May 25-26 • San Rafael
Ales and Trails returns to China Camp in San Rafael May 25-26, 2018 to bring mountain bikers and trail enthusiasts together in support of Access4Bikes’ and Access4Bikes Foundation’s work in Marin County and throughout Northern California.
This year’s event will offer a host of bicycle industry partners on hand to help with the ride of your dreams. Demo bikes will be available from REI, Specialized, Whyte Bicycles, Giant Bicycles provided by Bicycle BrüStop, Santa Cruz provided by Mike’s Bikes, Orbea, Salsa, Ellsworth, and Felt. This year’s Bicycle BrüStop Beer Garden will feature Faction, Fieldwork, HenHouse, Cellarmaker and Iron Springs Breweries, plus hard cider from Sonoma Cider and root beer for the kids.
This family friendly event features a world class skills area presented by Gary Hill, live music, the famous kids race, and 400 of your closest friends to celebrate the success and struggles of opening more trails to mountain bikes. New for this year: camping and the first ever Specialized-sponsored Ales and Trails Work Day!
Learn more and buy tickets at alesandtrails.com.
About Access4Bikes and Access4Bikes Foundation
Access4Bikes and Access4Bikes Foundation share a common mission: to motivate and empower Marin mountain bikers to act in their own self-interest, to get fair and reasonable access to our public trails and to preserve the experience of trail riding for future generations.
In 1984, the US Forest Service banned bicycles from Wilderness Areas. Subsequently, many local Marin land managers followed suit closing almost all the singletrack in Marin to bikes, despite the fact their mission statements are expressly concerned with recreation and do not have the limited scope of use of USFS designated wilderness.
In 1999, Access4Bikes was formed as an IRS 527 organization which allows donations to be made to candidates for elected public office. The idea was that since trail closures in Marin are largely political in nature, A4B wanted the ability to directly influence decisions affecting access to our public lands.
Yet the vast majority of what A4B has engaged in for nearly two decades is trail advocacy and trail stewardship, neither of which need be political. With that in mind, Access4Bikes Foundation was formed in 2017 as a 501(c)3 organization to address our much broader focus of bike advocacy, access and protection of our public lands.
Together, Access4Bikes and Access4Bikes Foundation strive for bike access to narrow trails in Marin that matches our large and growing user group demographic.