The state of New Jersey urban trails have been added to the trails inventory.
The Garden State has some wonderful mountain biking. Don't let the seemingly low amounts of urban mountain biking fool you. There are several geographic reasons that New Jersey seems like it is lacking in the urban mountain biking department. Southern New Jersey has tonnes of mountain biking, though little of it inside city limits. If we defined "urban" as X miles from a city, New Jersey's stock would definitely increase.
In honor of adding of New Jersey state trails, we have to have The Boss (Bruce Springsteen), because, of course we do, for your listening pleasure:
The state of New York urban trails have been added to the trails inventory.
New York has a shocking amount of mountain biking in places you would least expect, from Highbridge in Fort George Hill (North Harlem) to Shale Pit Loop (Albany). It should be noted that a lot of upstate New York trails are outside of towns and cities, meaning they don't qualify to be included in an urban mountain biking inventory.
In honor of adding of New York state trails, here is a New York themed song for your listening pleasure:
With City MTB off this week, down in Indianapolis, Indiana, here are two great podcasts related to mountain biking that you should add to your feed.
Hosted by Brent Hiller, Frontlines MTB is a podcast for "for the people that truly make mountain biking happen" as Brent says. While there are some guests that represent companies or organizations, the vast majority of guests are people just working on their local trails with a story to tell or an idea to share. As a result, Frontlines MTB has been able to tackle subjects without bluster or overly opinionated dialog. Its a fun and civil discourse. More often than not, his guests offer their help to others that might face the same issues.
The Gravel Lot is a podcast hosted by Doug McClintock and Jon Wolery who both live in Cincinnati, OH. They discuss the intersection of different biking types and how the various tribes can help each other. Their focus tends to be talking about the Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky scene. While that might seem like a drawback, not a positive, the fact is it gives them a unique perspective. If you from a part of the country where gaining access and trails feels like an endless slog, their perspectives on access in a place that has embraced mountain biking is not only inspiring, it also will give you ideas on how to bring people together in your community.
Side note here: Episode 12 is one you need to bring your "Sophie's Choice" sized Kleenex box to. Amanda Batty is interviewed and she talks about her being a sexual assault survivor. It will break you down to your base molecular structure. If you just listen to one episode, listen to that one.
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