Mountain Bicycling Association Trail Care Crew coming to South Lake |

Mountain Bicycling Association Trail Care Crew coming to South Lake

Submitted to the Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in South Lake Tahoe, from April 8-10 to talk trails, how to work more effectively with area land managers, and how to improve the overall economic and social health of our community by creating more riding opportunities. The visit is one of about 70 stops on the 2011 schedule. Everyone is invited to attend the weekend’s events.

The award-winning Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program includes two full-time, professional teams of trail experts who travel North America year-round, leading IMBA Trail building Schools, meeting with government officials and land managers and working with IMBA-affiliated groups to improve local mountain biking opportunities. IMBA’s crews have led more than 1,000 trail projects since the program debuted in 1997.

With the abundance of spring snow, the crew will spend the first day in the classroom on Friday. In collaboration with the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association (TAMBA), topics will include Land Manager Training, Better Living Though Trails, and Club Care Advocacy. These presentations will teach and advocate the health, economic, and social benefits of trails within our community. Weather permitting, Saturday’s session will culminate in a trip to the Carson Valley to break ground on a new trail that will ultimately connect the Tahoe Rim Trail with the town of Genoa. The crew will spend the morning teaching attendees about the proper techniques of trail building with actual hands-on trail work in the afternoon.

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program has inspired great volunteer trail work across the U.S. and abroad – a big help to government agencies and land managers who have limited funding for trail construction and upkeep. As a direct result, there are now thousands of new and improved trails in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and several European countries.

The Trail Care Crews teach “sustainable” trail building, which means building lasting trails that require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment and enhances visitor enjoyment.

The Crews travel in new Subaru Outbacks provided by Subaru of America. The company has been IMBA’s leading sponsor since 1997.

All are welcome to join the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew leaders when they come to town. Below is a schedule of events that are open to the public:

April 8:

12:30-5 p.m.:

USFS conference room, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe

TAMBA presentation – “Who we are and what we’ll do”

Land Manager training.

Better Living Through Trails

6 p.m.: Social event with Club Care presentation at the Divided Sky in Meyers

April 9:

9 a.m. to noon: USFS conference room, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe

Trail Building classroom session.

1-4 p.m.: Trail construction on the Carson Valley trail outside of Genoa.

April 10

Specifics TBA: Group mountain bike ride in the Carson Valley

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