The Spin Sisters Mountain Bike Club is 100% run by volunteers. Without your help, we wouldn’t be what we are today.
The opportunities to volunteer with Spin Sisters are numerous and varied, from hosting a ride, to building trails, to burger-grilling on trail days, to helping the Executive Committees do their thing. Just as the tasks are varied, so is the time commitment and the timeframe of when you are needed. Some committees need help now, some need help for a month or three and some are ongoing.
How do I Volunteer?
If you clicked a volunteer box on your registration, we will be in touch soon.
If you didn’t click a volunteer box but are curious about volunteering, drop us a line and we can discuss the possibilities!
What Can I do?
Become a Ride Host or Sweep
Being a ride host or sweep is a great way to get involved in the club. It's our goal to have a ride host and sweep for all Novice/Beginner rides and many of the Intermediate rides, especially in the early season. You do not need to be the fastest or the best rider to be a ride host, we just ask that you have some knowledge of the trail being ridden. Check out the rides page for more information on what it means to be a Ride Host/Sweep.
Join one of our Committees
The following Committees are looking for volunteers to help with various tasks:
- Clinics – Maintenance and Skills
- Learn 2 Race
Spin Sisters members have put hundreds of accumulated hours of loving attention into the singletrack trails in some of our favourite riding areas, including Fish Creek Provincial Park, Bowmont Park in Calgary, as well as in the Bragg Creek area as well as the Ridgeback and S.H.A.F.T. trails at Station Flats/Ing's Mine in K-Country.
Spin Sisters works in conjunction with five local trail associations, to give back to the community and contribute to maintaining the trails, and assist in building new trails to expand our local network. These include the Canmore and Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA), Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance (CMBA), Friends of Kananaskis, Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association (GBCTA), and Moose Mountain Bike Trail Society (MMBTS).
We have organized five trail maintenance days for the 2020 season – watch our Social Media Channels and check the schedule on Team Snap for the dates and further details on these. Each one will be a trail maintenance bike party in its own right. We’ll work on some sweet trails, have a bbq, give away some amazing swag from our amazing sponsors, AND go for a ride afterwards. What a great way to spend a Saturday! It’s proven that volunteering for a trail maintenance day or two builds trail karma that keeps us all on our bikes with the rubber side down.
Watch for announcements on upcoming trail building days for the 2020 season!
Our Local Trail Associations
We work with the five trail associations below. Please consider joining at least one local trail association, as the money from your membership goes towards trail maintenance and new trail development. Membership numbers are extremely important for a trail association’s advocacy efforts, and really matter when they lobby the government for trail access and development. Plus you’ll receive some amazing deals from local sponsors, and be able to participate in fun events like Toonie Races and Poker Rides like those organized by MMBTS.
Canmore and Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA)
With a focus on Canmore and area, CAMBA’s mandate is to advocate for mountain biking, and strive for a vibrant, exciting trail system for all ages and abilities. CAMBA had 300 members for the 2019 season. They have a number of exciting projects they will continue to work on for the 2020 season. These include the Quarry Lake Trail and the Razor’s Edge Connector Trail. CAMBA also received approval in principle from Alberta Parks for an Enduro/Freeride trail at the Nordic Centre. Through an MOU with Three Sisters Mountain Village, CAMBA is also helping to integrate new and existing trails as they continue to develop their lands in and around Canmore. CAMBA is also in the very initial stages of working toward sanctioning the Prospector Trail in Exshaw! The Razor’s Edge Connector Trail will be pivotal for the trail being sanctioned as well. CAMBA also maintains the Benchlands Skills Park which offers users dirt jumps, log and rock/skinny riding and other features.
Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance (CMBA)
CMBA builds and maintains trails in Calgary and Kananaskis, and also helps other organizations with their trail work. This year, they are planning to machine build about 800 m of new trail in Nolan Hill. They are also planning trail maintenance projects at 12 Mile Coulee, Bottomlands, Bowmont Park and Paskapoo Slopes. Please visit CMBA’s website for more information or to purchase a membership for the 2020 season: http://www.cmbalink.com/support-the-trails/
Friends of Kananaskis
The mission of Friends of Kananskis is to build a community of volunteers and partners to maintain the ecological integrity and recreational use of Kananskis Country by engaging in trail care, stewardship, education and research. Their focus for the 2020 season will include helping out with the Razor’s Edge Connector trail, also trail maintenance on Jumping Pound/Cox Hill and at the Canmore Nordic Centre. In 2019, Friends of Kananskis held an impressive 51 trail days, with 343 volunteers helping out over 2414 hours which is pretty amazing!
Their website is a great resource on trail maps and conditions, we encourage you to check it out. You can sign up to volunteer for Friends of Kananskis at the following link: https://app.betterimpact.com/Application?OrganizationGuid=11e52ba6-b6c5-4f2c-8f14-cfe0bd7cafc6&ApplicationFormNumber=2.
You can donate to Friends of Kananaskis here: http://www.kananaskis.org/how-to-help/donate/
Moose Mountain Bike Trail Society
Formed in 2009, MMBTS is comprised of mountain bikers, dedicated to the accessibility of trails and support of mountain biking in the Moose Mountain and surrounding area. Their mission is to advocate, develop, and maintain mountain bike trails and to promote active, fun, environmentally responsible community involvement. (Translation: To build, shred, and high-five)
Greater Bragg Creek Trail Association
The Greater Bragg Creek Trail Association (GBCTA) has built, and maintained some of our favourite trails. Visit their website for tons of info regarding trail conditions, trail etiquette, trail building days, and much more!