European Bike Parks Opening for the Season Plus Oregon, Missouri Trail News

This month sees the first bike park openings of the season plus trails move forward in Missouri, Kentucky, and New Mexico.
Forsthof Trail at Bikepark Leogang. Photo by Klemens König

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.

Bikepark Leogang set to open May 12

Austria’s Bikepark Leogang is set to open to mountain biking on May 12 this year. The popular lift-served park is debuting a new 3.5km trail called AlteSchmiede which promises a mix of flow, wooden features, and a few technical sections through a scenic alpine forest.

Photo: Bikepark Lienz

Bikepark Lienz will open May 18

Bikepark Lienz in Lienz, Austria will follow Leogang and open on May 18. Bikepark Lienz is trying to build its reputation as a family friendly destination and says it has everything mountain bikers are looking for, including family flow trails, jump trails, and even on dubbed the ‘Peter Sagan Trail.’

COTA adaptive riding

The Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) is conducting a trail assessment project to increase accessibility for adaptive mountain bikers in Bend, Oregon. Between May 1 and May 14, adaptive mountain bikers plan to assess 100 miles of trail in the area and report on trail experiences, facilities, and potential barriers. The team plans to publish information on the COTA website to better inform adaptive mountain bikers about trails in the area.

Witte’s End trail ribbon cutting

The Witte’s End trail opened May 1 for mountain bikers of all skill levels in West Plains, Missouri. The trail is 1.6 miles long and growing. The trail has been primarily built by Troy Witt and Michael Hullinger, according to the Ozark Radio News.

New Alum Springs, Kentucky trail proposed

The Kentucky Mountain Bike Association is working to get a new mountain bike trail installed on a former landfill site in Alum Springs. Since the property can’t be used for real estate development, bike advocates argue that a new trail is the perfect use of the land.

AMBA breaks ground on trail in Albuquerque

The Albuquerque Mountain Bike Association (AMBA) is digging up a new mountain bike optimized trail, stretching from the 10K trailhead in the Sandia Mountains near Albuquerque to the Capulin Snow Play Site. AMBA received a $99,000 grant from the New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division, according to KOB4, which is benefitting the trail development.