Season Six is a Go for IMBA Canada’s Trail Care Crew

Kitchener, ON - May 21, 2015 - AJ Strawson and Justin Truelove begin their cross Canada tour in southern Ontario this week as IMBA Canada’s Trail Care Crew for 2015. The team will continue the IMBA tradition of imparting sustainable trail building and maintenance knowledge, and a passion for trails, to groups from coast to coast through IMBA Trail Building Schools and specialized workshops delivered from their IMBA branded Subaru Outback.

New to the program for this year, Truelove will be joining seasoned veteran AJ Strawson, who traveled with wife Rachael Raven as IMBA Canada TCC in 2012 and 2013. Having worked as a Yukon mountain bike guide with Cabin Fever Adventures, and on the construction crew for the Sunnyside Bike Park in Toronto, ON, Truelove brings a wide range of skills and insights to the program. A graduate of Capilano University's Mountain Bike Operations program, he looks forward to sharing fresh ideas and enthusiasm with mountain bike clubs and national parks across Canada.

The Crew’s first visit will take place in Ravenshoe Forest with the recently established York Mountain Biking Association (YMBA), an extension of the established Durham Mountain Biking Association (DMBA).

"We are excited to host the Trail Care Crew this weekend,” said Erich Baumhard, YMBA director responsible for building the relationship between the club and the York Region Forestry Department.  “Our goals for this workshop are to learn, build relationships, give back to our beloved trails, and have fun!"

Following their visit with the YMBA, Strawson and Truelove will work with the Wild Betty’s women’s mountain bike club in Toronto, ON before heading east and then north, to conduct a string of four national parks visits from New Brunswick to the Northwest Territories. The final stop on their spring schedule lands them in Canmore, AB, in time to work on the Canmore Nordic Centre trails, gearing up for the 24 Hours of Adrenalin. For a complete schedule of events, including the soon-to-be-confirmed fall Trail Building Schools, visit: http://www.imbacanada.com/tcc/schedule

As part of an initiative launched in partnership with Parks Canada in 2010, IMBA Canada is excited for Pulaskis and McLeods to hit the trail in this sixth year of the program. With additional support from Trek Bikes, Subaru Canada and Shimano Canada, 2015 is shaping up to be a full season for the Canadian Trail Care Crew that will have an impact on trail systems from coast to coast.

Learn more about IMBA Canada at the Trail Care Crew program at www.imbacanada.com/tcc.

About the Trail Care Crew

Since 2010 the Canadian Trail Care Crew program has supported outdoor recreation communities by providing education on trail building and volunteer management, training local volunteer groups to work more effectively with land managers, and by representing mountain bikers’ interests to local and national decision-makers.

The IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew is made possible by support from its Program Partners: Parks Canada, Subaru Canada, and Shimano Canada. Without the support and leadership of these organizations the Trail Care Crew program would not be possible. Additional program support is being provided by Trek Bicycles.

The goals of the program are to inspire high quality trail projects, increase stewardship of Canada’s public lands, promote Canada’s natural heritage sites, and engage mountain bike and trails communities.

About IMBA Canada

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (Canada) is a non‐profit association whose mission is to ensure Canada is home to a strong and vibrant mountain bike community, riding a world-class network of mountain biking trails. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking worldwide by encouraging low‐impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA’s Canadian office has been up and running since 2004. www.imbacanada.com

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For more information, please contact:

AJ Strawson

IMBA Canada Field Program Manager

aj[dot]strawson[at]imbacanada[dot]com

1-855-255-4095 ext. 107