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Register Today for Two Powerful IMBA Summits
You belong with IMBA at two important gatherings in 2010. First, the National Bike Summit runs March 9-11 and will be held in Washington, DC. Just weeks later, the IMBA World Summit will be held May 5-8 in Augusta, Georgia. Registration is now available for both events.

•National Bike Summit video showing how a club brought home $400K for trails
•World Summit video featuring the FATS Epic trail
Special offer for World Summit air travelers from BikeFlights.com

Moab Getaway, Bike Raffle and More on Tap for Sea Otter Classic
Stop by the IMBA booth at Sea Otter and join or renew your membership and get exclusive IMBA gear. You can also enter to win prizes, including a trip for two to Moab thanks to Trek Travel. There will be great giveaways during the entire event from IMBA partners like Fox Racing Shox. Specialized and SRAM have teamed up to build a very special bike for a lucky Sea Otter attendee — keep an eye on IMBA’s website and Facebook page for more details.


Chapter Program Rolling in the Northwest

The Northwest Trails Alliance (NWTA) reports serious gains in membership since joining IMBA chapter program. Similarly, the newly formed Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards (GOATS) have enrolled in the program and are growing their ranks quickly. One of the best things about the chapter program is that allows for a one-purchase membership whereby you become a member of your local club and IMBA at the same time.

IMBA Meets With Wyden Staff About Cascade Locks Trail System
IMBA Pacific Region Director Anna Laxague recently met with Oregon Senator Ron Wyden’s staff to discuss the next steps for the proposed Cascade Locks Trail System. IMBA Trail Solutions staff has crafted a feasibility study and cost estimate for this trail system, in addition to flagging 26 potential miles of flowy singletrack. Senator Wyden is very interested in supporting this project, and the Northwest Trails Alliance plans to team with neighboring clubs to maintain the trails.

Gateway Trails Increase Recreation Options
Working in locations across the United States, IMBA Trail Solutions staff is helping shape the next generation of trails. A variety of innovative projects, including the youth- and family-friendly trails systems IMBA calls Gateway Trails are scheduled for completion this year. Trail Solutions team leader Chris Bernhardt says, “The demand for Gateway Trails has grown steadily. The concept behind these projects is to bring mountain biking recreation closer to millions of potential riders, as they can be built in small parks at a reasonable cost, and with a minimal environmental footprint.”

IMBA Strengthens Effort to Maintain Bike Access in Recommended Wilderness
IMBA recently conducted meetings in Washington, D.C. with key congressional leaders and federal agency personnel. Productive discussions with Chairman Raul Grijlva (D-AZ), Congressmen Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), among other members of the House Natural Resources Committee, as well as meetings with Forest Service officials, provided IMBA with the opportunity to strengthen support for continued bike access in area designated as recommended wilderness.


Visit IMBA on Facebook for Videos, Updates and More

IMBA’s official fans page on Facebook has been gaining about a hundred new fans each week. Check out Facebook.com/IMBAonFB for great videos, special contests, frequent updates and informative posts from IMBA staff and from riders like you.


Airborne Bicycles Launches Search for ‘Flight Crew’ Brand Ambassadors

Airborne Bicycles recently announced a partnership with IMBA. To kick off the new relationship, Airborne is reaching out to IMBA members by giving them the first chance to become a part of its first-ever Flight Crew. Up to 10 enthusiastic riders will be selected for the Flight Crew and have the opportunity to test out new Airborne bikes, post videos of their adventures and represent Airborne® Bicycles at the upcoming Sea Otter Classic, April 15-19, in Monterey, CA.

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 14 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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