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.