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Langfang Bike Park Grows

The Langfang bike park is rising from the dusty fields thanks to a great multinational team effort led by Trail Solutions, with builders from the UK, Singapore, China, and the US working hard to make it happen. On their few days off the traveling trail builders play tourist and take in the unique cultural sites for which China is famous.

Thanks to Try-Cycles, DirTraction, and Flowline Trail Design for their hard work, and to IMBA's Leslie Kehmeier for the photos.

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IMBA Wins Trail Design Award for Coldwater Mountain

At the 2014 Alabama State Trails Conference this past week, Tom Sauret, SORBA Regional Director, had the honor of accepting the "State of the Art Design Award" for "the support and development of Coldwater Mountain" trail system near Anniston, AL. This unexpected recognition highlights the years of work by IMBA's Trail Solutions staff in helping to make Coldwater Mountain a great place for mountain bikers.

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Building a New Bike Park in China

Trail Solutions staff Chris Kehmeier and Randy Spangler are in Langfang, outside of Beijing, furiously slinging dirt to build a large bike park that will set the standard for professionally built mountain bike trails in the country. Also battling the dust storms with the TS crew are Try-Cycles, DirTraction, and Flowline Trail Design, further supported by intrepid IMBA travel photog Leslie Kehmeier.

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Orange County Receives Bike Park Initiative Grant

In California, Orange County Parks (OC Parks) has been selected to receive up to $10,000 in assistance through IMBA's Bike Park Initiative to develop new bike facilities at Ted Craig Regional Park, in Fullerton. The facility will also receive a further $10,000 through a matching grant from OC Parks.

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IMBA Trail Solutions Participates in Professional Trail Builders Association Conference

This past week several staff from IMBA's Trail Solutions program participated in the biannual conference hosted by the Professional Trail Builders Association (PTBA). Project managers Doug Vinson and Alex Harrington received their chainsaw certification and Program Manager Rich Edwards helped host a educational session on building mountain bicycle-optimized trails called "How Flow Should You Go?"

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Trails Planning With the BLM in Cedar City, UT

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), through its Cedar City Field Office in Utah, is conducting an Environmental Assessment to incorporate additional proposed trails to address growing recreation demand in the area. Approximately 10 miles of user-created, non-system trails have been identified and need to be reviewed and assessed for sustainability and adoption into the official trail system.

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Louisville Ride Center Progress Continues in 4000-acre Urban Park

The 4,000 acre Parklands of Floyds Fork in metropolitan Louisville, KY, is one of the largest new urban park systems in the nation. 21st Century Parks, Inc., the non-profit organization responsible for creating and operating this innovative network of public spaces, desired to add a high-quality mountain bike and hiking trail system to their offering and approached IMBA for assistance.

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Where Will You Be Riding in Five Years?

Thanks to Patrick Kell, IMBA's Southwest Regional Director, the small town of Caliente, Neveda, will be home to a massive network of singletrack trail in the coming years. Nicole Formosa of Bike Magazine tells us why in this article.

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Coldwater Mountain Receives More Funding

SORBA continues to bolster the development of Coldwater Mountain, already the region's top riding destination. A new $350,000 grant will add nearly a dozen miles of trail and renovate an existing five miles. Details are in this press release.

If you want to see what you're missing check out IMBA's video of Coldwater Mountain from last year.

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New Trails for Sandy Ridge

Thanks to a $30K grant from Clackamas County Tourism & Cultural Affairs the trails at Sandy Ridge are being upgraded. IMBA's Trail Solutions program, working with project partners from the Bureau of Land Management and AntFarm, are revamping the Laura's Loop area to include a new beginner flow trail and a "woodsy" dual slalom course, just a short pedal from the trailhead. Despite snow, rain, and high winds, Trail Specialist Jason Wells has been digging fast and the new trails are taking shape in the lush, green hillside.

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