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Monterey Off Road Cycling Association

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February 2024 Newsletter

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What's the scoop on this year's Board of Directors Planning Retreat?

Your newly elected Board met on January 13th to identify our goals and strategies for 2024 and beyond. The pillars which uphold all-things MORCA can be broken down into three areas: Engage, Build, Ride. We’re looking forward to sharing more with you soon!

Please welcome your 2024 Board of Directors:

            Lisa Birch               President
            Taylor Short            Vice President
            Henrietta Stern       Secretary
            Kevin Kutcher        Treasurer
            David Santos          Member-at-Large
            Kevin Tatsugawa    Member-at-Large
            Mike McGirr            Member-at-Large

We need you at "Trail Love Saturday" on February 17th!

Have you ever ridden a trail while thinking silently to yourself (or out loud to your buddies) “Hey, I helped build this trail!”? It’s a satisfying feeling of accomplishment. Now’s the time to say it for the first time, or say it again!

The Bureau of Land Management cut in the new realignment of Trial 31S in January and the MORCA Trail Crew has been busy preparing for a big trail day on Saturday February 17th (9am to 1pm followed by lunch).
 

When are those Porta-Potties you promised us coming to 8th & Gigling?

The County of Monterey Parks issued a Special Use Permit for us to install portable restrooms at 8th and Gigling. The County will install a pad soon, and the porta-potties will be delivered when that’s done.

$11,751 in donations made it possible for us to get this far, but we need another $9,000 to fund cover 3 years. If you haven’t had a chance to support this project yet, please donate here.

Voice Your Support for the Bicycling on Long-Distance Trails (BOLT) Act

If anything good came out of the pandemic, it has been a renewed motivation by local government, land management agencies, and outdoor recreation advocacy groups like MORCA to grow and improve upon outdoor recreation opportunities. After all, outdoor recreation helped many of us get through the past few years.

From working to make the nation’s outdoors community and resources more diverse, equitable, and inclusive to making more federal, state, and regional funding available to improve existing trails and plan or build new ones, the potential for growing outdoor recreation opportunities for all is greater than ever.

This recreation revolution began in part during 2020 when the Great Outdoors Act was signed into law, and just last December the House Committee on Natural Resources introduced the bipartisan EXPLORE Act. Both pieces of legislation have the potential to support a bill that is specific to mountain biking, the Biking On Long-Distance Trails (BOLT) Act. The BOLT Act has been rolling through the hallways of the House and Senate since 2021 and it needs our help to clear the last hurdle.

MORCA invites members to learn more, consider sharing this information with your own network and above all, to voice your support for the BOLT Act by sending a letter to your senator(s). Thanks to our friends at IMBA, there’s a simple online form you can fill out, send, and make your voice heard in five minutes or less.

We are grateful to IMBA, the Outdoor Alliance, countless other advocacy groups, our conservation and outdoors-minded elected officials, and our very own members for doing their part to advance these important initiatives!

MORCA Partners with CAMTB to Highlight MTB Advocacy at Sea Otter Classic

Monterey County cyclists are so fortunate to have a world-renowned cycling event like the Sea Otter Classic (SOC) take place in our own backyard. Not only is this a fun event for all riders and ability levels, but it also literally brings the entire bike industry to town every April. And most relevant to MORCA – SOC has a history of showcasing mountain bike advocacy and giving event attendees and sponsors a chance to learn more or to lean in by providing needed support for advocacy.

In addition to playing an integral role in the year-round upkeep of trails used by SOC, part of MORCA’s legacy at Sea Otter involves providing much needed volunteers for the event. And in return, event organizers have generously provided our organization with booth space. This year, thanks to some helpful accommodation from SOC, we were able to invite our comrades at the California Mountain Bike Association to be our neighbors.

MORCA and CAMTB have begun to work more closely in recent months/years. Executive Director Michael Anzalone has advised MORCA Board Members on a number of topics and initiatives such as California State Parks Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Department’s initiative to develop Mountain Bike buffer trails between OHMVR areas and park boundaries. 

In their relatively short existence, CAMTB has become a powerful force for California mountain bikers and advocacy groups.  We invite MORCA members to check out some of the amazing work CAMTB is doing in other parts of the state, and to stop by our neighboring booths at SOC this April. We’ll have more information about SOC in coming months – hope to see you there!

MORCA Seeks Volunteers for Digital Communications Coordinator Role and New Communications & Outreach Committee

The Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) is seeking members for its newly formed Communications & Outreach Committee (C&OC). This committee will help to move communications, outreach, and marketing initiatives and projects forward. Specifically, MORCA’s C&O Committee seeks a volunteer Digital Communications Coordinator to assist primarily with periodic website maintenance (WordPress) as well as possible newsletter (Mailchimp) and social media (Facebook and Instagram) updates.

Currently, the committee is chaired by Peter Berridge, a MORCA member at large and former Marketing Manager for CLIF Bar who has been involved with mountain biking for 40+ years. He is excited to impart his knowledge of community outreach, communications, and marketing to all committee members and to work closely with the Digital Communications Coordinator, implementing MORCA’s Annual Communications & Outreach Plan and improving website, newsletter, and social media engagement. 

Assisting with these outreach efforts will also be two members of the Board of Directors.

 MORCA invites NorCal Interscholastic Cycling League members and working professionals to consider applying for the Communications & Outreach Committee and Digital Communications Coordinator role. The anticipated time commitment for the coordinator role is approximately 4-8 hours each month. The committee will meet monthly for 1.5-2 hours to share ideas, discuss plans, and assign tasks. Committee members can anticipate dedicating roughly 2-5 hours monthly for MORCA work outside of meetings. The goal of this work is to help MORCA update its website, newsletter, and social media channels more frequently and in line with the Annual Communications & Outreach Plan. All committee members will contribute to annual plan implementation and to creating monthly content for the Digital Communications Coordinator to bring to life online. 

Interested in filling the Digital Communication Coordinator role or joining the MORCA team as a Communications & Outreach Committee member? Please share your resume and some thoughts about why you’d be a good fit for the committee and/or coordinator role by emailing: MORCAcomms@gmail.com.