Club Meeting – June 29th, 2020

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June’s club meeting is TONIGHT, Monday, June 29th at 6:30pm at the Coyote Moon in the upstairs room. 

After the June meeting, we will aim to hold a club meeting on the second Monday of each month. 

These meetings will be an opportunity for club members to provide feedback to the board, training for new ride leaders, and other club discussion. If you would like to share or present at the meetings or have a topic you would like to see discussed, please reach out to a board member. 

Trail Work – July 10th, 2020

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The next trail work night with be on July 10th – make sure to mark your calendars. More details will be available next week.

DUST2 provides the tools. Make sure to bring water, work gloves, and good footwear. 

DUST2 Club rides

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Club rides:

  • Tuesday mountain bike ride will meet at Pagosa Mountain Sports. Be ready to ride at 6:15. The ride will be on Reservoir Hill and Dakota Springs. There will be a guys group and a girls group (split into several groups if there are more than 10 in any group). Guys ride is intermediate, girls ride is beginner/intermediate. PLEASE CHECK THE CALENDAR WEEKLY FOR ANY CHANGES TO LOCATION AND TIME!
  • Road rides will be starting soon. If you have not taken our Road Ride survey yet, please fill it out! It takes less than five minutes and will help us schedule rides for days and times that work for the most people. Thanks to everyone who has already given their input! *** We are still looking for more ride leaders. There is a place in the survey to let us know if you are interested. ***

**** Please do your part to help us follow the state’s social distancing regulations. We will be splitting any groups larger than 10 into smaller groups. Thank you for your help in allowing us to continue to maintain insurance for these rides! ****

A reminder that DUST2 is now a member of IMBA. We will be transitioning our communication to run through IMBA and are also running our membership through them. Starting next week, these communications will be coming from IMBA in addition to email so that we can make sure everyone is getting the communications.

If you have not renewed your membership yet for 2020, you can do so here: https://www.imba.com/join (just make sure to put DUST2 as the Chapter when you sign up.) We have also put together a document answering some questions about our move to IMBA.

We appreciate the feedback and questions we have been getting during this time of transition. Please keep reaching out with questions and concerns! Thanks as always for your support of biking in the Pagosa area. See you out on the road and trails!

Treasure Mountain Partnership Project Phase 2

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In 2019, DUST2 partnered with the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest to build a connection between the Continental Divide Trail to FS Road 725 leading to the Treasure Mountain trail. Thank you to all who helped last year and especially to Tyler Albers for spearheading the project from the USFS side!

This August we will again partner with the Forest Service to install critical switchbacks on the upper portion of the trail that were not able to be finished last summer. We need your help for this project! 

When: Saturday, August 1st – Wednesday, August 4th, 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM each day

Where: Camping and staging will take place at the end of FS Road 725 (you do not have to camp – you can meet us at this staging area in the morning). Trail work will be on the connector trail near the CDT. 

Sign up today!

Volunteers need to make sure to bring work gloves, long pants, sturdy closed-toed shoes, eye protection, water, snacks, and sunscreen. DUST2 and the USFS will provide the tools for trailwork. If you are planning on camping, you will be responsible for your own gear and meals. 

DUST2 Happenings

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Hello DUST2 membership!
 
We hope you are staying healthy and finding time to ride bikes in these crazy times. 
 
This post is an official kickoff of group rides for the season (see the list below) along with some clarifications on questions we have been receiving around DUST2 membership running through IMBA starting this year. We apologize for any confusion and miscommunication on that front. Due to the pandemic and social restrictions we have been working to figure out what we can and can’t do while also learning a new way to sign up members. Please reach out if you have any questions. 
 
