The Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA.org) is a state-level group that supports grass-roots clubs building and maintaining trails, while also promoting tourism. Other states are taking note and considering how this model might work for them.
Mountain bike tourism is growing as communities embrace the economic benefits. However, rising housing costs, a shifting job market, and increased government expenditures may be an unintended consequence.
The Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board on Wednesday approved spending $4.95 million on up to 92 miles of mountain bike trails in Northeastern Minnesota, comprising three different trail systems. They expect the move to cement northeastern Minnesota as a national and international mountain biking destination.