|The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is hosting a series of mountain bike rides to showcase trails that could be closed to bicycle use by proposed Wilderness designations. Soon-to-be reintroduced Congressional legislation will call for 2.5 million acres of California public land to be reclassified as federal Wilderness. Bicycle use is categorically prohibited in federal Wilderness areas. Many of the proposed areas contain popular mountain bike trails that cyclists have ridden for years. |
The events are designed to celebrate the spirit of mountain bicycling and increase awareness of great trails and lands that need protection from development, but not specifically through Wilderness land classifications that ban bicycle use.
Condor Peak Ride June 21
The first IMBA Wild Ride is June 21 at Condor Peak in the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles. The Condor Peak Trail and surrounding area provides sweet singletrack and spectacular views just minutes from the city. Condor Peak has a large constituency of mountain bicyclists that want to preserve and protect the area. Bicyclists have been enjoying and sharing these trails for years. Come check out this fun, tough ride and learn how to keep this trail wild and open to cyclists. For more detailed information about the ride and to register for the event, visit http://www.imba.com.
Grouse Ridge Ride July 12-13
IMBA and Chris King are hosting the second Wild Ride at Grouse Ridge on July 12-13. This weekend-long event features two rides on fantastic High Sierra trails where mountain bicyclists may also lose access due to proposed Wilderness designation. Grouse Ridge is west of Donner Summit near the intersection of Interstate 80 and Highway 20. It features some of the best technical riding in the state. For the latest information about the Grouse Ridge event visit the Bicyclists of Nevada County website: http://www.bonc.org/advocacy_grouse_wild.htm To register for the event, visit http://www.imba.com.www.imba.org
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