Central B.C. First Nation Simpcw is partnering with the Indigenous Youth Mountain Bike Program (IYMBP) and First Journey Trails to host the first-ever Allies Mountain Bike Festival April 29, 30 and May 1.
The event will take place in Chu Chua, the home of Simpcw First Nation, northeast of Kamloops, and is aimed at bringing people together to “ride in solidarity and for the love of trails and mountain biking” said the news release announcing the inaugural event.
Co-owner of First Journey Trails and co-founder of the IYMBP Thomas Schoen said this event is meant to “show the Simpcw community at large … just how much they are loved and supported by the trail users and by the mountain bike world. People love their trails, they are super supportive, but because the riders are out in the forest on the trails … a lot of community members, they know what’s going on and they’re really supportive but they don’t necessarily see just what a big deal this is to the non-indigenous community.”
“We just want to give the community a ton of love and let them know: ‘what you have done over the last couple years is absolutely spectacular and it is appreciated.’”
Another message Schoen said he and his partner want to get out there is “we can work in partnership with Indigenous communities in the spirit of reconciliation, we can support them, we can help them.”
Simpcw First Nation has developed more than 15 km of trails by working with the IYMBP […]