With anticipation for the future, the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew (CLMTBC) board of directors voted to become an independent chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) at their November membership meeting. For the CLMTBC, the benefits of becoming an IMBA chapter are many, including partnership opportunities with IMBA on trail expansion, membership management and communication via an online membership relationship tool, and the ability to retain a percentage of proceeds from IMBA/CLMTBC membership dues.
“We’re proud to move forward in this strategic partnership with IMBA,” says Aaron Hautala, CLMTBC president. “IMBA is the first and last name in the sport of mountain biking, and we’re excited to align with their international knowledge, fundraising assitance, and advocacy tools in order to enhance our trails.”
Originally, the Cuyuna Trail Crew was founded as a chapter of the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists (MORC). When the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails project began, there was a local group of ardent supporters that dreamed of world-class mountain biking in Crosby-Ironton. With MORC’s trail-building resources, funding abilities, and backing by IMBA and many others, the trails were built and the CLMTBC was launched. In this transition from MORC to IMBA, the Crew looks not only transition, but to strengthen relationships between the Crew, MORC, and IMBA in order to further champion the sport of cycling across the state.
“Without the volunteer work of Shawn Roberts, Teddy Schaefer, and countless other MORC members, the Crew wouldn’t be where we are today,” says Hautala. “We owe a debt of gratitute to the pioneering men and women who made the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails a reality.”
What does all this mean for the 2013? Four months of IMBA chapter school and continued advancement of the master plan for the mountain bike trails. Continued maintainance and repair on the 25 miles of singletrack trails. And hosting cycling events that appeal to both families and avid riders. The greatest need will be fundraising from local, state, and national sponsors to fuel the progress of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails.
“As we plan for the future of the mountain bike trails, staying relevant and ahead of the curve is the Crew’s primary goal,” says Hautala. “In order to do this, we’ll request the support of not only our local communites, but our county, and our state as a whole. We look forward to this challenge and we also eagerly anticipate how active living and cycling will continue to enhance our personal lives, and the places we call home.”
The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew, a division of the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists and the International Mountain Bicycling Association, meets at 7 p.m. at the Hallett Center on the first Thursday of every month. For more information please visitwww.facebook.com/CuyunaLakesMTB orhttp://cuyunalakesmtb.com.