Kaibab to host free mountain bike trail workshop on North Rim

FREDONIA, Ariz. - Anyone with an interest in learning about the construction and maintenance of mountain biking trails is invited to join a unique educational opportunity along the Rainbow Rim Trail overlooking Grand Canyon.

On Sept. 28 and 29, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Trail Care Crew will lead its Trail Building School on the North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest. The entire event is free to the public.

The Trail Building School teaches IMBA's philosophies and trains local volunteers and land managers how to build and maintain sustainable, fun singletrack.

The workshop provides an introduction to IMBA and trail building theory, elements of sustainable trails, design, construction, and trail reclamation.

Instruction will also cover the layout and design of mountain biking trails, the utilization of hand tools to construct and maintain trails, and the process of road-to-trail conversion.

The event will take place along the Rainbow Rim Trail, an 18-mile multiple-use trail on the North Kaibab Ranger District that connects breathtaking overlooks of the Grand Canyon. There is an optional camp-out at Timp Point on Friday night.

The IMBA Trail Care Crew is an educational program that has toured the United States and beyond since 1997 teaching sustainable trail building practices. The program is sponsored by Subaru, Trek, and The North Face.

To register for this event, visit the IMBA's web site at www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=247&reset=1 or call Missy Spandl at (928) 643-8120.

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