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Ride for Mom raises over $12,000 for CancerCare Manitoba

In June of 2017, 800 riders descended on the only trail in Manitoba on Crown land that is signed and maintained
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Deborah Nicol’s special pink ATV.— Deborah Nicol photo

CancerCare Manitoba is working to change lives by raising funds for patient care, support and research. Deborah Nicol, former president of the Eastman ATV Association, knows first hand how important this is as a breast cancer survivor herself.

Nicol brought the idea of doing a Ride for Mom on ATVs to the Eastman ATV Association board, they loved the idea, and work began for the first annual ride in 2016. It was so successful, they decided to do it again. The 2nd Annual Ride for Mom, sponsored by Adventure Power Products, took place on June 3, 2017, and was a massive and overwhelming success with 800 participants and over $12,000 raised for CancerCare Manitoba.

Deborah Nicol (far left) with friends at the 2017 Ride for Mom.
Nicol is a breast cancer survivor and came up with the idea to do the Ride for Mom.
— Deborah Nicol photo

“For me, being a breast cancer survivor, the Ride for Mom meant a lot because it gave me an opportunity to deal with my own cancer as well as to give back to the great support and care I got,” she said. “Everyone was so gung-ho about it, it kind of went from there. We had an amazing, successful first year and decided to do it again.”

In 2016, for the first ride, the club was nearing completion of its new trail in Sandilands Provincial Forest, about an hour from Winnipeg. The club spent six years building the first-ever trail on Crown land that’s signed and maintained. It stretches nearly 90 kilometres. The club, along with the All Terrain Vehicle Association of Manitoba, opened the trail, and then the next day, held the first Ride for Mom. Fast forward to this year, the trail is now in season two and the response for this year’s Ride for Mom was even more overwhelming than the last.

Members of the Eastman ATV Association at the 2017 Ride for Mom.
— Deborah Nicol photo

“We actually had to put a cap on the number of riders because the trail is in the Sandilands Provincial Forest,” said Nicol. “The trail can only handle so many ATVs since it takes a huge toll on the trails. We also made it a ride, not a derby, since we really wanted this to be a family event and encourage women and children to come out and ride.”

On June 4, 2017, the ride started at the staging site for the trail at the end of Dawson Road, right at the beginning of the Sandilands Forest, east of Richer, Manitoba. The Ride for Mom involved doing an approximately 80-kilometre loop with a halfway point where “Awesome Dog” served enough hotdogs for 800 people. Extreme Medic also volunteered its time and had an ambulance on site.

Members of the Eastman ATV Association at the 2017 Ride for Mom.
— Deborah Nicol photo

The ride involved an incredible amount of community involvement, donations and volunteers. For instance, Maple Leaf donated 1,500 sausages for the pancake breakfast; Original Pancake House donated the pancake batter; tables, chairs and tents were donated at a reduced rate from Tentations; and McDonalds donated all the coffee. Ride for Mom also involved over $12,000 in silent auction prizes and a door prize of a GPS donated by Cabela’s.

There were over 60 volunteers including many Eastman club members and their families who helped in every way they could, in all aspects of the event. Most importantly, the trail needed a lot of work and club members gave up their weekends and holidays to do it.

Participants of the Ride for Mom stop for a photo.
— Deborah Nicol photo

“We are debating whether we can do a Ride for Mom next year as it’s a ton of work and really hard on our trails,” said Nicol. “We had to get some heavy equipment in because you don’t think a corner is going to take much of a beating but when you have 800 people going around a corner, it becomes a wall. It’s a huge commitment by our trail committee members who give up their holidays to do the work. We’re having a meeting next week to decide what to do next year. The response is overwhelming from people who want it to happen again but it’s just such a huge commitment.”

Stay tuned and keep checking the Eastman ATV Association website to find out if the event will go on for a third year.

“Ride for Mom really supports an amazing cause,” said Nicol. “CancerCare Manitoba was amazing to work with—they were right beside us through the whole thing. They came out and were an amazing crew to work with. We are so thankful we could support them and we are humbled by all the support from the Eastman club, from member, their families, members of CancerCare, the volunteers, our sponsors—it’s very humbling to have them give so much of their products and time and support.”

