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2020 Member Meeting – 2/12/20

Eric presenting about trail building and advocacy.

We want to invite you to our Annual WMBC Membership Meeting held on February 12th, 2020 at the Fairhaven Ferry Terminal in the Dome Room.  Doors will open at 6 pm and we’ll kick off the meeting around 6:30’ish.

It’ll provide you an opportunity to chat with other WMBC members, our Trail Adopters, the WMBC Board of Directors and our staff. Simply put, we can’t do what we do without our members and want to make sure you are up to speed on what’s taking place in the coming year.

The meeting will consist of 2-3 short presentations about the state of our trails, our education programs, and our future goals. There will be time set aside for Q & A after each presentation and then we’ll, have time to mingle afterwards.

Ferry Terminal Location:

If you became a member during the drive, the 2020 Member in December hoodies and tech t-shirts will be available for pick up at the event. If you cannot attend, we will ship out after the meeting.

This will be a family-friendly event and we hope you can join us at the Ferry Terminal!

Need the new 2020 sticker on your car? Become a member here

Membership Drive Extended!

Help make the trails in 2020 by becoming a WMBC member. Do it by January 16, 2020 at the $100 level and earn a limited edition Treelines/WMBC Tech T-shirt. Join at the $250 level for a limited edition Treelines/WMBC Hoodie. Become a Member Today!

2019 Shoot the Trails Recap

We had a blast at the 9th Annual Shoot the Trails Awards! Our main fundraiser of the year, this year’s event sold out in only 3 days! A big thank you to our amazing volunteers, videographers and photographers, sponsors and everyone that attended! Special thanks goes to the Rotary Club of Bellingham for helping everyone at the doors. We sold 81 Jump tickets and it was a great way to start the evening.

Thank you to our title sponsor, Phillips 66, along with Jason Loeb Real Estate and Coastal Insurance Group for the cash prizes! A huge shout out to the more than 50 local business, bike shops and breweries for your support and making this event awesome!

An extra special thank you to the following individuals:

  • Kaela Joslyn for managing the event and herding the cats!
  • Allie Tobin and Amy Olive for managing the raffle.
  • Stu Giesecke for managing the beer stations.
  • Angi Weston and Shae James for MC’ing the event
  • Chris Grundberg for managing the video element of the program.
  • Becky Kurle from Liet Unlimited for creating the supporter slide show.
  • Jake and Craig at Bellingham Technical College
Thanks to Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery!

2019 Best Photographs

1st Place: Eric Mickelson, Rider: Finn Hopper


2nd Place: Kevin Wheeler, Photographer: Brian Chapel


3rd Place: Eric Mickelson, Rider Kelend Hawks

2019 Shoot the Trails Photo winners:
1st and 3rd Place -Eric Mickelson 2nd Place – Brian Chapel and Kevin Wheeler


2019 Best Videos

1st place: 3 Bikes 3 Boys:  Spencer Arps, Devon Bumstead and Talus Turk

1st Place – 2019 Shoot the Trails

2nd Place: Bellingham Kids Jumping Bikes with Logan and Hayden: Mike Meagher

2nd Place – 2019 Shoot the Trails

3rd Place: Punch Cards: Eli Gold & Eric Olsen

2019 Shoot the Trails Winners:
1st Place – 3 Boys 3 Bikes Spencer Arps, Devon Bumstead and Talus Turk
2nd Place – Belligham Kids Jumping Bikes with Logan and Hayden
3rd Place – Punch Cards – Eric Olsen and Eli Gold


BIKETOWN Trailer Premier at Shoot the Trails

Port Side Productions will be premiering their documentary trailer at the 2019 Shoot the Trails! Want to attend, but your local bike shop is out of tickets? VIP Jump tickets can be purchased online here

Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

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2019 Shoot the Trails VIP Jump Ticket

For the first time, we are offering ticket purchases online! This VIP ticket is limited to 100 attendees and can be purchased here

Youth Trail Corps Fall 2019

YTC Fall Trail Days


What is WMBC-YTC (Youth Trail Corp)?

YTC is all about: Middle and High school youth focusing on trail science and the art of building and maintaining a good trail, spending quality time outdoors, safe tool use and management, learning about trail building standards, , forestry, teamwork,, self reliance,  service learning and a host of other topics that are integral to being a proficient trail builder. YTC youth can embrace trail building as an integral component to their mountain bike passion. 


YTC is working on fun, achievable projects this year. We will be involved in many different trail issues that the Trail Build Leaders and YTC youth come up with together. 

Our Fall 2019 season will continue working with seasoned and new YTC members. This fall we are offering a pilot 4-5 grade YTC trail day.  We will typically be working on Galbraith Mountain trails (and elsewhere) as opportunity abounds in our region. See below for more information and Registration Link.



YTC Trail Day: Each day begins with meeting at our assigned location at 8:45, gathering as a group and departing at 9:00, riding your bikes up to base camp for the day, dropping off any extra stuff and working on the project designated for the day..  We will return to established base for lunch (provided by WMBC)and apply finishing touches if needed on the day’s trail project.. What is left of the day will be hitting the trails for some riding and trail discussion with your amazing Trail Builders. 

