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User Group Collaboration Spawns New Fat Bike Trail in Michigan

Over the last 12 months, local advocates in the Traverse City, Michigan, region, including the president and past president of the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association, collaborated to propose, construct and groom a new fat bike trail in the VASA Recreation Area. Amidst a small, but strong and vocal, opposition to fat bikes on the VASA ski trail, this group exemplified the power of collaboration and team work for the betterment of all.

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A Mammoth Occasion - Big Hollow Trail Ribbon Cutting at Mammoth Cave National Park

On June 7th something monumental happened in Southwest Kentucky. In the land known for the largest network of cave systems in the world we celebrated the addition of a recreational ammenidity above ground.  My entire life I always reveared Mammoth Cave National Park as a prime destination and wouldn't have thought it could get any better until now.

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Chapters Rally to Support Trail Access in Michigan

The power of advocacy is amazing and we witnessed it first hand over the last week. We attended two public meetings where over 200 people attended voicing their opinions. The response from surrounding chapters and riders was amazing. When we all pull together in a collaborative, professional manner we get things accomplished.

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Collaboration in KY is Key

Following the closing of the Sal Hollow Trail at Mammoth Cave National Park a few years ago local riders were in search of an opportunity to collaborate with land managers to develop a new system purpose built for mountain bikers that would fill the void left in the Southwest Kentucky Region.

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February Great Lakes News

City of Cleveland Awarded $10,000 for Bike Park

The City of Cleveland, OH, has been selected by the IMBA Bike Park Initiative to receive up to $10,000 in planning and design assistance to develop new bike facilities at Kerruish Park. The project is in partnership with Cleveland Metroparks and the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association, an IMBA chapter.

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Chicago Chapter Wins IMBA-USAC Trail Tune-Up Grant

Congratulations to the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers (CAMBr), an IMBA chapter, for winning the 2013 USA Cycling-IMBA Trail Tune-Up Grant! CAMBr will receive $2,000 from USA Cycling and a visit from the Subaru-IMBA Trail Crew in 2014.

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Game Changer in Lower Michigan

The Waterloo Recreation Area Project in the lower peninsula of Michigan has been a dream of many riders for numerous years and it is coming together.
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Cleveland MetroParks Trail Crew scores some new rides

We have all heard about Rays Indoor Mountain Bike Park.  For years it was one of the only riding opportunities in the City however over the last few years Cleveland Metroparks and the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) have been working hard to fix that.

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Great Lakes MTB Summit, the beginning of something big!

Great Lakes, Great Trails

Our region is known for many things like large bodies of freshwater, dying steel belt cities, and iconic sports franchises.  Those who live here know of the hidden gems, some that were formed millions of years ago and many are in the works as we speak.  The IMBA Great Lakes Region, comprised of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan (lower), formed in January 2012, is on the verge of being know for one more thing, Great Trails!

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