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January 5/06 9:38 am - 2005 IMBA Report Card for Canada

Posted by Editor on 01/5/06

2005 IMBA Report Card - Canada

CANADA A- IMBA Canada gaining members/East needs more advocacy organizations

Alberta B+ Trails near population centers/Nascent club scene

British Columbia A Great riding everywhere/Unauthorized trails worrisome

Manitoba C+ New Rep in Winnipeg/Urban centers need trails

Ontario B All styles of riding represented/Riders apathetic about trailwork

Saskatchewan B- Regina trails a great addition/More trails needed

Quebec C- Downhill flourishing, many strong riders/Clubs need more members to get noticed

Scotland surpassed British Columbia in the Global Superstar category. The Scots earned high praise for the government-sponsored Seven Stanes Project (riding centers with outstanding trails) as well as excellent trails with unmatched scenery. Mountain bicycling is also growing at a healthy rate in Scotland; the Glentress center attracted 250,000 visitors last year, according to the U.K. Forestry Commission.

Advocacy Groups On The Move

1. Jersey Action Riders: Teamed with local REI on Wharton State Forest project.

2. SIMBS (CANADA): South Island MTB Society has raised over $30k for trails.

3. Redding MTB Club: Huge celebration of Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.

4. SORBA-TN: Tennessee advocates are a political force.

5. ORMBA: Oregon advocates team for innovative Wilderness strategy.

Ski Resort Honor Roll

1. Whistler, CANADA: Model facility for lift-serviced riding.

2. Deer Valley, UT: Brilliant cross-country and downhill trails.

3. Tamarack, ID: IMBA's Trail Solutions develops state-of-the-art trail network.

4. Snowshoe, WV: Intrawest building Whistler of the East.

5. Winter Park, CO: Great variety of trails, including beginner-friendly options.


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