Calling all volunteers!
2020 DUST2 Wheel Club Dig Where You Ride Forest Service Partnership Project: Installing critical switchbacks
*Our goal is to have 40 volutneers (10/day) sign up by Monday, July 27*
WHAT: Whether you hike, bike or ride a horse, please join DUST2 for a four day trail building/restoration partnership project led byTyler Albers, Trails and Wilderness, San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District, and his trail crew, that will focus on installing critical switchback on the upper portion of the non-motorized Treasure Trail Connector. This is a 0.75 mile long section of trail connecting the continental divide trail (CDT) to FS 725 and onto the Treasure trail. This trial which was established last year allows riders to simply pull off the highway and park at Wolf Creek Pass, ride the CDT up to the Bonanza Lift, then drop down onto the Treasure Trail and provides mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders access to the Treasure Mountain Trail from FS Road 725, avoiding a 3 mile dirt road drive or ride to the trail head.
This years project will focus on the installation of critical switchbacks on the upper portion of the connector trail.
Volunteers can expect to hike a mile to the work site each day. Though you can anticipate some pretty arduous work days, the DUST2 wheel club will do it’s best to make if super fun and rewarding!
WHEN: Saturday, August 1-Wednesday, August 4, from 7:30am-5:30pm every day.
WHERE: Camp/staging area will be set up at the end of FS Road 725, work will done on the section of trail indicated in the bright yellow circle on the attached map file. You do not have to camp to join trail work days.
WHY: The Treasure Trail is the crown jewel of our area mountain bike trails. Seemingly endless miles of sweeping single-track descending 2000 vertical feet from Wolf Creek Pass down to the East Fork road.
LOGISTICS: The DUST2 Wheel Club has accepted the challenge of providing 10 volunteers a day to join Tyler and his trail crew for this four day project. While it is our goal to have 10 people camp for all four days, HOWEVER, we realize that this may not be realistic, so we have broken the four work days into 40 volunteer slots to fulfill the same goal.
Trailforks launched Trail Karma Month on July 1st, a campaign to raise awareness and increase funding for trail associations and builders around the world. We wanted to reach out to all our associations and give a quick update.
WHAT IS TRAIL KARMA MONTH
We believe in the principle of cause and effect; that by supporting trail builders and associations we invest in the future of maintaining and growing the trails. In 2019 alone, Trail Karma raised over US$80,000 for organizations around the world. It provides a direct way for users to put 100% of their donation into trail associations and builders developing trail systems, and Trail Karma Month is our month long celebration where users can give back. We’ve partnered with some great brands who share our initiative, and are offering up a chance to win some cool prizes along the way.
WHEN – JULY 1-31. 2020
We are encouraging everyone to support DUST2 trails by donating via Trail Karma in July. Whether you mountain bike, hike, trail run, ride horses or even use something with a motor, users can donate to DUST2 between July 1st – 31st 2020 for a chance to win.
A minimum donation of $5 will be required.
Trail Karma points will be awarded to a donor via Trailforks; each point will equal one entry. On August 1st. 2020, we will host a random draw for prizing.
This year DUST2 is raising funds for a NEPA analysis for our Jackson Mountain Trail System proposal. Our goal is to have raised $35,000.00 before March 2021 to be used toward a match for a NEPA analysis.
2020 has been a tough fund raising year, and DUST2 could use your help to meet our financial goals. Please consider supporting our trail building efforts!
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.
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.
- 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!
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
It’s membership drive time for DUST2!
DUST2 is officially an International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Local Chapter. That means that DUST2 will have two annual membership drives run through IMBA. The first membership drive starts April 13, and will run through May 13. It also means that membership now resides solely with IMBA Local associations, meaning more money than ever goes toward your close-to-home trails! You can renew your membership any time, but we encourage you to renew your membership during the drive so that you can have a chance to win some great prizes!
Your membership expires soon, so consider renewing your Dust2 membership today for as little as $5 per month, which gets you great benefits including thousands of dollars worth of gear discounts via IMBA partners. It also means you’re supporting great riding where you live! We have the biggest prize incentive ever for this year with 16 total packages that include bikes, group sets, forks, wheel sets, hydration packs and so much more. Register now to be included in these drawings.
We know mountain biking matters to you, and you matter to us. That’s why we’re so grateful that you contribute to the future of mountain biking as a member of DUST2. In anticipation of better things to come, the board has planned projects and events for both trails and teams, and will be publishing our 2020 calendar starting with our May 29 membership party. We realize that due to the current situation, we may have to reschedule things as we go to remain in compliance with state and local ordinances. But we are doing all we can to be ready to roll once the season opens up!
Be sure to catch up on all the exciting DUST2 2020 team and trail plans here!
Thank you for your continued support of grassroots mountain biking! If you have any questions, please call either the passionate mountain bikers on our IMBA Member Services Team, 303-545-9011 or email email@example.com, or contact DUST2 at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are all happy to help!
Here is looking at an excellent year of riding,
2019 was a great year, we could not have had done it without YOU!
2019 has been a pivotal year for DUST2, the board of directors and for the Pagosa Springs cycling community as a whole; and in many ways it feels like things are just beginning to take off. Some of the highlights of 2019 include:
- WCWC merger
- Development of a 5 year strategic plan
- Successful completion of two trail partnership projects with the Town of Pagosa Springs, the Forest Service, the Southwest Conservation Corps and the GGP.
- Hosted our third annual Fat Bike Race and Back Yard Race series events
- Completed another successful season for the DUST2 youth cycling team.
2020 and beyond:
We are excited about 2020 and the potential for the DUST2 Wheel Club to continue to be a strong community partner organization championing safe and fun cycling for all cyclists, promoting great trail experiences and connecting Town, County and Forest Service trails into an accessible network providing access to miles of trail right from your back door. Plans are currently underway for two partnership projects with the Town of Pagosa Springs and Pagosa Ranger District, have plans to expand our team program and are laying the ground work for Pagosa to become a National Interscholastic Cycling Association race host community.
With warm holiday regards, and wishes for a happy New Year,