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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
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 Best Videos
1st place: 3 Bikes 3 Boys: Spencer Arps, Devon Bumstead and Talus Turk
2nd Place: Bellingham Kids Jumping Bikes with Logan and Hayden: Mike Meagher
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
A huge thank you to our volunteers, 78 racers, photographers (Erik Arcus and Tony Lathrop), timers (Marc and Corbin) and hecklers who came out to brave the elements last night for our first-ever Whatcom World Cup. Our first racer dropped in at 6:10 and we were done by 7:30’ish in a gnarly rainstorm.
To call last night”wet” would be an understatement, but no one batted an eye and there were smiles all around. In fact, it was so wet that Marc’s keyboard for his timing system got drenched and so we couldn’t determine the results last night. Big props to Marc and Corbin from Pacific Multisport for fitting our series into their already busy schedule!
We elected to start the WWC series of with a couple of old favorites and both Mullet and Cheech delivered a fun course for our racers. Hope to see folks next week…the course will be announced on Tuesday!
Full results are in the links below:
Our tentative Schedule and more details about the Whatcom World Cup can be found here.
WMBC Youth Education is just finishing up with all our spring programming. Getting kids outside interacting with the natural world is our Education focus.
After School Rides: We had a record amount of schools and riders participating this spring in our After School Ride Programs. Elementary, Middle, High School and Flying Squirrels girls group that reached out to many different abilities in our community. We had close to 300 kids participating in rides all spring.
Vamos Outdoors Project: 12 Latinx youth participated in this spring After School Ride Program. This underserved population had the chance to learn how to ride mountain bikes on Galbraith Mountain 1x a week this spring. They worked on their bike handling skills along with 2 service learning/trail build days. Their dedication and progression allowed them to make it to Unemployment Line, Mullet and Cheech & Chongs. The excitement after riding these trails was high and we extended our schedule an extra 2 weeks. This summer has 4 ride days scheduled, and we are working on expanding this program for the fall. The word has gotten out to other kids on how much fun riding mountain bikes is (we know that!)!. This program was made possible by generous grants from Phillips 66 and Kona Bikes. photo courtesy Paul Kelly
Youth First Aid Class:We offered a youth first aid class for grades 5-12 led by Marie Bussard (one of our local paramedics and firefighters). This will be offered annually and is targeted for youth riders in our community that are starting to ride or now riding without adult. The goal is to provide them with some useful strategies to deal with a medical mishap on the trails.
Youth Trail Corps: We offered a total of 4 Youth Trail Corps days this spring. This mostly middle school group spends part of the day working on a trail project on Galbraith Mountain, lunch provided, and the other part riding bikes as a group on Galbraith with some of our awesome trail build leaders, Dale Shahan, Bill Hawk and Shamash Campbell. They did some fantastic projects this spring.
We are hosting a one week summer camp August 12-16 for this crew. YTC Summer Camp Registration Information
Spring 2019 YTC Day
Rodeos: WMBC funded 17 of the 26 Bike Rodeos run by Chris Mellick/RRAD held annually at all Bellingham Public Elementary schools and Whatcom County. The Bike Rodeos are a highlight for many of the kids. We get lots of feedback that this is one of their favorite days of the year.
Service Learning: WMBC funded the middle school service learning project for 8th grade youth at Shuksan and Fairhaven Middle School. Youth learn about building and maintaining trails as well as helping Chris Mellick/RRAD out with the Bike Rodeos. 28 kids participated this spring.
Ride Leader Certification: We funded 24 Ride Leaders this spring through the BICP and Zoae Spackman. If you are interested in starting your own group or want to connect with an existing group contact email@example.com
Thanks to the following businesses that have helped make these programs possible:
Kona Bikes, Fanatik Bike, Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery, Fairhaven Bicycles, Transition Bikes, High Above Designs, Dakine, Bellingham Cycle Works, Northwest Recycling, Trailboss USA, Erin Baker Cookies, RRAD, Bex Design, Liet Unlimited, BICP and Prevelo Bikes.
Any questions or interest in supporting any of these programs? Contact Education Director Char Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org