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June 12/03 2:45 am - IMBA in Ottawa

Posted by Editoress on 06/12/03

IMBA Trail Crew In Ottawa
Courtesy IMBA

The International Mountain Bicycling Association is coming to Ottawa, Ontario June 19-22 and you are invited to join in the special events. Mark Schmidt and Lora Woolner of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be teaming with the LaRocca X-country Mountain Bike School and Camp Fortune to spread the word about IMBA and talk trails.

The visit will feature an evening slideshow about IMBA, a two-day IMBA Trailbuilding School, and a group ride. All events are FREE! This is your opportunity to rub shoulders with the IMBA crew while learning all about trailbuilding. Check out all the details below and come join in the fun.

THURSDAY, JUNE 19 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Around the World with IMBA Slideshow Come mingle with fellow riders and learn about IMBA's work around the world. IMBA's Mark and Lora will present a fun and exciting slideshow about riding and travel adventures in the U.S., Italy, Wales, Australia, and beyond.

Everyone is invited and refreshments will be served. Come and hang out! This is also your chance to view XCZONE‚s new trailer video called "Unlimited" featuring cool shots of outdoor oxygen fed sports!

Lutheran Church
1061 Pinecrest Road (exit for IKEA)

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. IMBA Trailbuilding School, Day 1
Get your hands dirty and learn how to build sustainable and fun singletrack. The school includes three hours of classroom instruction followed by hands-on time in the field learning trailbuilding techniques. Topics include designing a contour trail, controlling water flow, building effective trail structures, and routine trail maintenance.

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Classroom session
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (please bring a bag lunch)
1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Field session

Alexander Lodge
Camp Fortune (

Directions to Camp Fortune
(Only 15 minutes from Downtown)
Take Highway 5 north, exit 12, turn left onto chemin Old Chelsea and drive into Gatineau Park, follow the signs to the resort.

The field work will be hands-on trailbuilding, so come prepared. You'll probably be most comfortable in long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, snacks, work gloves, sunscreen, and a hat. Also, if you have any trailbuilding tools - pulaskis, McLeods, rakes, picks, shovels, hoes - please bring them, too.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. IMBA Trailbuilding School, Day 2
The school continues at Camp Fortune with more hands-on instruction and actual trailwork.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (please bring a bag lunch)

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Group ride!

For more information and the register for the IMBA Trailbuilding School, contact Dominique Larocque at or 613-860-0887.


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