Canadian Trail Care Crew program seeks presenting sponsor

May 19, 2016 -- 2016 marks the end of an incredible six year partnership with Parks Canada as the lead supporter of IMBA Canada's Trail Care Crew (TCC) program.

Over the past six years the Crew has become a driving force for trail education in Canada. In addition to delivering the time-tested IMBA Trail Building School to volunteer groups and land managers nationwide, the TCC has frequently gone above and beyond, leaving communities with detailed design recommendations and strategies to grow their trails organizations. With nearly 2,500 Canadians taught in sustainable trail building practices and over 10,000 hours of volunteer trailwork logged, the TCC have created a legacy that would not have been possible without Parks Canada's support.

In the last year alone, the TCC delivered sustainable trails workshops in 18 communities and five national parks across Canada, working with local leaders and volunteers to assess 345km of trail and amass over 700 hours of trail work; all at no cost to the participant. Read the 2015 TCC Report to see the impact the program has had in Canada to date.

As IMBA Canada's relationship with Parks Canada evolves into bigger and better things, IMBA Canada's Trail Care Crew seeks a new presenting sponsor. "It is an incredible marketing opportunity for any company that believes in building better trails, and wants to reach local mountain bike communities across Canada," says Lora Woolner, IMBA Canada executive director.  

Until a lead sponsor is found, IMBA Canada will continue to offer trail education visits to groups who are willing to help offset the costs of delivering the workshops. aj [dot] strawson [at] imbacanada [dot] com (Contact field program manager, AJ Strawson )to find out how to get a visit in your area.

Still rolling with the support of Subaru Canada, Trek, and now Swagman Racks, IMBA Canada wishes to thank all those who have been part of the Canadian Trail Care Crew journey thus far: Parks Canada, the Trans Canada Trail, Shimano Canada, and the countless number of trail organizations and volunteers who have hosted us on their trails.

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 bike trails. Affiliated with like-minded IMBA organizations around the world, IMBA Canada strives to bring out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. Our core values: Speak, Build, Respect, and Ride represent the call to action for IMBA Canada affiliated clubs nationwide.

About the Trail Care Crew Program

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 goals of the program are to inspire high quality trail projects, increase stewardship of Canada’s public lands, and strengthen the Canadian mountain bike and trails communities.