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IMBA News – April 2006

April 15, 2006 — Here is IMBA’s April 2006 newsletter. Not a member? We need your support! Join IMBA Canada today at www.imba.com/canada/index.html

1) CANADIAN NEWS:

– TOP 5 REASONS TO ATTEND THE IMBA SUMMIT/WORLD MTB CONFERENCE
– REGISTER NOW – TRAIL CARE CREWS COMING TO A TOWN NEAR YOU!
– MEC/IMBA CANADA TRAILBUILDING TOUR – STOPPING IN WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO
– 2006 TORONTO URBAN HOT SPOT CAMPAIGN OFF TO A GREAT START
– 100 KM OF SWEET SINGLETRACK
– 2006 SUGOI DIRT SERIES PREPARES FOR ACTION
– INTERNATIONAL TRAILS DAY IS TWO MONTHS AWAY

2) INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

– EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MIKE VAN ABEL VISITS EUROPEAN PARTNERS
– IMBA ISRAEL MOVING FORWARD WITH NATIONAL BIKE TRAIL PROJECT
– GETTING BACK TO SINGLETRACK IN UTAH
– MOUNTAIN BIKING GROWING IN ARKANSAS
– FOX IMBA HEROES PROGRAM HONORS NEW JERSEY’S JAY JONES


1) CANADIAN NEWS

TOP 5 REASONS TO ATTEND THE IMBA SUMMIT/WORLD MTB CONFERENCE

5) Sample the International Flavour. When else will you share stories, learn about trails and talk riding with a collection of global mountain bikers?

4) Learn From Experts. Check out the newest management and trail techniques: seminar and presentation topics include risk management, conservation, shared-use communities, trail construction and more.

3) Get Looney. Join the world’s largest “Looney” social ride with the Whistler Off Road Bicycling Association, attend a local BBQ, dine at a gala banquet with trials rider Ryan Leech and see the World Mountain Bike Film Festival.

2) Save Your Dough. The event website has a message board for room shares and other ways to help make this an economical trip ˜ it might be the cheapest way to visit Whistler this summer.

1) Ride, Ride, Ride. Soak in some of the best riding on the planet, from family-friendly paths to epic cross country and world-famous freeriding at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

www.worldmountainbikeconference.com/conferencehome.asp

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REGISTER NOW – TRAIL CARE CREWS COMING TO A TOWN NEAR YOU!

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews will soon be making their sweep across Canada, teaching the art and science behind sustainable trail design, construction, and management. The 2-day IMBA Trailbuilding Schools fall on the weekend, and are free of charge and open to everyone. Register now to reserve your spot!

* May 18-21: Dieppe, NB
National Cycling Centre – Atlantic Canada
Contact Luc Arseneau: luc@atlanticcyclingcentre.com

* May 25-28: Coaticook, QB
Association pour de Developpement des Sentiers de Velo de Montagne au Quebec
Contact Jerome Pelland: jerome@adsvmq.org

* June 1-4: Caledon, ON
Albion Hills Conservation Area
Contact Adam Ruppel: chico@chicoracing.com

* June 15-18: Duncan, BC
Cowichan Valley Regional District
Contact Danica Rice: drice@cvrd.bc.ca

For a complete list of visits across North America, visit:
www.imba.com/tcc/schedule.html

Learn more about the Trail Care Crew program:
www.imba.com/tcc/index.html

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MEC/IMBA CANADA TRAILBUILDING TOUR – STOPPING IN WOODSTOCK, ONTARIO

Join IMBA Canada and the Woodstock Cycling Club for a 2-day revival of the trails in “The Pines” Conservation Area April 29-30. Thinning of the forest last year resulted in the loss of several fun and popular trails. Learn how to build sustainable singletrack and help re-establish one of Southern Ontario’s great riding areas.

Contact Gerald Mueller for more info, or to RSVP: chgems@sympatico.ca

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100 KM OF SWEET SINGLETRACK

IMBA Canada’s Mark Schmidt will be in Burns Lake, BC next week, starting the ball rolling on 100km of brand new singletrack. While the project is just in planning phase, Schmidt will return in the fall with a team of trail experts to start the design of the trail system.

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2006 TORONTO URBAN HOT SPOT CAMPAIGN OFF TO A GREAT START

Designating Toronto as an “IMBA Urban Hot Spot” has already helped to raise awareness of mountain bike issues in the GTA. More than 35 Toronto area mountain bikers showed up at Sport Swap Friday, March 24, to kick off the yearlong campaign.

