News: Montana Heritage Act–Good or Bad for Mountain Bikers?

The Montana Heritage act is moving along through the legislative process.  After passing through committee, which it now has done unanimously, it will move to the full senate.  This bill adds 67,112 acres of new wilderness in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and designates 208,000 acres as a Conservation Management Area. The CMA designation would keep …

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 …

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 …

Opinion: Wet Weather Racing and Trail Protection Policies, Part 2

This is the second half of an article examining the effects of wet weather racing and the policies that need to be in place to protect trails from extensive damage.  Read Part 1 right here.  Plan B – The Other Plan If the trails are too wet to handle the abuse from a race, Plan B is …

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 …

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 …

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 …