Visiting Trail Experts Will Inspire Local Trail building
Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Coming to Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN, March 21, 2006 – The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be in Chattanooga April 6-9 to talk trails, teach people proper trail building technique, and spend quality time digging in the dirt. The visit is one of 70 stops on the 2006 schedule.

The visit comes at the request of the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) which has a national partnership with IMBA. The technical assistance arm of National Park Service has been working with the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) and Outdoor Chattanooga to develop 100 miles of singletrack trail open to bikes in the Chattanooga area by 2010.

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 mountain biking opportunities. IMBA’s Crews have led more than 1,000 trail projects since the program debuted in 1997.

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

The Crews travel in 2006 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.

Coming to Chattanooga are Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew members Nat and Rachael Lopes. Before working at IMBA, Rachael worked as an archaeologist with a breadth of experience that ranges from GIS mapping to soil sampling and burial exhumation. Nat worked as an independent marketing, design and photography consultant.

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

Friday, April 7, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chattanooga Visitors Center, 2 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN

SORBA’s Singletrack Rally 2006, featuring the Around the World with IMBA slideshow. Children are welcome.

Saturday April 8, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

John A. Patten Recreation Center, 3202 Kelly’s Ferry Rd, Chattanooga, TN

Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Facility, Main Visitor Center

IMBA Trail building School - the morning classroom session will be followed by a hands-on afternoon session at the Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Facility. Reservations required. Children are welcome.

For more information and to register for the IMBA Trail building School, contact SORBA Chattanooga, 423-304-1007 or email

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