Our most recent Trail Care Crew visit in Invermere, BC, was a great one; 29 participants came out to our Trail Building School, we collected record donations to the 2012 Trail Building Fund, and also had a great Club Care Workshop with almost twenty members from the Columbia Valley Cycling Society's board and executive.
The residents of Jasper, AB, are typical of most residents in mountain towns for their ability in the outdoors. Whether on bike, foot, or horseback, most would be quite at home on a back country expedition or on above alpine technical trails.
IMBA’s sixth biennial World Summit ran from Oct. 10-13, 2012, in Santa Fe, NM. The international mountain bike advocacy and educational gathering opened at full capacity, with 350 delegates registered for the three-day program, plus close to 100 additional attendees signed up for pre-conference sessions.
The summit was a great opportunity for some great minds in mountain biking to gather and share ideas on any topic under the sun: sustainable trail design, conservation, bicycle tourism and economic development, and trail advocacy. Of course, the town provided a great facility to hold a world class event with fantastic trails, great food, beautiful environment, and great people. The bar has been set higher yet again, can the 2014 summit possibly best this?
Thanks to the dedicated efforts from members of the CABC and the support of the city, the trails around Red Deer, AB, are experiencing quite a rejuvenation. Years ago, a few key builders came to the city from Whistler and built an extensive bike park with very advanced features, including a 25+ foot tall corkscrew drop.
Located roughly 20 minutes south of Edmonton, the town of Devon, AB, may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think about cycling.
However, their recent city re-branding "Bike Town," is very quickly changing that.
The new initiative, launched in October of 2010, sets Devon apart from local towns and municipalities by advocating for cycling and active transportation, and engaging and supporting members of the community.
It's 9pm on Sunday night, and most of us have our feet up after a day of work or play. But what is our host, Rob Woito of the Athabasca Recreational Trails Association, up to? He's busy organizing his next trail project with some local equipment operators.
Back in the summer & fall of 2011 both the first Canadian Trail Care Crew and Trail Solutions had the privilege of traveling to western Newfoundland to work on a series of major planning & design projects. The first of these was the development of the Corner Brook Masterplan while the others focused on trail development in the stunning Gros Morne National Park.
Riding Mountain National Park is a picturesque experience located on the western edge of Manitoba, featuring some of the only elevation within the province. Steeped in history (the park has the oldest original park gate entrance) and fantastic nature experiences , the park should be on the list of anyone interested in taking in the natural beauty of the area or the friendly atmosphere of Wasagaming, the town located in the park.
Steinbach, Manitoba, is an unlikely place to find mountain bike trails. The historically Mennonite farming community has little in the way of elevation. However, what they lack in opportunities for new trails, they make up for in determination from a core group of local trail advocates.