SMBC Members Pass 1st ever IMBA instructor certification

IMBA just rolled out it’s new ICP (Instructor Certification Program) February 6, 2013.  As luck would have it the first class given by Shaums March was held in nearby Fountain Hills.  Shaums March had spent a decade prior to the new licensing agreement developing the program before it was exclusively acquired by IMBA.  Simon Bosman and Zack Greenfield two SMBC members were among the first to pass the four-day course and become IMBA Level II certified to instruct and guide mountain bikers.  The SMBC club is now well prepared with two home town instructors to put on clinics and provide our visitors and locals with an even better experience in Sedona through professional on bike guidance.   Look for upcoming clinics covering topics like

1st IMBA ICP class with volunteer students at McDowell Mountain State Park

1st IMBA ICP class with volunteer students at McDowell Mountain State Park

high-speed cornering technique, proper riding positions, weight shift, wheels lifts, climbing, lunging and dozens of others that will hone and develop rider skills at all levels.   And hook up with Simon  at to learn about private and group lesson opportunities.

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RTCA Meeting Reminder

Just a quick reminder that the second RTCA community meeting is tonight.  Here is a link to the location and time.

We encourage you to attend these meetings as they are likely to play a big part in shaping the trail system in the not too distant future.

Hope to see you there, and to hear you share your ideas with the community.

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Sedona Trails Additions Decision Memo

Recently the RRRD posted a memorandum on their site which indicates that a few user built trails will be adopted, some will be re-aligned, there will be some new trails constructed, and some will be naturalized.  A link to the USFS memo page as well as associated maps is on our docs & maps page.

In short:

-Hi Line, Hangover, Rust Bucket, Upper & Lower Bones, and Chuckwagen Connect (Gunslinger) will be brought into the system.

-Airport Connect is slated as a new trail to alleviate some issues between the two popular vistas tourists visit on the mesa.

-Tomahawk, Levitra, Killer Bee, and Damfino are slated to be “naturalized”.

The SMBC attended trail walks with other user groups and the RRRD for both Hi Line and Hangover some months ago.  Additionally, we sent letters of support to the RRRD indicating our desire for inclusion of Hi Line and Hangover as official system trials, expressing the need to maintain the current technical nature of both trails as part of the adoption process.

A number of club members frequently ride the trails slated for naturalization.  While we are excited about inclusion and adoption of some great trails, we are dismayed by the decision to naturalize several of the most technical trails in this area.  We feel there is a need which, if gone unmet, will spur the re-creation of similar type trails.  This may aggravate the current situation with respect to illegal trail construction.  Internal discussions are already under way to find a suitable location for creation of such trails in coordination with local land managers.  During the RTCA public comment meeting on October 25th, the desire for these types of trails was repeatedly brought up by members of the local population.  If you have suggestions, or can lend a hand, please let us know.

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SMBC, IMBA and the USFS continue on with RTCA grant program


U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

U.S. Forest Service

Coconino National Forest


For Immediate Release

October 11, 2012


Public Affairs Contacts:

Brady Smith, Coconino National Forest, 928-527-3490

Brienne Magee, Flagstaff Ranger District, 928-527-8290

Connie Birkland, Red Rock Ranger District, 928-203-7505



A call for community collaboration on future trails

Sedona, AZ – The Red Rock Ranger District, in partnership with the City of Sedona and the Big Park Council, are seeking to create a non-motorized trail plan that reflects local values and recreation needs and promotes tourism for regional economic benefit while protecting the resources that draw people to this special area. Your help is needed!


Local citizens are encouraged to join this collaborative effort by attending a kick-off meeting October 25, from 6 to 8 p.m.  This event will be held at the Synagogue of the Jewish Community of Sedona, located on Meadowlark Drive and State Route 179.


This is the first in a series of monthly meetings to update the local trail plan for our forest lands near Sedona and Big Park.  All members of the public are welcome. Your ideas are vital for this community planning effort.  


Agenda items for the October 25 meeting will include: an overview of the process, discussion of desired outcomes, sharing of ideas/values and trail interests, brainstorm of concerns, monthly schedule, and developing a core working group.


Annually, over 600,000 trail users enjoy National Forest trails in the Red Rock area. Popularity and use continues to increase, particularly for hiking and mountain biking. What will the future of our trails be and what new trail opportunities are appropriate? How can trails better connect with the community? These are some of the challenges that will be addressed.


For more information concerning this planning effort, please contact Jennifer Burns at 928-203-2900. Additional forest recreation information is available on our website at:


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The National Public Lands Day volunteer event will include a restoration project to help fix damage that occurred from a recent 1/2 mile of unauthorized trail construction in Sedona near Brewer Road. Volunteer trail work will include construction of erosion control features and “naturalizing” the damaged area.

Tools, drinks and snacks will be provided on site. Please wear long pants, boots, gloves, a hat and plenty of sunscreen. To participate, meet at the Christ Center Wesleyan Church parking lot at 9:00 a.m., located on Brewer Road. The event will last until around 2:00 p.m. All volunteers are welcome and will be entered into a raffle to win various hiking and biking equipment, donated by local clubs and businesses. This event is generously supported by Over the Edge Sports, Absolute Bikes, Sedona Bike and Bean, The Hike House, Verde Valley Cycling Coalition, and Sedona Mountain Bike Club. For more information on this volunteer event on the Red Rock Ranger District, please contact Adrian at 928-203-7531 or  In addition, Sept 29th will be a Fee Free day for all Red Rock Pass sites.

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