Trail Flow is a roundup of all the mountain bike trail related news of the week including new trail builds, advocacy, and planning. Do you have trail news? Email [email protected] for possible inclusion.
Biking on Long-Distance Trails (BOLT) Act Passes House
The Biking on Long-Distance Trails Act passed the House of Representatives yesterday and now it awaits a Senate floor vote, or passing through a package like the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act. The BOLT Act would promote riding on federal lands across the US and identify 10 existing long-distance bike trails and 10 areas where there is opportunity for these types of trails.
Fire Mountain trails expansion in Cherokee, NC
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recently announced the start of an ambitious trail expansion project at the popular Fire Mountain trails located in western North Carolina. IMBA is assisting with the project which will ultimately add 12-15 miles of singletrack at a cost of about $2M.
SORCA, OneUp launch new BC trail
The Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association (SORCA) recently opened a new trail called Airplane Mode, with support from OneUp Components. The project involved more than 2,500 volunteer hours, and is located in the Diamond Head riding area.
Cheasty Greenspace opens
Phase one of the new Cheasty Greenspace trails in Seattle are now open to mountain bikers. Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance says, “Over the span of 10+ years, Seattle Parks, Friends of Cheasty Greenspace, and Evergreen worked together to plan, design, and permit an urban mountain bike trail in the City of Seattle. Designed as a small pilot trail system, the Cheasty Greenspace MTB trails will make the sport of mountain biking accessible to families and mountain bikers in the south South Seattle area.” A second phase is planned to add more trails.
17 new trails open in Port Gamble ride park
In December we wrote about new trails in the Port Gamble ride park, and this month Evergreen MTB Alliance celebrated the opening of a whopping 17 new trails. Evergreen says, “The Port Gamble Heritage Forest trail system now includes a top-notch mountain bike progression park and one-of-a-kind jump lines. After years of dedication and fundraising in partnership with Forterra, a long-time local vision came to fruition this month. Port Gamble MUST be on your summer trails destination list if you haven’t already been! “
Cyn City downhill trail dedicated in Park City
A new, 2.5-mile downhill trail was recently dedicated in Park City, Utah in memory of local mountain biker Cyndi Schwandt. Volunteer with the Mountain Trails Foundation helped build the one-way trail, which features 700 feet of vertical drop starting at the Black Forest trail.
Trailwork starts on singletrack reroute in Vail
Trail building has begun on a reroute of the Mill Creek trail in Vail, Colorado, an alternative to Mill Creek Road on Vail Mountain. The road used to be up to 4-wheel drives but was closed as part of the forest’s management plan in 2011, according to the Vail Daily, but mountain bikers and hikers could use it to access trails above Vail until 2019. The Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance got a plan approved to build a singletrack alternative in April and it will measure seven miles long and will stretch from Mill Creek Valley to the top of Benchmark Peak. The trail should enhance recreational opportunities and trail connectivity. It will have a seasonal closure of May 6 through June 30for elk calving.
Construction under way on Narooma trail network
The Narooma Mountain Bike Club in New South Wales, Australia is working with trail builders from Dirt Art to finish construction on a massive network of high quality trails. According to this article the trails, once complete, will comprise the largest MTB trail network on the Australia mainland. Builders are targeting a January, 2023 opening date and until then, riders are advised to stay off the new trails.
From the Narooma Mountain Bike Club Facebook page, “None of [the new trails] are open and are still a construction zone. We do not need the trail builders to have to keep going back and touching up what some thoughtless people have damaged.”
Revel Raffles Rail 29 to raise funds for Roaring Fork
Talk about a tongue twister for a title! Revel Bikes has donated a Rail 29 bike for a raffle to raise funds for their local trail group, the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association. Ten entries cost $10, and bigger donations improve your chances. Tickets can be purchased through August 1 here.
Bike park planned for San Diego County
The city of San Marcos is working toward a bike park at Bradley Park, the site of a former landfill. Once complete the park will feature a pump track and three jump lines.
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