Adirondack Park Mountain Biking Initiative

c/o Lee and Judi Borland, Facilitators

43 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid, NY 12946   Phone: 518-523-3959

and PO Box 124, Speculator NY 12164  Phone: 518-548-7506

email: borland@capital.net

 

Press Release, July 2, 2001          (For Immediate Release)   

For additional information contact Lee or Judi Borland at (518) 523-3959

                    or 518-548-7506

 

Subject: Mountain Biking Trail Care Crew Coming to the Adirondacks

 

          Five years.  Five Crews.   Four dogs.  700 visits.  More than 100 trail building schools.  Hundreds of new trails built and existing trails maintained.  All fifty states, Canada, Mexico, and several European countries.

 

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew (TCC) is coming to the Adirondacks in August to work with mountain bikers, and other members of the Adirondack community.  The super-successful Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Program is now in its fifth season.

 

Sponsored by Subaru of America and directed by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) the Trail Care Crew works with IMBA-affiliated mountain bike clubs, land managers and other trail user groups to build new trails, maintain and restore existing trails, and to solve trail management challenges. 

 

The Trail Care Crew will be hosted by Lee and Judi Borland of Speculator and Lake Placid, Facilitators of the Adirondack Park Mountain Biking Initiative.  The Initiative is composed of over 20 organizations and over two dozen Adirondack towns and villages who have signed on to be involved in the development of extensive mountain biking trails throughout the Park.

 

          Lee Borland commented, “It is an exciting opportunity to be visited by the internationally acclaimed Trail Care Crew (TCC) in the Initiative’s first year.”

Paul Capone, Initiative Trails Committee Chair, added, “The trail building clinics will go a long way in educating the invited participants in proper trail design for sustainable multi-use trails.  It really is a “must attend” event for any town or village interested in developing mountain biking as a popular way for sports enthusiasts to enjoy the Adirondacks. The economic development impact on our Adirondack Park hamlets and villages could be significant.”

 

          Rich and Jen Edwards are the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crewmembers coming to the Adirondacks.  They are scheduled to share their knowledge of mountain bike trails during four separate clinics on the following dates:

          Fri. Aug. 3rd, Inlet

          Sat. Aug. 4th, Long Lake

          Sun. Aug. 5th, Wilmington

          Mon., Aug. 6th, Saranac Lake

 

          These Clinics will not be available to the general public due to the limited space and structure of the on-site demonstration.  Advanced registration is required, and priority will be given to mountain biking coordinators, two designees named by each town/village that expressed interest in developing mountain biking opportunities, DEC and APA staff, and members of the APMBI Steering and Trails Committees.  Available openings will be filled with other invited guests.

 

          Initiative Facilitator Judi Borland said, “We anticipate that the TCC visit will result in a redoubling of effort by the involved towns and villages so that at least 6 to 8 mountain biking centers in the Adirondack Park will be ‘Open for Riding’ by the beginning of the 2002 mountain biking season.”

 

          Ann Melious, Executive Director of the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council added, “The introduction of mountain biking into the Park’s Sports Recreation Tourism is one of the principal keys to providing a multi-sport and multi-activity vacation opportunity for our visitors.  The Adirondack Park in its diversity and size makes this area especially attractive to individuals and families who desire quality cross-country mountain biking experiences within close driving distances of each other."

 

END OF PRESS RELEASE

 

IMPORTANT!  To Members of the Press:

 

1) You can find more information about Jen and Rich Edwards of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, including pictures and an entire IMBA Press Kit about the Trail Care Crew online at:

 

http://imba.com/tcc/press_kit/press_kit.html

 

2)  Please Plan to Attend one (or more) of the Trail Building Seminars at the location(s) nearest you.  For outdoor pictures, plan for the afternoon, between 1:30 and 3 PM.  Please call the Facilitators (Lee and Judi Borland) to coordinate which location you plan to visit and to get specific directions on how to find the group.