July 28/05 1:18 am - IMBA Canada News
Posted by Editoress on 07/28/05
IMBA Canada would like to welcome two new Canadian field reps to our crew of dedicated advocates.
Jean-François Ravenelle - Eastern Manitoba, Western Ontario
Jean-François Ravenelle, based in Winnipeg, will be focused on Eastern Manitoba and crossing over into Western Ontario. JF is the manager of Gord's Bike Shop and is very actively involved with Gord's Mountain Bike Club.
Peter Plaizier - Northern Alberta
Peter Plaizier will be our newest Alberta addition, based out of Edmonton. Peter joins Kip Keylock, our long-standing Calgary-based rep, to increase mountain biking opportunities in Canada's Rocky Mountain playground.
Learn about becoming an IMBA field rep here: repcenter
IMBA Rep Helps Build New Trails In Saskatchewan
Donna Shire, IMBA Canadas field rep for Southern Saskatchewan, has been busy this spring, transforming a small village park into a place for kids to ride. Read how this small gem of a trail came to be: saskatchewan.html
Trail Care Crews Visit Squamish, BC
The Squamish Off Road Cycling Association (SORCA) has been working tirelessly to save the crown jewel of their trail system, the Powerhouse Plunge Trail, from being damaged by adjacent logging. On June 10 - 12, the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew worked with SORCA to help save their beloved trail from erosion and widening. See a slideshow of their visit: squamish_bc
Mississauga Club Receives Kona Freeride Grant
The Mississauga Urban Trails Club received one of seven 2005 Kona/IMBA Freeride Grants, thanks to Kona Bicycle Company's generous support. To find out which other clubs made the cut, and to see how they plan to spend their money, visit this page: kona_winners
Ontario Trail Improvement Grants Awarded
Thanks to a partnership between the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) and IMBA Canada, three Ontario mountain bike clubs have received $500 grants to improve local trails. Find out who got the loot here: ontario_grants
McKay Insurance Temporarily Unavailable To New Canadian Clubs
IMBA's mountain biking club insurance policy, brokered through McKay Insurance of Iowa, is temporarily suspended to new business in Canada. Canadian clubs who have already purchased a policy will continue to be covered through August 31 as scheduled. Please note that only new business is suspended and all existing policies expire on August 31, 2005.
McKay Insurance is working to renew IMBA's mountain biking club insurance policy and we hope to have a new policy in place and available for purchase by clubs in the U.S. and Canada by September 1. More info will be available in August.
Ottawa Mountain Bike Association Hits A Groove
Since its formation, OMBA has signed on more than 80 members, delivered trail proposals to local authorities, started regular trailwork days, and become a much-needed voice for mountain bike advocacy in the Nation's Capital. Not bad for a club that's only 3 months old!
Read more on the OMBA website: ottawamba.org/OMBA2/index.html
Save The Date: Trail Care Crew Visits Ontario In September
Eastern Region Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew leaders Chris Bernhardt and Jill Van Winkle will visit Waterloo September 10-11, 2005 to teach a 2-day IMBA Trailbuilding School. For more details, visit the IMBA Canada Calendar: calendar
Take A Kid Mountain Biking On October 1
On Oct. 1, IMBA's annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day will once again help introduce scores of young riders to the sport. Start planning your event or family outing now: www.imba.com/resources/kids/index.html
Trail Solutions A Best Seller
IMBA reached a milestone this spring when the 5,000th copy of the popular book "Trail Solutions: IMBA's Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack," rolled off the shelf. Order your copy here: trail_solutions
New Trailbuilding Book Available
Written by trail expert Troy Scott Parker, "Natural Surface Trails by Design" explores trail design from a theoretical perspective. A perfect companion to "Trail Solutions," this 78-page book focuses on the why of trails rather than the how. Now available at the IMBA on-line store for $30 USD. stores.yahoo.com/imba/immer.html