IMBA, Shimano Projects around U.S., and Help Vermont Trails After Floods [Trail Flow]

Extreme precipitation floods Vermont and its mountain bike trails and extreme heat takes the life of one San Diego mountain biker.
Photo: Vermont Mountain Bike Association Facebook

IMBA and Shimano Dig In summer projects

Shimano and IMBA have partnered for the Dig In program from July to September to help some IMBA Local Partner organizations raise money for trail projects across the U.S. Each project will receive a match from Shimano when they receive $5,000 in donations.

These are the selected projects:

  • Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition are working on a Landfill to Community Tails project in Waynesboro, VA
  • Coachella Valley Mountain Bike Association are working on the Hurkey Creek Restoration project in Jurupa Valley, C
  • Mid Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts are working on equitable access to training volunteers in Washington D.C.
  • Tarheel Trailblazers are working on the final phase of a new trail system which will connect communities and contribute to conservation in Belmont, NC
  • Metro Mountain Bikers are working on completing phase three of a new skills area involving the design and construction in West Bend, WI

Learn more about the Dig In projects here.

Mountain bikers rescued in in Oregon heat

Two mountain bikers were helped by Deschutes County Search and Rescue last Saturday after experiencing heat exhaustion during the High Cascades 100, a 100-mile mountain bike race. One was taken to the hospital with a knee injury and another was given IV fluids and recovered on his own.

Mountain biker passes away on San Diego trail

Unfortunately another mountain biker did not survive a high temperature day in San Diego. A group of mountain bikers were found in distress from heat exhaustion as local search and rescue crews were searching for distressed hikers. One rider, Torres Bronson, became unresponsive after running out of water. According to NBC 7 San Diego, authorities do not yet have an official cause of death.

New trail opens in Louisiana

While new trails have been sprouting across the south, one state that hasn’t seen as many is Louisiana. Last week though, a new mountain bike trail opened in Jefferson Parish and it uses concrete to optimize terrain and create hills, bridges, and drops. The trail is the first kind in the area and should be open all year and available to all skill levels.

Trails under construction in Anchorage, Alaska

A youth program in Anchorage, Alaska has helped get a new cross-country trail get started. The trail will be in the Russian Jack area and cater to beginner and intermediate riders.

Wood River Trails Coalition hosts bike raffle fundraiser

The Wood River Trails Coalition (WRTC) in Sun Valley, ID is raffling off a Pivot 4 SL Pro XT/XTR to raise funds this summer, and in addition to purchasing $10 tickets for a chance to win, supporters can also earn tickets for joining or renewing a WRTC membership and for referring new supporters. The drawing is set for August 31, 2023 and you can learn more or purchase tickets here.

Vermont flooding affects trails statewide

Vermont has seen record flooding over the past few weeks and it goes without saying that the state’s great mountain bike trails have been adversely affected.

Vermont Mountain Bike Association has created a 2023 Flood Response page to direct the public to resources and ways to help. While the trails are recovering, they urge users to check trail conditions, not ride if the trails are too wet still, and use caution as there may be landslides and sinkholes.

Five miles of new trail planned for Michigan reserve

The Little Traverse Conservancy has plans for five miles of new trails at the Offield Family Viewlands in Harbor Springs, MI. The Conservancy is working with the Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association to raise funds to get the project built, and according to a recent article an additional $36K is needed.