April Newsletter

MTBco Newsletter for April, 2011

Welcome back to a new season of dirty fun!  Here are a few updates on MTBco changes, events coming up for the month of April, and what you missed at our AGM in March.

Going Back to our Roots

MTBco is going back to our roots starting with the new 2011 season.  At our annual general meeting held in March, we told everyone that we are adopting 2 new club values moving ahead: Consistency & Transparency.

What does this mean for you?  You can expect our annual financial statements published on our site; monthly newsletters sent at the beginning of each month; and timely updates to our Facebook group about events, trail conditions, etc.  With a newly elected and enthusiastic executive, our wheels will be spinning hard to bring you favourite events like the Toonie Race series, Trail Maintenance Days, and new beginnings!

Check our site regularly for event info, races, trail days, our online Google-esque trail maps, and trail conditions.

NEW this year:

  • Laminated MTBco membership cards
  • Shop-neutral Trail Days with build clinics (MTBco Trail Days held separate from bike shop events)
  • Chainsaw certification course – email [email protected] to sign up
  • MTBco trail maintenance equipment available for members’ use! Contact Trail Director [email protected] for more info
  • MTBco members now get 10% off lift passes at Silver Star & 10% off their top 2 rental packages
  • MTBco members get 10% off at our sponsored bike shops
  • Goat Style is coming to Silver Star this Aug 11-13 – volunteers needed.  Sign up on our forum.



Sunday, April 17th – 12 noon
Union Cycle’s 3rd Annual Pig Roast + Chainless DH @ Postill “Addiction”
This is your opportunity to take part in a Kelowna classic.  The 3rd Annual Postil Pig Roast & Chainless DH.  Challenge your true riding skills and time yourself down ‘Addiction’ using only your ‘pump’.  Then, reward yourself by filling your belly with some pit roasted pork.  We look forward to seeing you there.
***Must be an up to date MTBco Member to participate. This event is NOT a Trail Day this year.

Warm up laps 12PM-2PM
Chainless DH 3PM
Pig Roast 5PM
$10 Entry

Click to attend.

Saturday, April 30th – 10 am

Bike Park maintenance

In preparation for the season’s official opening of the Bike Park on May 1st, we will need volunteers to help get the bike park groomed & prepped the day before.  Please contact [email protected] to lend a hand.

Sunday, May 1st – 12 noon

MTBco’s Bike Park Season Opener

For location, click “Bike Park” at
Yes! The MTBco Bike Park is officially opening Sunday, May 1st!  Come out and enjoy a BBQ, beverages, music, and hit the jumps with your friends.  Get a chance to meet MTBco and the Bike Park Director, learn the guidelines of bike park maintenance, and meet new dirtbag friends.

Chainsaw Certification Course

Thinking about building a trail this year?  Want to borrow MTBco trail maintenance equipment?  You will need to be certified.  This 2 day instructional course will be available on a first come, first served basis – only 15 spots available.  Course will cover safety basics, proper use, and maintenance of equipment..

Trail Ambassador Program

Is there someone in your club who always goes the ‘extra mile’? Someone who does more for advocacy and trail maintenance than everyone else combined? That is the sort of person we are looking for! Renegade Cycle Solutions is teaming up with IMBA Canada to reward your unsung hero, your trail maestro, your volunteer extraordinaire with an X-Fusion Velvet RL fork. In fact RCS will be dishing out TWO awards, one to the best of Eastern Canada and one for the West. Nominate your club member by July 31st, 2011 and tell us why your nominee should be an X-Fusion Trail Ambassador. Winners will be announced in September and featured in IMBA Canada’s Trail News newsletter!


  • Current IMBA Canada members are eligible to make a nomination for the award.
  • Write 250-300 words on why your trail maestro deserves the title of X-Fusion Trail Ambassador!
  • Login to the website, and submit your story here.
  • Post photos to accompany your story in IMBA Canada’s facebook album “X-Fusion Trail Ambassador Nominations”, or email them to rachael.raven[at]

Please send any questions about the program or application process to [email protected] . Contact: Rachael Raven IMBA Canada Communications Coordinator (613)301.8098 [email protected]

Silver Star Early Bird Passes on SALE

 Don’t forget to buy your Silver Star early bird season’s passes!  Save $40 by buying yours before May 31st!  Check out for more details.

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Bike Park Season Opener!

The Mission Creek Bike Skills Park will officially open this Sunday, May 1st!

Come join MTBco and our local bike shops to celebrate the official season opener.  Hit the newly buffed jump lines and take a spin on the pump track.  There will be a BBQ fundraiser for MTBco and the bike park, contests & games, and of course, SWAG GIVEAWAYS from our local bike shop sponsors!

Opening at 11am, BBQ at 12 noon, games & contests on at 2pm.

For more info on the skills park itself, visit the link on our website.

Picture taken at the Grand Opening of the Skills Park last year.

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Trail Day Tomorrow!

Hey gang,

In case you missed it in the newsletter and on our FB page, the first Trail Day of the year is tomorrow April 24th at 10am.  Meet at the Gillard FSR parking lot with some rakes, shovels, and your buddies!

Coffee & snacks provided.  Great riding to be had after.

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Postill Pig Roast

From our friends at Union Cycle…

3rd annual Postill Pig Roast
Sunday, April 17th– 12 noon

Spend the afternoon rippin’ the Postill trail system then reward yourself by filling your belly with some pit roasted pork.  We look forward to seeing you there.

$10 meal ticket

For more information, visit

*This is not a Trail Day this year.

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Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, March 8th
Kinsmen Fieldhouse (by the H2O Centre on Lexington)
Gather all ye single-track starved…

We are holding our Annual General Meeting to reunite everyone and debrief on the past year’s mountain bike events, finances, and progress; elect directors; talk about the upcoming season’s plans and events; and receive input from our members.

If you have been considering getting involved before, now is the time.

Post-meeting beers & wing night at Boomers inside the Capital News Centre.

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