News: Bell Built Finalists Announced

We wrote previously about the return of the Bell Built Grant and the application process, and now the finalists have been chosen! Check out the infographic below for details on the different places that have been nominated: Voting starts April 7th, so get ready! The power to choose which projects recieve funding and which don’t …

Advocacy Alert: A Big Step in the Right Direction in Idaho’s Boulder-White Clouds

For some time there has been much ado about how to best preserve Idaho’s stunning Boulder-White Clouds mountains.  Recently, preservationists and mountain bikers combined forces to arrive at a mutually beneficial means of protecting this magnificent natural resource. The following sentence from the linked article sums up the simple perfection of this approach:  “The agreement …

Advocacy Alert: Public Comment Period Closing on Rocky Mountain National Park East Shore Trail

The comment period for the Environmental Assessment covering multi-use (including bikes) on the East Shore Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park closes on March 3. Now is your opportunity to be heard! How to Comment: Making a comment is simple and can be done on line very quickly. Simply go to: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=43625 and find the …

Video: “Crossing the Divide”

“Crossing the Divide,” a new video from IMBA (and produced by Salida-based Grit and Thistle Film Company), explains how IMBA has been partnering with conservation-oriented groups in an effort to help preserve and conserve our wild areas, and to allow for recreation at the same time. I think this video makes a fantastic point: the vast majority of …

News: Bell Built Grant Now Accepting Applications

We wrote back in December that the Bell Built Grant was returning for 2014, and now the applications are open! Bell and IMBA are now accepting applications here from January 13 to February 28 (2014). Bell will again be funding $100,000 worth of trail work, spread across three different projects, each of which will fall …

How To Build a Box Jump

Over the past year, my friends and I have been working to improve one of the trail systems that we ride. We took a look at all the features that were there and falling apart, and decided what should stay, what should be improved, and unfortunately, what should be removed altogether. Right off the bat, …

Video: Volunteer With Your Local Trail Club

While this short video was put together by my local trail club, Salida Mountain Trails, this call to action can apply to just about every mountain biker. Even if you don’t have the foggiest idea what goes into building a mountain bike trail, just show up at your next local trail work day–chances are high …