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the story of Amarider
What is Amarider?
Amarider is a South African registered Section 21, nonprofit company with the aim of improving mountain bicycling opportunities on the African continent. Amarider is affiliated to the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), generally accepted as the worldwide leader of trail related issues and advocacy.
The organisation was formed in 2006 when concerned mountain bike activists
recognised the lack of a dedicated advocacy group to serve the needs of the rapidly expanding Southern African mountain bike scene. While events are flourishing, it was important to develop structures to ensure the sustainability of trail product.
When it came to naming the group, it was decided to be bold and adopt the entire continent in our vision and so the African Mountain Bike Association (AMA for short) was formed. Enthused and in a celebratory mood, Amarider was chosen as the operational title of the company that same afternoon! Amarider - A collective of riders...
What do we do?
Amarider provides guidelines and standards for the construction, maintenance,
development and management of mountain bike trails throughout the region, assisting local volunteer groups and private operators to develop and promote their own trail systems.
Since formation , Amarider has operated as far north as Ghana whilst the growth of the organisation’s premier youth development initiative, the Spur School’s League, has seen activity in Namibia and Lesotho. Some might ask what a trail advocacy group is doing supporting and promoting youth racing. One only has to look at the importance of issues like health, kids on bikes and the political weight that schools carry within their respective communities, for it to make perfect sense. If an initiative further underpins the sport and recreation objectives of local and national government, all the pieces of the puzzle starts falling into place.
Amarider operates a full-time office from Delvera Farm outside Stellenbosch, and employs a director and membership secretary to manage its activities.
Visit www.amarider.org.za for more info.