What the MBG is Doing
Trail work and advocacy:
The Montana Bicycle Guild works hard to advocate for more mountain biking access to public and private lands, increasing the number and quality of mountain bike trails, and being an integral part of the trail implementation process. Doing so involves working with different organizations and government agencies, in addition to actual trail work and maintenance.
The last couple years we’ve been working hard to build our resume so we can play an active role in the planning and building of new trails. For example, the last couple summers, the awesome folks up at the Great Divide have been allowing us to create some new trails on their land. There’s a couple of great trails built so far and we’re looking forward to making some new ones in 2016! If you want to get involved up at the Great Divide or with our other trail work projects, get in touch with us on our facebook page or through the get involved page of our website.
On the trail advocacy side of things, the Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest is in the process of creating a new Forest Plan. Since the existing Forest Plan was adopted 30 years ago in 1986, this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to get involved and have an impact on mountain biking in Montana. We’ve been heavily involved with commenting, organizing, and educating mountain bikers so that we’ll have a big impact on the new Forest Plan.
In addition, we’re actively involved with other user groups and organizations, including the Prickly Pear Land Trust, to help maintain, develop, and improve trails in the South Hills of Helena, as well as improving mountain biking opportunities in the area. Ultimately, we hope to create some bike-optimized trails for present and future generations to enjoy.
Improving Helena’s and Montana’s Biking Culture:
Everything we do is done with the purpose of helping to promote Helena and Montana as a bike-friendly place to visit, live, and do business. Whether that is through our trail advocacy/work or through running the Montana Enduro Series, our goal is to help make this an awesome place for mountain biking.
These are just some of the things we’re doing to improve the mountain biking culture: We have weekly group mountain bike rides from the Gravity Guild Garage, we host mountain bike movie premieres, and invite everyone we know for an end-of-summer party on the trails we’ve built. We’re also going to be using Helena’s awesome Vigilante Bike Park to have other fun events, such as pump track races and (hopefully) a dirt jump competition or two — all in the name of fun, competition, and making Montana a great place to live and a really great place to ride.
The Montana Enduro Series:
The Montana Enduro Series is even more refined for its third year and we’re hoping to make a lot of new friends this season! The climbs are going to be longer, the descents bigger, and the races are going to be a lot of fun!
Check out www.montanaenduro.com to find out more!
Got something you think we should focus our energy on? Let us know by getting in touch with us on our get involved page.