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IMBA Trail Care Crew Event – Success!

Published on January 3, 2012 under Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

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Trail Care Crew Event on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 – Wrapup

Thanks to the International Mountain Bike Association, and especially IMBA trail care crew Morgan and Steve Lommele, for bringing together the various Orange County mountain bike communities and land managers for two days of discussion and learning.

As part of the recent Trail Care Crew visit to Laguna Beach, IMBA partnered with Hans Rey, the Laguna Canyon Foundation, Share and other area riders to assess many of the existing legacy trails and provide feedback on how to make the trails more sustainable while at times maintaining their gravity-oriented character. After our Trailbuilding School, local riders expressed their desire to work with land managers to decommission some of their unsustainable fall-line trails and create fun, flowy, sustainable singletrack as part of a larger system of multi-use, multi-skill trails. This two-way partnership between land managers and riders is critical to success.

IMBA hosted a Club Care presentation and a screening of the movie Pedal Driven that brought together local bike industry leaders from Crank Brothers and SDG Components; pro mountain bikers like Hans Rey, Brian Lopes, and Richie Schley; club leaders from Share; and leadership from the Laguna Canyon Foundation.

Just the fact that these guys all broke bread together was enough to get the movement started.

Here is what IMBA had to say about the state of Mountain Biking in OC. “From the 70 TCC visits we?ve had in two years, Laguna is probably the best-suited to build a world-class mountain bike destination: stunning terrain and scenery, open space, industry leaders, pro riders, a sustainable club, willing partners in local land managers, and a passionate community of mountain bike advocates. It?s just a matter of channeling all of that positive opportunity into a cohesive, long-term movement, which Laguna is on the verge of doing.”

 

Morgan presenting trail work design training.

Steve and Morgan, See you later! Thanks for a great time.

Thanks to Hans Rey, Crank Brothers, and the Laguna Canyon Foundation for hosting a productive and fun weekend.