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Sylvan Hill a world-class bike park for Wisconsin

It takes a village: that statement of wisdom is particularly true in the mountain bike community, where volunteers, experts and funders must come together to make great places to ride happen. In Wausau, WI, the Central Wisconsin Offroad Cycling Coalition (CWOCC)—an IMBA chapter—recently completed a multi-year project that resulted in a pumptrack, four bike-optimized downhill trails of varying difficulty and a beginner-friendly loop built on an old ski hill and managed by the Marathon County Parks Department.

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Discovering what makes an IMBA EPICS ride so "epic"

August is IMBA EPICS Month—during which we celebrate, honor and add to IMBA’s crowd-sourced list of challenging, backcountry rides—and we, the Colorado staff, decided to get out there and ride one, too.

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California mountain bikers descend on the state capitol

Sometimes, mountain bikers have to trade their shorts for suits to make significant progress. It’s all part of the process to get more trails on the ground, care for the trails we have and protect our valuable public lands.

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Dubuque, Iowa: Go pro from the get-go

The paradigm for the local mountain bike club generally follows a time-honored tradition. Mountain bikers turn diggers turn advocates when they get together over beverages and BBQs and decide to collaborate on asking for and building more trails. In many locations, particularly those with very large volunteer corps to call on, that process works. 

But is it the only way? 

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Caliente, Nevada: Building a destination trail system from scratch

How do you get a new trail system on the ground? Sometimes, you just pick up the phone and ask for it. While it’s not quite that simple, magic can happen when local vision meets good land manager relationships and national-level strength.

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Big dreams and backyard trails: Louisville, Kentucky takes a big step toward its 100-mile singletrack vision

Inspiration comes in many forms ... In Louisville, Kentucky, there is a plan to build a 100-mile paved path that encircles the city and links many of its parks. The “Louisville Loop” is currently about 50 percent complete and will help residents, among other things, access trails and open space by bike from their homes.

When the paved loop was proposed, the local IMBA chapter, KyMBA Louisville, asked the obvious question:

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Chapter and DH Race Partner for Trails

The Berks Area Mountain Bike Association (BAMBA), an IMBA chapter in Berks County, PA, partnered this year with Hyline Productions, the promoters of the Duryea Downhill race. The 12-year-old event, which took place on May 3 in Reading, PA, has the largest attendance of any DH race in America. Two-hundred racers and 2,000 spectators came out this year.

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Capturing the Mountain Bike Trail Experience: IMBA Educating Land Managers on What Makes Great Rides

Photos by Katherine Fuller. Thanks to Shimano for sponsoring this land manager training event.

More than any other outdoor recreation group, mountain bikers are interested in the experience of a trail itself. How does it move, feel, undulate, meander, twist, turn and transition? Is it a technical puzzle or a smooth, fast ride? Mountain bikers are also increasingly interested in the impacts of their trails. They want fun singletrack that is also sustainable and, largely, they are building and maintaining just that.

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