Posted by Editoress on 01/15/10
The Hamilton Cycling Club executive has taken a significant step forward in building its mountain bike initiatives, with a January 13th decision to join the International Mountain Bicycling Association and to add two MTB reps to its executive ranks.
Both motions were voted on at this week's executive meeting, and received unanimous support from the executive members present. It comes amid discussions between area mountain bikers and HCC about building a strong local cycling community.
At the meeting, the HCC executive considered the IMBA membership and the addition of two executive members as first steps, if the club is to augment its MTB wing. The directors agreed that the future of HCC will include more MTB events, trail-building and advocacy for access to public land.
"There is a perception out there that the club is only for roadies," explained racing secretary Henry Dudko. "And that is just not true, because so many of us are also riding mountain bikes because it's a lot fun."
The decision left mountain bike racer Marc Risdale, who attended the meeting, pleased: "Hamilton has always stood out in southern Ontario for lacking a mountain bike club and we're really excited that the Hamilton Cycling Club has taken these significant steps towards welcoming a whole new group of riders. We have ambitious plans and we look forward to working with all members in bringing them to fruition.”
Information Session: Come see what we have in store to help develop MTB in Hamilton:
Wednesday January 20th, 7:00 pm
Winchester Arms, 120 King St., Dundas, ON
Courtesy Jeff Landry
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