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Visiting Trail Experts Inspire Local Trail Building

June 15, 2011 - The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Canada Trail Care Crew will be in Thunder Bay during the Canada Day long weekend to meet with government officials and land managers, and work with IMBA-affiliated mountain bike clubs, Parks Canada sites, and Trans Canada Trail local, provincial and territorial organizations to improve trail opportunities Canada-wide.

They will discuss trails, teach proper trail building techniques, and spend quality time digging in the dirt. This visit is one of more than 30 stops on the 2011 schedule.

Directed by the Canadian office of IMBA, in partnership with Parks Canada and the Trans Canada Trail, the Trail Care Crew program includes a full-time, professional team of trail experts who travels across Canada in a Subaru Outback. They teach sustainable trail building, a way to build natural surface trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This can lead to reduced trail damage, protection of the environment, and enhancement to visitor enjoyment.

All residents are invited to attend the events. The schedule of events that are open to the public include:

Club Care Workshop:  Fri. July 1, 2011, 10 am – 12 pm, Centennial Park Chalet
IMBA Trail Building School: Sat. July 2, 2011, 9 am – 4 pm, Centennial Park Chalet
Group Ride: Sun. July 3, 2011, 10 am – 12 pm, Centennial Park Chalet

For more information and to register for the IMBA Trail Building School, contact Gerald Hamm For more information on the Association visit:


Gerald Hamm
Trail Maintenance Coordinator
Blacksheep Cycling Club
(807) 346-7638

Werner Schwar
Coordinator – Park Planning
City of Thunder Bay
(807) 625-2806

Rachael Raven
IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew Coordinator
(613) 301-8098