**** DUST2 is now a member of IMBA and is running our membership through them. Please make sure you look for communication from IMBA about DUST2 events as we will be transitioning to using their platform to send out info. If you have not renewed your membership yet for 2020, you can do so here: https://www.imba.com/join (just make sure to put DUST2 as the Chapter when you sign up). We have also put together a Post answering some questions about our move to IMBA. *****
 
Events are starting for the year!
For all events, please make sure to do your part to follow the state’s social distancing regulations. This mainly means that if we have more than 10 people show up for an event, we will need to split into several groups.
  • Trailwork is starting for the season! Monday (tonight) at 6:00 pm at Reservoir Hill. Meet at the main parking area. Bring water, a snack, work gloves, good shoes and layers. DUST2 will provide the tools. Let’s dig in!
  • Tuesday night mountain bike ride will meet at Pagosa Mountain Sports at 6:15 pm. We will be riding on Reservoir Hill and at Dakota Springs. There will be a guys group and a girls group (split into several groups if there are more than 10 in either group). The guys ride is an intermediate ride and the girls ride is beginner/intermediate.
  • We are looking to start Club Road Rides. Please fill out our Road Ride survey to give us some feedback on what days and times work best. We also need ride leaders for road rides. It is not as intimidating as it sounds and we are happy to provide support if you are interested. 
As always, please let us know if you have any questions or comments! Thank you for your patience as we navigate these new changes. See you out on the road and trails!

IMBA Membership Clarification

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It has come to our attention that there is some confusion regarding DUST2 membership and how that relates to DUST2 being an International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Local Chapter.

We apologize for the confusion and would like to help clarify some of the questions we have been getting: 

What is the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA)?

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a world wide mountain bike advocacy organization based out of Colorado. IMBA U.S. is a national network of local biking groups (like DUST2), individuals, and volunteers. To find out more, you can visit their website at https://www.imba.com/explore-imba/meet-imba

What are IMBA Local Chapter clubs?

The IMBA Local Chapter Program is a support system to help mountain biking organizations like DUST2 create and sustain thriving trail communities. The program provides support services, education, and mentorship drives. 

Why has DUST2 become an IMBA Local Chapter?

DUST2 was struggling with the expanding administrative duties that come with managing thriving trail and team programs and a growing membership. We needed a centralized database to efficiently communicate with and manage our membership, coordinate events, and keep track of volunteer opportunities and hours.

The IMBA Local Chapter Program helps address these challenges within organizations by providing admin services like membership management, communication software, volunteer recruitment and management software, insurance discounts and other support services. All services are chosen to help advocacy and stewardship organizations be more efficient and effective. 

IMBA provides valuable educational opportunities throughout the year for local chapters ranging from trail advocacy and volunteer training to fundraising and organizational assessments.

In addition to all this, IMBA Local Chapters have access to premium membership fulfillment and membership benefits through ExpertVoice, Keen and others, plus access to two yearly membership drives. The Spring and Fall membership drives provide incentives from industry partners like Yeti, Pivot, JensonUSA, Shower’s Pass, BikeFlights and Western Spirits.

Does this mean DUST2 is just a mountain biking club now? 

No. DUST2 will still use membership funds to support club group rides that include road and gravel rides in addition to mountain biking. We are also working with the Town and County to support the completion of the Town To Lakes Trail. And finally, DUST2 is working to become a Bicycle Friendly Community as designated by the League of American Bicyclists. This will bring resources and support for more road cycling opportunities in our town as well as increasing the quality and safety of current road cycling. 

Where do your membership dues go?

All DUST2 memberships are now processed by IMBA, but DUST2 still receives and manages membership revenue when you register with IMBA. Membership funds are still used for things like insurance for group rides and events, trail development (like the trails on Reservoir Hill and the Town To Lakes Trail), tools, and volunteer support in Pagosa Springs. 

Chapter Support Services cost $12 per member per year, which comes out of the membership dues paid through IMBA. At this time, for the reasons listed above, DUST2 feels like this is a reasonable cost for the benefits of becoming an IMBA chapter. If in the future that cost becomes prohibitive or the membership and board feel like it is not worth the value we are getting from IMBA, the board can revisit the decision to be an IMBA Local Chapter. DUST2 will receive revenues from memberships during each quarter as people join (though we encourage everyone to join during our registration drive). 

National Recognition for DUST2 and Pagosa trails:

IMBA’s brand is recognized and respected by nearly every land management agency in the country. IMBA has been at the forefront of access, education and trail development, gaining the respect of land managers nationwide as they have supported more than 100,000 miles of trails. As a Local Chapter, DUST2 gains an incredibly valuable ally in IMBA as we continue to work with organizations like our town, county, and the US Forest Service.