VOC Pump track Skills park

Just this summer SMBC board members Zack Greenfield and Dave Cichan were approached by Bonnie Miller a village resident and downhill rider about building a Bike Skills park in the village.  Bonnie Miller owner of www.millereventstudio.com and son Lear Miller also a succesful sports photographer and published rider have deep ties to Sedona and cycling opportunities in the village.

A well designed community skills park will be something that all riders can enjoy from young kids to retirees.   Bonnie feels confident that the SMBC, IMBA and the support of the community can make this dream a reality for Sedona bikers and families.   Check this IMBA article about the 18 steps to getting a project like this done.  Comments are open on this post.


The Emergence of Bike Parks

In just 20 years, mountain bikes have progressed from clunkers to hardtails to huckers, and our most heralded places to ride have changed from Marin to Moab to Whistler.

So what’s next? By our guess, bike parks are the hot ticket. Also known as bike skills parks, freeride parks or challenge parks, these playgrounds are popping up all over, and riders are loving them.

IMBA counts more than 30 purpose-built public bike skills parks in the U.S. and Canada, and many more in the U.K., Australia and beyond. Most have been built within the past two years. And this figure doesn’t include the hundreds of ski areas who’ve been offering mountain biking since the 80’s, nor privately owned bike parks such as the innovative Ray’s Indoor Park,  in Cleveland (OH).

So, what’s a bike park? While there doesn’t seem to be a set recipe, the ingredients usually include a variety of natural obstacles such as rocks and logs, imaginatively constructed features like teeters and ladder bridges  and dirt jumps – all collected in a small setting. Picture a skateboard park or snowboard park, but designed specifically for mountain bikes.

Sport-specific parks are nothing new. Ski resorts have embraced skiing and snowboarding terrain parks for more than a decade and many ski areas offer multiple parks scattered around the mountain; mega-resort Vail offers five. Skateboarders rip on more than 1,000 skate parks in the U.S. The newest kid on the block is white-water parks for paddlers — more than three dozen in the U.S. at last count.

The emergence of bike parks is fueled by both riders and public land managers. Riders seek more challenging terrain, jumps, constructed obstacles, and a place to hone their skills. Managers want to reign in unauthorized trailbuilding and provide new recreation options in a central, easily managed location.

While these parks come in different shapes and sizes, they share the common thread of helping make technically challenging mountain biking more readily available to the public – especially kids. They usually accommodate a wide range of abilities, with opportunities for skill building and progressively difficult challenges. Riders return to these parks again and again to session the obstacles and improve their riding.

Bike parks do much more than mimic terrain found in nature. They also offer unique obstacles that stretch the imagination. They’re not a replacement for traditional trails. Rather, they serve as an additional outlet for riders, one that’s technically oriented, convenient, controlled – and a whole-lot of fun.

The suggestions offered in this and other IMBA trailbuilding articles do not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Trailbuilders and landowners are responsible for the safety of their own trails and facilities. Freeriding and dirt jumping are high-risk activities that can result in serious injuries. IMBA’s goal is to help land managers and volunteers manage these risks by sharing information.

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IMBA Trail Care Crew at the Grand Canyon

For those of you who may have missed out on the recent IMBA Trail Care Crew visit to Sedona in April, you have another chance to attend.

The Trail Care Crew will be visiting the Grand Canyon on September 28th and 29th to conduct a trail layout and design class, and hands on trail work on the Rainbow Rim Trail.  For those land managers, there is also land manager training on September 27th.

Looks like this one will be primitive, with a camp/cookout on the night of the 28th.  Word on the street is that there is about 18 miles of trail already built, so I am sure one could fit a bit of riding in to round out the trip.

The SMBC is not running this event, but simply passing on the information.  For more information, here is the official IMBA link.


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SMBC Staying Focused on The Positive

In a precedent setting move the SMBC board has decided to meet illegal trail building head on.   The board recently ruled that illegal trail building is eating up resources that are better delegated to adopting cherished world class trails within the Sedona area.

Specifically SMBC members are directly involved and working with the forest service on finalizing adoption of both Hangover and Highline trail.  These two major projects are where the real attention needs stay focused.  In an effort to move on in a positive and efficient way the SMBC has offered support in repairing the Brewer Rd. area trail.  This will assist in freeing up Forest Service Resources that can be directly put into the two important trails we all love.  Click below to read the official letter sent to our District Office.   Look for more updates and opportunities to volunteer where you can make primo trails and mountain bike fun happen all over Sedona.

SMBC response to Brewer Rd. Wildcat trail

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Forest Service Update on Hangover

On August 8th we got an update from Jennifer Burns on the Hangover trail project.  Her email is posted here for your reading.  Below the post is a link to the report in PDF.  We know how much support there is for that trail.  Continuing to support the Sedona Trail Stewardship Fund will assist in SMBC being effective in working on this important adoption.

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SMBC Launch Ride and BBQ at Amara Resort

Hey Sedona MTBrs.

The SMBC club launch event is this Sunday and spaces are filling up quick.  Everything is set for a great day of group rides and pool and fun time at Amara resort and spa.  Even if you have a busy morning and can’t make the rides, spending your afternoon by the pool with friends and great food is a nice treat.   Price is now set at $29.00 all of which goes to your enjoyment.  This is a social event and not a fundraiser so the ticket price is food and drink and logistics only.    Everything from food to bike security are taken care of so we can all have a relaxing fun day.  Look forward to see you there!!!

Come join us for the club kickoff event.

Group Rides  *** Bring your Apres Ride/Pool gear to the ride in a separate bag***  (changing room provided at Amara)

Advanced Ride Ride Time:   Approx. 3 hours Where:         Sedona Cultural Park, Cultural Park Place When:          Meet at West parking lot at 10:45am

Intermediate Ride Ride Time:   Approx. 2 hours Where:         Basha’s Plaza, 160 Coffee Pot Drive When:          Meet in parking lot at 11:45am

Easy Ride Ride Time:   Approx. 1 hour Where:         St. John Vianney Church, 180 Soldier Pass Road When:          Meet in parking lot at 12:45am

Trolley Rides – Return Shuttle The Sedona Trolley will be departing for one way trips from the Amara Resort, 100 Amara Lane beginning at 6:15pm and drop participants off at the parking lot at which they started.  The Trolley will NOT be taking bikes back to the parking areas.  While participants are on the Trolley their bikes will be monitored by a bike security person until the participants return with their vehicle to pick them up.

Trolley Departure Times: Trip 1 – 6:15pm Trip 2 – 7:00pm Trip 3 only if necessary 7:45pm Drop-off Locations: Drop-off Location 1: St. John Vianney Church, 180 Soldier Pass Road Drop-off Location 2: Basha’s Plaza, 160 Coffee Pot Drive Drop-off Location 3: Sedona Cultural Park, Cultural Park Place


Eat, drink, swim, & socialize – 2pm to 6pm. www.amararesort.com

Trolley rides back to the starting locations courtesy of Sedona Trolley (www.sedonatrolley.com).

If you missed the Evite for some reason please call you favorite local Bike shop and let them know you are coming.  Or send a request to Community@sedonamtbclub.com

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