Trail Karma Month

Trail Karma Month

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!

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.

DUST2 – Membership Drive 2020

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 membership@imba.com, or contact DUST2 at talktous@dustx2.com. We are all happy to help!

Here is looking at an excellent year of riding,

DUST2

2019 Reflections

2019 was a great year, we could not have had done it without YOU!

2019 Highlights:
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,

DUST2

WE HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT!

DUST2 Wheel Club had its first board elections in November, and we are excited to announce the election of a new board president, Lance Thornton!

Lance has always had a love of cycling and pretty much anything outdoors.  After being a some-timer here in Colorado the last five years, Lance and his family finally made the move to become Pagosans this summer. Lance and his wife, Melissa both teach in Pagosa Schools and their son Carter is attending Pagosa Springs High School.

Lance has been coaching with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, (NICA), and TMBRA  for the past 7 years, and spent 2 years as an assistant coach for St. Stephens in Austin.  In 2013 Lance helped form the Hudson Bend/Lake Travis (HBLT) cycling team that combined both area middle schools to feed the Lake Travis High School Mountain Bike team. In addition to this, Lance spent 2 years on the board and as a coach.

In 2015, Lance changed school districts and founded the Dripping Springs Mountain Bike Team (DSMBT), coaching kids from elementary through high school and established a board of directors to run this non profit organization. The DSMBT had 4 very successful racing seasons with 3 state champions, 1 state championship and constructed over 12 miles of new single track trail in the community.

Lance looks forward to working with the DUST2 board of directors and creating more single track and cycling opportunities in Pagosa Springs. The DUST2 board of directors is excited and grateful to welcome its new President.
 

DUST2 – Board of Directors Student Representative

We want to hear from YOUTH!

The DUST2 Board of directors is excited to announce the addition of a student representative!

The student representative will not have a vote, but will act as a liaison between the board and student-age members of DUST2 (including members of the team). The minimum age for the student representative is 15 years old.

Below are links to the position description and application. Applications must be submitted no later than February 21, 2020 for review before the April board meeting. We will announce the student representative in April.

Student Representative Description 

Student Representative Application

DUST2 and Amazon Smile Donations

Help DUST2 raise funds for trails by choosing DUST2 as your charitable organization of choice when using Amazon!

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

For more information on the program and how to link your account to DUST2 as your organization of choice – click this link.

DUST2 and City Market Community Rewards

Help DUST2 raise funds for trails by choosing DUST2 as your local organization!

The City Market Community Rewards program makes fundraising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do every day. Once you link your Card to DUST2, all you have to do is shop at City Market and swipe your Shopper’s Card.

For more information on the program and how to link your card to DUST2 as your organization of choice – click this link.

ROUND UP 4 TRAILS

Join the single track revolution in Pagosa!

Round Up 4 Trails is a simple and easy way for your business to help support the continued planning and development of single track trails in Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County. With the addition of a tax-free round-up option in your POS system, your business can allocate a tax-free portion of every sale to DUST2’s trail maintenance, development and construction projects. While our passion is mountain biking, the beauty of the trails that we build and maintain is that they benefit hikers, runners, horse back riders, and bikers; and we even do work on some motorized trails!

Join the Round Up 4 Trails program and come ride with us!

Call or Text: 970-398-1168 or email us at, talktous@dustx2.com to get started.