Kitsbow partners with CAMTB

Our Founder’s Round of funding is ongoing. Donors know that they will be receiving a CAMTB T-shirt for donations of $100 or more. We’re super excited to announce that those T-shirts will be organic cotton, sewn in the USA, custom Kitsbow T-shirts. We’re excited to have Kitsbow on board as an apparel sponsor.

Icon Shirt with CAMTB patch
for $1000 donors

With a shared passion for trails and advocacy, Kitsbow understand the importance of having a voice in Sacramento to speak for California mountain bikers. They’ve taken their support one step further. Generous donors who donate $1000 or more will receive a CAMTB custom Kitsbow Icon Shirt in a style of their choosing, with the CAMTB logo.

“There are few pieces of equipment in my mountain biking collection as important to me as my Kitsbow Icon shirt which is hands down the most loved piece of clothing I own,” said Jake Bayless, CAMTB President. “Kitsbow was born in California, and it makes all the sense in the world that their company sees the promise that CAMTB holds here for all of us – more trails and better trails.” 

CAMTB t-shirt for $100 donors

Founding donors will have a hand in creating awareness for local clubs across the state, developing messaging that will foster a positive image of mountain biking to emphasize education, diversity, and healthy lifestyle choices, supporting lobbying efforts in Sacramento and building an effective and collaborative resource hub for trail advocacy best practices. 

“The trails we ride on are the very foundation of mountain biking, and it’s so special to us to be able to support efforts like CAMTB who are committed to making a difference,” said David Billstrom, CEO of Kitsbow. “With our roots in California, we couldn’t be more aligned with CAMTB and the recognized need for a stronger voice for mountain bikers across the Golden State.”

Kitsbow are known for their high quality and meticulous attention to detail. They were established in Sonoma County, California eight years ago by dedicated mountain bikers and apparel industry veterans. Because their designers have logged years in the saddle, each detail is obsessively considered. Every element — down to zippers and reflective piping — is vetted for quality, style, and durability. Kitsbow already makes over 50% of its products in the U.S.A. and is on track to be making all of its products in-house by 2021. To learn more about Kitsbow, visit

CAMTB Strategic Planning Session

With a founder’s round of funding well underway (thank you donors!) the CAMTB board of directors have been busy planning our next steps. We’re all eager to ramp up our advocacy and lobbying efforts as we put together the administrative base for the organization.

To that end, on January 28, 2020, we held an all-day strategic planning session with a recently contracted organizational consultant. It was the first time our Board were able to meet face to face, instead of our weekly conference calls.

Strategic Planning Session

Our consultant, Austin McInerny, has a strong history of growing nonprofit mountain biking organizations, as the former Executive Director of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

The Marin Museum of Cycling and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in Fairfax, California, graciously hosted our meeting. It seemed an appropriate place to plan for the future of mountain biking in California, surrounded by its history. We appreciate their support.

Of course, with the CAMTB board together, a lunch time bike ride was included on the schedule. Split Rock Tap and Wheel provided a delicious lunch, and loaner bikes for board members Steve Messer and Susie Murphy, who had travelled from Southern California for the session.

We rode the Tamarancho loop, where board member Vernon Huffman was able to show off some of his recently completed trailwork projects.

The session ended with us having a much clearer path forward as we prepare for the California Trails and Greenways Conference, Sea Otter, and the upcoming November election.

Announcing our Founder’s Round of Funding

As we enter the new year, we’re hitting the ground running. We’re opening our Founder’s round of funding between now and February 29, 2020.

Founding Contributions by passionate mountain bikers and advocates like you will be used to: 

  • Increase the capacity of a statewide trail advocacy organization
  • 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 lobbying efforts in Sacramento
  • Build an effective and collaborative resource hub for trail advocacy best practices

Please give generously and help us keep rolling forward for More Trails, Better Trails in California:  

  • $50 or greater donation will receive a CAMTB sticker, a letter from the CAMTB Board and listing on Founders Wall at
  • $100 or greater donation will receive the above and one CAMTB Founders Tshirt*
  • $500 or greater donation will receive the above and an invitation to the CAMTB inaugural Summit  (TBA, targeting FALL2020/WINTER2021)
  • $1000 or greater will receive the above and an invitation to the CAMTB MTB Legislative Strategy Session in Sacramento (late Feb, TBA)
  • $2500 or greater donation will receive the above and a personal visit by one or more of the CAMTB Board and/or Executive Director for a bike ride and private meal.
  • $5000 or greater donation will receive the above and an invitation to the CAMTB Board retreat (June 2019, Lake Tahoe).

CAMTB was voted  “Trailforks Advocate of the Year” by PinkBike. The CAMTB Board of Directors is comprised exclusively of experienced, non-profit Mountain Bike Club Leaders from across the state with more than 60 years of combined advocacy experience.  In addition to your financial support, CAMTB is driven by trail & MTB volunteers from across the state. You are also invited to get involved.

Donations to CAMTB are not tax-deductible. They support our advocacy and lobbying efforts. CAMTB is a pending non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(4) organization, EIN #84-3396574.
Check donations always accepted. Payable to:
CAMTB. PO BOX 1123, Santa Rosa, CA  95402

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Trailforks Advocates of the Year

While we were a little surprised to see Pinkbike’s Trailforks name the California Mountain Biking Coalition among its Advocates of the Year for 2019, we are deeply honored. There are many organizations, including the other Trailforks Advocacy awards recipients, who are making great things happen for mountain biking.

