Mountain Bike’s editor-in-chief headed down south to the Carolina’s for the 2010 IMBA global conference on mountain biking.
By Lou Mazzante.
The Fats trail system in South Carolina’s Sumter National Forest offers 32 miles of swoopy, fast, purpose-built trail.
Nearly 300 trail builders, riders and mountain bike advocates traveled to Augusta, Georgia from as far away as Australia, for IMBA’s global conference on mountain biking. After two days of seminars, three days of riding and lots of passionate conversations, here’s what I learned.
1. The Forks Area Trail System (Fats), in Sumter National Forest, just across the Savannah River from Augusta, offers 32 miles of absolutely phenomenal riding. The trails here are tightly wound and offer more flow than anywhere else I’ve ridden. Elevation gains are minimal and riders can tear across the smooth dirt at high speed. Whoops, grade reversals and tight berms add enough thrills to keep even pro riders grinning. There really is nothing like a purpose-built mountain bike trail. Kudos to IMBA’s Trail Solutions, which helped build these fine trails, Bill Victor for his vision, and all the local riders who helped out.