For Immediate Release


Contact: Katherine Fuller, IMBA Field Programs Coordinator

katherine [dot] fuller [at] imba [dot] com

303-545-9011 ext. 101

The deadline for bike clubs, local trail groups and land management agencies to apply for a 2012 Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit is Friday, Nov. 4. Active organizations should not miss this opportunity to learn about sustainable trail building, club growth and community trails development.

Thanks to generous, ongoing support from Subaru of America, the International Mountain Bicycling Association will celebrate the 15th anniversary of its Trail Care Crew program in 2012. Two crews of professional educators and trail builders travel the U.S. ten months each year, teaching sustainable trailbuilding, energizing mountain biking communities and bringing together land managers, city officials and trail users.

The required weekend component, the IMBA Trail Building School, is a half-day of classroom education followed by several hours of building new trail, rerouting and reclaiming old trail or adding new features to an existing trail.

The Trail Care Crews also offer several presentations designed to bring different groups to the table, helping to grow acceptance of mountain biking and trailbuilding:

  • Club Care is designed to teach mountain biking groups how to grow their membership, sustain leadership, remain fresh and fun and better reach out to their communities.
    • Land Manager Training educates those overseeing the places where you ride about IMBA’s mission, managing mountain biking on public lands and the methods and importance of sustainable trailbuilding.
      • Better Living Through Trails is a great way to bring together community and business leaders to teach them about the economic, health and wellness benefits that trails and mountain biking bring to an area.

        Please note that the Trail Care Crews no longer offer National Mountain Bike Patrol workshops.

        Apply for a 2012 Trail Care Crew visit online.

        For more information about the program, visit or contact the Field Programs Coordinator, Katherine Fuller, if you have questions: katherine [dot] fuller [at] imba [dot] com.