Originally oriented towards political advocacy, the club has expanded over the years to focus on education and facilitate recreation. Hundreds of riders have acquired trail care skills, responsible riding techniques, and trail safety knowledge through the trailwork parties, educational sessions, communication methods (website, newsletter, action alerts), and group rides offered year-round. The BBTC has become very well known within the riding scene for providing access to organized group rides, and within the external community for its strong foundation and solid reputation based on training, commitment, and follow through.
As an organization, we are proud of our successful shift from a reactive stance, fighting for public trail access, to a proactive approach geared towards building positive, cooperative relationships with federal agencies, public & private land owners/managers, environmental organizations, and other trail user-groups, while consistently taking care of the trails we ride on!
June 1990 - First issue of Backcountry Tracks newsletter.
September 1990 - First trailwork party at Tiger Mountain's Iverson/Fat Hand trail.
October 1990 - Accepted by IMBA as affiliate member.
April 1991 - Co-sponsored Rain Thing Festival/Fat Tire Rally.
June 1991 - Sponsored Fat Tire Festival in conjunction with BBTC's first anniversary.
June 1991 - BBTC representatives attend IMBA Annual Meeting at Millersylvania State Park, Olympia.
December 1991 - Joined Mountains to Sound Greenway planning process.
January 1992 - Published and distributed Mountain Bike Trail Design Guidelines to area land managers.
April 1992 - First trailwork party at St. Edward State Park.
June 1992 - Created telephone tree calling system for advocacy issues.
July 1992 - Sponsored BBTC Fat Tire Festival.
August 1992 - Hosted series of environmental education rides focused on ancient forests, watersheds, flora and fauna.
September 1992 - BBTC representative attends National Trails Symposium in Montana.
October 1992 - Sponsored Bike-To-Nature advocacy campaign.
October 1992 - Sponsored Adopt-A-Road Litter Control Program near Novelty Hill, Redmond.
February 1993 - Implemented hotline and message recording system for BBTC business.
June 1993 - Sponsored BBTC Fat Tire Festival.
June 1993 - Co-sponsored American Heart Association's Heart Ride.
July 1993 - Sponsored Fun Ride For Open Parks to benefit BBTC trail fund.
Summer 1993 - Organized multiple trailwork parties to assist in constructing Tiger Mountain's Northwest Timber Trail.
September 1993 - First annual BBTC Board of Directors planning retreat.
September 1993 - Organized 25 volunteers to install trail signage at Moran State Park.
October 1993 - Developed Trails-For-Kids bicycle ride program.
October 1993 - Organized 42 volunteers to finish northern section of Tiger Mountain's Northwest Timber Trail.
December 1993 - Organized Save the Watershed Rally at Redmond City Hall.
August 1994 - Sponsored Pacific Crest Cup Mountain Bike Race to benefit BBTC trail fund.
January 1996 - Vice-President and member represent BBTC at first IMBA National Advocacy Summit in Arizona.
July 1996 - Assisted IMBA booth at Evian Ride For The Wild event to benefit World Wildlife Fund, Carnation.
August 1996 - Granted county permit for first trailwork project at Big Finn Hill.
September 1996 - President and BBTC representatives accept IMBA Model Program Award at Interbike International Expo in California.
September 1996 - President represents BBTC at Pacific Northwest Regional Mountain Bike Conference in California.
December 1996 - First Annual BBTC Knobby Awards.
December 1996 - Contributed record total 4,200 trailwork hours in one year to St. Edward, Big Finn Hill, Tiger Mountain, Middle Fork, and Capitol Forest.
February 1997 - Sponsored Adopt-A-Road Litter Control Program on Juanita Drive near St. Edward State Park.
April 1997 - Awarded RockShox trailwork tools as IMBA Top 100 Club.
May 1997 - Initiated T.N.T. (Tuesday Night Trailwork) Summer Series.
May 1997 - Organized forty 6th graders from Arrowhead School for trailwork party at St. Edward State Park.
September 1997 - Hosted IMBA Trail Care Crew, Big Finn Hill.
September 1997 - Members represented BBTC at IMBA Pacific Region Summit in Oregon, and receive IMBA honorary recognition.
July 1998 - Initiated F.U.N. (For Us Newbies) ride offerings led by BBTC President.
September 1998 - BBTC representatives attend IMBA Pacific Region Summit and assist Single Track Mind Cycling Club with event, at Tahuya State Forest, Olympia.
June 2000 - Hosted WTA respresentative for a question and answer session regarding trails.
June 2000 - Hosted mountain bike legend Ned Overend for special event.
July 2000 - Joined WEC to represent mountain biking at the legislative level for state land and trail management issues.
July 2000 - Received 501(c)(3) approval for ESTA.
July 2000 - Organized Iron Horse Trail and Taneum area rides for Checkerboard Day events.
August 2000 - Partnered with Bike Works in Rainier Valley to conduct Mountain Bike Boot Camp for kids.
September 2000 - Co-sponsored TriEnthusiasm event to benefit BBTC trail fund.
January 2001 - Western Washington State IMBA Representative/club member attended IMBA Trail Care Crew Trailbuilding School, Canada.
February 2001 - Co-hosted IMBA Advocacy Director in conjunction with Seattle's designation by IMBA as Hot Spot for urban trail access challenges.
June 2001 - BBTC Team received top team fundraiser award for Multiple Sclerosis Society's Mountain Bike Challenge.
July 2001 - Organized Iron Horse Trail ride for Checkerboard Day events.
October 2001 - Hosted IMBA Trail Care Crew.
April 2002 - Received US Forest Service accreditation for 9 Trail Crew Leaders.
April 2002 - Western Washington State IMBA representative/club member and club president represent BBTC at IMBA Mountain Bike Advocacy Summit in Utah.
June 2002 - BBTC Team received top team fundraiser award for Multiple Sclerosis Society's Mountain Bike Challenge.
July 2002 - Participated in TrailsFest sponsored by WTA.
July 2002 - Organized Iron Horse Trail ride for Checkerboard Day events.
September 2002 - Co-sponsored TriEnthusiasm event to benefit BBTC trail fund.
February 2003 - First paid staff member hired, a part-time Executive Director.
February 2003 - Registered with National Mountain Bike Patrol (NMBP) as affiliate program.
April 2003 - Hosted Kranked video premier with Downhill Zone as a fundraising event.
May 2003 - Received Clif Bar/IMBA trail work grant.
May 2005 - Hired our second staff person, a part-time Volunteer Director September 2003 - Hosted IMBA Trail Care Crew.
Many events, programs, and projects have been offered intermittenly over the past 15 years, evolving and improving, or changing altogether. These have included: educational/social meetings, ride leader training, trail patrol program, bicycle maintenance/repair sessions, trail maintenance workshops in conjunction with Volunteers for Outdoor Washington, member surveys, publishing maps in the newsletter, BBTC bumper stickers, and grassroots-based racing teams.