Our Trail is “Closed” Eastman ATV, November, 15th

Winter is upon us and the riding season has come to a close for most of us.
The Eastman ATV trail system shares a portion of the trail with the snowmobile club, this portion of the trail will be closed to ATV traffic as of November, 15th. With the early snow this year we ask that you respect the closer and give the snowmobile club a great riding season. Please respect the shared portion of the trail system.
We don’t patrol or maintain the trail in the winter months, therefore we have no trail conditions available for the rest of our trail system.
You may travel the rest of the Eastman ATV trail system as you wise as there is no legislation stopping you from accessing the provincial forest any time of the year we just ask that you respect the snowmobile trail system as an ATV can damage the trail and raise safety concerns for the snowmobile-ers. So in closing this seasonal closer is a policy rather then legislation. You could say it is a gentlemen’s agreement. With respect to other trail users.
Ride safe see you in the spring

ATVMB at the MMPDA PowerSports Show

The MMPDA Powersports Show is coming up in about 3 weeks, happening on October 21 & 22 at the Red River Exhibition Grounds! In the parking lot during the show ATVMB will be hosting a swap meet which is open to the general public! Got something to sell? Whether it is an ATV, Snowmobile, Dirt Bike, parts or something as simple as riding gloves or helmet, ANYTHING! Swap Meet registration is $10 per spot and participants are required to provide their own equipment, e.g. display table, chairs, etc.

To secure a spot, please register on-line TODAY http://www.belairatvclub.ca/atvmb-swap-meet or contact H. Pokrant, hpokrant@mymts.net.  Payment will be taken the day of the event and will also provide you with a ticket to the Show.

The Off Road Show & Sale, aka The Power Sport Show, will feature the latest in Off Road products from over 12 local dealers all under one roof. Check out the “End of Season Blow Out Sale” on RV’s, Boats, Travel Trailers; take a selfie at our Photo Booth; watch the ATV skills riding demonstration; and vote for your favorite at the ATV Show ‘n Shine. See more at http://www.powersportshow.ca/

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there!

 

The All Terrain Quad Council AGM & Ride 2017

The All Terrain Quad Council of Canada hosted their 2017 AGM and Conference in Winnipeg at the Victoria Inn September 7th – 9th. Delegates from across Canada were in attendance September 7th and 8th to learn and network and on September 9th enjoyed a trail ride on the Little Big Foot and Eastman Trails in Southeastern Manitoba.

AQCC and ATVMB would like to extend thanks to our ride sponsors, Adventure Power Products, Headingley Sport Shop, Rond’s Marine and Westside Honda of Selkirk. Thanks to their very generous support, delegates were able to enjoy a great day of riding in Sunny Manitoba – fun was had by all!

AQCC Ride 2017

Thanks also to ride coordinators, Gary Hora of the Woodridge Sandhogs and Dave Lee of the Eastman ATV Association for taking care of recruiting volunteers and making sure that everyone was looked after the day of the ride.

Thanks to Deb Nicol, Jim Nicol, Calvin Egg and Greg Gowryluk, of the Eastman ATV Association for coordinating lunch for the riders. It was delicious, thanks to Danny’s Whole Hog, and was hot and ready when delegates arrived at the lunch stop. Great Job!

The 2017 AQCC Conference, AGM and National Ride was a huge success and we are looking forward to next year in Prince Edward Island!

MMPDA Off Road Show & Sale and ATVMB Public Swap Meet

ATV Manitoba in partnership with the MMPDA “Off Road Show & Sale” will be hosting an outdoor Public Swap Meet on Saturday October 21st and Sunday 22nd, at the Red River Exhibition Grounds parking lot during the show.  Participation in the Public Swap Meet is open to anyone who has something to sell. Whether it is an ATV, Snowmobile, Dirt Bike or something as simple as riding gloves or helmet. ANYTHING! Swap Meet registration is $10 per spot and participants are required to provide their own equipment, e.g. display table, chairs, etc.

To secure a spot, please register on-line TODAY http://www.belairatvclub.ca/atvmb-swap-meet or contact H. Pokrant, hpokrant@mymts.net.  Payment will be taken the day of the event and will also provide you with a ticket to the Show.

The Off Road Show & Sale, aka The Power Sport Show, will feature the latest in Off Road products from over 12 local dealers all under one roof. Check out the “End of Season Blow Out Sale” on RV’s, Boats, Travel Trailers; take a selfie at our Photo Booth; watch the ATV skills riding demonstration; and vote for your favorite at the ATV Show “n” Shine. See more at http://www.powersportshow.ca/

Belair Club Ride

It was a hot and dusty ride in on the Whistle Pig trail, bandannas and goggles were needed to say the least. We had eighteen machine start out with one failure on the rail bed. We had to unfortunately leave one machine in Power-View for pick up. We headed back in the dust and made it back to the trailer by 5:30. It was a test of man machine as the heat was causing a few machines to over heat on the way home. It was great to see the new Belair trail system and look forward in seeing the improvements in the future. Thank you to Gary for leading and showing us the new trail system in the Belair forest.

