October 3, 2008 – Here is the latest news from IMBA Canada, including information on the upcoming BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium, New Tool for Affiliates, Bike Rossland Joins IMBA Canada, IMBA Canada at Grasslands National Park, Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Seeks New Team, Apply for a 2009 Trail Care Crew Visit and the National Mountain Bike Patrol Hours Update.
BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium: Oct 26-28, 2008
IMBA Canada is pleased to be involved in the upcoming BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium. Adventure tourism operators, community leaders, land managers, park planners, bicycle industry representatives and trail advocates will gather October 26-28, 2008 at the Talking Rock Resort near Chase, BC to discuss topics associated with mountain bike tourism. The focus will be on BC, but will include lessons learned from other jurisdictions. Topics include market research, economic impact, liability and risk management as well as developing bike friendly communities and services, partnerships and funding for trails, mountain biking tourism business opportunities and marketing community based mountain biking experiences. IMBA Canada will be teaching a pre-symposium (Oct. 25/26) Trail Development Workshop. To register or find out more, visit the Symposium’s website here.
IMBA Canada Launches New Tool for Affiliates
Attention IMBA Canada affiliated clubs, retailers and corporate members – Due to constant demand to post local events on the IMBA Canada website, we have created a new tool for you to use to register your trailbuilding, ride, advocacy and club events: www.imbacanadaevents.com. The site is a work in progress, so please send us your feedback. We hope that this new tool will serve as a clearinghouse for mountain bike related events across Canada.
Bike Rossland Joins IMBA Canada
A big welcome to IMBA Canada’s newest corporate member – Bike Rossland! For everything you want to know about the riding and trails in Rossland, BC – check out www.bikerossland.ca.
For more on becoming an IMBA Canada corporate member, click here.
IMBA Canada at Grasslands National Park
IMBA Canada’s Mark Schmidt is in Saskatchewan this week working with Parks Canada on sustainable trail development in Grasslands National Park. Grasslands has the potential to be an incredible Canadian cross country mountain biking destination.
Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Seeks New Team
IMBA is searching for a full-time, professional two-person team position in the highly successful Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program. This opportunity requires a passion for mountain biking, excellent communication and volunteer organizational skills, and team compatibility. The Crew will travel nearly all year in a specially outfitted 2009 Subaru Outback. The application deadline is Oct. 3, 2008. Click here for more info.
Apply for a 2009 Trail Care Crew Visit
Do you need to reinvigorate your local volunteers? Are you looking to expand your club’s capacity to do more great work? Is your local mountain bike community in need of some guidance? Apply here today for a 2009 Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit and you could be selected to host one of IMBA’s expert crews. 4 Canadian locations will be chosen for Trail Care Crew Visits in 2009.
National Mountain Bike Patrol – Hours Update
Thank you again for reporting your hours on the NMBP Hours Log. It is truly impressive how much volunteer work NMBP groups do year-round, and this helps us quantify your efforts. So far, in 2008, NMBP volunteers across North America have contributed over 2,500 hours of work. With that work valued at approximately $18.25 per hour (the widely accepted standard for volunteer service hours in the US), NMBP volunteers have donated nearly $50,000 worth of sweat equity in a mere nine and a half months! Keep up the great work, and use your volunteer efforts as leverage to do more great things for your local trails community.
Join IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
IMBA clubs and patrols across Canada and around the globe will celebrate the fifth annual National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. The event provides a great opportunity to help kids have fun. All you need to do is visit IMBA’s website, register your ride and plan an excursion. Find an event in your area with our online listings here.
Please Support the IMBA Canada Legal Advocacy Fund
Two decades of advocacy have resulted in numerous successes for our sport, driven by our family of tireless, passionate advocates. For over 20 years IMBA has been leading the charge to gain and protect mountain biking opportunities.
Make a donation to the Canadian Legal Advocacy Fund here.