May ValleyCat was a hit!

The May ValleyCat fundraiser went off this past weekend, it was a huge success.


Didn’t hear about it? We were raising funds for the newly reformed Idyllwild Cycling Club, which is taking on a new focus as an advocacy group under president Wayne Sleme and partnering with IMBA to assure access to local trails and get the May Valley Trail system formerly dedicated by the USFS.


How’d we do it? Turns out it was pretty simple; we just asked people who’ve been enjoying the trails to get involved. We asked people to donate to the cause, and threw together a new ride idea, which loosely followed the urban alley cat ride concept. We called it the May ValleyCat. We were each issued a passport and a trail map marked with semi random checkpoints throughout the May Valley trail system. When we rode to those spots there was a stamp pad waiting for us. Voila! Credentials.

Our goals for the day were to raise funds for the new group and to actively engage trail users in advocacy efforts. And to have a good time doing it.
We managed to raise about $1100 from a single morning fundraiser. Not bad scratch to get the coffers filled and the process underway. (we prepared this maybe 3 weeks ago)
The ride, which followed no set route and saw us meandering all over the valley, was joined by more than 40 people. We broke into small groups and gave informal tours of the local goods.
After the ride, we met on the deck for food and good times. We celebrated as we more than doubled our fundraising goal, and laid the groundwork for an organized trail advocacy effort in Idyllwild.



Fundraising for May Valley Trails project

The Idyllwild Cycling Club is aligning with IMBA and getting serious about ongoing advocacy efforts in the May Valley Trail system. And there’s a party to celebrate it.

Joining IMBA brings love to our trails; firstly in the form of regular visits from our IMBA rep, Patrick, who ain’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and dig into the bureaucratic slop. And it gives us access to other IMBA resources too, ranging from the technical to the political.

But the love ain’t free. The newly reformed Idyllwild Cycling Club needs cash, and your involvement. Idy Cycling is raising bucks both to join IMBA and also to fill the coffers for the greater May Valley trails project. This could go to the purchase of trail tools, assuming the day may come when us locals can put on trail days with the USFS blessing, or hiring personal escorts for USFS officials. (I’m kidding)

The May Valley trails belong to all of us, not just locals. We at The Hub know this as well as anyone; we greet you at the shop when you arrive from LA, OC, Hemet, Riverside, Murrietta, and San Diego… and beyond. I believe the time has come that we all take a little ownership in the project.

To get this started in a fun way, we’re helping to put on the May ValleyCat. The May ValleyCat is a fun ride coming July 28th, organized in the spirit of urban Alley Cat rides, but on singletrack. Riders will meander through the trail network we seek to preserve, stopping by predetermined locations of interest… in no particular order and with no particular route. Riders who know the trails (or riders who know those riders) will have an easier time. Riders who don’t know the trails so well will be rewarded with new discovery. Win-win, methinks.

The Hub Cyclery is helping out too. We’re throwing a BBQ cookout for all the May ValleyCat riders that day. So get out, ride lots, and come back hungry. It’s the least we can do folks.

If you can join the ride, great, we can’t wait to see you.
If you can’t ride, but you’re feeling compelled to stand with Idyllwild Cycling & IMBA, please follow through to the Idyllwild Cycling Club’s fundraising PayPal link and drop some coin in the slot. You’ll get a big thank you from the folks at Idyllwild Cycling, hugs & high-fives from us at The Hub. Not to mention a more assured singletrack future in Idyllwild.