This past Wednesday evening, the Overland Board of Directors voted unanimously to move forward with Overland becoming an IMBA chapter. After receiving input from members over the past few months, having open meetings on the subject and long consideration of the pros and cons, the board determined that becoming an IMBA chapter would be the best way to support the Club’s mission to “Promote the active, healthy sport of mountain biking by providing education and assistance to all trail users, and by working to build and maintain quality, sustainable trails that enhance the mountain biking experience.”
IMBA will be able to provide resources, including administrative support, and a wealth of experience that will help Overland provide better service to its members, grow its membership and become a stronger advocacy organization in our region. As a chapter, Overland will also become part of a network of over 200 other IMBA chapters throughout the world, opening up new opportunities for the club and its members.
The process of becoming an IMBA chapter will begin in March and should be completed sometime in June. Although the transition to becoming a chapter should be seamless, the Board will keep members informed about how the transition will affect the membership registration and renewal process, and what they can expect going forward. This is a momentous decision for the club and one that we hope will enable the club to do more for our members and for mountain biking in our region.
If members have any questions about the process, they can contact a board member or our Club Administrator, Kenny Bearden, at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about what being a chapter is all about can be found on the IMBA website: https://www.imba.com/chapter-program.
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We are excited to announce the inaugural 2016 Tooth or Consequences Mountain Bike Festival held in beautiful Northern Colorado. Tooth or Consequences is a multi-day mountain bike extravaganza. It features the long-running 40 in the Fort Endurance MTB Race - and a whole bunch more MTB fun.
The festival fun launches Friday afternoon with a short track event at New Belgium Brewing (approval pending) - costumes recommended! This short track race is focused on fun, with, live music and good times right in the heart of Fort Collins.
On Saturday, the first ever "Screamin' Beaver Enduro" kicks off at Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch. This staged event will offer up plenty of exciting technical racing for riders and spectators alike. This could be a pretty rowdy event, so cowbells and heckling are highly encouraged!
Sunday mornings sixth annual 40 in the Fort Endurance MTB race caps off the weekend. This is the same race we all know and loveincluding the 20-mile single lap option. Expect to feel the burn on "bacon hill" and put your technical skills to the test. This race is not one to be missed.
Want to join in the fun but feeling low key? No problem! We will be recommending non-competitive routes for all ability levels. So bring your wheels and come experience some of the awesome riding opportunities in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming.
Registration opens February 1, 2016. Package race options are available. There will be a combined time festival champion for those daring enough to take on all three weekend races.
Rattlin' Short Track Party
Racing starts Friday afternoon on the world-renowned New Belgium Brewing grounds (approval pending). Kids first, then adult elimination style. Heat breakdown is dependent upon total number of riders. This "just-for-fun" event will be just that - fun! Costumes are encouragedas are cowbells, cheering and heckling. All racers will be randomly placed into heats. There are three rounds. Top finishers from the first round will move on to one bracket in round two. Second-tier finishers in the first round will move to another bracket in the second round. Top finishers from each second- round bracket will move on to a combined final round. The short track course at New Belgium is a fun one - a tight course with lots of twists and turns. You can pass - but it takes some "strategery" to get it right!
The Screamin' Beaver Enduro
The name says it all! It's gonna be fast! It's gonna be fun! It's gonna be exciting! And it's on a trail system that's probably new to you. Come out and see what Beaver Meadows has to offer while ripping some pretty rowdy trails. This race will highlight three of the most exhilarating descents in the area. In true enduro fashion, the exact course route will not be announced until the days leading up to the race. We can assure you though, it's gonna be great!
40 in the Fort
For those looking for a serious challenge, come experience one of Colorado's toughest mountain bike races. This difficult course covers 20 miles and 4,500 vertical feet of some of NoCosfinest singletrack. Rocks, roots, steep climbs, fast descents, stunning sceneryfast and flowy, tight and techyyoull find it all on this course. Featuring a two lap 40-mile or a single lap 20-mile option, there is something available for anyone looking to challenge themselves on a mountain bike. See the Route.
- Race Director: Andy Tomaszewski (Member of Overland MTB Club Board of Directors)
- Assistant Race Director: Kristin Eagle (mtbtime)
- Overland Mountain Bike Club
More details coming soon so check back for updates!
Does your employer have a charitable giving program? Does your employer have a Matching Gifts Program? Did you know OMBC is a federally-registered 501c3 non-profit charitable organization? Did you know OMBC is happy to accept donations of various forms from club members, the general public, local businesses and large corporations?
Many club members also give a very significant amount of their time. In 2015 OMBC club members gave approximately 5000 hours of volunteer time. This includes patrol rides, trail days, outreach events, patrol and trail trainings, committee meetings, event planning meetings, land agency discussions, etc. The current “value” for volunteer hours is $23.07/hour. So, Overland Mountain Bike Club members donated approximately $115,350 in volunteer time in 2015. Very impressive!!!
Some employers also have a volunteer grants program, in which the employer donates a certain amount of funds to the charitable organization based on the number of volunteer hours completed by the employee. Many companies make in-kind donations as well, providing much-needed goods or services at no-cost. These types of programs could be very beneficial to OMBC.
How can you help? If you like what Overland is doing, then please consider joining or renewing your membership in 2016. If you are able, please consider an additional donation to help us continue funding all of these programs as well. It will be VERY MUCH appreciated! And if you do donate, please inquire with your employer about their Employee Matching Gifts Program. This is typically a very simple process that is often overlooked. Many employers will match employee charitable contributions at a 1:1 amount, with some even going as high as 4:1. Also consider asking about a volunteer grants program or any other Corporate Giving program they operate. These funds will add up and help us complete more trail and community projects going forward, making our region a much better place to ride our mountain bikes!
