IMBA seems to be getting some blowback from current chapter clubs regarding their recent restructuring (elimination of regional reps and increasing the base membership price)? Read the comments, too, on Mountain Bike Radio FB page.
Any thoughts on IMBA's relationship with Missouri or the region? Yes, they've poured their heart and soul into Northwest Arkansas but "I" feel they follow where the money is popping up. Money can change minds in government but that region has been wanting to really sell eco-tourism for a while and it's paying off for them.
I do feel like IMBA has sort of given up on the backcountry experience and has focused its efforts on bike parks and flow trails.
If we could secure just one tract of land - hopefully at least 100 acres with slope - our area could construct its own directional, flow network. Figuring out the maintenance aspect would be key, too, to keep it in proper shape. I would expect and entirely new contingent of trail builders to show up and devote their hard-earned time to design, build and maintain this network. I personally would probably not be too involved as my personal life gets busier every year.
I would, however, support any project as I do feel it's an important component to our region's riding scene and I'd love to ride it, too.
All I can say is what I've said countless times - I've looked at the same point-of-interest rock in the woods for 7-8 years at Greensfelder and we're just now getting a pin flag next to it. It's not for lack of volunteers or building days - it's a combination of design, approval, master plan, scheduling and setbacks all rolled into one. I get excited now that it's closer to reality, but I have to 'forget' how long it's taken to get to that point.
I still believe Matson Hill has the best chance to build a flow trail or at least add flow elements to it's existing network.
1. The trail is biking and hiking only
2. Has significant elevation change
This has turned into more than I was originally going to write but I feel positive about our region and I hope everyone continues to express their opinions in a constructive and positive way.