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.
Lee Canyon opens beginner trail
Las Vegas, Nevada
We’ve been tracking the Lee Canyon bike park outside of Las Vegas for a while, and now they are rolling out new trails. The latest trail is aimed toward all ability levels, and there is also an advanced and intermediate trail.
New Marquette MTB trail
The Noquemanon Trail Network has a new 3/4-mile trail in Marquette, created to route bikers past a residential development site. The group is looking for name suggestions for the trail. Send any ideas to the group’s Facebook page.
COMBA gets big trail grant from Trek
Idaho Springs, Colorado
The Colorado Mountain Bike Association got a big bump in funding for their Virginia Canyon trails project in Idaho Springs, Colorado last week from Trek Bicycles. The Virginia Canyon Mountain Park will include an approximately 12-mile system with both hike and bike trails, and construction is expected to start this fall. COMBA reached out to Trek, according to a newsletter, and Trek responded with a $250,000 grant form the Trek Foundation. The system will now be known as ‘Trek Trails at Virginia Canyon Mountain Park” when it opens.
Vermont adaptive trail network to open this month
A trail network built for the needs of adaptive riders is set to open this month. ‘The Driving Range’ is a “first-of-its-kind” project in the state according to MyNBC5. The trail will suit a multitude of skill levels and is set for a soft opening on August 23 with more trails to come.
Some Durango Mesa Park trails set to open soon
Construction is wrapping up soon on seven miles of trail at Durango’s newest bike park, according to the Durango Herald. Work began on trails at the park this spring and are expected to be done soon.
Charlottesville MTB Group fundraising for new trails project
The Charlottesville Mountain Bike Club is working on a $35,000 fundraiser for new trails in the Heyward Community Forest in Virginia. The plan includes three bike-optimized trails for the network, but there are a total of 13 new trails in the project. Learn more about the project here.
Gravity Logic building new DH trails at Solitude Mountain Resort
Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah
Earlier this month we shared that Brighton Resort is constructing its first MTB trail, and now we’re hearing that neighboring Solitude Mountain Resort is adding to their MTB trail network too. This summer trail building company Gravity Logic is creating new downhill trails off the Moonbeam Express lift, though it’s not clear if the new trails will be ready to ride before the end of the season.
New research shows benefits of trail therapy program
Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland recently shared a new research report showing the positive impact trail therapy programs can have for participants. The study, conducted by Dr. Hollie Fountain, Dr. Lesley Ingram-Sils, and Dr. Tony Westbury (Edinburgh Napier University), is available for download through this press release.