EMBA July 2022 Newsletter

UPDATES FROM YOUR EDMONTON MOUNTAIN BIKE ALLIANCE (EMBA)

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  • Welcome to the July 2022 EMBA Newsletter: Our main focus over the summer months is trail maintenance, and we’ve had a lot of that. Like you, many of us are out enjoying summer, too, riding bikes and taking vacation time with family and friends. It’s been a bit of a scramble to get this month’s newsletter out. While this update may seem short on news and major developments, we want you to know we are still busy behind the scenes working on things like Edmonton Mountain Bike Skills Park with concept drawings and fundraising plans coming out soon. We continue to meet regularly with our City Administration Partners, discussing trail concerns and future trail plans. You can find us involved in National Urban Park meetings which are in the formative stage right now, so there isn’t anything to report yet. We are still waiting to hear more details on the trails near the E.L. Smith Water Treatment plant (Cameron Heights) trails and other trails that fall in the Anthony Henday Corridor (TUC) like Hyperloop, Coyote, and Bottle Rocket.
  • Six Shooter/Ray Gun are back!: The City has approved us to work on the Six Shooter and Ray Gun trails. They completed an on-trail assessment and shared a few concerns we are happy to help mitigate on an upcoming trail day. This is the first step toward building a process for adopting trails that have previously been outside our scope. We are encouraged by the progressive direction discussion that is happening due to the Council decision early this year.

  • EMBA Adopt-a-Trail – July Trail Maintenance: uly has been a busy month! Since our June newsletter, EMBA has completed work on 40 trails! We worked in Mill Creek Ravine, Terwillegar and Oleskiw Park , WestPointe Ravine, Mackinnon Ravine, and GoldBar Park, where we worked on the following trails: Logarythmic, Flatter Pete, Flat Pete, BDSM, Ridge Runner, Trap, Max’s trail, LOV, Hulk Bogan, Blue Man Group, IMBA Trail, Green Boi Chute, crouching dragon, Tuwad, Down the Funway, Swabeng Swabe, Root Canal, Back Breaker, Victoria Secret, There be Dragons, Hi Spot, Ragnarok, Earth Shaker, Trap, Ridge Runner, Mooseknuckle, Skoot n Shoot, Mustang, Victoria’s Secret, Lovers Lane, Wonder Women, Terwillegar – 1, Twisted Sister, Twisted’s Little Sister, Fern Gully, Lower Corkscrew, Root Shoot, Terwillegar – 14, Terwillegar – 24, and Hustler.

    Thank you to the many groups and volunteers that make this happen! The sweet trail karma is definitely being earned this month!
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    WOW – Women On Wheels YEG had a go at the trails on July 19th! After meeting at Revolution Cycle for much-needed tools, they got to work on Root Canal, Back Breaker, and Victoria’s Secret. Thanks for the trimming and minor contouring Women on Wheels YEG!
  • IMBA Canada Trail School: On July 16 EMBA hosted a special training day for their Apopt-A-Trail Leads with AJ Strawson of IMBA (International Mountain Bike Alliance) Canada. Our leads were trained in the technical aspects of trail maintenance such as proper drainage techniques, flow, and safety as well as some of the social aspects of trail and network design. We look forward to putting this improved knowledge to work for the community!
  • IMBA Canada Training EMBA Adopt-a-Trail leads during a recent trail school with IMBA Canada.

  • Memberships and Prizes: At some point over the past month or so, we have surpassed 500 Members! That means prizes! We will make the draws in August! Thanks for all your support!

  • Trail Day Giveaways! Our trail day volunteers have been armed with battery-powered tools from Milwaukee Tools, and we’ve had tons of trail day giveaways for our volunteers, young and young at heart! Thanks to Blindman Brewing, Hardcore Bikes, and Arc’teryx for the great giveaways!
  • Trail Day Volunteers Needed: On July 28th, 630 pm, Join SheShreds YEG on their trail day in the Old Timers Cabin area. Sign up for the trail day here
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    Something for Every One!
    Lots of prizes for the little and big kids, courtesy of Revolution cycle and Blindman brewing! Every kid and adult went home with a prize
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    EMBA Family-Friendly Trail Day We Hosted a Family-Friendly Trail Day filled with young, eager trail users excited to see how sweet trail karma is earned. To top off the well-earned Trail Karma, this trail day had tons of giveaways from Hardcore Bikes, and Blindman Brewing ensuring everyone had something to go home with!

    Arc’teryx Trail Day We hosted a trail day with Arc’teryx in Terwillegar Park. They supplied the volunteers, giveaways, and snacks! We led the trail day and supplemented the giveaways with some Blindman Brewing giveaways for thirsty volunteers (and leads!)

    Until next time.... Happy Trails!