New River Bikes, Fayetteville, W.Va.

Spent sometime with Andrew Forron at New River Bikes this week and somehow took this casual riding photo. There is a thriving cycling scene here in Fayetteville, with many efforts by the community to improve the trails in the area. Whether it is working with IMBA and the National Park Service, to improving trails on private land, efforts are in place to expand the single track in the area.

Many things make Fayetteville unique. Everyone knows about the world-class whitewater and climbing here, but we are trying to get to the next tier of cycling. The land is there, but working with the NPS, which owns most of the land, is a timely process. Though recent meetings with them have been encouraging.

Last month, the town was granted $280,000 to construct a 4-mile "bike path" that will connect the park trail head with Fayetteville High School. This will allow a safer, more encouraging connection in the town with hopes to connect with the White Oak Rail Trail in neighboring Oak Hill.