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$5 a foot could win you a blinged out bike


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Folks, the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, along with partners Santa Cruz Bicycles and Yuba Expeditions, is proud to announce another “5 Bucks A Foot” campaign. Up for grabs this time is the winner’s choice of ANY Santa Cruz bicycle, along with ONE YEAR’s worth of free shuttles courtesy of Yuba Expeditions! Every purchased foot of singletrack is an opportunity to win, and the phones are open now through January 6, 2014.

Learn how to enter to win here.

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Steamboat Springs to host 2014 IMBA World Summit


“Bike Town USA” is in the news again.

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) has announced that its 2014 World Summit will be held in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Aug. 20-24. The biennial event brings together mountain bike enthusiasts, volunteers, trail builders and thought leaders with bike industry representatives, land managers and government officials from across the U.S. and around the world. The IMBA World Summit is a unique opportunity for people to share ideas, learn new things and ride great trails in a beautiful destination.  Read the full story

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IMBA announces 2013 class of Epics, Ride Centers, Flow Trails and Gateway Trails


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Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minnesota, has been named one of IMBA’s Model Flow Trails.

This year, IMBA is recognizing five Ride Centers, four Epics, three Flow Trails and two Gateway Trails in locations from the Czech Republic to Kentucky.

These trails should go on your short list of riding destinations. These are the trails worth traveling to, the best places to introduce someone to the sport we all love and are the facilities builders and advocates should look to for inspiration. They vary from gorgeous adventures in the backcountry to innovative trail systems located amidst population centers. Read the full story

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Coastal Crew crowd-sourcing new year-round bike park


The Coastal Crew builds and films some of the best mountain bike trails in the Pacific Northwest, and now they’re taking the huge step to open a bike park of their own.

Rather than adapt a ski area, they’re building one from scratch on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. The goal is to build a year-round, lift service bike park, opening in Summer 2014.

The Coast Gravity Park is being funded in a unique way as well: crowd-sourcing. Contribute to the goal of $100,000 Canadian and you can get anything from a lift ticket to a personal riding tour of the Sunshine Coast with the Coastal Crew.

An Introduction to Coast Gravity Park from The Coastal Crew on Vimeo.

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Downhill 101 at Northstar California


Northstar‘s Bike 101 is the perfect introduction that teaches all the basic skills needed in the park. Get to know your bike and riding equipment, learn how to balance and control speed, and familiarize yourself with the riding protocol and safety. Includes bike rental, body armour, lift ticket, and full face helmet.

Bike 101 instruction begins at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Reservations for the morning Bike 101 lesson package can only be made by calling 1-800-GO-NORTH at least 48 hours in advance. We are unable to take reservations for the afternoon group lessons. The afternoon group lesson packages are based on bike rental availability as of 12:45 p.m. daily, and can be purchased on a first-come, first-serve basis at Plaza Bikes, if available. 

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Video: Building the Coldwater Mountain Trails in Alabama


Coldwater Mountain in Anniston, Alabama, is a signature project and the "southeast trails laboratory" of IMBA Trail Solutions, which is leading the design and construction of up to 75 miles of bike-optimized trails over the next three to five years. As of June 2013, there were already 25 miles of trail on the ground, including the Southeast’s longest continuous descent. When complete, Coldwater will feature gravity trails for shuttling, a bike park, beginner rides, rugged backcountry routes, black-diamond freeride trails and everything in between. 

Coldwater Mountain, Alabama | 2013 from IMBA on Vimeo.

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Help save the Stokesville Campground


Stokesville Campground, just outside or Harrisonburg, Va., lies on the doorstep of more than 500 miles of epic riding in the George Washington National Forest and beyond. This iconic spot, which hosts the Shenandoah Mountain 100 among other classic mountain bike events, is up for sale. The current property owners need to liquidate, and Chris Scott of Shenandoah Mountain Touring is attempting to purchase the land and save the campground from the developers’ bulldozers.

