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    Hey Guys,

    Okay Ive been searching around abit trying to figure out the politics of our Ontario mountain biking scene. Do we have an organization that represents us riders, and more specifically willing trail builders? Do we have a organization that represents us as a whole infront of land owners etc. How about fundraising and funding (is there even such a thing)?

    Kyle

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    where do you want to build trails?
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    Ontario wide and just Ontario? I would say no not really.
    But that is very specific geography.
    If you read all the threads on the front page of this forum or even just the sticky ones you will get a good sense of the challenge it might be to organize that.

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    IMBA Canada has an Ontario branch. They're certainly very helpful in assisting with land owner negotiations. On the ground, though, most legal trail building happens as a result of good relationships directly between the land owner and a local club or group. The clubs can do their own fundraising, and there are a number of grants available to help out with such stuff (check the IMBA Canada website for ideas). So singlesprocket's post asking about where you're interested in building is apt, as you'd be best going through your local club. If there's no local club, you can form one (tough but not impossible) or see if there's a local club that is willing to incorporate a trail building component. In Hamilton, we examined both options (after a really dynamic thread started by langford asking if there were any local mtb clubs) and have been incredibly successful starting a mountain bike riding and building component to the Hamilton Cycling Club, which was primarily focused on roadies until last year.

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    In Ontario, when it comes to giving cyclists a unified voice, and building / maintaining trails, it is largely done by local clubs, rather than an Ontario wide organization.
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    There are a lot of potential answers to this question but I'll start by saying that probably the best organized group of people to get hooked up with is IMBA Canada. There are lots of IMBA affiliated clubs (Lapdogs, HCC, GORBA, SHCC and on and on...) in Southern Ontario and you can also become a member directly.

    Aside from the fantastic old-fashioned networking you can do through this channel, there's also the burgeoning RLAC (Regioal Leadership Advisory Council) structure happening at the Provincial level.

    Fund-raising is a whole other kettle of fish. Some clubs hold races or do some other sort of event while others work hard for Trillium Grants. Depending on your land-owner, you might just get by on a very modest budget.
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    running a club is a pain in the a$$, not to many people have the stamina to do it. my suggestion is the same as everyones else... take the path of least resistance, use the club to gain knowledge of trail building etc... be aware that clubs are cliquey and slow to change... if you fit that fine, otherwise you will be bored to tears... there is also the informal trail building networks. once again it all depends where you live...
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    Okay guys thanks for the input. I dont have a specific location that I wanted to build trails. I am from Burlington and have just began mountain biking after some years of racing BMX and motocross. As I am getting older (I wouldnt say wiser haha) I am beginning to realize that politics and these organizations play a big roll in starting and keeping our trail systems alive.

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    Burlington's a bit of a no-man's land but if you want to get involved semi-locally, we're planning a medium-sized Hamilton Cycling Club build-day around mid-September.

    If interested, PM me or shoot me a message at marcrisdale (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll get you added to our mailing list.

    Either way, as soon as we firm-up the date, we'll have some details in the Hamilton Trail Building thread.
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