The honor from Trailforks came as a surprise to us, considering we are still getting organized. It’s been a two-year journey with many dedicated volunteers to get here. Perhaps Pinkbike recognizes that mountain biking has never had a 501c4 organization poised and ready to speak up for mountain biking in the California State Capitol. Perhaps they realize how daunting a challenge California advocacy is, and the fact that we (the board and the advocacy community) have stepped up and launched this organization is in itself a noteworthy accomplishment.

Regardless, we appreciate the recognition. With your support, we’re committed to fulfilling our mission so we can all have more trails, better trails.


Patrick Brady Named Interim Executive Director For CAMTB

Veteran journalist to lead new advocacy organization

Santa Rosa, Calif. —The California Mountain Biking Coalition, the first-ever statewide advocacy organization serving mountain bikers has named an interim executive director, veteran journalist Patrick Brady.

Brady is an award-winning journalist known as the publisher of the blog Red Kite Prayer as well as the Paceline podcast. His features have appeared everywhere from Bicycling Magazine to Dirt Rag. With 30 years experience in the bike industry, his connection are broad and deep.

His mission will be to help the organization gain visibility and funding so that it can begin to lobby in Sacramento. CAMTB’s slogan, “More trails. Better trails.” speaks to the organization’s mission to improve and increase trail access for mountain bikers throughout the state of California by providing a unified voice.

“I’m excited that we found someone like Patrick, he’s an ideal fit for CAMTB’s needs,” says Jake Bayless, the president of CAMTB’s board. “He’s an entrepreneurial and witty wordsmith who is accustomed to navigating multiple technical roles. It was imperative that we hire someone who is also a passionate advocate for cycling and has a big tent perspective. It would be nearly impossible to find someone whose ties to the bike industry are as deep as his. These are qualities that Patrick brings as we lobby on behalf of nonprofits from all over California with sometimes very different needs. We’re lucky to add him to an already connected, engaged and motivated Board of Directors team.”

The organization’s membership model, committee structures, and foundational programs are being developed with feedback from participating organizations and legal counsel. All California mountain biking and trail advocates, prospective board members or sponsors are invited to join the CAMTB Slack channel at

Patrick can be reached at or (916) 31-CAMTB.

Introducing the California Mountain Biking Coalition

We’re proud to announce that CAMTB received our nonprofit EIN on October 29. We are official! Save the date for our next statewide conference call, December 3, 2019 at 6 pm. Details will be posted on our CAMTB Slack channel emailed to our organizational contacts. We’re accepting applications for an Interim Executive Director, and nominations to our board of directors and several committees. There’s lots to discuss! Here is our CAMTB November press release:

September Survey

As the California Mountain Biking Coalition develops its policies, positions, and other programming, we reached out to organizations around the state to gauge their needs.

All California cycling and trail based organizations, regardless of ability to help fund or actively participate in CAMTB, are encouraged to reach out, and to engage in the discussions at our active CAMTB Slack channel.

We surveyed trail advocacy organizations around the state and here is a summary of the responses.

As we’ve promised you from day #1, in order for CAMTB to truly represent you and your organization’s interests, we’re going to be depending on your feedback. If you missed the survey at it’s release, here is the link:     

AB1111 Lobby Day Report

CAMTB and other Recreation advocates on the Capitol steps

Representatives from the newly established California Mountain Biking Coalition participated with over 120 other outdoor recreation leaders in the state on August 19 in Sacramento to voice support for Assembly Bill 1111 which would establish the California Office of Outdoor Recreation.

The establishment of this office is good for the State and for mountain bikers. It would improve access to outdoor activities while ensuring land conservation. It’s also good news for local businesses, as a dedicated government office would help drive revenues from tourism. While thirteen other states across America have already created similar offices, California is falling behind.

Update: On August 30, 2019, AB1111 was Held Under Submission. This is an action taken by a committee when a bill is heard in committee and there is an indication that the author and the committee members want to work on or discuss the bill further, but there is no motion for the bill to progress out of committee. This does not preclude the bill from being set for another hearing. We will continue to monitor any progress for bringing this effort forward in the next session.

CAMTB Inaugural Meeting and Presentation

Advocates at the Trails and Greenways Conference, April 2019

In 2019 at the California Trails and Greenways Conference, the CAMTB steering committee did a presentation and panel discussion about California Mountain Biking advocacy efforts. Out of that initial meeting the steering committee was formalized and with the information they needed from advocates around the state, began forming the organization.

The meeting was live-streamed on Facebook and archived for reference.

California's Mountain Bike Advocacy – Building a path forward. We are live streaming this presentation from the California Trails and Greenways Conference in San Diego.

Posted by California Mountain Biking Coalition on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mission Statement Formation

The California Mountain Biking Coalition sees itself as representative of its membership and those we aim to represent. To that end, to develop our mission statement we engaged advocates from around the State to weigh in on how our collective mission should be crafted to best serve the needs of all off-road cyclists in California.

We conducted the following poll:

After the poll was conducted, the steering committee sifted through the responses to come up with our mission statement and goals for the organization:

To improve and increase trail access for mountain biking throughout California by providing a unified statewide voice for organizations and individuals