Adirondack Park Mountain Biking Initiative
Lee and Judi Borland, Facilitators
c/o Building Mgr., 43 Saranac Avenue
Lake Placid, NY 12946
518-523-3959 (Lake Placid)
Your Municipality has already “signed on” to the Adirondack Park Mountain Biking Initiative. Now, to proceed from being a “want to be” to a mountain town “ready for riding” we suggest that you follow these steps. These are precisely the steps that Speculator/Lake Pleasant used over the past year to meet THEIR objective of opening a Mountain Biking Center by June 1st, 2002:
1. The Town/Village Board gets behind the process.
Meet with the Board, explain what you feel needs to be done, and request their moral and financial support.
2. Appoint a Mountain Biking Coordinator
The best “type” of person is someone with a track record of getting things done. This leader should possess organizational, time management and ‘stick-to-it-tiveness’ skills.
3. Form a Mountain Biking Committee
Men and women in their 20s to 60+, interested in increased sports recreation tourism and economic development in your town, make the best committee members. They do not all need to be mountain bikers. However, they should be people committed to meeting and accomplishing tasks regularly, to get the MTB Center open in approximately the next year.
4. Adopt the specifications for signs, kiosks, etc. from the APMBI
One of the keys to real success in developing a mountain biking ‘Mecca’ is for each municipality’s MTB Center to appear that they are part of a larger system. Believe it or not, this relatively easy thing to do is NOT being done anywhere else in the USA (per IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado). This is because mountain biking is a relatively ‘new’ sport, with very little ”organization” behind it….yet.
5. Invite the APMBI Trails Committee to work with you.
Paul Capone is our Trails Chairperson, and he has a very talented group of mountain bikers who know GPS, trails construction, mapping, and how to put it together. You can reach Paul at 518-891-3326 (home #) or email him at
6. Design your Mountain Biking Center Trails.
“Loops” are best. Start with anything that will be relatively easy to develop including signage, mapping, etc.) to be ready for riding in a relatively short period of time. Mountain bikers range from 6 to into their 80s, and MOST simply want an off-highway, “in the woods” experience for enjoyable riding. Some will want more difficult ‘technical’ trails but MOST desire easier and moderate trails/roads to ride.
After you have some trails in place, you may want to add new ones or upgrade some existing trails. APMBI and Subaru/IMBA sponsored 3 Trail building seminars in August 2001, to teach participants how to build sustainable trails. We can get you materials on how to build sustainable trails and may be able to find someone to work with you to teach you the proper technique.
7. Form a community based Mountain Biking Club (or Outing Club)
This is important because your MTB Center will ONLY be successful on a long-term basis if it has an active ‘grass roots” group of supporters/trail users. We strongly encourage your Club to join IMBA as an affiliated club, which is an important source of trail building training, grant money and information needed to ‘grow’ your MTB Center. (Cost is about $30.)
8. Pick a Date…early in the process…when your want to “open” your Town Mountain Biking Center. An “early date” is better, as long as you work to be ready with your maps, kiosks, signage, etc. Make it a “stretch but attainable” date…a date to keep you focused on a specific objective to be “ready for riding”.
Sources of Information
www.bikeadirondacks.org (APMBI has a portion of this as our official web site)
Tim’s Tips—found on the above website under the Initiative
APMBI Sign Specifications—also found on the website under the Initiative
www.IMBA.com You will find this a rice resource.