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MVN: Bonnet Carre and IMBA Build Mountain Biking Trails

After trailbuilding school, trailworkers head out to test their knowledge.

Lake: Bonnet Carre Spillway, LA

Partners: USACE; International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)

Partnership Type: MOU

Corps POC: Greg Miller

Story: In March, Scott Linnenburger and Aaryn Kay of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew joined forces with Louisiana mountain bikers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open the first official mountain bike trail on public land in the New Orleans metro area. The target was Bonnet Carre Spillway, a Corps property with potential to provide a recreational outlet for city dwellers. IMBA's visit was a great success, revitalizing mountain bikers in the area and busting out 3/4 mile of new trail and 1.5 miles of restored trail. Surrounded by cypress swamp, the property now features twisty singletrack that hops from one dredge spoil pile to another - a mountain biking experience like nowhere else. The newly formed New Orleans Metro Area Mountain Bicycling Organization (NOMAMBO) hopes to build on the partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and increase singletrack mileage at the spillway. In addition, the club and Corps managers are now investigating trail potential in the gargantuan Atchafalaya Basin, east of New Orleans.


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