What is Minami-Alps Mountain Bike Club?
We are a volunteer membership organization made up of many friends who love mountain biking. We have a wide range of members, from beginners to experts, who enjoy mountain biking on a regular basis. The total length of the mountain biking trail network is over 15 km and the elevation difference is 1,000 m. There is also a large mountain bike park for families and a pump track. However, the mountains of Japan have a very long history and many different systems, so we are still carefully creating an environment for mountain biking. With the help of our friends, we have developed a wide range of activities such as assisting with local events, crime prevention patrols, supporting local communities, animal damage prevention, mountain trail maintenance, cultivating abandoned land, making wine, utilizing local stores, etc. We are expanding our riding environment in a fun way with the understanding of the local community. If you join us, you will surely meet many good friends who will enrich your life.
Revitalizing Japan through Mountain Biking
We will use mountain biking as an opportunity to reconnect people with each other, to make new use of mountain forests, and to revitalize communities in mountainous areas.
4 things I cherish
1. Conveying the history and culture of mountains
In the olden days, mountain trails were used for gathering firewood for cooking, fallen leaves and undergrowth for making compost, and pulling down lumber and charcoal that had been cut for forestry and charcoal burning with sleds and horses. People come and go, such as marriage, and it is an inseparable relationship with life, connecting people to mountains and people to people.
However, with the spread of fossil fuels, electricity, and automobiles, mountain roads gradually fell out of use, and many of them rapidly fell into disrepair, and now lie dormant in the mountains. We want to explore them, regenerate them, and bring people back together.
3. protect the natural environment
We love nature and enjoy mountain biking while valuing nature. Our mountain road maintenance incorporates construction methods that give top priority to sustainability, and all members maintain and manage the fields they enjoy themselves. And by observing the rules of membership and enjoying the mountain trails safely, they will come to like mountains and nature, and will increase the momentum for nature conservation. By playing in the mountains from an early age, we can convey the importance of nature conservation. We believe that the realization of nature conservation begins with experiencing the splendor of nature.
2. Regional activation
Japan's mountainous regions have history, culture, traditions, and customs. Each land has its own characteristics, which have been handed down with great care. However, due to the recent rapid depopulation, it is becoming difficult to maintain the village functions.
We help with local events, patrol forests, protect against damage from animals, take measures against abandoned farmlands, create opportunities for MTB experiences, conduct crime prevention patrols, promote immigration and settlement, join community associations, contribute to the local economy, and cooperate with governments. We are working to comprehensively revitalize local communities, such as urban development. We want to preserve the charm of Japan's mountainous regions.
4. Thorough safety
We give top priority to safety. Introduced a membership system and set up membership rules, detailed skill training at the admission briefing session, registration system for entering and descending mountains, advice and support for mountain biking equipment, invitation and holding of international outdoor first-aid courses, chainsaw and brush cutter courses We have built a learning environment and a wide and deep safety management system, and we are conducting thorough safety awareness activities every day so that we do not let our guard down. In addition, the field is designed with safety as the top priority, and we have created an environment where families and beginners to advanced players can enjoy safely.