“Fat Is Here to Stay” – How Fat Bikers Are Working with Other Users to Ensure Trail Access

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“Fat is Here to Stay” was the title of Gary Sjoquist’s first presentation. Sjoquist is the Advocacy Director for Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), the host of the Fat Bike Summit held during Crested Butte’s Fat Bike Worlds. QBP’s tagline is “More Butts on Bikes,” reflecting the company’s focus on advocacy… not just selling bikes, but …

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Former IMBA Chair Releases Scathing Letter Denouncing IMBA in Favor of the STC

Photo: Greg Heil

Last week we received word that John Bliss, former chair of the IMBA board of directors, had joined the Sustainable Trails Coalition. And now we know why: he is thoroughly disillusioned with IMBA’s approach. As Bliss says below, “At 28 years old, IMBA is increasingly bureaucratic; STC isn’t. Bureaucracies are characterized by inertness, slowness to action, …

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Former IMBA Chair John Bliss Joins Sustainable Trails Coalition Board

Newly appointed Sustainable Trails Coalition board member (and former IMBA board president) John Bliss.

The Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC) is adding former IMBA board president John Bliss to its own board of directors ahead of the group’s proposed legislation regarding the ban on bicycles in wilderness. Read the full press release below. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Boulder, Colo. – January 21, 2016 – Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC) is pleased to announce the addition …

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Press Release: The STC Responds to “Say No to the Sustainable Trails Coalition”

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PRESS RELEASE December 11, 2015 For immediate release Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC) is pleased to respond to the allegations recently leveled against STC in public forums by the well-known mountain biker Ashley Korenblat. Ashley is the chief executive officer of Western Spirit Cycling, a former president of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) board, and …

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Hundreds of Miles of the Best MTB Trails in Western North Carolina Are Being Evaluated as Wilderness

Taking this image could become illegal if Panthertown Valley is closed to mountain bikes.

We’ve received several emails from IMBA urging mountain bikers to respond to the USFS’s request for comments regarding “Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests Potential Wilderness Inventory.” From the initial emails, it sounded like IMBA wanted riders to comment regarding the simple inventorying of land–but they didn’t really explain what all the hubbub was about, and which trails could …

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NEMBA Writes Open Letter to IMBA Urging them to Support the STC

The portion of the Colorado Trail leading to this vista in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness would easily be sustainable with mountain bike traffic. Photo: Greg Heil.

The controversy surrounding the Sustainable Trails Coalition and their goal of getting mountain bikes into wilderness areas is heating up for round two, with articles and editorials dropping in many publications, including Bike Magazine and Outside Online. I personally think many people initially wrote the STC’s efforts off as a wild shot in the dark, but following the news that …

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Podcast: Illegal-ish Mountain Bike Trails

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In this episode we talk about illegal-ish mountain bike trails, or as Greg wanted to call it, “50 Shades of Gray Trails.” We’ll define the concept of gray trails and talk about some of the issues surrounding building and using unauthorized mountain bike trails.

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Advocacy Alert: Wilderness or Bikes? The Debate Continues in Pennsylvania

Tracy Ridge Trails. Photo by Brittany Dawkins, via alltrails.com.

For as long as there have been mountain bikers, there have been those who oppose their use of trails, claiming that they cause damage to wilderness and a disruptive environment for other trail users. In the 517,000-acre Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania, a usage debate is at hand. The proposed Tracy Ridge Wilderness would inherently …

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Take the IMBA eMTB Survey

Look closely at the bike in this pic and you'll notice that it has an electric motor. photo & caption: IMBA

IMBA is taking a survey of mountain bikers to “guide our research into the potential social and environmental impacts related to eMTBs.” The survey looks to be pretty quick and easy and you can take it here. More context from IMBA: Electric mountain bikes, also called eMTBs, are a rapidly growing component of the bicycle …

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