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BLM Launches New Mountain Bike Web Portal

I'm back from Outerbike. As promised, I didn't test any new mountain bikes. I did however have the chance to ride (my own rig) with Neil Kornze, Director of the Bureau of Land Management.

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BLM and IMBA Unite at Outerbike

This weekend I’ll be attending Outerbike in Moab, Utah. No, I won’t be testing out a 2016 mountain mountain bike. I promise.

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Road Trip Diaries Episode 4: The Changing Seasons


I finally have a chance to catch my breath after a busy summer documenting trails for MTB Project and the BLM. Several hundred mugs of coffee and thousands of mini-van miles later, it’s exciting to pour over the maps and photos of so many awesome places to ride. It’s definitely a testament to the work that our membership, staff, partners and mountain bikers everywhere do everyday.

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Road Trip Diaries - Episode 3: Connecting Communities on BLM Lands

The works continues on the collaboration between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and IMBA Trail Solutions to showcase a select list of mountain bike opportunities across the US on BLM lands.

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Rediscovering Moab With My Son and MTB Project

Summer is in full swing and MTB Project is the ultimate resource for finding great places to ride. With almost 50,000 miles of cataloged mountain bike trails, there are experiences for all abilities and ages to discover. 

This story comes to us from Brian Fox of the U.S. Geological Survey. He's an avid mountain biker and map nerd who found MTB Project to be the ultimate tool for his spring family trip to Moab, Utah.

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The Road Trip Diaries Episode 2: An Epic Journey to Middle America

In mid-April the mapping team packed the IMBAru and hit the road for the first IMBA Regional Summit of the year. Although a trip east across Kansas doesn’t seem to be especially motivating for a mountain biker, the group tapped into the MTB Project website and found that plenty of good riding was guaranteed along the way.

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MTB Project: North of the Border

Dark, dank and loam-tastic. These three words describe the mapping team’s recent visit north of the border.

Mapping Manager Leslie Kehmeier and Mapping Representative Brian Smith headed north in late March to work with IMBA Canada’s Field Programs and Consulting Services Director AJ Strawson. The trio worked in AJ’s home area of Vancouver to build new content for the MTB Project website. Since its launch in 2013, site has been primarily focused on the United States.

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The Road Trip Diaries: Episode 1 - All You Can Eat Southwest

Spring is opening season for mountain bike road trips and we (the MTB Project crew) recently returned from our first foray in the IMBAru, visiting 7 trail systems in 9 days in 4 states. We dubbed it the 'All You Can Eat Southwest' tour, riding all over the Colorado Plateau as well as the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts.

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Don't Fall Off the Map

The 2015 riding season is just around the corner for the Mapping team and we’re excited to get out and document a whole slew of trails for MTB Project this year.

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MTB Project Contributor Spotlight: Eric Ashley is a mountain biking site built by and for people who ride. Thanks to the MTB community, we’re creating the best resource on the web for trails and rides across the country.

We talked recently with Eric Ashley, a dedicated contributor who has uploaded over 160 miles of mountain bike routes for the state of Washington.  

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