2011 X-Fusion Trail Ambassadors Announced

For Immediate Release: 09-22-11
Contact: Rachael Raven 
IMBA Canada Communications Coordinator 

Congratulations to Ryan Lindh of Wolfville, NS, and Brad Proctor of Sechelt, BC, who are IMBA Canada’s first-ever X-Fusion Trail Ambassadors!

“I am sure that you have been silently, anonymously thanked by hundreds of wheels rolling over your trails,” said Brian Kuhn, Renegade Cycle Solutions. “Though those riders may not know your name, their smiles are due to your vision, hard work and advocacy. Doubtlessly it has not been said loud enough or often enough, thank you."

Made possible by Renegade Cycle Solutions (RCS), the X-Fusion Trail Ambassador Awards seek to recognize advocates across Canada who go ‘above and beyond’ their volunteer roles to give back to the mountain biking and trails communities. Both Eastern and Western Ambassadors will be receiving a 2011 X-Fusion Velvet RL fork from RCS.

Nominated by Michelle Marcinkiewicz, Ryan Lindh sits on the board of the Annapolis Valley Mountain Bike Association, and is a graduate of Capilano University’s Mountain Bike Operations program. “Ryan has contributed countless hours to the improvement, maintenance and expansion of a variety of trail types found in the Valley. The riding scene in the Annapolis Valley would not be the same without [him],” said Michelle.

Western Ambassador Brad Proctor is a long time member of the Sunshine Coast United Mountain Bikers. Nominated by fellow builder Sue Duxbury, Brad is described as a local trail guru. “No youngster at 60...[Brad] has built many of the trails on the coast here for the Rat Race, Sunshine Coaster, and BC Bike Race.  He is truly an unsung hero. Almost every Saturday from March to when the snow flies you can find Brad out trail building,” says Sue.

With many strong applications, it was extremely difficult to choose one candidate over another. "We could not let it go with just the top two. Therefore we decided to offer the next three candidates a set of Hygia Elite Carbon brakes,” said Kuhn.

A hearty ‘thank you’ to Rod Camposano (Sechelt, BC), John Kessler (Regina, SK), and Morris Martini (Guelph, ON) for their contributions to their communities and local mountain biking scene.

Keep an eye out for the Fall issue of IMBA Canada Trail News, where you can read more about our 2011 Trail Ambassadors!