Bike Swap 2014

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Spring is finally here and it is time for the Bike Swap! Come on out Saturday May 3 at iCycle Sport for the event! This garage sale is where you can sell your bikes or biking equipment. Here’s the deal:
- Selling your bike? Let us do the work for you! Drop it off at 10:30 and we’ll sell it for you. We ask for a 10% donation of the sale price to CMBC. Remember to come by for your cheque or bike at 1:00. Bikes left after 1:30 will be donated to charity.
- Selling gear, bikes, frames, wheels, bike-related stuff? You can do the legwork. Bring your stuff by at 10:45 and set up on a table (provided). You pay $10 for your table space and stay to sell your stuff. Sale ends 1:00.

All proceeds go to 2014 CMBC cycling events, tools, and equipment like the fabulous new wheeled litter to add to the arsenal of safety stuff here in Whitehorse.

We will also have sign-up for Grant’s Clinic at the Swap, and can give you helpful tips on how to register online. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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It’s Simapalooza this weekend

This weekend there will be a snow bike event at Mt. Sima!

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Any type of bike can be used for this event: fat, DH, XC, BMX – whatever!  It will be a hike up the hill and a timed run down.  Prizes from our awesome local bike shops Cadence and Icycle!  The course will have some jumps/berms on it so it should be a lot of fun.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED between 12 and 2pm to assist with set up and tear down as well as announcements.  Please contact Joshua de la Salle at delasalle [dot] joshua at gmail  if you can help out.

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Introduction to Mountain Biking Clinic for Adults

CMBC is bringing you another item from our list of the 2014 list of “things we want to do for members.”  This time it’s a mountain biking skills clinic for adults.

We are super stoked that Grant Owen has offered to teach this clinic again this summer. Grant is a former Team Yukon cycling coach and he brings enthusiasm, excellent instruction and a lot of fun to this course.  If we are lucky, he will also be accompanied by our favourite assistant instructor for the clinic.

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Participants in the 2013 clinic.
Photo: Julie DesBrisay

This clinic is mainly for beginners and would also benefit people who have been riding for awhile but would like some help mastering some of the more basic skills.

Cost will be $25 per person for the four-week clinic.  You have to be a full cmbc member (online registration and instructions coming soon!), age 20 or older.  Advance registration for the clinic isn’t necessary, just bring $25 to the first session.

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Practicing skills in front of the SS Klondike during the 2013 clinic.
Photo: Guillaume Lesvesque

When: Monday nights for four weeks and possibly 5: May 12, 19 [this is the possible extra session], 26, June 2, and June 9 2014; 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Meet on the grass in front of the SS Klondike. On day 1 meet at 6pm
Bring: Proof of cmbc membership, $25, a mountain bike, a helmet and a sense of adventure.

If you have questions, send them to info@cmbcyukon.ca

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Introduction to Bike Maintenance course

From the 2014 list of “things we want to do for members” CMBC brings you an introductory bike maintenance course this April!

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Jonah fixin’ bikes at the 2013 24 HOL

This is a 6 hour course that will be offered over 3 nights (April 15, 17, 22) with a maximum 10 person registration list. The course will be taught at Icycle Sport, by Jonah, and will cover the following topics:

* terminology/what you should know about how your bike works
* flats
* shifting/cable adjustments
* brake adjustments
* suspension set up

 

Participants won’t be working on their own bikes; shop/demo bikes will be used in class.  You have to be a cmbc member to attend (2013 or 2014) and registration will be on a first come, first served basis.  To register or to ask questions, email me (Jenn) at info@cmbcyukon.ca.  I will then reply to you and provide instructions on how to pay.  Payment is required to guarantee your spot in the course.

Date: April 15, 17 and 22
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Icycle Sport
Instructor: Jonah Clark
Cost: $75

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2014 – What’s Happening

On March 2 the CMBC board held a meeting to decide what events to run in 2014 and how we would make those events happen.  We were looking for your input – not only your ideas but also your time and energy to make them happen.  Unfortunately, no one outside the board attended this meeting.  We love our bike community and we hope that you love us too but we are struggling with trying to run events and activities without having a corps of volunteers who can help the board out.  We are working on ways to identify volunteers and we plan to ask you more directly for help this coming year.  So be prepared to hear from your friendly CMBC board member in the coming months.  And if you have any ideas or feedback on how we can better make use of your time, please let us know.  We take input through our facebook page, our email or just by talking to one of us in person.

That said, we did determine, at our March 2 meeting, what things we feel we need to do and what we want to do for 2014.

Need/Must/Will do:
Advocacy – We want to secure recreational opportunities and trail access for off-road cyclists in the Whitehorse area.  We do this by communicating with the City and participating on various boards and groups such as the Trails and Greenways Committee.
Membership – There is no club without people so we will continue working to build our numbers and serve our members.
Trail Work – Stewardship, maintenance, and building new.  Tied to our advocacy work, we know that members individually assist with clean up and maintenance of our system and the club plans to organize trail work nights again this season.
24 Hours of Light – Now in our 14th year, this has become an event that Yukonners expect will happen.  Join in the fun on June 28-29, 2014.
Yukon XC Championships –  For a number of years this has been the King of the Canyon race but really, they could be a bit more XC and a bit less marathon.  The event will happen on August 24, 2014 but format is to be determined.

