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TokaiMTB ADVOCACY MEMBERSHIP
2018 is in its 8th day so far and already loaded with plans but first, here's wishing you all a Happy New Year! We hope you are enjoying the Tokai weekday access as much as we are!
So 2018 is here and to start we are announcing a new initiative that finally sets our long-term plans in action. We’ve slowly built a solid foundation and the proof can be seen in that we are a group to be trusted to do what we say. Unfortunately however, as you know, no meaningful change can be achieved without funding and as such we are proud to announce our TokaiMTB ADVOCACY MEMBERSHIP that makes you an important part of the drive to an improved trail facility.
Membership to TokaiMTB is inexpensive and builds on some of our other fundraising initiatives that will run throughout the year. By becoming a member and renewing your membership annually, you will help lay down the foundation for financial sustainability that affords TokaiMTB the opportunity to continue working towards the envisioned world-class trail facility.
The trails need to be funded and true to our word we will continue offering you the best value for your input.
TokaiMTB are partnering with several brands for our Membership Launch to make the journey that much more exciting. Annual membership will cost only R300, all of which will be allocated to improving your experience in Tokai, but will also enter you into our lucky draw supported by BH Bikes South Africa, Cape Cycle Systems and The Bike Park at Constantia Uitsig.
Three lucky signed up members who enter in the month of January will win one of these exciting prizes (full details on our website > http://tokaimtb.co.za/join-tokaimtb-and-win/
1. A BH Expert 7.9, Lightweight Aluminium Hardtail
2. A SRAM Eagle 12-speed drivechain
3. One years’ membership at The Bike Park at Constantia Uitsig
A few other fantastic benefits for signing up and helping make Tokai as good as it has ever been, besides great karma is also on offer. To start, members will qualify for discounted services at The Bike Park and we'll keep adding more benefits throughout the year, so keep an eye on future announcements.
We would like to thank BH Bikes South Africa, Cape Cycle Systems and Bike Park at Uitsig, not only for offering the exciting prizes but for showing their support for the trails in Tokai.
There's more good news, our membership drive doesn't stop there! Following our January launch, we have also planned for regular quarterly draws to take place throughout the year, where all members are eligible to win some more great prizes like, mountain bike dropper posts and even wheel sets.
Besides winning prizes and benefitting from member perks, signing up most importantly allows TokaiMTB to expand and improve on the existing network of trails in Tokai. After a successful fundraiser in 2017, TokaiMTB was able to meet its goals in the restoration of the existing network of trails. Progress is dictated by the rate of rehabilitation on the ground and between alien clearing and the clear-felling of the trees, we were able to move in as contractors moved out to reopen more of the trails lost in the fire.
Our trail team has learnt invaluable skills throughout their employment so far, all of which was only possible through your support. Rider comments prove it has been money well spent with the overriding sentiment of, "When can we have more?" motivating further planning. We'll present more about the goals for 2018 at our AGM to be held sometime in February.
For 2018 our task continues with restoration of a few more trails but in addition, working with SANParks and guided by the Baseline study that was completed in 2016, we also start the Rationalisation Process of existing and new trails.
Highlights on our 2018 calendar include..
1. Existing trail rehabilitation – as conditions allow we will be rehabilitating and upgrading some old favourites:
• Fairie Garden (loop trail)
• My Roots
• Your Roots
• Downhill 4
2. Trails rationalisation process - a study into existing and possible new trails:
• A new shared-use spine trail offering a different access route up the mountain
• Existing trail link extensions
• A dedicated mountain bike climbing trail
• Rehabilitation and conversion of unused jeeptrack into new trails
3. Silvermine/Tokai link - essential in creating a Tokai to Silvermine return loop for future Park events:
• Work will begin on linking Silvermine and Tokai using the old Donkey trail that starts on the fire-lookout trail in Silvermine and meets Tokai at the Level 4 & 5 intersection. Approval has been granted and using some of the funding donated by local Tokai bike shop, Bike Mob SA, TokaiMTB will be working closely with SANParks to spec, clear and construct this route essential to including Silvermine in future Park events.
Quite an exciting year ahead, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Now, we've left it for last but certainly no less in value; the topic of safety.
Since reopening on the 10th of December 2016, riders in Tokai will have noticed the presence of a team of safety monitors comprising marshals providing early detection, and a roving vehicle for visible patrolling and fast response, both in direct radio link to a security control room.
So far the initiative, used as a proof-of-concept, has proven to be both effective and popular with riders. In addition to the safety aspect, it has also provided great help in the event of rider injury or distress. We are currently looking at ways we can extend the scheme to cover weekdays too and hopefully through both corporate and individual contributions we will have the funds to facilitate this goal.