Slideshow of the Hot Spot launch event at Sport Swap:
www.imba.com/resources/urban/slideshows/toronto_index.html

Hot Spot Schedule of Events:
www.imba.com/resources/urban/toronto_schedule.html

More about the Toronto Hot Spot:
www.imba.com/resources/urban/toronto.html

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2006 SUGOI DIRT SERIES PREPARES FOR ACTION

With a full schedule of 15 camps across Western Canada and the U.S., the Whistler-based Sugoi Dirt Series is back for its sixth season of world-class mountain bike instruction. In 2006, they will add hundreds more people to the 2000 who have already taken the program and seen huge improvements in their mountain bike skills, confidence, and general fun on the bike. The camps cater to riders from beginner to advanced, and can serve as an inspiring introduction to the sport, a systematic exposure to freeride essentials, or a way to polish intermediate or advanced skills. While the Series remains focused on women”šs instruction, two of the camps, one at Whistler and another at Mike Wiegele’s Heli Skiing in Blue River, BC, are co-ed.

www.dirtseries.com/

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INTERNATIONAL TRAILS DAY IS TWO MONTHS AWAY

Get outside, get active, and experience the wonders of trails in your own backyard and across the country! June 3, 2006 is International Trails Day, and IMBA Canada encourages you to plan a ride or trailwork day to celebrate.

Register your event on the International Trails Day website:
www.internationaltrailsday.com/index.html


2) INTERNATIONAL NEWS


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MIKE VAN ABEL VISITS EUROPEAN PARTNERS

Executive Director Mike Van Abel recently returned from a productive trip to Europe. Visiting the Netherlands, Ireland, England and Scotland over 11 days, Van Abel concluded, “I saw the broadest spectrum of mountain bike access, from the superb trail resources in Scotland to the nascent advocacy scene in Ireland, all in a small geographical area.” The trip was motivated by an invitation from the Netherlands Bicycle Touring Association (NTFU) to present IMBA’s approach to trails stewardship and advocacy at their annual Mountain Bike Conference.

Mountain Bike Ireland – www.mtbireland.com/

Netherlands – www.ntfu.nl/

UK Home Site – www.imba-uk.com/

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IMBA ISRAEL MOVING FORWARD WITH NATIONAL BIKE TRAIL PROJECT

A national bike trail project (Shvil Yisrael B’Ofanayim) in Israel is progressing. With a MOU agreement drafted this winter, it appears that the trail will run the length of Israel, from the Golan in the north to Eilat in the south. IMBA Israel will coordinate volunteer participation from several IMBA-affiliated clubs.

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GETTING BACK TO SINGLETRACK IN UTAH

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew members Nat and Rachel Lopes, along with IMBA National Mountain Bike Coordinator Zach Vanderkooy, visited Utah’s Brian Head Resort to help protect valuable trails being overrun by ATV use. Once true singletrack, four-wheeled vehicles have widened the Bunker Creek Trail, deteriorating both the trail and experience. Working with the Forest Service and Color Country Bicycle Club, nearly 100 volunteer hours were donated to install several features to prevent wider vehicles from accessing the trail. Read more in Nat and Rachel’s wrap-up:

Crew Visits Brian Head
www.imba.com/tcc/2005/brian_head.html?autologin=true&AddInterest=1007

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MOUNTAIN BIKING GROWING IN ARKANSAS

Mountain bikers in the Natural State (yep, that’s the official state nickname) are celebrating the completion of more than 12 new miles of singletrack at the Syllamo Trail System, bringing the total to 50 miles of awesome riding. In the Ouachita Mountains, approval has come in for a new trail system around Lake Ouachita. The Hot Springs Bicycle Association is working to bring new trails to some of the more than 500 miles of shoreline and other spectacular terrain, eventually connecting to the Ouachita Trail and the Womble trail. To check out more of the progress in Arkansas, visit the OzarkOff-Road Cyclists here:

Ozark Off-Road Cyclists
www.ozarkoffroadcyclists.com/html/news.html

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FOX IMBA HEROES PROGRAM HONORS NEW JERSEY’S JAY JONES

In 2006, five superstars of dirt will be selected by IMBA staff for the FOX/IMBA Heroes program. All FOX/IMBA Heroes will receive a new FOX Racing Shox fork of their choice, and an assortment of gear and clothing, courtesy of FOX. The first honoree is New Jersey’s Jay Jones. A hero to mountain bikers in the Garden State, Jay Jones has tirelessly worked to ensure New Jersey riders have great places to turn the cranks. Jay served as part of the Jersey-Off Road Biking Association (JORBA) leadership during its recent reformation, led the local IMBA-affiliated club, Jersey Action Riders (JAR) since 1997, co-founded the Delaware Valley Mountain Bike Patrol in 2000, and has served as an IMBA representative for southern New Jersey since 2000. On top of all this, Jay has spent thousands of hours supporting mountain biking and protecting trail access in the Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia.

For more about Jay’s inspiring work, see the new issue of IMBA Trail News, appearing in mailboxes later this month. Past issues of the Trail News are available online:

Trail News Archives
www.imba.com/news/trail_news/index.html?AddInterest=1017

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