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Galbraith Online Map Survey

Looking at doing some online maps and are getting input from the riding community. Please take a minute to help us out and fill out the survey.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rmMXeme9alUWAd6uwe8imISkOp1xRWBRdgoyzvX1tVI/viewform?usp=sharing&edit_requested=true

Galbraith Trail Day This Sunday

Sunday, April 14th trail day on Galbraith Mountain, sponsored by Klicks and Noble Chiropractic.

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Meet at the Lake Padden Ball Fields parking area at 9:45am. We will head up to the mountain at 10am.

We will be working on tuning up Lower and Upper Bobs trail on the northside.

Food and beverages for lunch are being provided by Klicks and Noble Chiropractic.

Please bring appropriate clothes for the weather, water and work gloves. Tools will be provided by the WMBC.

North Fork Trash Cleanup and Anniversary

April 21st….we’re gonna be cleaning up the North Fork as another way to show the DNR that we’re good stewards for the area. More details to come later but please come out to show your support to getting the North Fork open again.  We also need your help to remind our elected officials and DNR officials that this is still important to us. Check out our list of people to contact to show your support.

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Transition Sponsored Trail Day Update

Got some great work done on Pump Track and Eagle Scout. Thanks to the 50 plus volunteers that showed up for a sunny day of trail work and thanks to Transition bikes for the pizza and cold beverages.

Galbraith Trail Day Saturday March 23rd Sponsored By Transition Bikes

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Meet at the Lake Padden Ball Fields parking area at 9:45am. We will head up to the mountain at 10am.

We will be working on Pump Track,  The Sh*t and Eagle Scout. 

Food and beverages for lunch are being provided by Transition Bikes.

Please bring appropriate clothes for the weather, water and work gloves. Tools will be provided by the WMBC.

Show Your Support For Trails In The Reconveyance This Tuesday (3/12/13)

The Whatcom County Council is holding  it’s final meeting before voting on the Reconveyance so we need as many people as possible to show up to the County Courthouse (311 Grand St, Bellingham, WA 98225) to the County Council meeting this Tuesday at 6pm to show your support.

PRESS RELEASE: WMBC Merges with the WTC

The WMBC is pleased to announce that the Whatcom Trails Co-op (WTC) has chosen to become a part of our organization. For those who are unaware of the WTC and their contributions to the mountain bike community, they are a local group of extremely passionate builders, riders, and advocates. Over the years, the WTC has played an integral part in our community’s relationship with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the push for legal downhill mountain bike trails on public lands. Most notably, they lead the charge on maintaining and legitimizing the North Fork trail network, organizing all of the builders, communicating regularly with the DNR (for the past 5 years), and providing an outlet for a grossly underrepresented community within our sport.
Additionally, they have communicated regularly with our legislatures and Whatcom County Council—as a matter of fact, last April the Whatcom County Council voted 7-0 to support the development and legalization of mountain biking on DNR land at the North Fork. They have also organized letter-writing campaigns from the mountain biking community to address the inequities of our user group not having access to recreate on public lands.
We have some of the best mountain biking in the country, and as an organization, the WMBC is very excited to bring in this additional level of cohesiveness, passion, knowledge, connections, and tenacity to our growing sport. In conjunction with this merger, we have officially changed our name (but thankfully not our acronym!) to the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition.

WMBC restructuring: The WMBC has restructured our organization to better serve the mountain bike community.

As an organization, we recognize how fortunate we are to have the quality mountain biking that we do in Whatcom County, but realize our sport is in need of maintaining what we have and increasing our ability to recreate on our public lands on a larger scale – this includes Whatcom County Parks, Larrabee State Park, and Department of Natural resources. In order to adapt to these issues, we have restructured our board into positions with specific roles and responsibilities. This will help to alleviate duplication and will lead to more cohesion, communication and efficiency. The new, current structure looks like this:
President – Matt Durand
Volunteer/Membership Coordinator – Barb Karabin
Advocacy Director – Eric Brown
Education Director – Mark Peterson
Trail Director – Rowan Yerxa
Communication/Marketing Director – Kevin Menard
At Large – Thad Quinn

Stay tuned to our website for the specific responsibilities of each position, and how to get more involved with the WMBC

Trail Closure on North Side of Galbraith

A popular trail on the north side of Galbraith unofficially known as “Tetnus” is being closed. The trail comes too close to the stream and is not environmentally suitable by the city’s standards. There is a new gravel trail that parallels it (see map) that we ask riders and trail runners to use.

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Local Galbraith Trail Builder Andrew Trimakas on Oriental Express

This awesome shot by local photographer Reilly Kintzele is on a new section of Oriental Express on the northside of Galbraith. Shows the dedication Galbraith builders have to creating the perfect trail.  Extra style points for Trim’s dog Bella for one of the best scrubs we have seen.

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Galbraith Trail Day Sunday March 3rd

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Meet at the Lake Padden Ball Fields parking area at 9:45am. We will head up to the mountain at 10am.

UPDATED: We’ll be working on a new trail called Dogpatch located near the south end of Lost Giants.

Food and beverages for lunch are being provided by Kona Bicycles.

Please bring appropriate clothes for the weather, water and work gloves. Tools will be provided by the WMBC.