...that California now has an advocacy organization to represent mountain bikers at the state level?

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The California Mountain Biking Coalition's mission is to improve and increase trail access for mountain biking throughout California by providing a unified statewide voice for organizations and individuals.

CAMTB has been in the works for a couple of years, and was launched publicly in November of 2019. While numerous clubs, groups and other organizations have worked hard throughout our sport's history to support trails, do maintenance, teach trail use best practices and advocate for riders, California has never had one entity to support these groups, coordinate regional efforts or serve as a liaison between the riding community and elected officials on a broader level.

CAMTB formed as a result of talks at the California Trails and Greenways Conference in 2018. The idea to form a statewide organization began to take shape following the conference, as several local organizations held regular online discussions about issues impacting California mountain biking. At the same conference in 2019, an all-hands mountain bike meeting was held, taking those discussions to the next level.

Key representatives at this meeting were Susie Murphy and Kevin Loomis of the San Diego Mountain Bike Association, Steve Messer of the Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association in Los Angeles, Vernon Huffman from Access for Bikes, Marin, and Jake Bayless from the Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance, all of whom sat on a steering committee to guide CAMTB as it formed. They were joined by Matthew Blain from San Francisco Urban Riders, and the group eventually became CAMTB's founding board. CAMTB received its non-profit status in October 2019, and bike industry veteran Patrick Brady was hired as interim executive director in December.

Some of CAMTB's goals include engaging with state, regional and federal land managers and elected officials on behalf of mountain bikers, tracking legislation and planning efforts that affect the sport, facilitating the sharing of best practices among member organizations, educating land managers and the public about mountain biking, and promoting diversity and inclusion in the mountain bike community.

To learn more about and support CAMTB, visit

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