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East Coast Trails in Good Hands with Doug Vinson

Picture a miniature Doug Vinson ripping around on a BMX bike with an oversized helmet and number plate to match and you’ve got a pretty good image of his upbringing just outside Richmond, Virginia. In 1987, Doug discovered mountain bikes and trail building. Thanks to a good bit of land right in his back yard, he built trails and dirt jumps through the woods, and a halfpipe in the front yard.

Today, his favorites are rowdy, new school trails that come with variety. Thanks to his roots, he especially likes forest singletrack like Virginia’s Narrowback and Lookout trails, as well as the George Washington National Forest. He’ll tell you the James River Park loop is tough to beat.

To get a taste of Doug’s handiwork, head to the Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area in Lorton, Virginia. A combined effort between Doug (who was then the Recreation Technician with the Bureau of Land Management), IMBA and the local community, they logged more than 2,000 volunteer hours to lay down the trail system there today.

In 2013, Doug joined IMBA where his love for trail building continues to grow. If you want to get involved, Doug’s advice is to join your local mountain bike club and show up for volunteer days. Keep your mind and your ears open, and the do the best you can do.

Little known fact? Doug has a twin brother who calls him “Snuggums,” thanks to his propensity for staying in his sleeping bag as long as possible that time they through hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

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