IMBA Southwest October Updates
Phoenix Bike Park
A Trail Specialist from the IMBA Trail Solutions Program (funded through the IMBA Trail Building Fund) will spend a week in Phoenix in early November, working on the Phoenix Bike Park project with the Gravity Riders Organization of Arizona. This visit will include assessing two sites for suitability for a pump track, dirt jumps and flow trails, with both sites being within easy access of downtown Phoenix. The assessment will include a review of the following: access to water and soil for construction and maintenance; parking and emergency access; ease of access for children, families and riders of all ages and abilities. If the sites are found to be suitable, the Trail Specialist will develop detailed site renderings which will be presented to land managers and the local community at public meetings. Stay tuned for more developments with the Phoenix Bike Park in 2013!
If you are road-tripping around the southwest in November, check out the 25 Hours of Frog Hollow in Hurricane, UT, Nov. 3-4, or the Cave Creek Bicycle Festival in Cave Creek, AZ, on Nov. 10. Both of these events will offer amazing desert singletrack trails and vendors, and an opportunity to join or renew your IMBA chapter membership.
Sedona, AZ - Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance Program
The US Forest Service (Red Rocks Ranger District, Sedona) and the City of Sedona in partnership with IMBA were recently selected to receive support from the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA). This was a competitive application process and the approval means that we will have a staff person from the National Park Service assist us in community trails planning with a broad range of trail users and interest groups from throughout the greater Sedona area. We hope to address issues such as unauthorized trail building and providing legal sustainable trails for all abilities of mountain bikers, with the first public meeting being held on October 25 at 6:00 p.m. in Sedona, AZ. For more details, contact Patrick, IMBA Southwest Regional Director: patrick [dot] kell [at] imba [dot] com.
Skyline Trail - Big Bear Lake, CA
We had a great, ground-breaking trailwork session on the Skyline Trail this fall, with 40+ volunteers, US Forest Service staff, and IMBA staff and board members. We started construction on the east end of the recently designed 8-mile trail, and will pick up our tools again in spring 2013. Keep an eye on the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation for more volunteer opportunities.
The IMBA Chapter Program continues to grow in the southwest, with the Idyllwild (CA) and Tucson (AZ) chapters recently submitting their paperwork and completing the steps to enroll as fully fledged IMBA chapters. We are very excited to have this new representation in southern California and southern Arizona, and expect the IMBA Chapter Program to grow even more in 2013, with many more mountain bike clubs joining the existing 100+ IMBA chapters around the USA.