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October 20/05 1:28 am - IMBA Canada News

Posted by Editor on 10/20/05

IMBA Canada News

IMBA Canada Launches 1,000 Members in 100 Days Campaign

A membership campaign to recruit 1,000 new members before the end of 2005 is the new focus for IMBA Canada. "We need more members to effectively lead the fight for trail access in Canada," says IMBA Canada coordinator Mark Schmidt. "Our first year has been a success, but more members equals more influence." Be part of the IMBA Canada mountain bike movement:

* Post our "1,000 Members" press release and web banners on your website

* Send out a prepared e-mail blast to your friends on behalf of IMBA Canada

* Encourage your friends to join IMBA!

Get started at:

IMBA Summit/World MTB Conference Coming to Whistler

Mountain biking leaders and land managers from around the world will gather June 20-23, 2006, in Whistler, British Columbia, for a combined IMBA Summit and World Mountain Bike Conference. The merger of the two conferences creates an unprecedented opportunity for mountain biking advocates, land managers, trailbuilders and the bike industry to come together. Further information can be found Here.

* Attention clubs: Start planning now to send a club executive, or general member to the combined IMBA Summit/Conference. It's a great opportunity to meet other club leaders and strategize for the future.

2005 Epic Rides Unveiled

The latest additions to IMBA's Epic Rides program have been unveiled:
- Left and Right Trails, Tsali, North Carolina
- Syllamo Trails, Mountain View, Arkansas
- Loon Lake Trail, McCall, Idaho
- Tahoe Rim Trail, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
- The Seven Summits Trail, Rossland, British Columbia

Check out the new additions, along with 32 other classics:

Rate Your Province with the IMBA Report Card

It's time to grab a red pen and hand out mountain biking grades! Voting for the IMBA Mountain Bike Report Card is underway. IMBA's Report Card presents a letter-grade (A through F) analysis of singletrack riding opportunities, trailbuilding achievements and advocacy issues. Be sure to weigh in on the riding near you! Access the report card Here.

New Canadian Field Reps

IMBA Canada is pleased to welcome two more Field Reps to our dedicated team. IMBA's Reps volunteer their time to help address local mountain biking issues. Please don't hesitate to contact them - they'd love to hear from you!

Hendrik Weigeldt, B.C. -, 250-362-9053

You may know Hendrik as the founder and promoter of the infamous "Lost in the Rocks and Trees" mountain bike race. Formerly IMBA Canada's Northern Ontario Rep, Hendrik is now in Rossland, where he joins James Brown as a BC Representative.

Denis Rochon, Western Quebec -, 613-673-5823

Denis will be joining Dominique Larocque and Jérome Pelland as IMBA Canada's newest Québec Rep. Denis' focus is on two specific projects: Montebello (which will be cut by Highway 50) and Ripon (the Black Mountain Network).

Learn about becoming an IMBA field rep:

Call For Translators

IMBA Canada is looking for professional translators to help provide more resources in both English and French. If you or someone you know is interested in donating their services for some small projects, contact

Insurance Update

IMBA-affiliated clubs in the U.S. and Canada are once again eligible to purchase a special mountain biking club insurance policy from McKay Insurance of Iowa. The policy insures your club for liability arising from events like club rides, kids rides, meetings, trail maintenance, bike patrols, and other club activities. A standard policy costs USD $1.55 per club member, with a $200 minimum. The current policy starts on October 15, 2005, and extends to October 15, 2006. Visit McKay Insurance for details and an online application. Learn more by reading these Frequently Asked Questions:

New IMBA Dealers and Clubs

Please welcome the following list of dealers and clubs that have recently joined IMBA Canada!

* Dealers

Freedom Bike Shop - Penticton, BC
Cap's Bicycle Shop - New Westminster, BC
Bikes On The Drive - Vancouver, BC
Western Cycle Source for Sports - Regina, SK
Le Yéti Inc. - Montréal, QC

* Clubs

Derailleurs Mountain Bike Club - Summerstown, ON

To join as an IMBA bicycle club or dealer visit:

Update IMBA Freeriding Locations's freeriding resources section received a major facelift this fall. One of the site's key features is a "Places to Freeride" guide. Please help keep this valuable resources current by sending reports to Check out the freeride resources:

Apply for a 2006 Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Visit

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews are planning for another big year in 2006. More than 200 IMBA-affiliated clubs, land management agencies and other trail-user groups applied for a visit last year. Only 4 of the 70 slots are available for Canadian visits, so applicants are urged to submit their requests as soon as possible. The deadline for applications is Nov. 1, 2005.

Subaru/IMBA Canada Seeks New Trail Care Crew Team

IMBA is looking to hire a full-time, two-person team for the highly successful Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program. Application deadline is Nov. 1, with a start date in mid-February. This position requires a passion for mountain biking, excellent communication skills, a basic knowledge of trailwork and team compatibility. The Crew will travel North America nearly all year in a Subaru Outback. Send a resume and cover letter to Aaryn Kay: or to IMBA, P.O. Box 711, Boulder, CO 80306. For more information on IMBA and the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Program visit:


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