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Getting to Know Mike Repyak, IMBA Trail Solutions Senior Project Manager

Last month, IMBA hired Repyak to head up overall project management for its fee-based trailbuilding arm. “I'm bringing my passion and excitement to be on a bike, along with my recreation planning experience, to help support IMBA’s mission to create great mountain biking experiences,” Repyak said. “I came from being a kid on a bike in the Wisconsin countryside, to getting my degree, to working in the ski resort and recreation industry. It seems like the stars have aligned to lead me to a job in my passion for creating great landscapes for riding.”

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Master Planning in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Trail Solutions was busy in Norway during July. Project manager Shane Wilson traveled to the town of Geilo to assist with master planning an integrated mountain bike trail system as part of a project called Trakk n' Roll. Geilo, located about three hours northwest of Oslo, is surrounded by mountains, national parks and a huge glacier named Hardangerjøkulen where scenes from The Empire Strikes Back were filmed.

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Riding Trails Through Time in Wyoming

Using trails for recreation is a relatively new phenomenon in American history. Even dating back to the 1930s, when creating “foot trails” was among the tasks performed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, that work was classified as “transportation.”

But in Story, Wyoming, Joey Klein of IMBA Trail Solutions is working to make history come alive from the saddle of a mountain bike.

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Rocky Riding on Tap in Western Maryland

This summer, IMBA Trail Solutions continues work at Deep Creek Lake State Park, near Swanton, Maryland, where the rough terrain takes a page from the West Virginia trail playbook.

"This will be rocky Appalachian singletrack with good flow," said Rich Edwards, associate director of field operations with Trail Solutions. "Purpose-built, technical trail with a character like a rocky hiking trail with flow."

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Putting Art on the Ground at Powder Mountain

Mountain bikers often agree that trails are art. At Powder Mountain resort in Eden, Utah, trail development includes ridable sculpture as well.

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Training Exercise Showcases Patrol Group-Rescue Group Partnership

The Santos trail system, near Ocala, Florida, is one of IMBA's bronze-level Ride Centers — thanks in part to the efforts of the Ocala Mountain Bike Association and its patrol group, the OMBA Bike Patrol.

As a Ride Center, Santos attracts thousands of people, both local riders and tourists. As the trails see more users, including more new mountain bikers, the need grows for swift response in case of emergency.

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IMBA's Guide to Sharing the Trail with Horses

Sharing the trail and reducing conflicts between mountain bikes and equestrians is easy. Here is a simple guide on interacting with horses while riding a different kind of saddle.

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Learn More about IMBA's National Mountain Bike Patrol

IMBA's National Mountain Bike Patrol groups are doing great work in their local communities - helping lost or injured trail users, repairing mechanical problems, and working to further mountain bike advocacy on their local trail systems. As they partner with land managers, work with event promoters and assist local emergency organizations, they are helping to further the sport of mountain biking while offering valuable services to their local trail communities. Learn more with this video, highlighting the Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Patrol, located in Shelby Township, MI.

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NMBP Groups in the News

Two hardworking National Mountain Bike Patrol groups appeared in their local newspapers recently, giving them a chance highlight some of the goals of the NMBP — medical response and trail advocacy.

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West Georgia Kicks Off Their New Patrol Group

From Patrol Director Wes Allen:

IMBA-SORBA West Georgia is proud to announce its new bike patrol. The patrol was formed in 2013 with only the Patrol Director Wes Allen and has quickly grown to six patrollers, with more expected.

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