"Not all those who wander are lost." – J.R.R. Tolkien

Fat Bike Mammoth Meeting Notes: 2.12.14

2.12.14 -Lakanuki, 5:30pm — Here’s what we discussed:

  • Created our Mission Statement: Fat Bike Mammoth is committed to providing responsible and enjoyable mountain biking experiences for riders of all skill levels.  We advocate for the creation, development, and maintenance of year-round riding opportunities in the Eastern Sierra.
    • We hope to condense our Mission Statement down to one sentence soon
  • Current situation with Winter Fat Biking:  Manual grooming efforts with snowshoes and polks/sleds (our successful efforts to create a singletrack snow route on Uptown Trail to the earthquake fault, and expanding soon to an Uptown/Downtown loop).
  • Opportunities to create groomed singletrack trail systems on private land with snowmobiles and grooming drags. (potential to discuss with Snowcreek Golf Course)
  • Possible opportunity to piggy back a Fat Bike event with the winter Biathlon next year – need to meet with Dr. Karch and MMSA.
  • Disabled Access:  Wheelchairs and adaptive fat bikes ARE allowed on groomed trails
  • Partnering with MLTPA for their 2014 Summer of Stewardship Series – brainstorming mountain bike specific trail work days (Mammoth Rock Trail, Starkweather, etc)
  • Starting to create a calendar of group rides and events for the upcoming mountain biking season.  Brainstorming bi-monthly or weekly group rides for all skill levels, and assigning ride leaders.  It’s gonna be fun, lots of great events coming up this year!!  Everything from short 1 hour rides to epic all day events, overnight camping and bikepacking, and gravity/ shuttle rides.. stay tuned.  We’re hoping for a couple events/group rides a month through summer and fall.
  • Adding the element of BBQ’ing, tailgate parties, etc to our rides/events
  • Website:  we’re continuing to add to our trail inventory, updating our resources page, and will soon be updating our event calendar.
  • Spreading the word: importance of letting friends and fellow riders know that there is a mountain biking club/ advocacy group in town – need to get the word out, and become a respected entity with local land managers.
  • We will start having meetings once a month, regardless of season – so as not to lose momentum.  Our next meeting will focus on flushing out group rides/events, making specific dates and a functional 2014 event calendar, assigning ride leaders, etc.  We will also have a focused discussion on creating a board of directors, spreading out the duties, getting more people to take an active role in the club, etc.
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