The International Mountain Bicycling Association IMBA is getting help from its partner Granny Gear Productions to rebuild California mountain bike trails badly damaged by heavy rains. More than 47 inches of rain fell throughout southern California causing dramatic trail erosion and in some instances, collapsing major sections of trail.
Granny Gear Productions recently brought in Joey Kline of IMBA’s new Trail Solutions program to survey the area and explore the potential for a mountain bike park at Vail Lake Resort. Kline was also able to consult on the redesign and repair of the 24 Hours of Temecula race course. With three year’s experience on the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew and two years with Trail Solutions, Kline has helped build or restore more than 750 miles of trails in all 50 states and several foreign countries.
The new 24-hour race course takes advantage of Vail Lake's many ridge-top trails, which were unaffected by the substantial rains. Major repairs have been made to main access roads on the course and repairs to several single-track sections are nearing completion. This spring's 24 Hours of Temecula, taking place April 23-24, will give mountain bikers their first opportunity to sample Vail Lake's trails.