Mountain Biking Brings Economic Boost to N.E. Areas

We’re seeing that mountain biking as a destination sport can raise the economic fortunes of areas with trail networks. In the northeast region, plans are afoot to further this growth with a regional group effort called Borderlands. In an effort to “widen the geographic horizons of mountain bikers,” seven mountain biking areas would be grouped under one collective marketing umbrella. Some areas like Kingdom Trails in Burke, Vermont, get overwhelmed with riders in peak season, and this effort is a way to try to make enthusiasts aware of other possibilities. In addition to Kingdom Trails, the other members of the group are Coos Cycling Club in Gorham, New Hampshire, Mahoosuc Pathways in Bethel, Maine, Franconia Area Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association in Franconia, New Hampshire, Parker Mountain Trails in Littleton, New Hampshire, Circuits Frontières in East Hereford, Quebec, and Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, Vermont.

Other areas may at some point join the organization. No word yet whether Green Woodlands in Dorchester, New Hampshire, a recent addition to the mountain biking scene in New England, will join the group.

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