IMBA Trail Building In Sedona Az.

Headed to Sedona Az on Nov. 14, 2009 with Rod for our fist IMBA Trail Building Class in the Sedona Red Rock District.

At the Bike & Bean for a cup of coffee.

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew were in Sedona Az for a trail-building school and a day of constructing new a trail on the Sedona Red Rock Ranger District. The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Leslie and Chris. Were in Sedona Az to talk trails & teach people proper trail-building technique. Everyone was invited to attend the weekend’s events which was sponsored by the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition and the USFS.

But we also have to give thanks to Dave Cichan at The Fat Tire Bike Shop in Sedona at (928) 852-0014, For organizing the event and for coming up with a strategy and the plan. For writing up the proposal to IMBA & making the trail project proposal to the US Forest Service. For scouting out & Flagging the new proposed trail alignment. Dave Cichan at The Fat Tire Bike Shop created and presented the VVCC presentation also took the time off from work for a multitude of associated meetings. Fat Tire Bike Shop did all this without assistance and generally spent hundreds of hours on this last year. Dave Cichan at The Fat Tire Bike Shop did all this so we all could have great trails to ride on.

Situated on a site just south of the Village of Oak Creek on highway 179, the new facility will serve as our gateway to Red Rock Country with an expanded Visitor Contact Center encompassing some 5,000 square feet including an outdoor patio as well as the 7,000 square foot administrative headquarters for the Red Rock Ranger District.
The new Visitor Contact Center is open 7 days a week and most holidays 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Information: 928-203-2900.

The physical address is 8375 State Route 179, Sedona. The mailing address remains the same: P O Box 20429, Sedona, Arizona 86341. Our main phone number is 928-203-7500.

IMBA Trail building Schools have taught more than 150,000 people - including the land managers that make decisions about bicycle access - how to build durable, fun-to-ride trails. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew experts who crisscross the U.S. in their Subaru Outback’s, from coast to coast and will be here teaching the art and science of trail building.

This Trail building School is hosted by the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition and will include a day and a half of classroom and field instruction. This opportunity combines interactive learning, hands-on trail work and top-notch instructors to develop skilled trail workers and trail work leaders.

Topics covered include:
Sustainable trail design
Basic construction
Turns, drainage and bridges
Trail Reroutes
Trail Reclamation
Fostering volunteer clubs and partnerships
Effective Use of Signage

Brunton Clino Master Clinometer
Ideal for measuring tree, pole, or structural heights, aligning microwave dishes, and drainage and grade surveying. The 10x magnification parallax-free lens provides distortion-free readings. Liquid damped for quick and accurate readings. Inch and metric map scales, instructions, and lanyard included. $115.95

Chris and Leslie Kehmeier


Chris Kehmeier show them about the tools

 Dave Cichan

Saturday started with a standing room only crowd for the Trail Building School. Having that kind of presence really motives and inspires the work Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew do. Not only did we have a strong local presence, we also had long-time advocates and supporters from around the state. The results of this particular IMBA visit may have far reaching implications. It was the first time that the USFS, FOF, VVCC (local cycling advocates) and the local MTB community got on the same page. Additionally they have a plan that we are trying to implement to keep things moving that same way well into the future. After lunch we gathered at the trail head for the Mystic Trail, ready to tackle the project. More then 40 volunteers showed up they were all eager to learn the finer points of trail building and rock armoring trails.

Leslie Kehmeier


 Leslie Kehmeier telling us all what to do

6020 Highway 179, Sedona, AZ‎ - (928) 284-0210‎

Moving a big boulder 

The McLeod It was originally intended for raking fire lines with the teeth and for cutting branches and sod with the sharpened hoe edge. The McLeod is useful for removing slough and berm from a trail and tamping or compacting tread. It can also be used to shape a trail's backslope. $84.95

Sedona Az

1050 South Viejo Drive - Cottonwood, AZ 86326-4497
928-301-1190 probike [@]

Chris and Leslie Kehmeier

Rock Bar (Pry Bar): For trail work a rockbar 4-foot in length and weighing 16 to 18 pounds with a beveled end is best. This is an essential tool for prying and levering large, heavy objects such as boulders, logs, and beams.

Red Agave Resort
120 Canyon Circle Drive Sedona, Arizona 86351
P 928.284.9327 P 877.284.9237 Fax 928.284.0832

 But all this wouldn’t have been possible with out the help of the surrounding community.

Rama at Mountain Bike Heaven that was extremely cooperative, was invaluable source of information, and worked on advocacy way back when.

Absolute Bikes for supplying all the volunteers with lunch on Saturday.

Bike & Bean for morning coffee and have the BBQ afterwards at the Bean.

To Will Hill, Bob Tener and Rick Zabor for supplying the tools, gloves and hardhats, to all the trail builders

We also have to give thanks to:

The Friends of The Forest

US Forest Service
Jennifer Burns
Red Rock Ranger District
Recreation Staff Officer
8375 SR 179 Sedona, Arizona 86351
P.O. 20429 Sedona, Arizona 86341

The Sedona Mountain Bike Community

A special thanks to the Trail Care Crew Leslie and Chris for their gentle leadership

The Fat Tire Bike Shop
325 Jordan Rd., Sedona, AZ 86336
928.852.0014 [tel] – 928.852.0044 [fax]

Dave trying out the new trail.

6101 Highway 179 Suite C
Village of Oak Creek: Sedona, AZ 86351
Phone: 928.284.1242 Fax: 928.284.1461
Toll Free: 1-877-284-1242

At the Bike & Bean for the BBQ

1695 w 89-a sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-1312

Carla made the best cookies ever thanks wish I could have stayed and ate more of you cookies.

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