It’s been a busy spring in the southwest! Read on for updates on some of the projects that we are involved in with our great partners across the region.
IMBA Southern California Mountain Bike Summit, Idyllwild, CA, May 31-June 2
Join IMBA, land managers, chapter leaders and your fellow rider-advocates for a weekend of mountain bike advocacy workshops, group rides, good times, bike demos from Niner, and networking with people from across the region.
Workshop highlights include: Chris Kehmeier, Trails Specialist from the IMBA Trail Solutions program; Jeremy Fancher, IMBA’s attorney/policy director; Matt Gunnell, Director of the SoCal High School Cycling League; and Leslie Kehmeier, IMBA Mapping Specialist.
Registration closes Friday May 24. Register by May 17 to be guaranteed a summit T-shirt.
A huge thanks to the following companies and bike shops for their support of the summit: The Hub Cyclery, Ryders Eyewear, Zoic Clothing, The North Face, Gamut-USA, Loaded Precision Components, Clif Bar, SRAM, Osprey Packs, Norco and Niner Bikes.
What’s Up in Nevada?
In Caliente, NV, I am currently liaising with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Nevada State Parks Department, the Caliente City Council and other interested parties regarding the development of a trail network that would provide first-rate riding opportunities for several styles of rider, from beginners to mountain bikers seeking a backcountry experience. I believe that a trail network in Caliente will be both a valuable asset for the local community and act as an economic driver, attracting visitors to come, stay and play in the area. The next step in this process in to have an IMBA Trail Specialist visit Caliente, during the second half of 2013, to review the terrain and develop a conceptual plan.
Similarly, in Beatty, NV, we are working with the non-profit conservation and recreation group STORM-OV to develop a trail network for local residents and visitors alike. I recently gave a presentation to municipal representatives, chamber of commerce staff, BLM staff, and interested community members. We discussed the potential economic impacts of a robust mountain bike trail network, and hope to have an IMBA Trail Specialist visit Beatty later this year to review the topography and develop a conceptual plan.
I will continue to share details as each of these new, from-the-ground-up trail networks come together.
Orange County, CA – I have had a series of meetings with the Orange County Parks Department over the past few months to discuss opportunities for an urban bike park in the county. We are still in the early stages of this process and plan to have another meeting in the next few weeks, followed soon (hopefully) by a field-visit with a bike park designer from the IMBA Trail Solutions program in order to assess sites for suitability. Just imagine a sweet, legal, purpose-built bike park in SoCal, with dirt jumps and a pumptrack overlooking the Pacific Ocean! Stay tuned for updates.
Flagstaff, AZ – Several IMBA Trail Solutions staff and contractors recently spent time in Flagstaff at the Fort Tutthill site, reviewing the property and developing conceptual plans for a series of flow lines, dirt jumps and a pumptrack. The visit was complemented by a well-attended public meeting held by the Flagstaff Biking Organization (FBO), which is leading the charge on the Flagstaff Bike Park initiative. The plan and report will be finished in a couple of weeks, and will then be presented to the Coconino County Parks and Recreation Department. We’ll work with FBO and the parks department to move the project through the permitting and fundraising process. This design component of the project has been co-funded through the IMBA Trail Building Fund and FBO, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with these outstanding cycling advocates.
Big Bear Lake, CA – Steady progress has been made on the IMBA-designed Skyline Trail at Big Bear Lake. About 3.5 miles are complete, and an additional 5 miles are currently under construction by Bellfree Contractors. The trail is in a stunning location, overlooking the Santa Ana Valley and San Gorgonio Peak, and will serve as the backbone for an ever-expanding trail network in the area. There will be an opening ceremony on Saturday August 17 with details posted by the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation. Join us then to learn about the project and ride the awesome, new, SoCal singletrack at 8,000 feet.
A big thanks to everyone who stopped by the IMBA booth at the Sea Otter Classic to chat with staff, pick up IMBA T-shirts and beer mugs, and sign up to support the ever-growing mountain bike advocacy movement.
Keep an eye out for the IMBA booth and logoed-up Subaru Outback at events in the region over the coming months, and feel free to say hello and chat about your projects. Until then, ride on!