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Endurance News -- November 2019

President's Letter
Trails Committee News
Classified Advertising

What AERC offers to its members

by Monica Chapman

It's that time of year again to renew your AERC membership. The AERC ride season runs from December 1 to November 30 of the next year. So when you renew for the 2020 ride season it will cover December 1, 2019, through November 30, 2020.

Some people may ask what the benefits are to belonging to AERC.

 • Endurance News magazine mailed every month with endurance riding articles, ride calendar, ride results, with national and regional standings.

 • AERC Extra, a quarterly online newsletter.

 • The printed AERC Endurance Riders Handbook and rule book.

 • AERC keeps lifelong records of all ride starts and finishes for you and your equines.

 • Participation in AERC's mileage award program: riders earn mileage patches and equines earn medallions, beginning at 250 miles of completions.

 • Participation in AERC's annual national and regional awards programs, the AERC 50 mile and 100 mile National Championship Rides.

AERC also puts on a totally awesome national convention with great speakers, vendors, and annual awards dinner. In March of 2020 the convention will be in Jacksonville, Florida.

Ride managers sanction their rides through AERC. These ride managers provide marked trail and camping. Veterinarians are present at rides to look out for equine welfare. Not too many equestrian events have veterinarians present.

The AERC website has a vast wealth of information on it. One could spend days researching the website and reading all the great information.

On the website, under the Education tab, is the mentorship program information, a list of clinics, videos to help you learn about vet checks, camping, etc., many articles about recognizing problems with your horse, anatomy and physiology, getting ready for your first ride, moving up to 100 mile rides, and the care and feeding of your equine.

Under the Trails tab you'll find how to apply for a trails grant, past grants, and outside grant information. Trails Master classes are listed, plus information on how to set one up. All current Trails Masters and State Trail Advocates are listed with their contact information. The Trails Hour Log is under the Trails tab also.

The AERC website (and Endurance News) has a complete calendar of events with all necessary information for members to plan their ride season.

I could go on and on about what is on the website. I recommend you check it out.

What I consider the best thing about being an AERC member are the people. As my friend Patti Stedman has said, "Endurance riders are my tribe." I couldn't agree more. Endurance riders are a great group of people who enjoy riding all day, seeing new scenery, love their equines, love being outdoors, and are the most helpful group I've ever been a part of.

AERC is a great group for families and we are welcoming to beginners. The Green Bean program is a great resource, with awards programs just for new members.

The AERC Research Committee has recently done some great research on hydration and the horse. Donations really help fund that. The AERC Trails Committee uses the donations to fund trails grants and Trail Master classes. The AERC Education Committee uses the donations to help with clinics, videos, and many other items.

(When you renew your membership there is a spot on the renewal form to give extra to Trails, Research, Education, etc. I highly recommend doing that if you can. Remember to renew before the ride season begins on December 1 or, at the latest, before your first ride of the 2020 season.

Trails Post: Trail system impacts of e-bikes

by Alex Uspenski

The National Park Service released a new e-bike policy. Here is the statement from the release:

"On August 30, the National Park Service announced a new electric bicycle (e-bike) policy for national parks, expanding recreational opportunities and accessibility. The policy supports Secretary's Order 3376, signed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on August 29, that directs Department of the Interior (DOI) bureaus to create a clear and consistent e-bike policy on all federal lands managed by the Department. The policy also supports Secretary's Order 3366 to increase recreational opportunities on public lands."

In our discussions last November at the Share The Trails conference in Phoenix, Arizona, we had discussed the fact that eventually e-bikes would make their way onto the trail system, but these secretary orders came quickly with no input from any other user groups.

The most important first step for us as a competing user group in this space is to understand what e-bikes are. They have different classes. This information is available if you read Secretary's Order 3376, but here it is for the sake of article flow:

The three classes are defined as follows:

-- Class 1: e-Bikes that are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and have a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph.

-- Class 2: e-Bikes that also have a maximum speed of 20 mph but are throttle-assisted.

-- Class 3: e-Bikes that are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and a maximum assisted speed of 28 mph.

All classes limit the motor's power to 1 horsepower (750W).

Keep in mind that a good, strong rider puts out about 200 to 250W on a mountain bike. You don't need much imagination. Everyone likes to modify things and make improvements. In any case if a rider uses the assist to help them on the uphill, they will have sharper focus and probably more downhill speed even without using assist at that point. Or they may save the battery on the uphill, just to get a searing descent.

There are plenty of mods already available for these bikes to go to 1000W, and the manufacturers will continue a meteoric product development war based on racing and testing.

I worked in that world for many years. This is a passionate bunch, just as much as we are. Fast-forward five very short years, and they will be going faster, way faster. If I was still doing that stuff, mine would already be totally tricked out. Maybe a little like my horse. All our horses go way faster than if they remained purely as trail plugs. We just have the element of love and caring for our partner.

But let's face it, they are like us in some ways. A quote from the Widespread Panic song "Space Wrangler": "Where everybody moves different with familiar grace." Seeing that they are a way bigger group with an avid trail building army and obvious political connections, understanding those users' needs will be important in preserving our own needs. At this point I see it as very situational. Some places will probably be overrun, some untouched by e-bike riders. But if we choose to ignore it or, even worse, try to fight tooth and nail to assume we can make them go away everywhere all the time, we will lose. They are not going away.

On the other hand, mountain bike riders are prolific trail builders. Colorado claims 6,821 miles of mountain bike trails. I don't know what it was 20 years ago when I lived and rode there, but I assume much less than that!

They won't need us, but we will need to get along with them.

As this happens at the federal level, some type of trickling to state sentiments seems like a natural thing to happen. Involvement and awareness are going to be an important part of our play on this topic. Most likely, our organization will eventually have to have a strategy on this matter.

The Trails and Land Management Committee members are very open to suggestions. Please forward your thoughts to us. Perspectives of our members is important in how we approach this.

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