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September 15/01 5:45 am - Ontario and BC News

Posted by Editoress on 09/15/01

Haliburton Forest MTB Festival - September 22/23

Seems that having the pre-registration discount end on Friday took some folks by surprise. We had calls early this morning from people who just realized that it closed yesterday. We'll give you a break. Get it in by Monday at 6pm and we'll give you the lower cost. Don't forget that you can still register at Haliburton on the day of the event. We have lots of room for camping and the more the merrier.

The Haliburton Festival is one of the highlights of our year. There's all sorts of fun events on Saturday with a hill climb, a giant plank ride, the best puddle jump on the planet, and a night ride with a wolf howl led by a wolf researcher. On Sunday there is a 50km Enduro on some of the most scenic and challenging trails in Ontario, or you can just cruise the trails you want to cover as part of a Poker ride. Either way you will have some great riding. Mike has a new route in mind that will take you into some sections of the Forest that have not been used for the event in the past. We've got some great prizes, including some cash for some events, water bottles for everyone, eLoad energy drink for everyone, and as an added bonus the Shimano Multi-tech Van will be there to provide advice and assistance. There are even a few (very few) souvenir t-shirts left for those that can register soon. For full details visit WOW

One more thing - photos from the Skiis & Biikes Ontario MTB Championships are now posted on our site. Lots of good racing shots. Thanks also to Canadian Cyclist for some of the pics!

Two Victoria Events with IMBA's Trail Care Crew

1. Trail Building School
2. Meeting with Land Managers

1. Trail Building School - September 22-23 at Saanich Commonwealth Place. Learn how to build sweet trails that stand up to heavy use, water, and the test of time.

SIMBS is hosting the IMBA Trail Care Crew (TCC) who will lead the two day event. The Trail Care Crew are two fulltime, professional trail experts who travel nearly year-round throughout North America, Hawaii and Europe. The International Mountain Biking Association sponsors the TCC.

The two day trail building school features classroom instruction, a slide show featuring "dream trails", practical demonstrations and field work on the trails. Learn how to build environmentally sensitive trails.


9:00 to 12:00 Classroom Instruction, Saanich Commonwealth Center, Victoria
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch provided
1:00 to 4:30 On-site trailwork demonstrations, Mt. Work - Hartland Park
6:00 to 9:00 Bar-B-Que (beer by Lighthouse Brewery)

9:00 - 12:00 Trail building at Mt. Work -HartlandPark
12:00 to 1:00 Lunch provided
1:00 to 5:00 A Fun Ride

RSVP - Gordon McQuiggan tel: 595-4173
Cost - $20 (students $10) for Sat and Sun, (2 lunches and Bar-B-Que included)

2. Meeting with Land Managers - Mountain Bikes and Multi Use Trails Initiative Monday September 24, - 9:00 to 12:00 at CRD Parks Mill Hill Headquarters, 490 Atkins Road
The crew will meet with local land managers to discuss trail management challenges and trail development issues. SIMBS is inviting CRD Parks, BC Parks, and all local land managers / owners to attend and share ideas, and approches to mountain bikes and multi use trails. There will also be a presentation and discussion forum to initiate a long term plan to address trail access for bicycles in the Southern Vancouver Island Region. We are seeking solutions to deal effectively with the current issues and potential impacts related to off-road bicycle use.

RSVP - Gordon McQuiggan tel: 595-4173
Cost - Free


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