Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Visiting Trail Experts Will Inspire Local Trailbuilding

Spencer Powlison
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Brian Johnson
Subaru of America, Inc.
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Paul Arlinghaus
Hoosier Mountain Bike Association
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Visiting Trail Experts Will Inspire Local Trailbuilding
Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Coming to New Harmony State Park (New Harmony, Indiana)
New Harmony , April 19th and 20th, 2008 - The International Mountain Bicycling Association's (IMBA) Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be at New Harmonie State Park, April 19th and 20th to talk trails, teach people proper trailbuilding technique, and spend quality time digging in the dirt. The visit is one of 70 stops on the 2007 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 Trailbuilding Schools, meeting with government officials and land managers, and working with IMBA-affiliated groups to improve mountain biking opportunities. IMBA's Crews have led more than 1,000 trail projects since the program debuted in 1997.

The Crews teach "sustainable" trailbuilding, which means building trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This helps reduce trail damage, protects the environment, and enhances visitor enjoyment.

The Trail Care Crew visits will also be stopping by Ferdinand State Forest on April 17th for a group ride. The ride starts at 5:30PM. Now in its eighth year, the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program is more popular than ever.

The Crews travel in 2007 Subaru Outbacks provided by Subaru of America - the company that has been IMBA's leading sponsor since 1997.
The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program has inspired great volunteer trailwork 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. That's a pretty impressive record. Not to mention the existing Indiana State Park mountain bike trails that have benefited from IMBA trail Care Visits: Brown County State Park, Versailles State Park and Potato Creek State Park

Coming to New Harmonie State Park are Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew members Kelly and Collins Bishop. For the better part of a decade, Kelly and Collins have called Chattanooga, Tennessee, home.

In that time, they've seen their little town become one of the Southeast's mountain bike epicenters. Not only that, they've played lead roles in developing the area's riding opportunities. Both have served in various capacities for SORBA-Chattanooga, most notably as Program Directors. Also, Kelly has developed a wildly successful women's cycling program through Scenic City Velo club, called Krystal Chiks. Besides their extensive activity with local advocacy, Kelly and Collins both have honed their professional skills with significant experiences in the bicycle industry and in the corporate world.

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 17th, 5:30PM, Ferdinand State Forest IMBA Fun Ride

April 19th, 9:00AM, New Harmonie State Park IMBA Trailbuilding School

April 20th, 10:00AM, New Harmonie State Park IMBA Trailbuilding Session

For more information and to register for the IMBA Trailbuilding School, contact Paul Arlinghaus, Vice President Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, parlinghaus msn.com, or visit www.HMBA.org.

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For a complete list of visit dates, photos and additional information on the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit www.imba.com.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered near Philadelphia, the company markets and distributes all-wheel drive Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru of America, Inc., is the only car company that offers symmetrical all-wheel drive as standard equipment on every vehicle in its product line. Subaru has been the best-selling import wagon in America for the past 20 years, based on R.L. Polk & Company new vehicle retail registration statistics calendar year-end 2002.

About IMBA
The International Mountain Bicycling Association creates, enhances and preserves trail opportunities for mountain bikers worldwide. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA's worldwide network includes 32,000 individual members, more than 500 bicycle clubs, and 400 corporate partners and dealer members. For more information visit www.imba.com.

About HMBA
The Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, is state wide organization who’s mission is to promote responsible mountain biking and work towards the goal of land access and natural resource protection in the State of Indiana. HMBA currently maintains over 70 miles of mountain bike trails and has plans to build over 50 miles of multi-use trail in 2008. In 2007, mountain bikers recorded over 6500 volunteer hours building and maintaining trails. In addition, HMBA is currently managing a $150,000 RTP Grant Project at Brown County State Park to build a world class multi-use trail system.

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