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Volunteers Make it Happen in Evansville, IN

Looking at a map of the country, there have been pockets in rather unlikely territory where mountain biking and trails are at a surprising point. We enjoy hitting that unassuming destination where the community is enthusiastic, all ready exising trails exist with even greater potential, and where the local mountain bike organization is hard at work getting the right programs in place to get more people on bikes.

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City Trails help Create Buzz in Bay City, MI

Creating a trail system close to town can have profound benefits and offer a new layer of trail users to experience what singletrack can offer. In Bay City, MI, the Saginaw Bay Land Conservancy is proving just that with their Michigan Sugar Trails. A partnership between the SBLC and Michigan Sugar has opened up some exciting new access adjacent to the bustling town of Bay City. Currently in it's infancy stages, the trails have already proven to offer some excitement for what is possible on the small chunk of land.

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Trails in Southern Illinois- Shawnee Mountain Bike Alliance

We all know mountain bikers get a lot of street cred for walking the walk.

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Access Makes the Difference in Kalamazoo, MI

Creating an abundance of singletrack accessible from town is the focus of many local mountain bike organizations. Getting riders of all types out on trails while minimizing the amount of time spent in the car en route. In Kalamazoo, MI this dream is becoming a reality and local riders are excited to get crackin’ on a new project just outside north of downtown. Some committed relationship development has given the Southwest Michigan Mountain Bike Association (SWMMBA) the opportunity to develop a network of trails in a county park that has been closed to bikes for the past few years.

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Lakes and Community Excitement Highlight our Visit to Boyne City, MI

Beautiful lake views with an array of outdoor activities are two key things that help make Michigan a great state for lovers of the outdoors. Boyne City is a community that is realizing it’s potential as an outdoor destination. Boyne City’s downtown sits right off the water of Lake Charlevoix, an inlet of gigantic lake Michigan. This attraction brings lake enthusiasts of all types to town while Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands ski resorts offer great winter recreation options.

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Model Trails Set Stage for Others in Minnesota

You may have already heard, but Cuyuna, MN earned a silver level IMBA ride center status.  For such a small town, one that many, even in Minnesota have never heard of is attracting mountain bikers from all over the region to experience the professionally built, bike-optimized ribbons of red singletrack that circumnavigate clear lakes, providing families with a getaway, and mountain bikers with a destination.  Beyond the great experience the trails in Cuyuna provide mountain bikers with, the instrumental impact these trails have had on the local economy looks very attractive to nea

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MORC Proves Urban Areas can Provide Great Access

Urban areas have always been pressed to look for creative ways to integrate trails in city, state, and regional parks throughout the city. Metropolitan Minneapolis is one of the leading examples on how this can be done in a way that provides ample variety and allows riders to progress their skills, enjoy the outdoors and do so all without having to leave the urban area.

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Community Support pushes Trails Forward in Rice Lake, WI

With the continued growth of the sport of mountain biking, trails have the potentail to become greater community assets for many reasons. Trails have the potential to bring new faces to town from not only a tourism standpoint but also from a relocation one. Mountain bikers and other trail based recreationist’s value trail access as an important component to a housing purchase. In Rice Lake, WI this past weekend we were greeted by many enthusiastic residents and community officials interested in local trail development.

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Riding in the San Juans

The instant we pulled into the small mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, it felt very special.  The breathtaking peaks and ridges of the San Juan Mountain Range tower above the historic town, providing some of the most incredible views of any mountain town, in my opinion. One of the many commonalities among trail enthusiast here is that people came to ski, planning on staying for one season, but they could never bring themselves to leave this special place.

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RFMBA Continues to Improve Access in the Roaring Fork Valley

The Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado is known for it’s high-end culture, massive rocky peaks and extensive access to trails and open space. With great recreational opportunities, Aspen and the surrounding region including Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, is excited to continue to draw the mountain bike community. This past weekend we were welcomed to town by the IMBA Chapter, Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association.

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