Top 100 MTB Trails in the World

Admittedly when we first posted our list of the top 100 mountain bike trails in the world it was a bit of a gimmick. Obviously we haven’t ridden every trail on the planet so we had to automate things a bit with a “super secret” trail ranking algorithm to build the list. Of course our …

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What makes a trail a trail?

A commenter on a recent blog post asked an interesting question: what makes a mountain bike trail a distinct trail? That is, if a single area (like Tsali in NC or Buffalo Creek in CO) has multiple trails, is each trail a distinct trail worthy of its own listing on singletracks? This is a question …

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IMBA: Support Mountain Biking at TVA Sites (Southeast)

Via recent IMBA email: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a major landholder in the Southeast, is revising its management policies at several sites with popular mountain biking trail systems. Affected trails include those at Fontana, Hiwassee and Tanasi, an IMBA Epic. Specifically, TVA is soliciting public comment on appropriate recreation uses on public lands along …

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Mountain bike valet

Here’s a new one (to me anyway): valet parking for your mountain bike. Apparently the Iowa Outdoor Wellness Adventure (I.O.W.A.) offered valet bike parking at their debut event last week. Bikers exchanged their bikes for a claim ticket while volunteers “parked” the bikes in a secure area. I dunno, for some reason I would still …

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Mountain bike orienteering (MTBO)

Mountain bikers looking to add a mental challenge to their rides should check out mountain bike orienteering, a sport that is popular in the UK and Australia. I just came across some info about an upcoming event and I found out there’s even a national governing body for mountain bike orienteering in the United Kingdom. …

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New DH trails at Keystone this summer

Strap on your body armor, Keystone just added 6 new downhill trails to the resort this summer including one run called “Money” that features 22 tabletop jumps. There’s also a new 18-foot wooden corkscrew that I gotta see to believe, unfortunately I haven’t been able to find pics. Lift tickets are $30 for the day …

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Money talks, hikers walk

The Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) have an interesting plan for gaining access to more trails: tourism. The group argues that by making Santa Cruz a world class mountain bike destination, tourism dollars will flow into the area helping everyone from hoteliers and restauranteurs to city tax authorities. The trail access debate generally focuses …

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Singletracks is moving

Some behind-the-scenes changes are coming to singletracks over the summer and we want to keep y’all in the loop. First off, we’re moving to a dedicated internet server to keep up with increasing demand. We’ll keep downtime to a minimum and for the most part you shouldn’t notice any changes but there may be some …

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A wooden mountain bike?

Okay so this prototype wooden bike certainly isn’t meant for the trails but what if it were? You can’t get much closer to nature than riding through the trees on a piece of wood 😉 Seriously though, wood seems like an interesting choice for a bike frame since it is (according to the designer) 10 …

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Mountain biking is dead

What would you say is the average age of mountain bikers these days? Based on my observations at the local trails I’d say it’s about 30-35 and doesn’t seem to be getting any younger. Our own surveys show the average singletracks rider is 36, though I suspect the actual average may be just a bit …

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Lory State Park adds MTB Park

Lory State Park is set to open the Corral Center Mountain Bike Park at 10am Saturday with giveaways, demonstrations, and guided trail rides. With more than 70,000 square feet of track the park has the largest (and only) dirt track/pump track in the state of Colorado. Check it out this weekend and share your pics!

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