Each participant will bring  bike, water, helmet, appropriate layers for seasonable weather and a snack. 

Kids will experience being outside all day working with youth crews and Trail Crew Leaders and learning some educational components of Trail Building. Groups stop for a hot lunch and a few breaks during the day. We will wrap up the trail building portion of the day, jump on our bikes and ride together finishing up at the Samish Parking Lot at 3:00 to meet parents for pick up. 

See Fall schedule and links below.


We have a variety of projects lined out for the fall season;  One of our days we will be meeting at the Hertz parking lot to work on Brown Pow and at the end of the day the kids will get the chance to ride this much talked about new addition in our Whatcom County trail quiver. 


Passports and shirts: 

When you attend 2  YTC days you earn one of our legendary ¾ YTC bike jerseys. 

This fall we have a passport system that will mean for all the hours you put in with YTC, you will be offered various fun schwag like t shirts, sweatshirts, and other bike stuff.. We will be keeping track of tasks accomplished on your YTC trail day. 

Some of the kids have put in many days with YTC over the last few years. Those kids are all eligible for our awesome YTC hoody. Moving forward, we will be offering a goody for every 2 days you participate. 

Please contact Char if your youth is interested in a hoody from their past hours. (Must have attended 4+ YTC trail days). 


Fall 2019:

Fall time is a great time to get outside to ride and work on trails. This season we are offering some great options for youth in Whatcom County including a pilot 4-5 grade trail day due to popular request. 

We are offering 4 YTC trail days.

Dates for Alder group:4-5 grade 

9/21- 4-5 Grade trail day/ Alder group. Join Jon Hansen and Dale Shahan on this day: buff out some lower sections of Atomic Dog..


Dates for Cedar group: middle and high school

9/28- Brown Pow trail day. Join Bill Hawk and Dale Shahan for National Outdoor Day over on Stewart Mountain. We will meet at Hertz parking lot on the south end of Lake Whatcom, shuttle up to work site and ride out on Brown Pow at end of the day. 

10/19- Das Autobahn with Jeff Jaap and Dale Shahan

10/26 – Das Autobahn rework with Shamash Campbell and Dale Shahan : let’s get this trail rockin!


Registration: YTC Fall 2019 Registration/Links


Winter: We will be offering our youth first aid class this winter with Marie Bussard. Please let me know if your youth would be interested and I will add their name to our list. 

Please contact Char Waller, WMBC Education Director for any additional information.


Herbicide Spraying on Roads

HI all,

A quick head’s up that there will be herbicide spraying along several of the roads on Galbraith tomorrow / Thursday September 5th.  We’d ask you to avoid riding on the highlighted roads for 24 hours  (see below image).

We’ll be sharing this via our social media channels as well, but please share accordingly!


Recap: Whatcom World Cup #2 – Sponsored by Transition Bikes

A huge thank you to Transition Bikes, our volunteers, 96 racers, our photographers (Erik Arcus and Skye Schillhammer), our timers (Marc and Corbin from Pacific Multisports) and the hecklers who came out to help cheer on for our 2nd Whatcom World Cup.   Our first racer dropped in at 6:30 and we elected to have 30 second intervals to ensure we got off the hill at a reasonable hour.

The course was on some of the most popular trails and was fun route from the top of the mountain down to the bottom – Evo, Pump Track, The Sh*t, Eagle Scout to A-Dog.

WWC 2 – Evo to A Dog

Full results are here:  Whatcom World Cup 2 – Evo to A Dog.

Images from Lone Tree Photography can be found here.

Our current Schedule and more details about the Whatcom World Cup can be found here.

Ready to race. Photo: Skye Schillhammer

Getting focused before dropping in. Photo: Skye Schillhammer

Finnegan McDermott on his way to winning 12-14 year old category. Photo: Skye Schillhammer

Tyler Caldwell airing it out on Evo. Photo: Skye Schillhammer

Andrew Keller on Evo post crash. Photo: Skye Schillhammer

Air Time. Photo: Skye Schillhammer

Cory Rand getting after it. Photo: Skye Schillhammer

Chaz Bromont gettin steezy. Photo: Skye Schillhammer

Thanks to Chef Kev for manning the bbq all night! Photo: Skye Schillhammer

12-14 year old podium 1. Finnegan McDermott 2. Gabe Henderson and 3. Alec Rodriguez Photo: Skye Schillhammer

Sarah Finger on her first ever bike race! Photo: Skye Schillhammer

Men’s Podium: 1. Lars Sternberg 2. Eric Olsen and 3. Craig Folsom Photo: Skye Schillhammer

Women’s Top 3: 1. Lili Heim 2. Courtney McFadden (not pictured) 3. Liz Braml Photo: Skye Schillhammer

A racer drops into A Dog. Photo: Skye Schillhammer