Sadly, I think it’s time for mountain bikers to directly oppose the Sierra Club. I recognize that they have many of the same ideals as we do as lovers of the outdoors, but they are just too opposed to mountain bikes at their core. They’re playing a game of keeping us, their enemies, close. We need to attack them–hard–at every chance to draw attention to our numbers and growing power. As their core constituency of older hikers and equestrians pass on and we grow in age, wealth, and numbers, we’ll be important to them and they’ll have to make the concessions that we believe are our due.
Chu notes that “now is not a good time”, but I believe that the only time we’ll get them to actually do something that gains us real ground is when they need us for a bigger goal, and this is one of those times.