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April 20/06 8:59 am - IMBA News

Posted by Editoress on 04/20/06

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.

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:

• May 25-28: Coaticook, QB
Association pour de Developpement des Sentiers de Velo de Montagne
au Quebec
Contact Jerome Pelland:

• June 1-4: Caledon, ON
Albion Hills Conservation Area
Contact Adam Ruppel:

• June 15-18: Duncan, BC
Cowichan Valley Regional District
Contact Danica Rice:

For a complete list of visits across North America, visit:

Learn more about the Trail Care Crew program:

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:

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.

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:

Hot Spot Schedule of Events:

More about the Toronto Hot Spot:

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‚s instruction, two of the camps, one at Whistler and another at Mike Wiegele's Heli Skiing in Blue River, BC, are co-ed.


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