Yukon North Of Ordinary

Sports archive for February 6, 2014

Cycling club asking Yukoners to help First Nation win $10,000

The summer riding season is still months away, but Contagious Mountain Bike Club (CMBC) is looking ahead to a very busy February.

By Whitehorse Star on February 6, 2014 at 3:28 pm

The summer riding season is still months away, but Contagious Mountain Bike Club (CMBC) is looking ahead to a very busy February.

The club has been selected by outdoor mega-retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) to participate in its Dirt Search Contest, running from February 5th - 26th.

The contest pits Contagious against nine other clubs throughout western Canada in a quest to garner the most online votes, with the $10,000 prize earmarked for a trail project in the club’s host community, says a press release issued Wednesday.

While most of CMBC’s 170 members live in Whitehorse, the board of directors chose to sponsor a Carcross/Tagish First Nation-led initiative instead of putting forward its own.

“We had lots of ideas for putting that money to work in Whitehorse, but we felt this was an ideal opportunity to give back to a First Nation that has done so much for Yukon trails,” explained CMBC president Sierra van der Meer. “It’s also a show of appreciation for the investments that the federal, territorial, and municipal governments have made to help the Yukon become an amazing home for all trail enthusiasts.

“We just want to do what we can to contribute.”

The club’s gesture has been welcome news to the First Nation.

“This is definitely going above and beyond,” said Justin Ferbey, CEO of the Carcross/Tagish Management Corporation, which manages the trail network on Montana Mountain.

“CMBC’s pledge could help put our youth back out on the mountain this summer, building award-winning trails and welcoming visitors from all over the world.”

The Contagious Mountain Bike Club and the S2S Project will need a lot more than solidarity to win the prize, however.

“We’re up against clubs in big cities like Calgary and Vancouver,” explained van der Meer. “The Yukon is definitely the underdog, but we have one advantage - our incredibly supportive and tight-knit community.”

Ferbey agreed, saying “we’re appealing to Yukoners to support us by voting, and voting daily. This is a chance to show southern Canada what an amazing community and trails culture the Yukon has.”

Yukoners who want to help out can go to the Contagious or Montana Mountain websites or visit the community contest page at https://www.facebook.com/yukondirtsearch.

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