s Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee hearing on April 5, 2022. The bill is now moving on the Appropriations Committee for review. The “More Trails for All” act (CAMTB’s working title) specifically funds new non-motorized natural surface trail projects in California. AB 1789 is widely supported by the CAMTB member community. Many members submitted Letters of Support for the Bill, and attended the hearing, encouraging the WPW Committee to support the legislation.

Member and Partner Supporters of AB 1789

For more information on AB 1789, please visit www.camtb.org/ab-1789/.

CAMTB welcomes it’s newest coalition member, Amador Trail Stewardship

Co-Founders Brett Watson, 2nd from left, and
Brad Booker, 2nd from right, out with the boys in Amador County

We are pleased to announce the newest addition to the CAMTB family, Amador Trail Stewardship. ATS was founded by Brett Watson (pictured 2nd from left) and Brad Booker (pictured 2nd from right) in 2021 to provide local outdoor recreation opportunities in Amador County. It strives to develop, provide access to, and maintain multi-use trail systems that enhance the local community in Amador County, which straddles the Hwy 88 corridor running from Jackson up to Kirkwood. ATS wants to see residents of Amador living healthy lifestyles and to invite surrounding communities to enjoy our natural beauty while increasing commerce, by way of recreation, to the county. For more information visit www.amadortrailstewardship.com or like and subscribe them on Facebook and Instagram.

AB-1789 Aims to Activate New Funding for Trails in California

AB-1789 (Bennett) Outdoor Recreation: California Trails Commission: Trails Corps

Full Bill Text: [link]

Status:

  • Under review, Appropriations Committee

Our Position: Support

UPDATE: AB1789 passes the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Unanimously on April 5, 2022.

Bill Summary

  • Creates the California Trails Commission
  • Requires the CNRA to assign a California Trails Coordinator
  • Creates the Trails Corps Program within the CCC to specialize on natural surface trail construction and maintenance
  • Appropriates $75,000,000 one time from the General Fund to fund non-motorized trail grant program, with an emphasis on new trails or new access to existing trails
  • Appropriates $15,000,000 each year to continue the program
  • Allocates at least 40% of those funds to benefit under-resourced communities
  • Adds “biking” to the list of recreational activities welcomed in State Parks 

AB1789 was introduced by Assembly Member Bennett on February 3, 2022. The “More Trails for All” act (CAMTB’s working title) specifically funds new non-motorized natural surface trail projects in California. Many CAMTB member organizations will be eligible to apply for those funds. It reinstates the California Trails Commission to help oversee and coordinate trail development around the State, and includes a representative of the mountain biking community. California had a trails commission until 2014, which this bill reinstates. It also assigns a California Trails Coordinator to work with the Commission and the California Natural Resource Agency. The bill creates a Trail Corps within the California Conservation Corp to specialize in trail construction and maintenance, and ensures they are properly trained. The one-time $75 million appropriation will be followed by $15 million in annual funding. The bill also requires that at least 40% of the funds benefit underserved communities. This does not mean the projects must be in underserved communities, but communities from these districts must have access to and benefit from the projects funded. The bill specifically names “Biking” among the list of recreational activities for which improvements can be made in State Parks. This bill helps advance the state’s 30×30 goals, advances trails, promotes trail equity, and aligns perfectly with CAMTB’s vision for more trails, better trails for all Californians.

Affiliated Supporters

CAMTB AB 1789 Letter of Support

The California Mountain Bike Coalition: A Squeaky Wheel for Trail Advocacy

Original Article Featured in Singletracks

BY MAUREEN GAFFNEY

Photos courtesy of CAMTB

California. The Golden State. The Left Coast. Progressive. Liberal. Most populous state in the nation, the third largest land area only after behemoths Alaska and Texas. The birthplace of mountain biking. Man, with stats like that, the trails must be off the hook! A double black diamond DH for you!  A frolicking, flowy XC for you! Trails for everyone, everywhere. 

Or not. Though 42% of the state’s nearly 100 million acres are public lands owned by the state or federal government (California State Parks, US Forest Service, National Parks, etc.), many mountain bikers in California find themselves wanting. Bike bans like the ones on Mt. Tamalpais, where progenitors of the sport clunked their way down Repack in the 1970s, began to spread and with them, groups of civic-minded folks determined to stop such bans. These groups formed coalitions, attended public meetings ,and began influencing policy. Or at least, they are trying to. about:blank

Fast forward to 2018. The annual California Trails and Greenways Conference, sponsored by California State Parks is taking place in Sonoma County, a handful of miles as the crow flies from the slopes of Mt. Tam. The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) has just lost their California representative. This fact ripples and whirls like a fog around the halls, through the meeting rooms named Redwood, Bodega and Golden Gate. And lots of heavy hitters in the world of mountain bike advocacy are here at this conference, State Parks being a common, unifying thread through the work of clubs from San Diego to Eureka, from the Mexican to the Oregonian border. https://2ec4a22de78b44a5465e520baba84c6f.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

In light of this news, they do what any self-respecting group of world-wise mountain bikers and mountain bike advocates would do. They go to the bar. Bear Republic Brewing happened to be mere steps away, and that is where 60 folks from myriad organizations up and down the state discussed their plight, hoisted a pint (or two) and formed what would soon become the California Mountain Biking Coalition (CAMTB).  (Yes, the author is aware that “CAMTB” is not the acronym for California Mountain Biking Coalition. That would be CMBC. Maybe they had too much beer?) Their mission “grew out of the recognized need for a state-wide voice for mountain bikers in California.” 

