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16 | Feb | '15
Bryan Rivard

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance fosters collaboration.  One of the most important parts of increasing mountain biking access in Washington State is creating lasting partnerships—with land managers, state agencies, and with our members.  And now we’re pleased to also recognize our Partner Shops, part of a three-shop pilot program that Evergreen has started to promote local bike business.

Element Cycles in Redmond, Kirkland Cycle in Kirkland, and Trek Bicycle Store in South Center have been committed to Evergreen’s mission from early on. As Partner Shops they have dedicated time, support, and manpower to work with us and ensure that work parties have food and prizes, that their customers are aware of the work that Evergreen does, and that we work together to continue expanding mountain biking opportunities across Washington.

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13 | Feb | '15
Bryan Rivard

These amazing Evergreen members deserve a shout out.  While we were at Winter Stoke working the auction to raise money for the Education Program, Molly, Sierra, and Riley were secretly working the room—collecting donations for Evergreen.  

At the end of the night they gave us a cup of coins and change totaling $56.30 in evening shakedowns and told us “this is for Evergreen.”  It was (almost) enough to render our Communications Manager speechless.  Almost.

 

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12 | Feb | '15
Bryan Rivard

If the 60-degree winter weather in Puget Sound has caused your ski soul to sulk, grab your bike, Clif Bars, (and sunscreen!?), and check out this month’s Trail Highlight: Green Mountain.

Located on DNR land in Kitsap County, Green Mountain offers steady climbs, fast descents, and great skyline views of Bremerton, Seattle—and Mt. Rainier and Adams on clear days.  The trail system offers a variety of rides like Wildcat—a good warmup climb, gaining 1100’ in 4.5 miles before a quick singletrack descent spotted with rock gardens.

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11 | Feb | '15
Bryan Rivard

With snow in short supply in the Puget Sound area it’s a great time to be a mountain biker!  And what better way to celebrate than with mountain bike movies, photos, and raffle prizes?   Last Saturday nearly 250 people packed Gerk’s Ski and Cycle store in Issaquah for the 3rd Annual Winter Stoke Party and Dirt Junkie MTB Video & Photo Contest!  Folks won sweet prizes in the silent auction and raffles, and everyone voted for their favorite photo and video.

Hosted by Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, the party was a huge success raising money for Evergreen’s Education Program. Best of all…Plenty of wintertime mountain bike stoke was generated along the way, and a stellar time was had by all! This year three of the eight videos entered took home sweet packs from Platypus--and all eight were shot by and/or starred Evergreen members!. If you didn’t make the party, you can check out this year’s winning entries below.

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10 | Feb | '15
Bryan Rivard

“We learned a lot,” said Karen Edgerton who attended Evergreen's First Mountain Bike Lobby Day with her 10-year-old daughter Catie, “not only did we get to spread some mountain biking love, but Catie learned a lot about the way our political system works.  She's excited to go back and watch the legislature in session.”

Last Wednesday (February 4th), Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance members traveled to the state capitol to speak with legislators about the importance of mountain biking in Washington.  

Constituents  of all ages met directly with their district legislators (one senator and two representatives) to raise awareness of the economic, social, and health benefits of supporting recreation and funding mountain bike projects across the state.

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05 | Feb | '15
Bryan Rivard

It's a tough job, but we'd love for you to do it.  

We're just a day away from Winter Stoke 2015 and man are we excited!  Join us @8pm (doors at 7:30) at Gerk's in Issaquah! We've got a BUNCH of awesome local mountain biking videos for you, fantastic photography, and an auction packed with rad items.    

Oh, and did we mention we're raffling off a full Transition Klunker Bike?  Oh yeah, that's happening.

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02 | Feb | '15
Bryan Rivard

Are you passionate about learning and teaching? Do you have the technical skills and love to share the thrills of mountain biking with others? Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is seeking enthusiastic, positive, and above all, patient individuals for our Volunteer Instructor Team! Becoming an Evergreen Instructor is a great way to improve your technical skills and teaching skills, and connect with a great community of mountain bikers.

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23 | Jan | '15
Bryan Rivard

What do all those things have in common? They're going to be at Winter Stoke on Saturday, February 7th!

So if you want to win a Niner Air 9 Frame, see brand new local MTB videos and photos, AND do something cool for Evergreen at the same time!

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22 | Jan | '15
Bryan Rivard

Just a reminder that our education program will start back up in April! Thanks to the amazing work of our web guru we are working to add greater functionality to our website for people interested in signing up for an Evergreen class.

For those of you chomping at the bit to figure out your future plans and sign up, we are aiming to make registration for classes available by the middle of next month! So thank you for your continued interest and we look forward to seeing you out for some skill building in 2015!

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