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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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A Wild Ride

While we are all aware of some of the geological and topographical challenges the Midwest has when it comes to building iconic mountain biking trails the creativity, collaboration, and passion that our organizations and land managers posses has led to some of the most unique riding opportunities in the nation. Ohio is home to hundreds of miles of trails open to mountain bikers and each and everyone is special in its own way, especially those who call it “home.”  However only one can also stake claim to possessing a truly “Wild Ride.”

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Mammoth Cave National Park Ready to Pull the Trigger!

While the region surrounding Mammoth Cave National Park is best known for one of the largest cave networks in the world the amazing natural resources above the ground do not get nearly as much love.  Over the past few years the Southwest Kentucky Mountain Bike Association (SW KyMBA), a new IMBA Chapter, has been working collaboratively with park officials to maintain and envision mountain bike trail access across the north end of the park.

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IMBA Bike Village, New At The 2012 Midwest Outdoor Experience

IMBA Bike Village at the 2012 Midwest Outdoor Experience


Midwest Outdoor Experience has exploded into one of the largest festivals celebrating the outdoor lifestyle in the Midwest. This multi-day event features a wide array of outdoor activities for you and your family to try, plus high-flying competitions, live music, a youth adventure zone, incredible demos, beer garden, camping and much more. And, it's all FREE!

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Breaking out the scissors in the Great Lakes, again, and again, and again.

For the last few months I’ve found myself roaming the Great Lakes Region connecting with local chapters and clubs, meeting with land managers, and attending great events.  Each visit, ride, and presentation grows and establishes new relationships, strengthens the community, and builds the knowledge base of an already amazing group of riders and advocates.  As if those opportunities weren’t amazing, challenging, and rewarding enough, I’ve found one of the biggest task is simply trying to balance my schedule so I can attend the numerous grand openings of new trails systems and development pro

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