News: Bell Built Grant Returns for 2014

Thanks to a very successful 2013 contest and promotion, the Bell Built Grant is returning for 2014. Just like they did in 2013, “the 2014 program will consist of $100,000 in grants to fund three mountain bike trail projects that create places for a broad spectrum of mountain bikers  — which includes any combination of bike …

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 …

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 …