Photo: The bike-optimized trails of Sandy Ridge, Oregon. Image by Leslie Kehmeier.
The risks and rewards that mountain biking offers have much in common with many outdoor sports, such as climbing, surfing and skiing. But there is a crucial difference with mountain biking. Understanding this is key to grasping some of the struggles that mountain bikers face—and the solutions that are emerging.
In the outdoor sports world, Outside magazine, and its online presence Outside Online, is about as big as it gets for media coverage. Combine that massive audience with the always-controversial topic of mountain biking and Wilderness and a rocket-fueled erruption occurs.
This was supposed to be a happy week at IMBA, the announcement of the 2015 Epics and Ride Centers. The announcement was posted on schedule, but unfortunately the good news has been tempered by a stinging loss—just days ago, the U.S. Senate approved a bill creating new Wilderness in Idaho’s Boulder-White Clouds and passed it along to the president to be signed into law.
The guidance on this website, and in other IMBA documents, is for reference only and should not be interpreted as a standard, specification or regulation. Mountain biking is inherently risky and could result in injury or death.