Anticipation builds for Ontario Trailblazing Festival, Aug 18-19

Kitchener, ON – August 14, 2012 – With only a few days to go, anticipation is building for the second annual Trailblazing Festival, hosted by IMBA Ontario and Creemore Springs.

Taking place at Hardwood Ski and Bike (near Barrie, ON) on August 18 and 19, the Festival is a two-day celebration of mountain biking in Ontario and will feature rides for all ages and abilities, skills training, bike demos, and plenty of food and entertainment.

More than $10,000 in prizes and swag will be dished out to participants!

Kicking off at 10:00 am on Saturday, the festival village will be a one-stop-shop for bike demos, deals on gear and gadgets, and live entertainment – including DJ, live bands, and audience-participation skills competitions.

“We’re incredibly excited to bring this year’s Trailblazing Festival to Hardwood Ski and Bike, which features some of the most beautiful trails in the province,” says Igor Hoogendoorn, IMBA Canada’s Ontario Coordinator. “What’s especially great about the festival is that there’s something for everyone – beginners, advanced, adults and children. We want people to bring their bikes, enthusiasm and spend a fun–filled August weekend in the great outdoors.”

All weekend, riders can brush up on their skills, with cross-country and downhill clinics by Silent/Norco Racing, Sacred Rides, Hardwood, and IMBA Mountain Bike Patrol Instructors from the Guelph Off-Road Bicycling Association (GORBA).

Come for the fun and stay for the weekend

After a long day in the saddle, the festival atmosphere will continue on into the night with live music and a showing of Anthill Films' Strength in Numbers, presented by Red Bull.

To take full advantage of the weekend and festivities, camping is available Friday and Saturday nights on a property adjacent to Hardwood Ski and Bike (Camping info available on site Friday afternoon and Saturday).

Then, test your mettle on Sunday morning at the IMBA Epic ride, with 30km and 50m routes throughout Hardwood's property and the Simcoe County Forest.

Get your singletrack fix before the festival and attend a free IMBA Trail Building School with professional trail builders of the Trail Care Crew on Friday, 9-4. RSVP here.

Tickets still available

Save time at the gate and buy your tickets online now. Plus, you'll be eligible to get a free festival event t-shirt and be entered into a draw to win a mountain bike, valued $1,000. Register now. For up to date information visit the official Trailblazing Festival website.

About IMBA

The International Mountain Bicycling Association is the largest mountain bike advocacy organization in the world. Established in 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, and co-operation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy, and innovative trail management solutions.

IMBA's worldwide network includes 35,000 individual members, more than 750 affiliated chapters and clubs, 170 corporate partners, and about 600 retailer shops. Nationally, IMBA Canada represents over 10,000 mountain bikers in all provinces and territories


For more information, please contact:

Igor Hoogendoorn

Ontario Regional Coordinator International Mountain Bicycling Association (Canada)
igor [dot] hoogendoorn [at] imba [dot] com, 1-855-255-4095 x 108


IMBA Canada Customer Service, 1-855-255-4095