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International Mountain Bicycling Association

IMBA Singletrack Update - July 2005

07.20.2005
Boulder, Colorado

IMBA NATIONAL NEWS

IMBA Testifies in Congress on CA Wilderness
For the second time in a nine-month period, IMBA was asked to testify before the U.S. Congress regarding proposed Wilderness. On July 14, IMBA's Jim Hasenauer provided testimony on the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act (S.128/H.R. 233), a bill that threatens to ban mountain biking from 170 miles of singletrack trails. Read more here.

Support Needed for Bike-Friendly VA Wilderness Bill
Working closely with the Virginia Wilderness Committee (VWC), IMBA has forged an innovative bike-friendly agreement that will protect parts of the Jefferson National Forest in southern Virginia as Wilderness, but keep trails open through alternative designations. Please consider writing a letter in support of this bill, a model of compromise that could be replicated in many states facing Wilderness-imposed bans. Read more here.

Grand Teton National Park Comments Needed by Aug. 1
IMBA and the National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA) urge mountain bikers nationwide to ask for improved bicycling in Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson, Wyoming, area. A new transportation plan is in the works, and public comments must be submitted by Aug. 1. Contact Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott and voice your support for the Improved Alternative 4 transportation plan with IMBA's template here.

Oregon Clubs Offer Innovative Proposal for Mount Hood
The Oregon Mountain Bike Alliance (ORMBA) and IMBA have released an innovative proposal that would protect the undeveloped lands of the Mount Hood National Forest using a combination of diverse land protections, rather than a federal Wilderness designation. The ORMBA/IMBA plan includes a detailed map covering all the lands in the "Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness Act," proposed in 2004 by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. For details click here.

North Dakota Air Force Base Partners with IMBA
The Airman Leadership School at Minot Air Force Base will team with IMBA to build trails. "We're teaching service men and women to build fun, sustainable trails and they just love it. Plus, they take orders really well," says North Dakota rep Ron Luethe. Similar agreements with other Air Force bases are on the horizon. Visit the North Dakota Cycling Federation website for the latest news here.

L.A. Times Says Adirondack Cyclists Could be Snakebitten
According to the L.A. Times, a pro-rattlesnake, anti-biking group is seeking to keep bikes out of the Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest, in New York's Adirondacks region. Protected by state law, rattlesnakes are considered a threatened species in New York. Cyclists say that riding on 5 miles of trails at Split Rock is a trivial risk to the rattler population. Bikes are allowed in 1.3 million acres of Adirondack wild forest and excluded from 1 million Wilderness acres. Read more here.

Kona Freeride Grants Awarded
Seven 2005 Kona/IMBA Freeride Grants have been awarded, thanks to Kona Bicycle Company's generous support. The clubs will each receive $1,000 cash grants to help create new freeriding, downhilling, and dirt jumping opportunities. To find out which clubs made the cut, and to see how they plan to spend their money, visit this page here.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking on Oct. 1
On Oct. 1, IMBA's annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day will once again help introduce scores of young riders to the sport. Congress will likely lend its support, as both houses are expected to endorse the program in upcoming weeks. Also supporting the effort is Trips for Kids, an award-winning program that helps disadvantaged kids discover mountain biking. Not sure what kind of equipment your kid should use? Here are some tips from the League of American Bicyclists.

REGIONAL REPORTS

Three New Trails Added in Oklahoma
Oklahoma bikers and hikers recently gained nearly 6 miles of track at the Lake View Lodge Mountain Bicycle & Hiking Trail, located at Beavers Bend State Park. There are three loops to choose from: The smallest is just under .5 mile, the medium loop runs about 1.5 miles, and the longest loop pushes 4 miles. Check it out here

Peoria Gains Singletrack Thanks to PAMBA and Army Corps
The Peoria Area Mountain Bike Association (PAMBA) teamed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to install a new trail at Farmdale Reservoir Recreation Area in East Peoria, Illinois. Eight miles of shared-use and bike and hike singletrack were established; PAMBA volunteers also lavished care on more than 15 miles of trails in the park. Visit the club's site: here.

Equestrians Team with CT Kids Group
You might think that mountain bike riders and equestrian enthusiasts have little in common, but two Connecticut groups are proving otherwise. The Bridle Path Conservancy (BPC), a non-profit group dedicated to preserving shared-use trails in Connecticut and SprocKids Deep River, a youth mountain biking group, teamed up recently to restore and improve trails in the Weber Woods section of Cockaponset State Forest. Read more here.

Oregon Group Awarded $20,000 for Environmental Assessment
In the riding mecca of Bend, Oregon, IMBA representative Paul Thomasberg and the Central Oregon Trail Alliance have received a $20,000 grant to conduct environmental assessment work related to the development of a highly anticipated new trail system. Details here.

Ontario Trail Improvement Grants Awarded
Thanks to a partnership between the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) and IMBA Canada, three Ontario mountain bike clubs will receive $500 cash grants to improve local trails. The program's goal is to support the creation and enhancement of trails for mountain bike racing and training, and to encourage clubs to take a stewardship role in their local trail communities. Find out who got the loot here.

IMBA BENEFITS AND MERCHANDISE

Trail Solutions a Best Seller
IMBA reached a milestone this spring when the 5,000th copy of the popular book "Trail Solutions: IMBA's Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack," rolled off the shelf. Order your copy here.

New Trailbuilding Book Available
Written by trail expert Troy Scott Parker, "Natural Surface Trails by Design" explores trail design from a theoretical perspective. A perfect companion to "Trail Solutions," this 78-page book focuses on the why of trails rather than the how. Now available at the IMBA on-line store for $30. Check it out here.

Reminder: Bikes Fly Free on Frontier and America West
Taking your bike with you on a summer trip? If you fly with Frontier or America West you can take your bike with you for free by booking through Adventure Travel. Click here for more info.

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