The South Island Mountain Bike Society (SIMBS) is a non-profit, 100% volunteer-powered  organization that promotes mountain biking on South Vancouver Island. In addition to maintaining the trails at Hartland, the most accessible trail network to the city of Victoria, SIMBS advocates for the needs of the broader off-road cycling community in the region.

Our Mission

SIMBS was incorporated in 1998, with the primary purpose being to preserve and increase mountain biking access on Southern Vancouver Island. Since then, SIMBS has established and looked after Hartland (an extensive trail network within Mount Work Regional Park, 20 minutes from downtown Victoria), helped authorize the Harbourview trail network, and been instrumental in advocating for the creation of new sanctioned biking within the Greater Victoria Area.

Run by riders, for riders

SIMBS is made up of hundreds of mountain bikers of all ages, abilities, and motivations, organized by a 100% volunteer board. We share one common motivation: wanting the best possible riding in Victoria, the South Island, and beyond. 

World-class trails, one builder at a time

For decades, SIMBS volunteers have dedicated their time and energy to maintaining and expanding the trails at Hartland. Some volunteers have been coming to our trail days since the very beginning, but every trail day brings new builders of all ages and abilities. Our community trails days are all about that -- the community! -- so everyone is encouraged to attend the trail days. 

The voice of South Island mountain biking

Before a shovel ever hits dirt, hundreds (or thousands!) of hours go into community organization and advocacy. SIMBS coordinates with local, provincial, and national allies -- as well as a variety of stakeholder groups -- to further the interests of anyone who rides bikes in the great outdoors. We take pride in being responsible stewards of the lands we have the privilege to access, and use our experience to tirelessly lobby for new off-road riding throughout the Greater Victoria Area.

Meet The Team

Alon Soraya

President

president@simbs.com

Dylan Bartel

Vice President

vice.president@simbs.com

Trevor Jones

Treasurer

treasurer@simbs.com

Trevor Jones grew up in Victoria BC. He graduated with honors from the University of Victoria B.Com Program in 2004, obtained a CA, CPA with KPMG in 2007 and a US CPA with DMCL in 2010. Currently employed by LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. where he serves as CFO, Trevor is also Co-Founder & CFO of Icekap Therapeutics Inc. where they design, manufacture and distribute a patented migraine relief device and other wellness products. Trevor also volunteers with Scouts Canada, is an avid cyclist, husband and father to 2 young boys.

Vacant

Secretary

secretary@simbs.com

Andrew Mickelson

Trail Director

trails@simbs.com

Yvonne Mendel

Advocacy Director

advocacy@simbs.com

Yvonne is most passionate about community events and trying to create new riding opportunities on the South Island. She started Topaz Bike Club in 2017 to advocate for a bike park at Topaz Park in Victoria. She has helped a lot of young children learn to ride bikes! On the side, she runs a bike lending library for kids in Hillside-Quadra and has helped built obstacles for community events. Yvonne is the past vice-president of Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition.

Yvonne was born and raised in Smithers, BC. She plays guitar and violin, has two kids and loves surfing when she's not on two wheels.

Brendon Earl

Sponsorship Director

sponsorship@simbs.com

Geoff Pendrel

Community Engagement Director

community@simbs.com

Geoff has been mountain biking since the early 90’s. He has raced and coached downhill at the highest level and still rides regularly in the South Island. As a SIMBS director Geoff wants to engage the community in meaningful discussion on the future of mountain biking in the area, with specific attention given to new riding opportunities and progressive trail design. Geoff’s goal is to understand what our community wants so that SIMBS can advocate for it! 

Chris Mills

Communications Director

communications@simbs.com

Vacant

Events Director

events@simbs.com

Eric Ebarb

Director at Large

dals@simbs.com

Mahon Lamont

Director at Large

dals@simbs.com

Mahon Lamont grew up in a mountain biking family in Whistler. He raced nationally in xc before attending the University of Victoria in 2015 to complete his Mechanical Engineering Degree, graduating in 2020. Since 2018 he has been a mountain bike coach for The Cycling Co. Recently he has transitioned from racing xc to racing enduro. Mahon’s passion is advocating for trails and growing the mountain bike community. His ideal vision for South Island riding is climbs that allow for faster climbing that get you to the top of sustained descents.

Contact Us

Email Us

Get a hold of us anytime via email at: directors@simbs.com

To email our Trails Director: trails@simbs.com
You can reach the Advocacy Team at: advocacy@simbs.com

Our Mailing Address

Send snail mail our way using:

South Island Mountain Bike Society
PO Box 8145
Victoria, British Columbia
CANADA
V8W 3R8

Our Constitution

A constitution is a system for governance, often codified as a written document, that establishes the rules and principles of an autonomous political entity. Please feel free to check out the SIMBS Constitution.