We are excited to be partnering with the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association to provide new mountain biking, hiking, and dog mushing opportunities in Beach Lake Park! We are applying for a Recreational Trails Programs grant to fund this trail expansion! Please contact us by Oct 31, 2022 if you have any comments in favor or against this proposal.
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CMBR is hiring!
Chugach Mountain Bike Riders (CMBR)
Chugiak-Eagle River, Alaska
15-20 hours per week (0.5 FTE)
Salary: $26k/year (0.5 FTE)
Chugach Mountain Bike Riders has grown from four people with a dream of building mountain bike trails and a $400 budget in 2015, to the leading trail organization in Chugiak-Eagle River with a 2022 budget of over $400k. This all-volunteer organization is looking for an outgoing and dedicated Executive Director with excellent people skills to enable our volunteers to continue building our local mountain bike trails and community.
Supporting our volunteer-led organization is priority one. This Executive Director will support the volunteer secretary and treasurer to ensure that CMBR is compliant with local, state, and federal permits, bookkeeping, tax reporting, etc. The ED will work with and support CMBR kids youth MTB club volunteers, volunteer race directors, and volunteer trail crews.
Advocacy and Lobbying
This Executive Director will proactively develop relationships with local, state, and federal elected representatives and agencies, as well as tribal governments, native corporations, local businesses, and land owners. The ED will attend and promote CMBR at local community councils, Park and Recreation meetings, and develop coalitions with other nonprofit organizations.
Fundraising and Donor Stewardship
This Executive Director will be an experienced and successful grant writer, able to manage grant projects and grant reporting. The ED will actively fundraise locally and nationally, and develop and oversee our donor stewardship program.
Furthermore, this ED must be experienced with MTB trail building and able to shepherd CMBR trail projects through public process, fundraising, permitting, bidding, implementation, and reporting. Our current priorities include the MTB singletrack trails at Mirror Lake and the Chugiak-Eagle River Greenbelt Trails connecting Eagle River to Eklutna through Beach Lake and Mirror Lake parks.
Communications and Promotion
The Executive Director will oversee promotion, communication, and design, and advocate for CMBR on social media, email, websites, traditional mail, posters, and other means as necessary.
Other Duties as required.
CMBR is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.
Submit resume and cover letter by September 30, 2022 to andrew@CMBRalaska.org
2022 Muddy Masher Race Results
2022 Muddy Masher Downcountry MTB Race
Need an excuse to ride the NEW TRAILS at Mirror Lake? Check out Ben’s Bike Playground? Join us for the MUDDY MASHER mountain bike race!
About this event
* Registration ends Sat 09-10-22 11:59 pm. There is NO IN-PERSON registration*
We are pleased to announce Trek Bicycle Store of Anchorage as the sponsor for the first annual Mirror Lake MUDDY Masher DOWNCOUNTRY bike race!
What does downcountry mean? Welp, it’s your standard multi-lap XC MTB race with the new downhill lines in the loop. These are all rollable, but should put a little excitement into your flow! (as well as some climbs to get your heart racing.)
This is not a cyclocross race. 2.2″ width tires minimum to protect the trails.
The race course is dependent on conditions, but expect a short course (6+ miles) and a long course (12+ mile) options that can be finished within the 2-hour time limit. There will be a youth single-lap race starting at the same time.
This event fundraiser for Chugach Mountain Bike Riders and proceeds will go to support the improvement of the Mirror Lake Singletrack.
When: Sunday, Sept 11th. Bib Pick-Up 2pm. Race Start 3pm.
Where: Mirror Lake Park, Mile 24 Glenn Hwy, Chugiak, Alaska.
Cost: $35 adults/$15 youth
SUPPORT THE NORTHERN COASTAL TRAIL!
Please send an email in support to the Anchorage Assembly at email@example.com for CMBR’s $1.5M ARPA request for “Rebuilding, re-establishing, and expanding the Chugiak Eagle River Trail System”
The Muni reconvenes at a work session to discuss ARPA funding on Thurs July 7th.