Want to do:
Group Rides – both Dirt Girls and a club ride.  We need people to lead these!
Boogaloo to Boreale (b2b)
DH Race 
- Need a lead for this race, someone to take it on
Cyclocross Race – Or maybe even a series?
Summer Kick-off Event
Clara’s Big Ride – can we connect with this event somehow?
Support the Cottonwood – volunteer with Parks Canada again this year?
Skills Clinic – Work with Grant Owen again
Bike Maintenance Workshop – would be cool if we could offer one or two
DH Clinic
5+Hours of Light 
- a great event made possible by Biathlon Yukon’s facilities.
Dog-friendly Endurance Rides – A King of the Canyon with dogs!
Gear Swap/Garage Sale

So check the Event Calendar for date details and please get in touch with us if any of the events on the Want to do list are things you want to see happen this season.  We need your help.

 

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Public Meeting – Whitehorse Regional Parks Plan

The below message was received in the CMBC mailbox so we are passing it on to you!

The City of Whitehorse created five new regional parks in 2010:

  • Chadburn Lake Park
  • McIntyre Creek Park
  • Paddy’s Pond-Ice Lake Park
  • McLean Lake Park
  • Wolf Creek Park

Now we have the opportunity to envision what we want these Parks to be! 

Why is this an exciting opportunity?

All said, over 30% of the total City area is now designated as a Regional Park.  In fact, did you know that:

More importantly, these Parks embody many of the values, features, and experiences which make Whitehorse such a desirable community to live, work, and play in.

So…how can you get involved?

Next week, Tuesday March 11th (7-9 pm), we will be hosting our first public engagement event.

Have you ever been part of a ‘World Café‘?  If not, you are in for a treat!  RSVP to regionalparks@whitehorse.ca and see event details online.

All welcome!  Please spread the word.

John Glynn-Morris
Project Lead

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We won!!

keep-calm-cause-we-did-it-2What happens when you combine mountain bikers, a small First Nation, dedicated youth trail builders, generous local businesses, a proud Territory, and supporters from across North America?  Apparently $12,000 and a surprise ending!! Proving that we can achieve great things when we join together, the Yukon has won the western division of MEC’s Dirt Search contest, receiving more votes than the serious southern heavyweights we were up against. It was a close finish, and we can assure you that EVERY last one of your votes really made this seemingly “impossible” goal possible!

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WE did it, Yukon!

And as if the $10,000 MEC prize wasn’t enough, CMBC received 1.5 times the minimum 2000 votes it needed to realize the full $2000 pledge that Yukon Energy Corporation made early into the competition!!

Thanks to all of you, local youth trail builders will be out in full force this summer in Carcross. We are so excited for this amazing opportunity. Together we’re going to do great things. More from us tomorrow – we’re off to celebrate!

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Help plan the 2014 season

There will be an open meeting this Sunday March 2 at the Sport Yukon boardroom from 10am to 1pm to plan events for the 2014 summer season.

The CMBC board would like to engage our members in this process. At this meeting we will be deciding what events to run, what activities to host, and where to focus our time. We are looking for people who want to help CMBC in the planning and running of events. If there is something you want to see happen this summer – come out and tell us about it.  We don’t just need your ideas (although they are welcomed) we also need your time and energy to make it happen. Hope to see some of you there.

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Voting Update for Dirt Search Contest

There’s just over a week left in the Dirt Search Contest and we want to thank everyone who has so far taken the time to throw a vote CMBC’s way.  If you haven’t wandered over to our contest page, you should check out our daily updates and occasional prize giveaways! And you can vote here:  https://apps.facebook.com/dirtsearchw/

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CMBC volunteers after a day working on the Wayne’s World trail on Montana Mountain.
Photo: Jane Koepke

Today we received a significant clarification about voting.  It is actually possible for a non-facebook account having person to vote!  All you have to do it go to the Dirt Search page on the MEC blog and then to the page for the western region and vote by unclicking all the “Share to facebook” boxes under each organization, then clicking the Vote button for Yukon (we’re last on the list).

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Building table tops on Lower Wolverine, 2006
Photo: Jane Koepke

For those who have missed the memo, CMBC has been chosen to participate in MEC’s Dirt Search Contest, running  until February 26th, 2014.  The contest pits us against 9 other clubs throughout western Canada in a quest to garner the most online votes, with a $10,000 prize going to the winner.  If CMBC wins, we would put the money towards trail building in Carcross by sponsoring the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and the Singletrack to Success Project.

What are you waiting for? We’ve only got 8 more days!  Please share this widely among your friends and fmaily.  Go Yukon! https://apps.facebook.com/dirtsearchw/

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Looking for that special someone

The 24 Hours of Light mountain bike festival will be held in Whitehorse, Yukon on the weekend of June 28 – 29, 2014.  As in past years, we are looking for an awesome individual to spearhead the event.

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If you would like to get more details about the job, please send an email to info@cmbcyukon.ca before February 28th.  We can provide you with a list of our expectations and more information about the event.

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