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September Southwest IMBA News

Race or Ride the Cave Creek Cactus Classic (AZ)

Check out the 23-mile Cactus Classic for some awesome desert racing in Cave Creek, AZ, (just north of Phoenix) on November 9. Cave Creek is a sweet little town with sales, rental and repair shops, excellent coffee and food, many miles of singletrack and a great IMBA chapter: the Cave Creek Bicycling Association.

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Rainbow Rim Trail Extension (AZ)

Join IMBA and the US Forest Service (USFS) Kaibab Ranger District on Sunday October 13 as we work on an extension of the Rainbow Rim Trail, located on the north rim of the Grand Canyon.  We will work from Timp Point continuing the trail along the edge of the rim, in what has to be one of the most spectacular singletrack locations on the planet! Keep an eye on the IMBA Southwest Facebook page for more information and please join us for camping, trail work and riding if you are available that weekend.

Outerbike and Moab Ho Down (UT)

Checkout the IMBA booth at Outerbike in Moab, Oct. 4-6, and again at the Moab Ho Down, Oct. 24-27. Come along and find out more about IMBA’s work around the southwest and say hello to our new chapter in Moab.

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People for Bikes Helping to Fund Trails in Sedona, AZ

Big congratulations to the Verde Valley Cyclists on being awarded a grant of $5,000 from People for Bikes, for their work on the Hogs/Battlement Mesa area in Sedona, AZ. This work will bring an additional 4.7 miles of trail into the official trail inventory in Sedona.

To complement this grant, we will contribute $2,500 from the IMBA Trail Building Fund, with further support coming from the USFS-Red Rocks Ranger District, and several local bike shops (Absolute Bikes, Over The Edge and Bike and Bean), who have provided funding for trail signage and food and libations for volunteers.

Additionally, the Sedona Reãl Inn is donating lodging for IMBA staff as they assist with this project. It’s great to see more trails getting adopted in Sedona thanks to local advocates and the USFS working together!

Advocacy Events in Tucson, AZ: Bike Park Workshop and National Scenic Trails Conference

Given the explosive growth in bike park projects, we are planning a one-day workshop on bike park and pumptrack development in Tucson on November 2 with assistance from Pima County Parks Department and the local IMBA chapter, the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists.

Details are still coming together, but expect a full day of workshops on bike park design and layout, working with land managers, and some of the dos and don’ts of developing a bike park.

The following week in Tucson, IMBA will present at the National Scenic and Historic Trails Conference with the goal of educating trail managers who may not understand our goals regarding access to long-distance trails around the county. This will be an especially valuable opportunity to lobby for increased access to such trails.

Big Bear Lake (CA) Trail Destination Expansion

I recently visited Park City, UT, (IMBA’s only gold-level Ride Center) with advocates from Big Bear Lake, CA. We went to learn how the Park City folks developed such an amazing mountain bike culture, and to find out what we could replicate in Big Bear, which has the potetial to develop into southern California’s premier mountain bike destination.

The Skyline Trail is seeing a lot of use, and rave reports are coming in about the new gravity trails at Snow Summit Resort. We look forward to working with the Big Bear Valley Trail Foundation over the winter and into 2014 and beyond.

Ongoing Projects in SoCal, NW Arizona, and El Paso, TX

Elsewhere in SoCal, we will soon re-start our conversations with the USFS in Idyllwild, which were put on hold over the summer due to a devastating wildfire with impacted much of the May Valley area, where we were scheduled to do some trail planning. Stay tuned as we get things going again up there with our chapter, Idyllwild Cycling.

In northwestern Arizona, our new chapter, Colorado River Area Trail Alliance (CRATA), will soon embark on a mapping and signage project in the Monolith Gardens area, near the intersection of Interstate 40 and Route 93.

Our newest chapter in the SW region -- the Borderland Mountain Bike Association in El Paso, TX -- is currently going through the enrollment process, and we look forward to working with its members on projects in their area.

We look forward to seeing you on the trail and at events across the region. If you see the IMBA Subaru Crosstrek, say hello and ask for an IMBA beer koozie!

As always, please join IMBA and your local chapter, or contribute to the Trail Building Fund, to allow us to keep developing trail projects and bike parks for all of us in your town, throughout the southwest and across the USA.

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