Tuesday, February 2, 2010

MMBA Annual Meeting & Expo, Part 1

On the left: yours truly; on the right: 6 time Leadville Trail 100 Winner Dave Wiens from Gunnison, Colorado

On Sunday, January 31, 2010, I attended the Michigan Mountain Biking Association (MMBA) Annual Meeting & Expo. It was a great chance to meet up with teammates, talk to guys at the KLM Bike and Fitness Booth (http://klmfitness.com/index.cfm) and check out the things going on at the MMBA.

I am the Director of Advocacy so I actually had to behave myself and not act like a complete bike geek at all times (though there was one notable exception, discussed in Part 2). I had MMBA business to take care of. I gave a presentation on the MMBA's advocacy efforts over the past year, introduced my staff, and talked about new advocacy efforts for 2010.

I have been going to the MMBA Annual Meeting for years and this was the best one yet. It starts with a great venue: the MSU Pavilion was perfect. It had plenty of wide open space through the hallways, bathrooms, and expo area. So much room that one could ride their bike into the Pavilion and never get off; I mean it. I guess it is one of the bonuses of making everything ADA compliant-- ramps everywhere! One could ride into every area of the expo, everywhere!!!!

-----------Through the expo area? Yep.
-----------To the swap meet? Sure. Stop by the beatthetrain table (http://www.beatthetrainindetroit.com/) and eat chips and salsa on 2 wheels!!
-----------To the auditorium? Why not!! Plenty of room in the pit area to listen to the MMBA annual meeting presentations, chapter presentations, Dave Wiens' presentation, etc.
-----------In the dirt arena where they set up a pump track? Duh, it's a pump track-- just make sure to sign the waiver and get your wristband for admittance.
-----------In the bathrooms? I didn't see anyone try it, but there was plenty of room-- just be careful with those handlebars.

It was a great day to be involved in mountain biking. As I prepared to leave the MSU Pavilion, I had a few minutes to think of all the people I had met, the good stories we shared, the accomplishments of the MMBA and the good feeling of a day spent in earnest contemplation of activities that made my soul feel better. It was a good day. The kind of day that reminds one of the great things that mankind is capable of.

-John Gonway

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