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.