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Randy Spangler to Design Trails for Richmond Regional Ride Center

For Immediate Release 6-24-2014
Contact Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
303-545-9011 ext. 115

Randy Spangler, a Trail Specialist with IMBA's Trail Solutions program, will visit historic Richmond, Virginia, in late June to design flow trails at Pocahontas State Park. Spangler has been a professional freerider and bike park builder for over a decade and is acknowledged to be one of the most prolific riders and builders in North America.

Spangler has designed and constructed a wide range of trails, with a focus on progressive facilities for the constantly expanding and evolving gravity mountain bicycling community. His projects are recognized for both their amazing flow and for the range of user skills to which they appeal. Past projects include Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, Colorado; Tolkan Bike Park in Shelter Cove, California; and Pennsylvania's Seven Springs Resort.

The trail development at Pocahontas State Park is part of the ongoing effort to create a Richmond Regional Ride Center (RRRC). IMBA's Ride Center designation recognizes large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something for every rider. A combination of existing world-class trails in the James River Park System and the trails at Pocahontas State Park will provide over 70 miles of mountain biking, making the Central Virginia area a destination-worthy resource.

Recently, the Bell Built grants program named the Richmond Regional Ride Center the East Coast winner of a $30,000 assistance grant for trail development. The award will contribute to efforts to rehabilitate 15 miles of existing mountain bike trail at Pocahontas State Park, and construct an additional 20 miles of new trails. Additionally, the IMBA Trail Building Fund has contributed generous technical support. Other funding is being derived from local and regional supporters.