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More trails, please! On the ground with IMBA

Across the country, IMBA and its Trail Solutions team are cranking away on creating and enhancing great places to ride. From teaching advanced trail building schools, to helping communities work through planning hurdles, to designing and building trails and bike parks at the direction of local riders, IMBA is at the forefront of helping grassroots advocates and organizations turn their dreams into reality at every step of the process.

Here’s a quick update of a handful of the projects we’re currently working on. Winter doesn't slow us down!

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Moving Mountain Biking Forward in Caliente

After five years of planning, partnerships, and many, many meetings to build the next big mountain bike destination; trail building around Caliente in Lincoln County, Nevada began this summer and several projects are well under way.

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Dig In Campaign supporting NICA league trails in three states

IMBA is committed to accelerating the pace of new trail builds and making mountain biking more accessible than ever. To help with that, IMBA launched its 2017 Dig In Campaign, which is putting dollars directly toward 68 active, approved mountain bike projects in 31 states. Collectively, these IMBA chapter projects represent 500 miles of new trails, the maintenance/improvement of another 140 miles of trails, and 10 new bike parks/pumptracks.

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Iron Giants and Fresh Trails in Cedar City

Starting back in 2013 we met with Dave Jacobson at the BLM office in Cedar City, UT, to discuss the vision of a mountain bike trail network in the Iron Hills area on the southeast side of town, right off Interstate 15. IMBA Trail Solutions turned this vision into a Conceptual Trail Plan that laid out almost 100 miles of new singletrack for mountain bikers. After a few public meetings and lots of emails and phone calls, the details came together and trail building started in earnest in September of 2015.

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Getting to Know Mike Repyak, IMBA Trail Solutions Senior Project Manager

Last month, IMBA hired Repyak to head up overall project management for its fee-based trailbuilding arm. “I'm bringing my passion and excitement to be on a bike, along with my recreation planning experience, to help support IMBA’s mission to create great mountain biking experiences,” Repyak said. “I came from being a kid on a bike in the Wisconsin countryside, to getting my degree, to working in the ski resort and recreation industry. It seems like the stars have aligned to lead me to a job in my passion for creating great landscapes for riding.”

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10 Years of IMBA Ride Centers: Where You Want to Ride

Evaluations for the next class of IMBA Ride Centers are currently underway. This year, we’re celebrating 10 years since the program was launched, and hear from people all the time about how they use our Ride Centers (and list of EPICS) to plan mountain biking vacations and encourage their own communities to dream big. We’re happy to oblige but, what exactly is a Ride Center?

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Sylvan Hill a world-class bike park for Wisconsin

It takes a village: that statement of wisdom is particularly true in the mountain bike community, where volunteers, experts and funders must come together to make great places to ride happen. In Wausau, WI, the Central Wisconsin Offroad Cycling Coalition (CWOCC)—an IMBA chapter—recently completed a multi-year project that resulted in a pumptrack, four bike-optimized downhill trails of varying difficulty and a beginner-friendly loop built on an old ski hill and managed by the Marathon County Parks Department.

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Discovering what makes an IMBA EPICS ride so "epic"

August is IMBA EPICS Month—during which we celebrate, honor and add to IMBA’s crowd-sourced list of challenging, backcountry rides—and we, the Colorado staff, decided to get out there and ride one, too.

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Summer 2017 Atlantic News

Roanoke County Approves Budget for Explore Park Bike Facility

The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors has approved $4.4M in infrastructure upgrades for Explore Park. Nearly $450k has been allocated for a mountain bike park and trails projects at the park for 2017-18 that will feature kids’ skills areas, gravity-based trails and a host of trailhead amenities.

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IMBA National Enduro Series Stop #3: Kellogg, Idaho


Northern Idaho is stunning, the mountains are tree covered, and the view is amazing. We spend some time soaking up the scenery and breathing the fresh mountain air, but now it’s time to check out the trails!

It’s Friday, breakfast is ready and the gondolas are moving! Racers are taken to the top of Silver Mountain to pre-run the stages they’ll be racing over the weekend. Let it begin!

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