AOHVA Approaching Land Use Changes with Determination

As we all know, ORV riding has become a significant leisure time activity for families across Canada. In Manitoba alone, the ORV industry is estimated to generate over $250 million per year. Enjoying the outdoors on an ORV has always required access to public lands. Across the country, vast trail systems have been developed, and in Manitoba our member clubs have been working hard in conjunction with ATVMB, the provincial government and various stakeholders – with to date limited funds – to create new trails in Manitoba, which is growing each year as new opportunities become available. Managed trails have proven to provide safety for riders while reducing environmental impact, thus it is essential that public land remain acessible for all Manitobans to enjoy.

It is with a measure of disapointment we continue to hear about the continued targeting of ORV users in Alberta by Alberta’s provincial NDP government, who appear to be attempting to enact one of the largest land use changes in the province’s history. Part of the focus is on the Castle region, which encompasses an area of over 103,000 hectares which is banned to ORV users. Alberta’s Environment Minister Shannon Phillips even went so far as to indicate those those who oppose the ban are “the radical far right” in an article in the Calgary Herald on July 27th: http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/province-announces-184-new-campsites-as-part-of-castle-parks-upgrade.

ATVMB strongly opposes the Minister’s identity politics. ORV riding is not a political issue, it is a recognized, long-standing form of recreation that is enjoyed by people from all walks of life. From nurses to teachers to farmers and more, ORV riding is enjoyed by Canadians and their families on a daily basis. Below is a link to the newsletter from AOHVA decribing the ongoing efforts of the tens of thousands of ORV riders in Alberta who respect and want to continue to maintain a comprehensive trail management strategy to ensure public land remains open to all user groups.

Thank You to All the Volunteers

We would like to thank all the volunteers that spend their free time this past weekend work on the Eastman trail system.

We have expanded our trail system and we have build up one section of trail and have cleared another part of the expansion of our trail system. We had three crews working. one cleaning and cutting fallen trees along the trail system.

Our second crew was building up the new section of the trail and repair section of the exciting trail system

The third crew was cleaning culverts and remove material from the drainage system along the trail.

ELEVATED WILDFRIE DANGER

Manitoba Sustainable Development and the Office of the Fire Commissioner advise hot and dry conditions have elevated the wildfire danger levels in many areas of the province heading into the August long weekend.

Manitobans are reminded to exercise extreme caution with any outdoor activities. In areas where ATV use is authorized, stay on developed trails, stop frequently to check areas around the engine and exhaust for debris and carefully dispose of any debris found. Riders should carry a small shovel, axe and fire extinguisher at all times.

No open burning is allowed without a permit between April 1 and Nov. 15. For information on permits and restrictions, Manitobans can contact their local Sustainable Development office. Municipalities often implement their own restrictions, so individuals should also check with local municipal offices for further information.

Anyone planning a backcountry trip is reminded campfires should only be made in designated fire pits, however a better option is to prepare meals on a light weight portable cook stove. Campers heading into a remote area should tell someone else where they are going and when they expect to return, checking in upon return or if plans change.

To report a wildfire, contact local emergency services at 911 or the forest fire tip line at 1-800-782-0076 (toll-free). More information on wildfire prevention is available at www.gov.mb.ca/wildfire/.

One Dead After ATV And Pickup Truck Collision

A fatal collision occurred on Tuesday shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Garven Road (Provincial Road 213) and Briercliffe Road, two miles west of Highway #12, in the RM of Springfield.

Oakbank RCMP attended the scene where an ATV and pickup truck with a trailer containing active bee hives collided. RCMP say early investigations have concluded the pickup truck was traveling westbound on Garven Road when the ATV came out of the south ditch and crossed the road, colliding with the pickup truck.

The pickup truck ended up in the south ditch and the ATV was heavily damaged, but still on the roadway.

RCMP say the 32-year-old male driver of the ATV, from the RM of Springfield, was pronounced dead on scene. The 27-year-old male driver of the pickup truck, also from the RM of Springfield, received minor injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the collision. The RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstructionist is assisting with the ongoing investigation.

The collision occurred on Garven Road and Briercliffe Road in the RM of Springfield

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