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Trail Catalog Growing Fast as Celebrates First Anniversary

For Immediate Release 6-3-14
Contact Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
303-545-9011 ext. 115
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MTB Project and IMBA are celebrating the one-year anniversary of MTB Project, a guidebook-quality, online mountain bike trail resource. The free website has amassed more than 6,400 trails and rides totaling over 24,000 miles, each with detailed descriptions, photos, and quality ratings. Hundreds of thousands of riders have already used the MTB Project website and mobile apps to plan their rides, and website traffic continues to grow each week.

"MTB Project is the only resource I use to find trails to ride," says Mike Van Abel, Executive Director of IMBA. "The rotating photos on the homepage draw me in immediately, and inspire me to learn more. Then I can drill down to extensive descriptions, elevation profiles, and everything I need to choose the perfect ride."

Trail data is supplied by mountain bikers, including hundreds of IMBA members, and from a growing number of riders who have discovered the site and chosen to share their favorite rides. The trails are also available via free iOS and Android mobile apps. The apps work offline, allowing users to keep track of their progress along the trail even when they do not have a cell signal.

The project is the result of a close partnership between IMBA and Adventure Projects, LLC. The IMBA chapters and other organizations that support trails are well represented on the site, with more than 300 local groups appearing on trail description pages, including logo recognition and links to their home websites. Land managing agencies are also key partners—nearly 600 land managers are recognized in the trail catalog.

IMBA mapping specialists work alongside the MTB Project team to review every trail before it is approved for public display.
If there is a doubt about whether a trail has been accurately mapped, or whether it is legal to ride, the description remains on hold until additional research is completed. “I’m proud of the powerful resource we’ve built,” said Mike Ahnemann, co-founder of MTB Project. “We have already mapped some of the best riding areas in the world on our site, and we’re adding thousands of miles each month."

Check out Leslie Kehmeier's blog about her role as IMBA's mapping specialist.

IMBA’s mapping initiatives receive generous support from Shimano.