For those of you who have been wondering what the mountain bike club is up to, let me fill you in.

First the GOOD:

The BMBA is in the process of becoming an IMBA Chapter.  What does that mean?  First, it means that club officers don’t need to continue to fumble with memberships, renewals, and donations.  All membership management will be performed by IMBA.  Anyone  in our area who joins IMBA via the IMBA website will automatically become a BMBA member.  We will all pay a bit more to become members, but we are now members of both.  The club receives the same amount as we would have when we charged $10 for a membership.  All donations made to the BMBA will first go to IMBA as a non-profit 501c3 donation and will be redistributed to our account at no financial loss to the club.  We are now part of a larger group who has worked tirelessly for many years to improve mountain biking around the world.  Some may not agree with everything IMBA does, but you can’t find a larger organization that does more for mountain biking anywhere in the world.  All club members (past and present) who had a working email on file with us will soon receive a renewal letter from IMBA Chapter organization…..the Borderland Mountain Bike Association!

The BAD:

Dr. Rick Bonart was ousted from his seat on the Public Service Board.  Not only that, one of the new appointees does not want you to know anything that goes on with the PSB by censoring PSB board members’ speech in regards to their opinions on board decisions.  The loss of Dr. Bonart could be a big hiccup in our attempt to acquire the Bowen Round House.  Club members have worked very hard to make this happen and PSB CEO John Balliew seems to want this to happen, but most board members poo poo the idea of a bunch of “environmental activists” like mountain bikers having any influence in city decisions and….whoa….having any control over city property.  Nevermind that the Lost Dog Trailhead has turned out to be a win win for the city and us and that it really hasn’t cost the city or taxpayer any money.

My city rep is worthless, maybe yours is too.  I contacted my rep before this vote and never received a response.  You are probably going to hear very little from your rep as it appears that our city government may begin some serious cloak and dagger style actions to accomplish whatever crappy goals they have in mind.  Do your best to follow local politics.  You can do that here as Mr. Tolbert is all about open space and outdoor recreation like hiking and mountain biking.

 

Dear El Paso Mountain Bikers,

I’m taking this opportunity to write this letter to you in order to announce my resignation as the President of the Borderland Mountain Bike Association and Director of the El Paso Puzzler.

It has been an extreme honor to be the director of the BMBA and its main event for the past 6 years.  The growth of the sport in El Paso has been tremendous during my tenure.  During the best times, I feel that I have only been able to give 10 to 15% of the effort necessary to running a club like the BMBA.  Over the past year, I feel I am only causing stagnation for the club.  Trying to balance family with a growing business, a full-time teaching career, and the goal of crushing the northbound route on Tour Divide next June are starting to challenge my organizational skills. I’m finding there is not enough time in the day for my commitments to the club.

The club is currently in the process of attaining Chapter status with IMBA.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will occur as it will help grow the membership base while allowing our club to be more legitimate in regards to non-profit status.  I’m currently awaiting word from IMBA who has been shut down due to massive flooding in Boulder, CO.  This club needs a leader who has time during regular business hours who can help the club move forward.

In regards to the Puzzler, registration has not opened yet, and only a couple of sponsors have made a commitment.  My attempt to find sponsors is a conflict of interest in regards to some projects related to my small business.  If a director does not step up by the end of September, I will announce cancellation of the event.  I will make myself available to the newly elected leader in order to transition all the legal stuff including passwords.  I will also do the same in regards to the Puzzler.

Sincerely,

David Wilson

There is a lot of stuff going on this spring.  Let’s kick things off with an Easter Egg Ride.  See details on the flyer below.

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That same weekend, Big Dave has organized some overnighters for Thursday and Friday night.  If you want details on his bikepacking adventure, email him at fastmtnbiker@hotmail.com.

The Coyote Classic is April 7.  On April 6, the Stan’s Notubes Endurance riders are hosting a Tubeless Clinic.  Space is limited to 20 people.  To sign up, email fastmtnbiker@hotmail.com.

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The club will be holding its second (or maybe third) Easter weekend ride.  This year is “Chase the Bunny”.  Check out the flyer below for more info.

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Apologies for not keeping this site up to date.  With the popularity of Facebook, less focus has been placed on the blog page.