“The loss of our excellent state rep at IMBA really drove home our need for statewide collaboration, a unified voice around legislation in Sacramento, plus, the fantastic growth of high-school mountain biking highlighted the need for more and better trails” said Vernon Huffman, CAMTB Board Member and president of Access 4 Bikes in Marin County on a Zoom call in December. 

When I asked his fellow board member Susie Murphy, Executive Director of the San Diego Mountain Biking Association, about the organization’s greatest success to date, she focused on CAMTB’s desire to “build a foundation of knowledge and to develop key relationships at State Parks and elsewhere.” Murphy noted with pride that over 30 organizations have signed on as CAMTB members in the mere two years the organization has been a legitimate 501c4, with actual staff, and that they are actively courting an additional 80+ groups with good reason to believe they’ll land most of them. 

“A Slack channel for advocates from up and down the state to ask questions, compare notes, has been invaluable for all. How do I get non-profit status? How do I run a fundraising campaign? Start a bike park? Deal with X or Y aspect of CA State Park regulations? There’s no need for folks to reinvent the same wheel over and over.”about:blank

Steve Messer, Board President for Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA) representing riders in the Los Angeles area added that instead of viewing CAMTB as “an umbrella organization” as is often the case with statewide coalitions, “we view it as a foundation, a platform to help lift the work of individual clubs and coalitions across California.” This is a small but important shift in philosophy and tone that will likely serve the enterprise well. When I asked how Messer thought the small, plucky local orgs were being served by CAMTB, his response highlighted a keen understanding of policy, politics, and the bureaucracy that is California State Parks: “We’ve all been trying to make change, make progress from the bottom up since forever. With the power of a statewide coalition representing 140,000+ riders, we can now start to work from the top down.” 

IMBA Trail Solutions, US Forest Service Region 5, Modoc National Forest Team, and CAMTB on site.

CAMTB has a part-time Executive Director, Michael Anzalone, and the board hopes to bring him up to full time status in 2022. Interviewed for the role on a ride at Tamarancho and during après beers at Split Rock Tap and Wheel in Fairfax, Mt. Tam presiding over all, Anzalone is no “bro.” His board members cite his professionalism and organizational skill, traits surely critical to lead the efforts of a state 770 miles in length with 40 million incredibly diverse residents.

“As a community we are getting better at organizing ourselves, and building fruitful, mutually beneficial partnerships. Our work with CA State Parks and IMBA hold great potential, and we want all boats to rise as a result of these efforts. This coalition is taking intentional steps to model the behavior and engagement we seek, and to garner results that benefit the larger recreation community. We can’t do that in a silo, which is why our relationships are so important” said Anzalone. 

In the coming years, CAMTB will continue its broader work bringing new member organizations on board, honing its policy and advocacy chops in Sacramento, while also drilling down to focus on ensuring the California State Parks Trail Manual includes mountain bike trail building techniques, and that CAMTB is consulted regarding policies affecting its users—policies like where and when e-bikes are allowed. The organization will also engage in upcoming US Forest Service planning efforts in the Sierra and Sequoia region. A similar effort to create a statewide mountain bike advocacy organization is underway in Colorado, and likely other states as well. As they say, there’s “strength in numbers.” If I were a betting woman, I’d put my money on CAMTB’s number.

About the Author

MAUREEN GAFFNEYMaureen lives in Carbondale, CO. She writes better than she rides but she don’t care cause it’s really fun. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and refuses to buy a gravel bike cuz she’s old and cranky and in her day gravel was “the shitty fire road part.” But she’ll knuckle under soon.

CAMTB 2021 Year-End Recap

2021 has been an amazing year of growth for our small but mighty trails coalition. Over the past 12 months we have focused with intention on:

  • Building the critical mass necessary to garner the attention of key land managers in the state
  • Deepening internal coalition member relationships and partner opportunities
  • Defining our impact pillars: More Trails, Better Trails, Environmental Stewardship, and Empowered Communities, and
  • Developing the necessary vessels for these respective lanes of work

Why this? Why now?

Cooperation and collaboration amongst the riding community is imperative now given the shared challenges and opportunities affecting us all. Seasonal wild fire continues to wreak havoc on our public lands and surrounding communities. Combined, 6.8 million acres, or 6.5%, of California lands have burned in the last two years alone (cit), which has made fire recovery and prevention a stark reality for many. Trail use is at an all-time high, with some areas estimating 3x-4x pre-pandemic levels yet trail access and new trail development to accommodate this increase has yet to materialize. This influx of more and new recreationalists sheds light on the need but also acclerates the wear and tear on trails and increases the frequency of trail conflicts amongst users. Accompanying this is a entrenched misperception of and bias against our sport and those who identify as mountain bikers, which impedes our member’s ability to do what they do best – preserve, protect, and restore the wild places we love and the trail systems that take us to, through, and from them.