We especially could use support from Assembly members from the Anchorage Bowl!
You can find your assembly person at: https://www.muni.org/departments/assembly/pages/contact%20information.aspx
ARPA PROJECT TITLE: Rebuilding, re-establishing, and expanding the Chugiak Eagle River Trail System
SHORT DESCRIPTION: Progress with the Anchorage Trails Plan with an emphasis on the Northern Extension of the Coastal Trail.
ORGANIZATION NAME: Chugach Mountain Bike Riders, 501(C)3
AMOUNT REQUESTED: $1.5M
Dear Assembly Members,
I encourage you to fund trails in Chugiak-Eagle River. In addition to repairing existing mushing, xc skiing, mountain biking, and hiking trails, CMBR will START CONSTRUCTION on the muni-approved FIRE CREEK TRAIL connecting Eagle River to the Coast (Coastal Trail Plan and Areawide Trails Plan). This trail will follow the Historic Iditarod Trail and be part of the Alaska Long Trail system connecting Eagle River to Eklutna.
The Muni owns a trail easement along Fire Creek as a part of ANCSA/ANILCA, and much of this trail section would be within the Muni-owned Beach Lake Park, and is included in the Beach Lake Park master plan.
Mirror Lake MTB Update June 2022
BEN’S BIKE PLAYGROUND IS OPEN!
Come out and enjoy the pump track, balance features, and jump lines. We have beginner, intermediate and expert options, so please walk the trails with your kiddos before you send them off!
MORE NEW TRAILS BY THE OVERLOOK!
Professional trail builders Happy Trails has just finished building two new trails off Hot Tamale/Overlook Trail. These beginner-intermediate gravity trails are a step up from Ben’s Bike Playground and include Ben’s Jump Line, “the BEE-Line,” (a nod to the Hillside and her workers) and a flowy pump-trail in the woods “Lazy-G,” named after Ben’s dog Georgie, whose ashes are spread with Ben’s on top of Bear Mountain.
WARNING: NEW CHICANE/GATE ON HOT TAMALE.
We have installed a chicane/gate on Hot Tamale where it crosses the new trails. Be aware of the new traffic flow and slow down by the new construction.
WEDNESDAY TRAIL WORK PARTIES!
We expect to open these new gravity trails in early August, and need YOUR HELP to clear hazards, lop roots, stack logs, install sign posts and prep the trails for muni inspection in late July.Meet on the back road (CAMP GORSUCH RD.) and head up the multiuse trail to the OVERLOOK.
Weds June 29th, 2022 6:30-8:30pm
Weds July 6th, 2022 6:30-8:30pm
CMBR Kids Starts NEXT WEEK!
CMBR Kids Starts NEXT WEEK!
We still have a few spots left for our youth MTB club, and a FULL week of skill building options scheduled for our volunteers! We are certifying our lead coaches through the nationally recognized Bike Instructor Certification Program (BICP).
Register your kiddos at:
Tues June 28th CMBR Kids Coach Meeting at OMR
Tues July 5th CMBR Kids First Session
Weds July 6th CMBR Kids Coach training with BICP Instructor Sofia Petroni
Thurs July 7th CMBR Kids Night #2
Fri July 8th – Sun July 10th CMBR Kids Coach BICP Instructor Certification (FULL)
TRAIL SPONSORS NEEDED!
We are still looking for sponsors for the new jump lines. Individual family sponsorship starts at $500, we suggest $5000 for corporate sponsorship.
BEN’S HATS ARE IN!
Stop by Alaska Cycle Chic on Northern Lights (across from the Bicycle Shop) or the Trek Store of Anchorage on Benson (behind REI) to pick yours up and support the trails!
Ben’s Pump Track at Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake Trails Closed for Spring Breakup.
Trail Building Update April 22
Mirror Lake trail building season has begun!
Please stay off of the Red Loop/Hot Tamale this week (April 11, 2022) as crews work to clear corridors for a new jump line and a pumpy flow trail!