Our visit to Cornerbrook, NL, happened during a time of great excitement and activity as the West Coast Cycling Association was nearly finished building their first trail, the Ginger Route. The trail is part of a 50km masterplan (that IMBA Canada's Trail Solutions had a hand in designing) which will draw in mountain bikers from near and far with progressive and sustainable trails.
Though we haven't lived in Ottawa for a few years, rumours about the great trails at Mont Ste Marie have travelled far and wide. So, when we heard that we'd be paying a visit to Velo MSM, Rachael and I were excited to finally see what was going on!
Our first day began with a group ride to check out the work they had been doing. With a few paid trailbuilders (thanks to multiple grants) they have put considerable effort into a blue level climbing trail to get to the top of the hill.
We have a saying at IMBA, "great trails build communities, and communities build great trails."
As Trail Care Crew, frequently working with exceptional people building great singletrack, we often witness the latter half of this statement, but sometimes forget that trails themselves bring people together.
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If you are like me, you've been spending tons of time on the saddle, exploring new trails, loving old favourites and enjoying many great rides with friends.
I hope that you can take a few minutes out of your busy ride schedule to think ahead to the fall and the annual Take A Kid Mountain Biking Event. The official day is on Saturday October 5, 2013, but we already have many events planned in the weeks leading up to the 5th. It's time to share the love with kids in your community and IMBA Canada is here to help make it easy for you.
I was at the Parks Canada “Learn to Camp’ event earlier on Saturday, June 22nd, but knew that I couldn’t miss visiting friends and racers taking part in the 24 HRS Summer Solstice event. So off I went to see the Chico boys up at Albion Hills Conservation Area!
This was IMBA Canada’s second “Learn to Camp” event in conjunction with Joyride150 and the Guelph Off Road Bicycling Association (GORBA) and what a great day! Ok, let me point out that it rained in the morning while we were setting up, and then off and on during the afternoon, but there was no stopping the participants from sharing their enthusiasm and joining the fun at the ‘Learn to MTB’ portion of the event that we were hosting!
This past week, amid crisis and flooding in alberta, AJ and I visited the small valley town of Invermere, BC, just west of the Rockies. This visit was a follow up to last year's trail building school, with loftier goals: getting the larger community on board to support trail access in the region.