The IMBA World Summit, Oct. 10-12 in Santa Fe, NM, is shaping up to be the biggest mountain bike event of the year. Special speakers include a keynote from Luther Propst, founder and executive director of the Sonoran Institute. Attendees can choose from more than 20 breakout sessions, with expert speakers from Australia, Canada, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the U.S. There is ample time scheduled for self-guided and group rides aboard brand-new demo bikes on the outstanding local trail network. Each evening features parties and special events, including a showing of “Where the Trail Ends,” a Community Art Night, and a costume criterium and party in Santa Fe’s historic downtown plaza.
Mount Shasta Trail Association (CA) Hires IMBA Trail Solutions
MSTA of Siskiyou County, CA, recently hired IMBA’s professional trailbuilding group to do a large-scale conceptual design and planning project that will help to create the framework needed to put together proposals for new trails, a bike park and funding. Local mountain bikers are also working toward starting an IMBA chapter in Mount Shasta called the Mount Shasta Mountain Bike Association.
New Trail Opens at Sandy Ridge (OR)
Climbing from above Rock Drop, the new Communication Brakedown trail — named for the communications towers at the top — takes riders to the highest point possible in the system for a long descent. Several members of the IMBA Trail Solutions team worked on the project, resulting in boostable rollers and divine berms while adding a few more miles of ultimate flow to a system already packed with fun. Many thanks, as always, to the BLM and AntFarm for making Sandy Ridge an amazing place to be a mountain biker.
Contribute to Master Planning in Central CA
The 5,759-acre La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve consists of working ranch land, grasslands, and forests near the town of La Honda. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is creating a 30-year use and management master plan for this preserve that aims to balance the preservation of viable agriculture, cultural history, and the natural environment with public education and low-intensity recreation. The district invites locals to attend the August 22 meeting in Half Moon Bay, CA, when its board of directors will consider adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration and final approval of the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve Master Plan.
Submit Original Works for World Summit Art Event
IMBA accepting submissions of original works of art for a juried display during the IMBA World Summit. The MTB Community Art Celebration will take place Thursday evening, Oct. 11, with more than 200 people expected to be in attendance. Held in conjunction with the summit Poster Session, the event should be both educational and motivational.
Special World Summit Product Discount
Sign up for the IMBA World Summit before Friday, Aug. 24, and get 40 percent off all commemorative summit items, including Primal Wear jerseys and Sock Guy socks. The coupon code will be emailed with your event registration receipt. Must purchase before Sept. 7.
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Oct. 6, Emphasis on Military Families
IMBA will celebrate its eighth-annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. This is a great opportunity for you to share your passion for pedaling with kids! In the U.S. this year, IMBA is reaching out to military families stationed at home and abroad. We’re proud to help promote the shared mission of the National Military Family Association, the White House’s Joining Forces and the Sierra Club’s Military Families and Veterans Initiative.
How Do You Meet the Moment?
Clif Bar’s Meet the Moment campaign is raising money for IMBA’s work, and all you have to do is upload your favorite ride photo. For every “moment” you share, Clif will donate $5 to IMBA. For every existing photo that you “like,” Clif will donate $1 to IMBA. Supporting great trails is that simple!
IMBA Members Score Big Discount on Subarus
IMBA members who have been with us for at least six months can save up to $3,300 off a brand-new Subaru with the VIP program. This great member benefit gets a lot of use and great reviews from participants. As IMBA membership rises, the 15-year partnership with Subaru remains stronger than ever.
Summer IMBA Swag Sale
The summer product clearance is on now! Save 40 off everything in the “clearance rack,” including tees, short-sleeve jerseys, caps and gadgets. Use this coupon code at checkout: SUMMERPAU40. Offer expires Sept. 15.
Race Your Mountain Bike in Haiti
The Haiti Ascent Stage Race combines a once-in-a-lifetime cultural immersion experience and the opportunity to build the foundations for a sustainable adventure tourism industry while racing an insanely challenging course through some of the most rugged and awe-inspiring terrain in the western hemisphere. The race takes place Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2013.