Founded in 1996, the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance began as an advocacy group. At that time, there was a push to ban mountain bikes from the informal and formal trails in Bowmont Park and Nose Hill, and the writing was on the wall for similar bans to take place in Kananaskis. The newly-formed CMBA was successful in changing minds and winning hearts within the City of Calgary and with Alberta Parks, ensuring that mountain bikers can use most of the trails that hikers and horses have access to.The CMBA remained active until the turn of the millennium but things got quiet until 2008. It was at that time that the group was infused with new blood, and the purpose shifted away from advocacy and toward trail building. Around 2009, luck and timing coalesced into the creation of the Ridgeback trail in Kananaskis. In 2013, work begins on Calgary’s first public mountain bike skills park, located in the city’s SE by the communities of Parkland and Deer Run. The CMBA is all about riding bikes, building trail and building community – in short, having a good time.