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October Southwest Region News

Moab Ho-Down Races and Festival, October 24-27

Don’t miss the Ho-Down this weekend in Moab, UT, featuring shuttling, riding, racing, dirt jumping, and mountain bike movies. Also check out the Moab Mountain Bike Association, IMBA’s new chapter in the area. There will also be a Saturday night Halloween party—costume mandatory.

Bike Park Summit Tucson, AZ, November 2

Plans are coming together for this summit at the Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Department in Tucson, AZ, on Saturday November 2. Workshops include: bike park design and layout for all abilities; incorporating flow trails into bike parks; risk management. These sessions will be presented by the world-renowned Rich Edwards, IMBA Trail Solutions Project Manager.

+ Register here and keep an eye on IMBA Southwest on Facebook for more details on the summit, the Friday evening ride and the social gathering in downtown Tucson.

We will also be representing mountain bike access interests the following week from November 3-6 at the 14th-annual National Scenic and Historic Trails Conference, also in Tucson.

On the theme of bike parks, a big congratulations to the Verde Valley Cyclists in Sedona, AZ. The city council voted to move forward with a bike park at the Posse Grounds site in Sedona!

Cave Creek Cactus Classic, November 11

Check out the Cactus Classic for some awesome desert racing in Cave Creek, AZ, just north of Phoenix on November 9. Cave Creek is a great little town, with sales, rental and repair shops, great coffee and food, miles of singletrack and a great IMBA chapter – the Cave Creek Bicycling Association, which works in Cave Creek and north Scottsdale.

+ More information on the race can be found here.

Idyllwild, CA, Trails Planning and Design Update

Here is an update IMBA’s work in Idyllwild, CA, being done in conjunction with our chapter Idyllwild Cycling and the US Forest Service (USFS): We were on a roll earlier this year and built great momentum after the IMBA SoCal Summit there in May. In fact, we were planning on having an IMBA Trail Specialist in May Valley toward late 2013, but a devastating wildfire resulted in restricted access to much of the National Forest around Idyllwild. Then came a second blow with the government shutdown, which set things back further. Now that the shutdown is over, we will catch up with the district USFS staff to keep moving the project forward. Stay tuned and we’ll post information as it becomes available.

Group MTB Ride in Kingman, AZ

Anyone interested in a group ride in Kingman, AZ in November? Keep your eyes on IMBA Southwest on Facebook, as we will schedule a ride there sometime next month. Come along and check out the trails in northwest Arizona with IMBA’s local chapter, the Colorado River Area Trail Alliance (CRATA).

Other Regional Updates

Elsewhere in the region, we had to put a couple of things on hold due to the government shutdown, including our work on the Rainbow Rim Trail on the north rim of the Grand Canyon; the master trail planning process in Caliente, NV; and a meeting with the National Park Service and the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society in New Mexico. Now that the shutdown is over, we will get moving again on these projects.

Learn Sustainable Trail Building

Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for a Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew! Applications due November 1. This is a great opportunity to gather local riders, trail builders, and land managers to discuss and practice sustainable trail building techniques, and build the mountain bike culture  in your community. Apply here.

Free IMBA Drink Koozie!

The offer of a free IMBA drinks koozie still stands: All you have to do is come along and say hello when you see the Subaru-IMBA Crosstrek parked at a trailhead or at a bike shop!

Thanks for supporting IMBA—your contributions are vital in building trails and bike parks and allowing us to meet with government agencies and community groups to get more access for us all. See you on the trail!

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