Joey “Trail Jedi” Klein has been with International Mountain Bicycling Association for 15 years — longer than anyone. He was born in Canada, but grew up in Colorado and discovered mountain biking while he was going to school at Fort Lewis College in Durango. He never looked back, and today, his work with IMBA has taken him to 12 countries and 42 states.
Joey’s trail love runs the gamut: From steep, rocky, exposed gnarly trails (like the ones in the of backcountry of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada) to purpose-built single-direction MTB trails of any level, and the “new school” bike parks and flow trails. His favorite ribbon of dirt is Skyline Trail above Ogden, Utah.
You’ll know Joey’s work if you ride Rock Star at Tamarack Resort, Idaho. It was a joint project with Ed Sutton of Trail Dynamics with the mission to make a "double diamond" gravity trail. And for more recent examples, check out the trails at Coldwater Mountain, in Anniston, Alabama: a great mix of terrain for all abilities; and Draper, Utah, where the flowing singletrack regularly hosts high school mountain bike league races.
Joey doesn’t hit the trails without his trusty clinometer. He loves his mini-excavator and trail dozer, but for him, the best part is the final rake and the first flow check. His advice for new builders? Volunteer to work on legal trails where you can learn from a pro. And never stop innovating — that goes for trail building techniques and riding styles because where one goes, the other follows.
This post is the first in a series that highlights IMBA's trail building gurus.