The New Face of KyMBAby Gene McDaniel, KyMBA
KyMBA is on the move! The Kentucky Mountain Bike Association has recently reorganized its leadership and in doing so we’ve expanded our programming and increased our outreach efforts. In the coming year, we expect to grow our statewide membership and join in the charge to make Louisville a more bicycle-friendly community. Here are some of this season’s highlights:
Recently, we hosted our second “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day,” an annual IMBA-sponsored event that celebrates the life of Jack Doub — a teenage mountain biker from North Carolina who passed away in 2002. The Jack Doub Memorial Endowment provides funding for this nationwide celebration each year on the first Saturday in October. This year’s event took place on Oct 7th at Otter Creek Park and Schellers Fitness and Cycling teamed with KyMBA to give away a brand-new Trek to one of the kids that participated in the event.
Additionally, KyMBA’s first annual “Movie Night” is set for Friday Night, Oct 27th, at the Douglas Hills Community Center. There will be two mountain bike movies shown to local kids as well as plenty of give-away swag from our sponsors, Metro Parks and On Your Left Cycles. This event is part of a “new” user-group partnership with Metro Parks and will be used to introduce kids to the joy of cycling as well as educate them on proper trail etiquette and environmental issues in our park system. Specifically, we hope to use this event to speak to kids about the negative impacts unauthorized trail building, vandalism and destruction of park property have on the overall cycling community.
We’ve also started a group club ride — after dark — at Otter Creek Park. We had approx 25 riders show up to our “Full Moon Ride” on October 7th. Not only did everyone have a great time, but we’re fairly certain our enthusiastic shouts added a little more “fright” to the annual Otter Creek haunted forest.
We intend to add many more of these types of rides to our schedule and our ride captains are on-hand to make sure everyone has a good time. KyMBA would like to encourage those who have never tried it to give the knobby tires a whirl — we can almost promise you’ll be hooked and there are always a wide variety of skill levels. Like the LBC, KyMBA tries to take a more balanced approach to cycling. Although we have many members who race nationally, we are generally a fun-loving, social group, organized around the sport of cycling — only our preferred venue is the dirt.
We have recently secured several local bike shops as sponsors for our club and we are continuing to develop relationships with other shops around the state. As I mentioned, we are the “New Face of KyMBA.” We are on the move and our membership is growing daily. Please visit our new moderated web site at www.KyMBA.org for upcoming rides and events. We welcome any opportunities to cross-pollinate our clubs and we look forward to your support to do our part for the Kentucky cycling community.
Please contact Gene McDaniel, KyMBA President, or Mike Dulin, KyMBA Advocacy Director, 502-777-2029.
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web posted: 18 November 2006
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