To keep everyone updated:

  1. PARKING LOT – !!!!!!  It’s finished!  The Redd Rd. trails….aka Lost Dog Trailhead….El Paso’s oldest mountain bike trail system….has it’s own trail head, parking lot, and trail map.  It’s getting lots of use. If you see any trash in the area that you can’t or aren’t willing to remove or anything has been damaged, please let us know via facebook or email.
  2. PUZZLER – MLK weekend.  We are now calling it the Puzzler Endurance Weekend as this year we’ve added a trail running marathon which will be hosted and managed by the El Paso Marathon Association.  We plan on treating our volunteers much better with catered food (not done by us) and plenty of suds.
  3. REVEAL THE PATH – a biking movie – In conjunction with the YMCA we are hosting a viewing of the adventure cycling movie at the  downtown library on December 9 at 4pm.  More info on Facebook.  Advance tickets are $9 online.  $12 at the door.  Tickets can be purchased here.  The club will hold a raffle to raise money for the Y’s northeast bike co-op which focuses on getting kids their own bikes built up by the kids themselves.  Nuclear Sunrise Stitchworks is donating a $225 package of custom bags made just for you.  Other goodies include a ProGold maintenance package and jersey, a set of Stan’s No-Tubes women’s casual clothing, and a Texas State Parks thermos set.  Tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5.
  4. BIKEPACKING – Reveal the Path may inspire you to give bikepacking a go.  Club president Dave Wilson finished 3 major bikepacking adventure races this year in his first attempt and is now making custom bikepacking gear under the Nuclear Sunrise Stitchworks label for those looking to enter what some see as the final frontier of mountain biking.   You can read more about Dave’s adventure on his blog.  Some club members have shown the desire to learn more about this sport….which is just backpacking but on 2 wheels.  If you would be interested in learning more, Dave is willing to share his knowledge.  Let us know if you would be interested in attending a Bikepacking 101 clinic and we’ll get one scheduled.

Our May meeting was extremely productive and some changes are coming to the club.  With 5 board members present (David Wilson – President, Brent Sanders – Vice President, Steve Ainsa – Membership manager, DJ Singh – Puzzler Committee, and Michael Hall), major changes to membership were approved.  A new set of bylaws are being finalized that focus more on the clubs purpose as a non-profit.  The Puzzler Committee is teaming with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the EP Sports Commission, and the directors of the EP Marathon to incorporate a marathon trail run into the Puzzler weekend.  This will create a weekend of ENDURANCE MADNESS in El Paso that will hopefully open the eyes of our local population to hardcore endurance sports.  When we decided to host the first Puzzler, we had 26 participants.  Many El Paso riders told us we were crazy and that nobody would want to ride 50 miles in the Franklins.  Now it seems that the Puzzler is on the radar of even beginner level riders who want to push themselves to new limits.

So here are some things you need to know about in regards to changes in the club.  Most people should be pretty excited.

CLUB MEMBERSHIP

It was decided that we would significantly reduce the cost of club membership.  $10 covers a one year membership. Memberships expire May 31.  If you pay in May, it will last a full year.  Membership gives you a ballot for elections and allows you to be an officer.  We also have a discounted membership for military and students ($5).  No merchandise will be given away with these memberships except the membership special which is on the Membership page.  If a business wants to show its support, an annual membership is $100 and the business will receive a window decal.

ELECTIONS/VOTING

Candidacies to be an officer need to be announced at the meeting on June 5 where you will need to announce your intentions to run for an office and provide us with a bio or statement.  The positions available are President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Election ballots will be sent electronically to all active members via email sometime in August and the winners will be announced at the September meeting.  New officers will take over October 1.

VOLUNTEER COMMITTEES

We currently have one volunteer committee….the Puzzler Race Committee consisting of David Wilson, DJ Singh, and Brent Sanders.  We would like to start a Social Committee.  If anyone would like to be on the Social Committee please email us.  The main purpose of the Social Committee would be to host an Annual Group Ride/Picnic and organize any other events that may benefit the social aspect of the club and draw more active members.

REDD RD. PARKING LOT

Brent Sanders, Steve Ainsa and Dr. Rick Bonart have been toiling away on the parking lot project.  Stanley Jobe is donating almost all of the materials necessary for the project.  We are currently trying to find an affordable (aka FREE) way to remove the illegally dumped material that is currently at the site.  If you can help us with removal of fill dirt/rock, please email us.  This space, which will help ensure legal access to the Redd Rd. trail network and provide mountain bikers with the only non-State Park trail head, has been a long time dream for these three volunteers.  Thanks to their hard work we are going to soon see an official trail head that is a direct result of the club’s efforts….not the city or the State Park.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

We are always at a loss as to what people expect from the BMBA.  Take a second to answer this poll.

Over the past few years we’ve attempted to hold meetings at restaurants in order to fuel people and provide a socially inviting setting that interested folks may want to join.  This model has not been as effective as we’d like it to be, so we’ve secured a board room to hold our official meetings.

This next meeting will be an official board meeting consisting of myself, Brent Sanders, DJ Singh, Rick Bonart, and Steve Ainsa.  I would like to invite anyone else who may be interested in becoming more involved with the club, whether you’ve paid your membership dues or not.  If you are interested in taking a more active role in the mountain bike community here in El Paso, I invite you to join us to help us revamp our membership management, continue towards our goal of becoming a 501c3, and improve the mountain bike experience in El Paso.

Check out the power point here for more information on what will be covered in the meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Candlewood Suites next to the Carmike Theater in Northeast El Paso.  We’ll get started at 6.  You are welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic drink as food will not be provided.

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