To better serve mountain biker populations throughout Puget Sound, Evergreen’s Education Program is now offering classes in three new locations: Black Diamond Open Space (Maple Valley), Swan Creek Park (Tacoma), and Hartman Park/Bike Park (Redmond)!
Last month Evergreen MTB had the opportunity to host an Americorps National Civilian Conservations Corps (NCCC) crew for three weeks.
The 7-person crew, ranging in age from 19 – 25 years old, had spent almost 10 months prior working together on projects ranging from conservation work to assisting homeless populations.
But working with Evergreen was their first introduction to trail work, the mountain bike community—and for most of them it was their first time mountain biking!
A lot happened on Tiger Mountain last month. Timber harvesting, trail work, and—most excitingly—the Sturdy B’s put on their first Tiger Mt. Sturdy Dirty Enduro!
The popular all-women riding event not only sold out (again!), but also held the distinction of being the first to allow expert and pro participants to run the new Tiger descent trail. Boasting nearly 230 participants, the 2015 Sturdy Dirty has flown into its second year with enormous momentum.
The Sturdy Dirty is the brainchild of the 6-year-old Sturdy B all-woman racing team, and offers the chance for women riders of all abilities to race an all-female field. Combining the popular event with Tiger Mountain, a local favorite, the Sturdy B’s held the race in Issaquah at the invitation of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.
Saturday evening marked the end of yet another amazing Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival presented by Clif at King County’s Duthie Hill Park in Issaquah, WA. For 6 years the festival has continued to grow, and this year was exceptional in how much it grew. With close to 3000 attendees, and 50+ vendors demoing 17 different bike brands under sunny skies, we saw record numbers of families, first time Duthie visitors, and a record numbers of new Evergreen members!
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is very excited to announce our new women’s riding group--the Evergreen Crank Sisters--which officially launched at the Sweetlines Chick Flicks event on May 27th. This women-only riding group is the result of hard work and collaborative efforts by local women mountain bikers from the Sturdy B’s, Fanatik Hot Flashes, Fischer Plumbing, Washington Student Cycling League, Muddbunnies, and Evergreen Instructors.
It’s still got snow on it, right? Welcome to 2015, the year of the mountain bike. Like other trails in the region, Hansen Ridge has shed her winter coat and welcomes riders to her rocky, medium-technical trails with big views, challenging climbs, and the potential of a mid-ride dip in the lake.
We need your help! You may remember last winter that we reached out to our community to collect used mountain bikes in good condition for a potential program we would like to develop.
We are now close to launching this program: Evergreen’s Trail Access Program – providing opportunities for less fortunate youth to get outside and have fun learning how to mountain bike.
Evergreen’s efforts to advocate for mountain biking throughout Washington often takes us outside of the state—to Washington DC, Idaho, or like last month—to Portland, OR for the 2015 International Trails Symposium.