I have been in the mountain bike industry in a variety of ways for over 25 years. As a professional racer I represented Canada on the National Dh team 5 times and I am a former National DH champion and have competed in many National level and World Cup events. I have also hosted, for three seasons, an old school global MTB travel TV show called the Ride Guide, today I have an MTB Travel planning website called RideSpots.com, that helps mountain bike riders plan and book riding vacations around the globe. I have also been a gravity coach for over a decade working with high level racers, National Team riders and riders who were seeking to generally improve their riding skills. These days I mostly keep a low profile and ride and travel just for fun. I have been a part of the sport since the early days and I believe that I have a wide lens when it comes to where we have been and where we are going as well as the challenges we might face as an organization and a sport. On a more local note I have lived in Squamish since 2001 and have seen the trails and town progress and have a good understanding of the history of riding in Squamish.
I would be into helping to develop a tourism strategy. Specifically one that supports our membership and trails (vs supporting tourists and weekenders. I’m concerned that the current tourism model in Squamish favours guests not the locals and the trails that we have here. Squamish has arrived.. we don’t need to convince the world to come. Rather, I feel we now need to downplay it and protect what we have for our local membership. I do not advocate being negative in any way to our guests. But I do believe that as a club we should be serving the needs of our membership, community and the land first before we serve the needs of tourism.
I could potentially help develop a ride and stay package that would benefit local hosts (with the focus being on SORCA members) and businesses (that are SORCA friendly). I would like to come up with and support existing strategies that drive more new SORCA memberships and funds towards trails and the organization as a whole.
I would like to support the development and foster existing relationships with our other local trail groups such as Squamish Trails Society, 99 Trials, Stream Keepers, trail runners, Squamish Access Society, Equestrians, Squamish Dirt Bike Association. I think we can all get along really well and as we grow as a town collaboration will be likely become very important.
I can help facilitate coaching and skills training opportunities for youth and other SORCA members. I can work with the trail crew to help mobilize volunteers to assist them as needed with projects. This would be done with coordination and direction from those who are responsible for trails and trail crew.
I would like to do work that encourages our membership to care for our trails, not over-promote secret trails and to take ownership of our special area.