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July 23/06 2:01 am - Ontario Trail Improvement Grants Awarded

Posted by Editoress on 07/23/06

2006 Ontario Trail Improvement Grants Awarded
Courtesy IMBA Canada

Thanks to a partnership between the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) and the International Mountain Bicycling Association's (IMBA) Canadian office, three Ontario mountain bike clubs will receive $500 grants to improve local trails.

The program supports the creation and enhancement of trails for mountain bike racing and training, and encourages clubs to take a stewardship role in their local trail communities. A percentage of every full OCA membership sold this year was used to fund the program.

IMBA Canada is pleased to announce the 2006 winners:

North Bay Cycling Club

The North Bay Cycling Club will use the funding to buy tools and supplies for the improvement of their Wednesday night mountain bike race series at the North Bay Nordic Ski Club. Their primary goal is to develop more singletrack - increasing the course length to 5km this season, and 10km next year.

Hardwood Hills Mountain Bike Center/Team Hardwood Cycling Club

Hosting more than 20 races each year, Hardwood Hills is one of the most heavily used mountain bike trail systems in Southern Ontario. Hardwood will use this year's grant to purchase materials to build new wooden structures and bridges, and improve the trails for daily riding and racing.

Chico Racing

Chico Racing will use the grant to host volunteer workdays at Albion Hills Conservation Area. Three McLeods and three Pulaskis will be purchased, along with rock for armoring, with the goal of improving the flow and sustainability of Albion's singletrack.

Your club can also apply. Grant details can be found online at


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