Just wanted to congratulate and welcome our next batch of IMBA- ICP Level 1 instructors. Matt Burns, AJ Lear, Nate Hooch, and Gary Holboy will be helping run the after school mountain bike programs. Zoae Spackman will be involved in leading and developing the WMBC Joy Riders – our women’s bike club. Thank you Shaum’s March for being a rad instructor!
WMBC has been working with school districts and youth programs in Whatcom County to engage youth in the sport of mountain biking through service learning projects and group rides. Below is a list of programs that we have been and/or are currently involved with:
- Carl Cozier Mountain Bike Club
- Silver Beach Elementary Mountain Bike Club
- Birchwood Elementary
- Wade King Elementary
- Alderwood Elementary
- Fairhaven Middle School
- Whatcom Middle School
- Sehome High School
- Windward High School
- Lummi Nation Tribal School
- Mt Baker High School
- Boy Scouts of America
- Whatcom County Composite Mountain Bike Team
- WA State High School Mountain Bike League
Also available in Ferndale at Lenny’s Bike Shop. http://www.lennysbikeshop.com
For submission guidelines, click on Shoot the Trails under the events tab.
Last winter, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) organized a committee of 17 trail advocates from around the state to assist them in creating trail policies for their agency. The group met monthly for 7 months with DNR Recreation staff to discuss many issues surrounding trails on state-managed lands. The WMBC’s Trail Director, Eric Brown, was one of three mountain bike advocates (along with Scott Tucker and Glenn Glover), however, the committee consisted of representatives from many recreation and conservation groups.
Important, the DNR has put together a survey for users. Take 5 minutes to fill this out! Please be sure to let them know that you’d like to have authorized trails on DNR lands in Whatcom County. Currently, there are ZERO designated trails on DNR-managed lands in Whatcom County!
You can read the Draft Trail Policy here below. This document is intended to help provide guidance to DNR staff with trails and recreation items.
You can learn more about the Trail Policy process here: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/TrailsPolicy
The types of items discussed in the trail policy are:
- Use of existing trail standards such as USFS, IMBA, etc. where applicable.
- Working better with trail user groups to build/maintain trail networks.
- Identifying pre-existing / non-designated trails and networks that have opportunities to be adopted by user groups.
- The extent of trail planning should vary by area and need. Not all trail planning need to be district-wide that often take years and are cost prohibitive.
- Desired Trail experiences for each user group is critical.
- Working more effectively with adjacent land owners/managers.
- Ways to resolve trail conflicts and issues.
Take 5 minutes to let the DNR know that trails in Whatcom County are important to you!
Saturday, October 17th at Larrabee State Park
Sign up NOW! Registration is LIVE!
Racers can expect 4 stages with approximately 3,800 feet of descending and overall times should be in the 20-30 minute range. The overall course is about 16 miles long with lots of pedaling between stages. Racers should plan for 2-4 hours of saddle time.
Friday, October 9th, 2015: The course will be announced.
Thursday – October 15th, 2015: Online Registration Closes at noon. ***NO Friday or DAY OF REGISTRATION.
Friday, October 16th, 2015: Packet Pickup 3 pm – 6 pm at the Larrabee South Day Use Shelter. A $20 deposit is required for your timing chip at packet pick up.
The course will be marked by the 15th, but all of the trails and roads will be open to traffic and user groups will be notified of riders. Warning signs will be posted around the park, but PLEASE use proper trail etiquette as this is a popular area for hikers and equestrians.
Saturday, October 17th, 2015
8:00 am to 9:00 am: Packet Pick Up – A $20 deposit is required for your timing chip at packet pick up
9:20 am: Riders make their way to Start
10:30 am: First Rider Starts
1:00 pm: First Riders Finishing. (Estimation)
Larrabee State Park
245 Chuckanut Drive
Bellingham, WA 98229
From I-5 soutbound:
Take exit #250, and turn right onto Fairhaven Pkwy. Go to second stoplight. Turn left on SR 11/
Chuckanut Dr. Stay left at next stoplight, and drive six miles to park entrance.
From I-5 northbound:
Take exit #231. Turn right onto SR 11/Chuckanut Dr., and drive north 14 miles to park entrance.
Click here for a map.
The Discovery Pass is required in Larrabee State Park. Click here for purchase information.
Larrabee has 51 standard tent sites, 26 utility sites, eight primitive sites, one dump station and six showers (four ADA). Four showers are open Oct. 1 to May 1. Utility spaces have sewer, power and water. Maximum site length is 60 feet (may have limited availability). A working train track runs through the park and west of the campground. Campers are advised to check in at the registration booth upon arrival. To make a reservation, visit online or call (888)
CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
Learn more here:
Accommodations in Bellingham:
If for some reason a participant has to withdraw from the race:
- 50% of the registration fee will be reimbursed up to one month from race date
- No refunds will be given within one month from race date.
If the event has to be cancelled due to natural disasters (storm, flooding, etc) a portion of your entry fee will be refunded.
Just to get folks in a Bellingham State of Mind:
Many thanks to our generous Sponsors!
Just a little reminder that there is a October 5th deadline for video and photo submissions for the 5th annual Shoot The Trails awards. This is our biggest event of the year and a community favorite so get your submission in and be part of the show.
Hey folks! The dirt jump park at Civic Field is in some need of repair. Mike Storm (aka Manual Mike) has been the one keeping the lines open and flowing but could use some extra hands. Whether or not you ride the park you should still check it out!
Build days are on September 6th and October 10th and run from 9am to 12pm. If you have questions, please contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out his site http://www.manualmike.com/
Words by Tyler Byrnes:
A little over a month ago, a fellow local rider and my good friend, Greg Jones, had an unfortunate crash on the Happy Hour trail on Galbraith.
Although we had two other riders in our group, no one witnessed the fall until coming around the corner and seeing him on the ground. His friends and other riders that came upon the scene tended to Greg immediately and, after assessing the situation, medics were called and he was taken to St. Joseph’s for treatment.
Word travels quickly in our community and a lot of people have been asking for updates about Greg’s condition since his accident.
Unfortunately, the injuries Greg sustained were too severe and he passed away on July 26th at Harborview Hospital in Seattle with his family by his side. It’s hard to believe that a quiet evening ride with a few buddies could end in such tragedy, but it is important to remember that the sport so many of us love comes with inherent risks.
Greg was an experienced mountain biker; he knew the trails well and wasn’t one to take unnecessary risks, yet the unimaginable still happened. Greg had a zest for life, and particularly anything that got him out in nature. He would not only insist that we keep on riding, but also implore us to cherish those rides and the memories they create.
Please take a moment on your next ride to think about how fortunate you are to be able to take part in such an amazing sport, and for those of you who knew Greg and rode with him, push hard into one of your favorite corners and send him a good loud BRAAAPPP!
If you would like to make a donation in memory of Greg, he was very passionate about Faith in Practice (the group he traveled with to Guatemala).
If you’d like to help the Jones family, there is a GoFundMe page to help with medical bills and college funds for their two children – Isabel (Izzy) and Lucas.
You can also send your thoughts and love to Greg’s family here.
Ride in Peace, Greg.