The total estimate for Overland’s annual giving is approximately $150,000. Again, THANK YOU to all OMBC members…very impressive!!!
Please see the Overland website for the full article regarding this info… http://overlandmtb.org/donate
Overland board member, Jon Cicarelli, recently wrote a nice article on winter fat biking at the Happy Jack area near Laramie. If you were one of those lucky enough to have ridden up there or participated in the recent Global Fat Biking Day there, you already know what a great place it is to ride your fat bike in the snow. Learn more about the area and how you can enjoy the "fatty fun" by reading the article here: http://www.overlandmtb.org/Fat-Biking-at-Happy-Jack.
Keep an eye out for opportunities throughout the winter to try out fat biking at Happy Jack or other areas. Jon is an avid winter fat biker and will likely be organizing fat biking excursions.
As you may have heard, Overland’s board of directors is considering having Overland become an official IMBA Chapter Club. At the next board meeting on Wednesday evening, Dec 2, Jason Bertolacci will be on hand to answer questions and provide information to the board. Jason is the IMBA Regional Director for CO & WY.
As always, board meetings are open to the public. Since this is one of particular significance, we will be holding it at the Old Town Library – Community Room 2. The board meeting starts at 6 PM for normal business. The IMBA discussion with Jason will begin at 7 PM. We are soliciting questions/comments from club members, but we are requesting they be submitted in advance so we can be better organized for the meeting and make it as efficient and informative as possible. Depending on time, there could be a very short open Q&A period at the end. However, I would not count on this to happen, so please submit your questions in advance if at all possible. We will also be accepting follow-up questions and comments after the meeting. The board will not be making its decision at this time…this is simply an information-gathering process.
You are encouraged to review the IMBA website, www.imba.com, for Chapter member information. Please submit all questions and comments to Club Administrator, Kenny Bearden at email@example.com.
Overland Mountain Bike Club is currently accepting proposals to redevelop its website - Overlandmtb.org. The existing website has become outdated the Club is looking to upgrade both the look and functionality of the website to make it more useful and inviting for its members and the mountain biking and cycling community in general.
If you are a website development firm interested in taking on this project and would like to submit a proposal, please download the RFP here. The submission deadline is
December 4th, 2015. December 11, 2015. If you have any questions, please email any of the contacts listed in the RFP.
This is the last official Overland event of the season. Since New Belgium is not available due to remodeling, we will be holding the event this year at the Downtown Artery in downtown Fort Collins (map). If you plan to attend, please
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The Finale is where we wrap up our riding season by wearing costumes and giving out awards and weather permitting, having a "costume crawl" ride to various local establishments. It's always a good time.
On Saturday, October 31st, 2015, Overland Mountain Bike Club and supporting organizations will be working with the City of Fort Collins to revamp the Spring Canyon/Cottonwood Glen Park bike park as a progressive MTB skills park. The Skills Park is being designed to allow beginner, intermediate and advanced riders develop their skills on technical features that range from easy for beginner riders to more difficult for advanced riders. Work for the day will be primarily adding rock features for beginner, intermediate and advanced skills lines. We’ll meet at the bike park at 8:30 am and work until 12:30 pm or so.
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Registration will close at 3:00 pm on Friday, October 30th, so please be sure to sign up before then.
Download the 11 x 17 initial conceptual rendering (892K PDF) or the full proposal (4.5MB PDF).
Initial conceptual rendering:
Overland has a couple of important events coming up, one to select our new board members and one to fill our new Club Administrator position. Read on to learn more and how you can get involved.
Board of Directors Election
It's your turn to shine! We have four Board of Director's positions opening up this fall! If you want information on what the Board does or what it's like to serve, contact any board member or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to run for the Board, please submit a statement that includes information about yourself and why you're interested in running. Submit that statement to email@example.com by September 30th to throw your name in the hat. We'll post your statement on the Candidate Statement page on the OMBC website, and ask you to attend the October 1st member meeting to make your pitch for election. To run for election, you must be a member in good standing (ie your membership has to be current.)
Update: So far, members who have stepped up to run are Thuan Nguyen, Katherine Edelblut, Jon Cicarelli, Ben Cornali and Andy Tomaszewski. Thanks for stepping up!
Overland Now Accepting Proposals for
Club Administrator Contract Position
Overland Mountain Bike Club is seeking a contractor administrator to help us further the mission of the organization. We've grown in size and now it's time move to the next level. The Club Administrator will be responsible for developing and implementing a financial strategy to support the club’s mission as well as secure funding for operational costs, assisting the Board of Directors in implementing certain strategic goals of the club, expanding the club’s relationship with land agencies and the regional bicycle community, and improving member engagement and volunteer development. Club members with the appropriate skills are encouraged to respond. The contract assumes full time engagement in the scope of work.
Interested? The Request for Proposal (RFP) for this position can be found on the Employment page. Please review it carefully and respond by October 5th, 2015. For questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day is an Overland Mountain Bike Club signature event! We're holding our annual "Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day" on October 3rd this year, in conjunction with the international IMBA event. This free event is a great opportunity for the kids to put down the video games, hop on a bike and have a great time at Lory State Park. If you have questions about the event, please email president At overlandmtb.org
Where: Lory State Park - Soldier Canyon Group Area.
Sign Kids Up Here or Volunteer for the Event