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EMBA February 2023 Newsletter


2023 EMBA Annual General Meeting


EMBA’s 2023 Annual and Special General Meeting (AGM) will take place at 1:30 pm, Saturday, March 18 at Goldstick Park! The address is 4210 101 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6A 1T3

Doors will open for socializing at 1:00 pm with AGM beginning precisely at 1:30pm.


The business for the AGM will be as follows:

1. Presentation of Annual Financial Statements

2. Election of 14 Members to the Board of Directors for the upcoming year

3. Amendment of the Bylaws by the following Special Resolution:

Resolved that the Bylaws of the Society be amended in order to add the following sentence at the end of Section 6.1.9: “In addition, the Directors may, between Annual General Meetings, appoint one or more additional Directors of the Society to serve until the next Annual General Meeting, but the number of additional Directors shall not at any time exceed one-third (1/3) of the number of Directors who held office at the expiration of the last Annual General Meeting.”



 

NEW EMBA Member Portal


We are excited to announce the launch of the new Edmonton Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA) Member Portal, which aims to support and promote mountain biking in the Edmonton area. The platform is tailored to enhance your experience and offer more opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals.


As an EMBA member, you can now access the Member Portal where you can explore various features such as event information, trail updates, and track your membership status. The Member Portal also provides a great avenue to connect with other Edmonton Mountain Bike Alliance members.


If you have not received an email from us regarding the new portal, please contact us with your email address, and we will include you. We apologize for any inconvenience caused if we did not capture your email address.


If you have a family membership, the primary member is already included, and you can add up to three other family members who reside at the same address and have valid email addresses. This means that everyone in your household who loves mountain biking can be part of EMBA and enjoy all the perks of membership.


One of the perks of being an EMBA member is getting discounts at our participating retail partners, including Revolution Cycle, Cranky’s Bike Shop, Mud Sweat and Gears, and Shift Happens Bike Repair. You can log in to the Member Portal and print your membership card to present at participating retail partners to receive discounts on your purchases.


We encourage you to take advantage of this new platform and all its benefits. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to another fantastic year of mountain biking!


 

CALL OUT TO ALL MOUNTAIN BIKE GROUPS


Feature Your Group in Our Upcoming Newsletters!

Reach over 1200 mountain bikers in the Edmonton area each month by sharing your group’s information, including upcoming events and programs. We invite you to get in touch with us anytime by emailing trails@edmmtnbike.ca


We would be delighted to include your message in our upcoming newsletters!



Mud Sweat and Gears is getting geared up for the 2023 riding season,


We were able to talk to Jim and Josh from EMBA, as they are leads for the Mud Sweat and Beers, about what we can expect this year.

 

EMBA: Hey guys! How can someone get involved with your club?

JOSH: We are back to having our sign-up night at the (MSG) shop this year! It has been penciled in for mid March. We ride every Wednesday from May to September from various locations, but typically more eastern biased.

JIM: Yes! Ride group sign up is March 22nd at the Sherwood Park MSG. You can also email Jessica at info@mudsweatandbeers.ca

EMBA: And of course anyone wanting to be notified of when registration is open or is generally interested can email paul@mudsweatandgears.ca EMBA: What are your roles (specifically), what do you do, and why do you like doing what you do?

JIM: I have been a ride lead for Mud Sweat and Beers since 2012. I like the faster-paced rides but the best part is the conversation after the ride while quenching our thirst. I am also currently the AAT (Adopt-a-trail) lead where John and I come up with the work we do on maintenance days. I love meeting new riders and showing them new trails they have never ridden before.

JOSH: For about 5 or 6 years now I’ve been ride leading for MSG and helping out with trail days. Our “beer league” attitude of having fun and being friendly is probably the thing I most value about our club.I




























As Jim mentioned, the 40ft Bridge on Moonraker. A Before and After (Photo courtesy of Derrick Mertz)


EMBA: What trails have you worked on? Anything memorable happen on the trail day?

JOSH: We used to be in charge of the science park area, then we moved over to hustler west to Capilano bridge. One of our big accomplishments is when we revitalized sideline to make it safe again just in time for winter. Capilano / Gold Bar area is very busy, so maintaining sight lines and controlling erosion as well as braiding from use are very important to mitigate user conflict and be sustainable.


JIM: The sideline fix was a good one. We also worked with the city on the 40ft wooden bridge on Moonraker. I have been doing quite a bit of work on all the trails in Fort Saskatchewan. Memorable happenings? The wasp nest might find you before you find it.

EMBA: Now that has got to be a good story to share over a beer!

EMBA: What’s your favorite trails to ride in and out of Edmonton?

JIM: Caddytrack to Hustler is a great section to rip on the east side of Edmonton. Valemount is an awesome destination, trails that come to mind are Stump-town, Moby Dick, Womp rat and Turducken. Too many favs out there.

JOSH: My favorite trail to ride in Edmonton cannot be easily answered. I love Bottle Rocket, GO, EMP blast, Six Shooter / Ray Gun, Earth Shaker, Gold DIgger, Higher Edukation… too many! Outside of Edmonton? Also a tough answer. Lord of the squirrels, Dark Crystal, Porcupine Rim, Spare Change, Boondocker / Gravy Bacon. So many!


 

We also had an opportunity to speak with Paul at MSG! He has some great stuff planned for this upcoming season for Spring and Summer. Be sure to check out their facebook page for updates as well as their website. Or we will give you the scoop on ours as well. Be sure to join MSG at their Sherwood Park location on March 22nd at 7:00pm to sign up for one of their ride groups. This will be the sign up / registration for all their ride groups! 2030 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park.



 

EMBA has a NEW Email Address: trails@edmmtnbike.ca

 

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