News: Steamboat Springs, Colorado Votes to Spend Tax Money on Trails

Steamboat Springs, a bronze-level IMBA ride center and self-proclaimed “Bike Town USA,” recently passed a measure to devote the town’s 1% lodging tax to trail development with a 71% voter approval rating, according to Steamboat Today. According to Nikki Inglis, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Public Relations Manager, this spending approval “would commit more than …

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Mesa Top Trail Construction

Trail construction began on the Mesa Top trail about a year ago. Designated to be a connector to the Flowing Park Loop off of Land’s End Road, the Mesa Top trail is a singletrack trail that runs from a parking area just past Lands End Road on Hwy 65 out towards Flowing Park. Construction is continuing …

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An Inconvenient Fish

While mountain bikers work hard to build new trails, we constantly face losing existing ones as a result of development, lobbying by hikers and equestrians, forest fires and natural disasters, Wilderness designations, and other rule changes. One area, almost literally in my backyard, seems destined for closure due to a rather unexpected cause: the presence …

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Cinema Sunday: “Captain Ahab Trail, Moab, UT”

Watch the birth and development of the Captain Ahab Trail in Moab, Utah: from construction to riding. Check the video out here: Captain Ahab Trail from Tyson Swasey on Vimeo.

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Giving Back: Mountain Bike Trail Building

If you haven’t already heard it through the grapevine, the Lunch Loop area in Grand Junction is expanding in a big way!  Over 100 acres of property east of the current area will be modified in the next few years to create more hiking and biking trails. Mesa Land Trust purchased the property, called The Three …

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IMBA Receives 4-star Rating From Charity Navigator

The latest IMBA Trail News report featured a short note about IMBA’s 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and supporting charts and graphs showing how the organization is funded and where those funds end up. I’m always interested in this stuff so I thought I’d share for those who missed it. Where does IMBA’s money come …

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Earn a $500 Grant for Your MTB Club

To say thanks to the local clubs that work so hard to build and maintain incredible mountain bike trails all around the US and Canada, Singletracks is stoked to announce two new $500 trail grants. We’ve been IMBA Corporate Sponsors for several years now and it’s time for us to give back to the local …

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Are Unauthorized MTB Trails Growing in the US?

Unlike the trend analysis articles we’ve been posting recently, I have no hard data on this trend but it’s one that appears to be growing in my area: unauthorized mountain bike trail construction. For example, in one local park / open space area, there were two separate groups of unofficial trail builders working different areas …

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