Mall Development Proposed for Turkey Mountain Trails (Oklahoma) Moves Elsewhere

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A week ago Jeff published an article about the threat of development facing some of the most popular mountain biking trails in Oklahoma. However, a new chapter has unfolded in the saga. Now, the mall developer plans to relocate to another site in Tulsa that was cleared for development years ago. According to, An outlet …

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10 Ways to Give Back to Mountain Biking

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2015 trail wish list: Complete Bike Vacation: Set Upgrades: Mounted Time, talent, and money to contribute to the mountain bike community: Whaaa?! You’re not done planning your cycling season until you have some karma-building ambitions in the works. Don’t worry, it’s never too late to get started, and here are 10 ways to take part …

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Singletracks Readers Help Preserve Local Trail in Wisconsin; Fight Not Over

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A couple weeks ago I wrote this article detailing how local government in rural Wisconsin was considering expanding motorized use on the Gandy Dancer state trail. At the end of the article, I included a list of the emails of local government officials, and encouraged Singletracks readers to send a brief letter discussing the importance …

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Video: Bell Built Contestant: Timber Trail, Coldwater Mountain, Anniston, AL

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If you missed our recent list of The 10 Best US Destinations for a Weekend Mountain Bike Getaway, shame on you! If you didn’t, you know Coldwater Mountain made it on that list, and you will now learn this same trail system is one of three semi-finalists representing the East Coast in this year’s Bell …

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Video: Bell Built Contestant: Urban Wilderness Gravity Trail, Knoxville, TN

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The Urban Wilderness is… well… wilderness adjacent to “urbanness.” Knoxville, TN, to be exact. Aside from being a very cheesy opening statement, it is the proximity of the 1,000-acre Urban Wilderness just minutes from a town of over 180,000 people that makes this project so unique. Granted there are other projects showcasing trail systems in-town, …

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Video: Bell Built Contestant: Cedar Creek DH Trail, Ruidoso, NM

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That’s right! New Mexico has two promising candidates for the 2015 Bell Built Grant, each very different and deserving in their own right. In south-central New Mexico, the Village of Ruidoso sits adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest in the shadows of the Sierra Blanca mountain range about 3 hours south of Albuquerque. Like many …

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Video: Bell Built Contestant: Red Rock Park MTB, Gallup, NM

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The second New Mexican contestant in this year’s Bell Built Grant program is situated halfway between Albuquerque, NM and Flagstaff, AZ, literally in the heart of Indian country, in Gallup, NM. Nearby trails are within minutes of town and include: High Desert Trail, home of the Dawn ’til Dusk race, and Zuni Mountain trails, host to 24 Hours in …

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Video: Bell Built Contestant: Spirit Mountain Bike Park, Duluth, MN

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Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores (COGGS) has applied twice for the Bell Built Grant, but until this year has never made it beyond the initial selection round. Nevertheless, the Duluth-based mountain bike group has still managed to put down some of the best gravity-driven flow trail in the Upper Midwest over the last few years. …

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Advocacy Alert: Petition for Access to Wilderness Study Areas

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In 2009, Wilderness advocates brought a suit before federal court to force the United States Forest Service (USFS) to change how they were managing the Hyalite Porcupine Buffalo Horn (HPBH) Wilderness Study Area (WSA). The basis of the litigation was that the USFS wasn’t doing enough to preserve the “wilderness character” of the area. Judge …

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