At the time of this post Scott has one week left to raise the remaining $65,000 toward the full purchase price of $950,000 and is offering shares for individuals at $5,000 and for families at $10,000. We’re told this buys an ownership interest in the property (that you may choose to later sell, or pass on to future generations) and gives you access to the facility for camping during the regular season of operation.

Interested? Read more here or email Scott for the nitty gritty details via shenandoah.mountain.touring@gmail.com 

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Niner releases latest IMBA-edition frameset


Join damn it. That’s the message Niner has applied to its limited edition run of nine custom painted Jet 9 RDO frames that will be auctioned off to raise funds for the International Mountain Bike Association. Each is paired with a painted to match RockShox SID XX fork.

The first set of frames is on eBay now through May 12 and a second batch will be auctioned May 13-23.

The Jet 9 is Niner’s flagship cross country bike, sporting 100mm of travel through its CVA suspension design. The frame and swingarm are carbon fiber, with a tapered head tube at the front and a 142×12 axle in the rear. Read our long-term review of the Jet 9 RDO here.

 

 

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CA’s Demo Forest demonstrates how conflicting interests can work together


By Joh Rathbun. Photos by Brad Davies.

The Soquel Demonstration Forest is a unique forest located on Santa Rosalia Mountain about an hour away from San Jose, California. It’s unique not just for its amazing beauty and great riding, but because it’s owned by the California State Fire Department and it leases out the land for logging and recreational activity.

California took ownership of the property in 1988, but the 2,600-acre “Demo” became a state forest in 1990 so the state could conduct "baseline monitoring and studies of the hazards, risks and benefits of forest operations and watershed to urban areas." According to the state, the park was designed to “host research projects and demonstrate improved forest management practices, from timber production and environmental stewardship, to public recreation uses.”

Coho salmon—once wildly successful in the area but now decimated—use the creeks as spawning grounds and environmentalists are watching the evolution of the park in hopes of saving endangered species in this area. Redwoods are also prevalent in the park. A picky species, redwoods address their specific need for water with a solution unique to most trees: absorbing water through the air. The climate they grown in is known as a “cloud forest”, and the lush scenery combined with the ride to the trailhead is breath-taking.

While Demo is a demonstration of how two different demographics within the community can share land, a new timber harvest plan was enacted last year. One trail in particular, appropriately called the Tractor Trail, was “sacrificed” for logging. While local advocates work towards restoring the trail, there are still at least half a dozen trails to ride. From the short but steep Saw Pit to the wildly-loved Braille Trail, the Demo Forest is truly a mountain biker’s park.

The climb from the parking lot is about two miles of paved and dirt roads, but once at the trailhead, you now have a choice of about half a dozen singletrack trails ranging in technical ability, but almost all with bailout routes. Your bike like its own little car on your very own woodsy roller coaster. At the end, all the trails stop at Hihn’s Mill Road, and you must ride uphill to get back to the parking lot. Most local mountain bikers take a couple laps, riding up Sulpher Springs—aka “Suffer Springs” to get another descent in. Because if riding down once was awesome, then twice will be twice as fun.

If you’re looking for just the gravity-assisted type of riding, a local, Dave Smith started up Shuttle Smith Adventure a couple of years ago, the only shuttle service in the Santa Cruz mountains. For $20, you and your bike will be dropped off on Buzzard Lagoon Road, about 3/10 of a mile away from the intersection of Aptos Creek Road. From there, ride up Aptos Creek Road for approximately a mile to get to the Ridge Trail trailhead. Dave is a great character, and is a fountain of information. He will tell you about the new bridge built over Mill Creek while giving accurate up-to-date information on the trails. A big teddy bear of a guy, Dave is your downhill shuttling van man!

While Demo is one of only a handful of demonstration forests in California, it is considered the mountain biking destination in the Bay Area for tight, yet legal singletrack that knocks your black little ankle socks off.

About the author: Joh Rathbun is a Freelance Writer and columnist at shineriders.com. To stay up to date on West Coast events, like her Facebook page.

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