Kevin Koopmans has been chosen as one of the finalists for the 2015 Kazlaw Mtn Biking Community Award!
Kazlaw Mtn Biking Award
The Kazlaw Award is funded by the Kazlaw Injury Lawyers, to those who make mountain biking happen in their community. It awards free entry into the BC Bike Race, a week-long race held every year on BC’s west coast in early July.
There is one spot open for this award in 2015, and Kevin needs your help, so vote now! Kevin has been giving to the mountain biking community for many years. We thank you Kevin, and it is time we give back to you!
Vote for Kevin today!
Voting starts Feb 20th, 2015 and will run until March 13th, so rally up troops, friends, community & help Kevin win the free entry to BCBR 2015! You each get one vote, so let’s make it happen for Kevin!
Following is Kevin’s nomination letter ….
Kevin is actively involved in giving back to the mountain biking community. Kevin ‘s vision was to help create sustainable trail networks, and by working with land managers and volunteers, he has help create, maintain, and promote some of the most enjoyable trails around.
As FVMBA president for the last 3 years, Kevin helped forge a key relationships with Trails and Recreation Sites BC to legitimize trails in the Fraser Valley. He advocates mountain biking with local governments, regional districts, and ministry staff, helping grow public relationships to gain support for the development and promotion of local trails.
Fraser Valley is becoming a much talked about destination for mountain biking, and growing as new trails develop. His focus to include women and children in the sport is reflective of the newer beginner level trails and events being developed in the Fraser Valley.
Kevin spearheaded the Squidline trail on Sumas Mountain in Abbotsford, BC. He established a partnership with Trails BC and the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to develop a first-rate mountain biking destination on Sumas Mountain. He scouted the new line, and wrote proposals for funding to construct the trail as a flagship trail for the trail network. With funding secured, the trail was built to please novice riders, yet give a challenge and thrill to advanced riders. Upon completion, the promise of a sweet singletrack was delivered. Sumas Mountain Bike Recreation Site and has seen enormous progress, including new trail signage, parking, washroom facilities, and kiosk with maps. Squidline has become a must ride destination for mountain bikers visiting the Lower Mainland, a trail Kevin still helps to maintain.
Kevin dedication helps organize clubs events such as Bike Film Fests, trail building days, and race events. He participates in regional interdisciplinary group (Chilliwack Forest District Outdoor Recreation Advisory Group), and partnerships with Hope Mountain Centre as a mountain biking representative.
Late 2014, Kevin secured funding to renovate the old Bear Mountain Downhill course in Mission, BC into a flagship flow trail, the likes of Half Nelson in Squamish.
Currently he is campaigning to build an amazing backcountry epic ride in the Chilliwack Valley, and working with City of Abbotsford to protect mountain biking on Legeview / Mckee peak. He continues to promote and lobby businesses to invest and support local trails and new trail development.
Kevin’s leadership has grown the club, mountain biking, and the reputation of the FVMBA to new heights with the community and municipalities. Surrounding clubs are taking notice and discovering the riding opportunities in the Fraser Valley.
There is no hesitation in recommending Kevin Koopmans be given a chance to represent the “someone who makes mountain biking happen” with a Kazlaw Mountain Biking Community Award.