Membership

We now represent 28 bike-friendly trail advocacy organizations across California, which combined represent 15,000+ members, and perhaps more importantly, an effective audience of 130,000+ riders across the state (email + social).  Recent member organization additions include Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers (CCCMB), Mother Lode Trail StewardshipCoastside MTB, Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA), Orange County Mountain Bike Association, and Willets Area Cyclists.

We anticipate securing 3-5 additional member organizations by the end of this year from the Sierras and upstate zones, which will put our growth rate at 50% year over year. Next year, we’re targeting similar growth –  45+ members and an effective audience of 200k+ riders across the state. Critical mass is a key point of leverage for CAMTB and it is imperative that we continue growing the coalition with mission-aligned organizations and leaders.

Latest Member Additions

Advocacy

CA State Parks. Our first advocacy initiative as a coalition was CA State Parks, and we’ve made some excellent progress in 2021 despite it’s scale.  In the months past, we have established regular lines of communications with Director Quintero and his leadership team, as well as the Planning Chief, and District Superintendents. We are currently forming an external working group made up of CAMTB members and a subset of Superintendents interested in forging a cooperative working relationship to help address challenges with things like the State Parks Trails Manual, Road and Trails Management Planning and Change in Use processes.

USFS Region 5. In addition to CA State Parks, we are commissioning a similar advocacy report and launching a formal engagement plan for US Forest Service Region 5. This will include establishing an internal member-led working group that in year one will focus on building relations with Region 5 leadership in Vallejo and engaging each the 18 Forest Supervisors to help our members build a strong foundation for partnership with the USFS.

Engaging Lawmakers. This year CAMTB members participated in two virtual summits, advocating for outdoor recreation with state and federal lawmakers. In 2022 CAMTB will be hosting its own state and federal summits, advocating for bike-friendly legislation (see below). In addition, CAMTB will also be coordinating participation in partner legislative summits hosted by the Outdoor Alliance and California Outdoor Recreation Partnership (CORP). 

Tracking Legislation. And last but not least, legislative tracking and citizen call to actions will be a high priority in 2022.  This year we launched an internal Legislative & Government Affairs Working Group to keep coalition members up to speed on key State and Federal legislation affecting trails. We’re currently developing a public facing tracker for 2022, which will be shared widely.

Programming

2021 has also been a year of discovery for CAMTB.  The coalition has grown quickly, and with it the need to create programming and resources to address members’ explicit needs. Funding trails, engaging youth riders, elevating advocacy, and cultivating new leadership have all emerged as priority points of focus and will be brought to life by way of focused initiatives, including:

Can You Dig It?! – Trail grants program for shovel-ready trail projects across California – Goal of raising $50k in 2022 from new and existing corporate partners, including e*thirteen.  Our first partner Grant, we*thirteen, will award $3,500 to two of our member organizations for trail maintenance and/or technical assistance.

CAMTB Teen Ambassador Program – partnership with NorCal and SoCal Leagues to cultivate the next generation of leadership in trail advocacy. The program will lead with a 3-month teen ambassador training program. Those who complete it successfully will be qualified to serve as a CAMTB Teen Ambassador during the 2022/2023 race season.

Art of Advocacy – Education & engagement platform to evolve our community’s capacity for trail advocacy and accelerate action at local, state and federal levels. Includes advocacy coaching & workshops – culminates with a series of virtual and in-person summits with lawmakers in Sacramento.

Pathways to Leadership – shared DEI campaign to reach new audiences and cultivate new leadership in outdoor advocacy.  This year-long capstone project will be organized by CAMTB DEI Working Group, and will include a leadership benchmark study, shared campaign assets and outreach, and a follow up impact study to share learnings and introduce the newly cultivated leaders in trail advocacy.

Organizational Development

And finally, in 2021, we kept CAMTB lean and mean, running our efforts with a PT Executive Director and a very engaged  Board of Directors and Member Advisory Council. This has kept us nimble, but we will be making some stabilizing and capacity building investments to elevate our work together. For 2022, this includes:

  • Expanding the Executive Director role to full time.
  • Adding a Part-Time Policy & Legislative Advisor, Beginning of Q2, 2022
  • Bolstering our communications support to build up our trail riding community audience via social and email, and craft our citizen activations  – starting Jan 1, 2022

How can I help?

Trail advocates come in all shapes and sizes. If you love trails we have a place for you!

Step 1: Join/support your local mtb advocacy group – Check out our member roster here for some of our favorites. Did you know there are over 80 local trail riding organizations all across the state? If there’s a trail you love, there’s a good chance there’s a local group that maintains it.

Step 2: Spread the Word – Encourage your local trail organization to get involved with CAMTB (Contact: Michael@CAMTB.org)

Step 3: Support CAMTBindividual contributions and corporate partnerships are desperately needed. Invest in bike-friendly trails with a one-time or sustained gift to CAMTB.