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IMBA Urban Hot Spots and Subaru Trail Care Crew Coming to Indianapolis

Forward from IMBA Email Part II

The Hoosier Mountain Bike Association and the International Mountain Biking Association are pleased to announce that Indianapolis has been selected as an IMBA Urban Hot Spot for 2004. From September 7-13 Indianapolis will become the center of efforts to gain mountain bikers more access in Indianapolis and surrounding communities. You are invited to join us!

IMBA Urban Hot Spots is a mountain biker driven program dedicated to improving trail opportunities in urban areas. Urban trail access is one of the most difficult challenges mountain bikers and other trail users face. As cities continue to expand and open space dwindles, it's becoming more and more difficult to find convenient places to enjoy the outdoors. The IMBA Urban Hot Spots program focuses on improving urban trail access. Indianapolis was chosen due to its large size and lack of mountain bike trail access.

IMBA leads multi-day Urban Hot Spot campaigns in only a select handful of cities each year, working with local clubs and land managers, building trails and tackling tough advocacy issues. The 2004 IMBA Urban Hot Spots cities are Indianapolis and Ottawa. Cities from previous years are Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Sacramento, Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Cleveland. Each IMBA Urban Hot Spots campaign includes events designed to get people psyched about mountain biking, including fun group rides, trail-building education, and other social events. One of the highlights of the Indianapolis Hot Spot visit will be the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12.

Schedule of Events for the IMBA Indianapolis Urban Hot Spot

Please add these events to your calendar and join us! The focus of all of these events will be to have fun and support mountain biking in the Indianapolis area. We hope to see you at one or more of these events.

Wednesday, September 8

Group Mountain Bike Night Ride at Westwood Park, New Castle, IN, 6:30 p.m.

Grab your lights (or borrow some) and come ride the newest Indianapolis area trail which was built completely by volunteers of the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association. The trail is currently an out-and-back of 14+ miles with almost 1500 feet of climbing and great views of Westwood Lake. The ride will begin at the main trailhead in the gravel parking lot across from the Youth Camping area on the southwest side of the lake.

Westwood Information and Directions

For more information on the Westwood Group Ride please contact Bryon Horn via e-mail or by phone at (765) 520-0000.

Thursday, September 9

IMBA Presentation and HMBA Open House at Indy Cycle Specialist, 7:00 p.m.

Get an inside look at the adventures of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew builds and rides trails around the world and lives out of a car 12 months a year. Come to Indy Cycle Specialist for an entertaining presentation about the ultimate mountain bike adventure. Representatives of the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association will also be on hand to showcase the work that the HMBA has done and continues to do for Indiana mountain bikers. If you want to meet other mountain bikers and learn more about how to get involved in mountain bike advocacy and trail work, this is the event for you.

Free food and drinks provided.
Sign up for an IMBA or HMBA membership at the event and receive free stuff and special incentives.
Lots of great door prizes and product discounts courtesy of Indy Cycle Specialist.

Directions to Indy Cycle Specialist - www.indycyclespecialist.com/shop_info.htm

For more information on this event please contact Jonathan Juillerat via e-mail or by phone at (317) 513-3017.

Friday, September 10

Group Mountain Bike Ride at Town Run Trail Park and Dinner and Drinks at the Moon Dog Tavern, Indianapolis, IN, 5:00 p.m.

Come ride the most popular trail in the Indianapolis area. The 8 mile loop is ridden by hundreds of mountain bikers each week, and it is maintained by Hoosier Mountain Bike Association volunteers. The ride will begin at the main trailhead gravel parking lot just off of 96th Street. After the ride we will reconvene ?next door? at the Moon Dog Tavern (4825 E. 96th Street) for dinner, drinks, and lively conversation.

Indy Parks Town Run Trail Official Site and Map

For more information on the Town Run Trail Group Ride please contact Neil Schlatter via e-mail or by phone at (317) 250-5255.

Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Workshop at Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, IN -
http://www.indygreenways.org/eaglecreek/eaglecreek.htm

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew workshops include a day and a half of classroom and field instruction. The workshop combines interactive learning, hands-on trail work and top-notch instructors to develop skilled trail workers and crew leaders. Topics covered include designing sustainable trails, controlling water flow, building effective trail structures and routine trail maintenance. This workshop is ideal for mountain bikers, trail advocates, property managers, and maintenance personnel interested in learning how to properly design and maintain natural surface trails intended for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The workshop is free of charge and is open to anyone. However, there is a 45 person limit and pre-registration is required. Do not miss this tremendous opportunity. If you are interested in attending the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew at Eagle Creek Park or you have questions, please e-mail Jonathan Juillerat as soon as possible with your name, address, phone numbers, and e-mail address.

Saturday, September 11

Classroom Session, Eagle Creek Nature Center, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
Lunch at Eagle Creek Nature Center, Provided, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Field Work, Eagle Creek West Side, 1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 12

Field Work, Eagle Creek West Side, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have. I look forward to meeting each of you and working together to make Indianapolis a more mountain biking friendly place!

Cheers,

Jonathan Juillerat
Indiana Bicycle Coalition
At-Large Director
Hoosier Mountain Bike Association
Advisory Board
Indy MPO Multi-Modal Task Force
Bicycling Subcommittee Chair
International Mountain Bike Association
Central Indiana Representative

jjuillerat AT indy DOT rr DOT com

PS - Links to be added later, not enough time during lunch.

JmZ
 

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Forward from IMBA Email.

Synopsis
IMBA in Columbus, OH July 29th-Aug 1st.
IMBA in Indy, IN Sept 7-13th
IMBA in Cleveland, OH Sept 23-26th.

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Dear IMBA Friend,

The International Mountain Bicycling Association is coming to Columbus,
Ohio, and you're invited to join in the special events.

This visit features an IMBA slideshow, an IMBA Trailbuilding School, and
volunteer trailwork. All events are FREE! This is your opportunity to rub
shoulders with the IMBA crew while learning all about trailbuilding. Check
out all the details below and come join in the fun.

You are receiving this email as an IMBA member or contact. Please help us
get the word out and forward this invitation to other area mountain bikers,
land managers, and trail users!

If these events are too far away for you to attend, we understand. We sent
you this email not only to invite you but also to let you know about the
important work IMBA is doing in your area.

If you can not make this event, join us later in the year!

September 7-13 Indianapolis, Indiana
September 23-26 Cleveland, Ohio

Columbus Area Info
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Columbus, Ohio
July 29 - August 1, 2004

FRIDAY, JULY 30
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Around the World with IMBA slideshow
Come mingle with fellow riders and trail users and learn about IMBA's work
around the world. IMBA's Jill Van Winkle and Chris Bernhardt will present a
fun and exciting slideshow about riding and travel adventures in the U.S.,
Italy, Wales, Australia, and beyond.

Brazenhead Irish Pub
1027 W 5th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212
614-737-37

SATURDAY, JULY 31
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. IMBA Trailbuilding School
Get your hands dirty and learn how to build sustainable and fun singletrack.
The school includes three hours of classroom instruction followed by
hands-on time in the field learning trailbuilding techniques. Topics include
designing a contour trail, controlling water flow, building effective trail
structures, and routine trail maintenance.

The fieldwork will be hands-on trailbuilding, so come prepared. You'll
probably be most comfortable in long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Wear
sturdy shoes and bring water, snacks, work gloves, sunscreen, and a hat. If
you have any trailbuilding tools--pulaskis, McLeods, rakes, picks, hoes,
shovels--please bring them, too.

(JmZ's note... having ridden at Alum Creek in the summer and fall... bring bug spray!)

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Classroom Session
Geological Center
Alum Creek State Park

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fieldwork

SUNDAY, AUGUST 1
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Trailwork
Alum Creek State Park

For more information, directions, and to register, contact Matt Ogle at
614-519-7870 or [email protected].

Thanks to IMBA and the guys at COMBO for bringing out the TCC!

JmZ
 
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