IMBA Southern Regional MTB Summit: Day 1

This year IMBA is hosting half a dozen regional summits across the US and I got a chance to attend the the Southern Mountain Bike Summit in Brevard, NC this past weekend. The conference was hosted by IMBA-SORBA and the Pisgah Area and Upstate SORBA chapters. The summit brought industry leaders, professional trail builders, local …

Mountain Bike Trail Building Machines

Have you ever cruised down a freshly cut mountain bike trail and wondered how it was built? These days more and more mountain bike trails are being constructed using heavy equipment and we were interested to learn a bit about some of the tools of the trade. If you thought your mountain bike was the …

IMBA’s Focus on Urban MTB Trail Systems

In 2007 IMBA rolled out an ambitious plan to create mountain bike “Ride Centers” all around the US and we were curious to hear the latest at the IMBA World Summit. IMBA executive director Mike Van Abel did mention the Ride Center initiative in his keynote presentation but only after speaking at length about the …

Mountain Biker Wins $2.9 million Lawsuit Against Landowner

Portal Trail photo by dauw. Bad news out of Hartford, CT: A mountain biker who was injured at the West Hartford Reservoir (managed by the Metropolitan District Commission) sued and won $2.9 million from a jury. Maribeth Blonski, who once hosted a mountain biking television show on a local access channel, was injured when she …

MTB Trailbuilding Essentials: The Benchcut

If youve been following the singletracks series on trailbuilding, youve read Trailbuilding: Work Smart Not Hard, Choosing Your Line Part 1 and Part 2, and Trailbuilding 101. Now youre ready to put your knowledge to work and start building your trail! But how do you build a trail that is sustainable, fun to ride and …

MTB Trail Density

I recently rode a mountain bike trail that got me thinking: How dense is too dense when it comes to mountain bike trails? Every mountain bike trail planner will inevitably run into this question wherever space is limited – which is pretty much everywhere. First and foremost, a mountain bike trail should be fun to …

Build a MTB Trail, Go to Disney!

photo by GoldenGoose. As if you needed yet another reason to get out and work on the trails this year, now you can earn a free day at Disney World with Paulding SORBA! On April 17 Paulding SORBA (near Atlanta) will be hosting a work day at the new Mt. Tabor trails west of town …

Dispute Over MTB Trail Maintenance in Florida

photo by joetutt. Graham Swamp mountain bike trail near Daytona Beach, FL was built more than 7 years ago by Mickey Garrett and some friends. The 6.5 mile trail has been maintained by Garrett under an agreement with the landowner, St. Johns River Water Management District, and until recently, everything was cool. That is, until …

Mountain Biker Pushing Back on Bike Ban

photo: ANNIKA ENDERBORG, Manly Daily. Here’s an example of what not to do if you want increased mountain bike trail access: get quoted in the local paper saying you’ll continue to ride trails closed to bikes. As if that’s not enough, get a photo of yourself inserted in the article so officials can ID you …