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IMBA on Hand as California’s King Range Turns 40, Opens Bike Park

Contact: Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
markeller [at] imba [dot] com
303-545-9011 ext. 115

This fall, IMBA joined in a rousing 40th birthday celebration for the King Range National Conservation Area in Northern California. Three days of activities attracted dozens of attendees for a range of activities. The national director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bob Abbey, was on hand, along with the organization’s director of California offices, Jim Abbott. The BLM’s Arcata office hosted the festivities, led by local officials Lynda Roush and Gary Pritchard-Peterson.

VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE KING RANGE CELEBRATION ON IMBA'S FACEBOOK PAGE.

Trail builders who sculpted the newly opened Tolkan Campground bike park and other trails in the King Range were on hand, including Judd de Vall of Alpine Bike Parks. Joey Klein and Dan Hudson, of IMBA Trail Solutions, hosted a popular workshop, using new trails in the Paradise Royale Trail System as their classroom. “We really enjoyed the challenge of creating a 21st century campground with outstanding bike terrain,” said Alpine Bike Park’s de Vall. The attendance numbers and the enthusiasm of the riders impressed California BLM director Abbey. Watching youngsters pilot their bikes on wall rides, dirt jumps and technical features, he exclaimed, “This is the future!”

“We are well into phase three of building the Paradise Royale Mountain Bike Trail System. I’m excited to say that we’ve been able to offer something for nearly every type of rider,” said IMBA’s Klein. The newly completed terrain park appeals to the gravity set, while the latest trail loops provide low-key riding options for locals and family riders, as well as walkers and hikers. The original Paradise Royale Loop attracts fit cross-country enthusiasts, and ongoing construction will link all of the trails. “This system really showcases the beauty of the King Range National Conservation Area — there are mind-blowing views around every bend,” said Klein, adding, “All the mystique and beauty of the Lost Coast Wilderness Area can be found here, and now you can explore it on knobby tires.”

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