Celebrate National Public Lands Day Saturday with Trail Work or a Ride [Trail Flow]

This week, Eddie O'Dea makes North Carolina on his 5,900-mile bikepacking attempt, Michigan bikers fight to maintain multi-use trail access, and the US celebrates Public Lands Day.

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.

National Public Lands Day on Saturday

NPS / Juliana Luna

The US is celebrating National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 24 and clubs and land managers around the country are organizing events, listed on this website. The National Park Service is waiving entry fees while the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are rallying volunteers to tackle needed trail maintenance projects.

O’Dea enters North Carolina in pursuit of historic Eastern Divide finish

Eddie O’Dea has completed 3,700 miles of the roughly 5,900-mile Eastern Divide bikepacking route, and it does not appear he is slowing down. This week he crossed into North Carolina on his fundraising ride for the Georgia Cycling Association in hopes of becoming the first to ride the entire Eastern Divide bikepacking route. When we spoke with O’Dea last month he said once he hits Georgia he expects to increase his pace even more. “I can do it all from memory. All of Georgia and probably half of Alabama.”

Dialed pump track opens in Deloraine, Tasmania

A new pump track in the town of Deloraine, Tasmania is said to be the first in the world to be designed using full GPS mapping. It was built by contractors with The O’Connor Group and officially opened September 19.

Big Creek trails in Ohio gain 2 miles of fresh singletrack

The Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association has been hard at work this summer, hosting trail work days at Big Creek in Chardon, Ohio. Phase 1 recently opened with a couple miles of singletrack, and Phase 2 will bring the total mileage to 4.6.

Michigan considers bill to prohibit bikes from trails with horse access

Photo: LMB events director Neal Glazebrook (left) and education director Jeff Carek (right) take in the mid-course view on Marji Gesick in Marquette County, Sept. 17, 2022.

The  League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) and the Michigan Mountain Biking Association are rallying riders to oppose a bill that would bar bicycles from multi-use trails where horses have access. Click here to find out more about the proposed legislation and fill out the web form to submit comments in opposition to the bill.

Durango celebrates first annual Spoketober cycling celebration

The city of Durango, Colorado is celebrating cycling culture next month and Visit Durango is giving away a $7K bike trip to help promote the festivities. Spoketober kicks off its first event on October 3, a meet and greet with local legends Ned Overend, Todd Wells, Payson McElveen, Howard Grotts, and Ellen Campbell at Mountain Specialists bike shop. Check out the Spoketober page for more info and a full listing of events.