IMBA March Pacific Region eNews



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New IMBA Blogs Feature Insights From Staff

Visit IMBA’s newly revised blogs for an up-close-and-personal look at our key projects and policies. You’ll find lots of photos and frequent updates on topics ranging from trail building to pizza parties. Comments are welcome — we want to hear what you think of the work we’re doing.

All the Newz From Santa Cruz

A great report from Santa Cruz advocate Mark Davidson follows. Do you have a report you’d like to see published in this eNewsletter? Contact regional director Anna Laxague with your story ideas. “Mountain biking is starting to gain traction among decision makers in the county,” writes Davidson. “Some of the long-term land-use plans are favorable to mountain biking and our opponents are fading. This could be the year that mountain biking in Santa Cruz becomes part of our cultural identity, much like surfing.”

  • Don’t miss the Santa Cruz MTB festival on April 9-10 in Aptos Village. It’s going to be an incredible event!
  • The Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crewz are visiting the area this weekend.
  • Santa Cruz Bikes has donated a ~$6500 bike for a raffle fundraiser to support a 1.5-mile shared-use trail in the city of Santa Cruz.
  • X-Terra is coming to Santa Cruz on May 14-15 and MBOSC consulted with the MTB part of the course. It’s the first time since 1993 that a mountain bike event will be held on State Parks property.

Sea Otter Classic Will See Premier of ‘Pedal Driven,’ Plus Many Other IMBA Events

Join IMBA and thousands of others at the annual pilgrimage to Monterey, CA, for the Sea Otter Classic, April 14-17. This year we’re pleased to be hosting—along with Specialized and Shimano—the world premier of Pedal Driven, a new film produced by Howell at the Moon. Get tickets online, or at the IMBA booth. Don’t miss this show! Door prizes include not one but two completely tricked-out bikes, and lots of other top-shelf goodies. Other IMBA events include:

  • Protect the Places We Play party and jam session with CLIF Bar (Sat., 4:30 pm, on the green)
  • Special membership offers at IMBA’s booth (#235), including a chance to win a custom-painted, limited-edition Niner Air 9 frame
  • “Bring the Riding to the People” party with Native Eyewear, Teva and Giant (Sat., 8 pm, Monterey Beach Party/Municipal Wharf #2)

Online Store is Stocked for Spring

Hit the trails this spring sporting fresh IMBA-cized gear. Get a sweet downhill jersey by Nema, Osprey hydration pack, Headsweats trail running hat, t-shirts and more. As always, IMBA members save an additional 10 percent (make sure you are logged in to get your savings).

Public Lands Initiative Team Attends Forest Service Planning Sessions

The U.S. Forest Service is conducting listening sessions on its new planning procedures, and memebers of the Public Lands Initiative team are participating. “The sessions can get pretty wonky,” admits IMBA in-house council Jeremy Fancher. “At the same time, they will result in new USFS strategies that could shape bike access for decades to come, so IMBA will definitely stay involved.”

Chris Conroy and David Zimberoff Appointed to IMBA Board

IMBA’s board of directors has approved two new members— Colorado’s Chris Conroy and Illinois’ David Zimberoff. “I’m excited that David and Chris have joined the IMBA board,” said chairman Robert Winston. “They each bring years of advocacy and industry experience, and their skills will directly benefit our organization. They are wonderful additions to the dedicated volunteer leaders that comprise the IMBA board of directors.”

Proposed Shared-Use Trail at Big Bend National Park Gains Attention

An IMBA-led proposal to create a shared-use (hike and bike) trail in Big Bend National Park (TX) is attracting national attention, and not all of it is positive. The National Parks Traveler recently posted a critical story, and the watchdog group PEER said the trail is, “designed for high-speed, high-thrill biking.” If you think these sentiments are off-base, please take voice your support for the trail before the commentary period ends on April 2.

IMBA’s region and chapter program receives generous funding from SRAM. View a complete list of IMBA’s corporate sponsors.


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