Author Archives: Will Taygan

About Will Taygan

Running biodiesel, building singletrack, teaching Nordic Skiing, raising girls, and exploring the north.

CMBR is hiring!

Executive Director

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.

Volunteer Coordination

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.

Project Management

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

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


Please send an email in support to the Anchorage Assembly at 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:

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


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.

Thank You!

Mirror Lake MTB Update June 2022

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!

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.

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.

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


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)

We are still looking for sponsors for the new jump lines. Individual family sponsorship starts at $500, we suggest $5000 for corporate sponsorship.

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!