Don’t miss the 10th annual Ales and Trails event, Aug. 12, at China Camp State Park in San Rafael, CA. Highlights include skills clinics, guided rides, bike demos, free tune-ups, BBQ, beer and root beer garden, live music, silent auction, youth events and more! All proceeds will benefit the work of IMBA California.
New Singletrack for Sandy Ridge in Oregon
IMBA Trail Solutions, with the help of Northwest Trail Alliance volunteers, has begun construction on a new trail at the Sandy Ridge system near Mount Hood, OR. Branching off into virgin terrain, the tentatively named “Eastside Trail” will leave the upper kiosk and traverse east before descending through thick forests and rocky terrain to meet Homestead Rock.
Support for Wild Olympics Bill in Washington State
IMBA and its affiliate, the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, announced their support the Wild Olympics bill, recently introduced by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Norm Dicks. The bill will permanently protect 126,000 acres of National Forest and continued mountain bike access to some of the most important trails on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
Travel Oregon Studying Economic Impact of Bike Tourism
If you live or ride in Oregon, please take 10 minutes to complete Travel Oregon’s Bicycle Recreation and Travel Survey. Information gathered will aid the state’s understanding of the impact of bicycle visitors on Oregon’s economy and cycling-related opportunities in the state.
RVMBA Secures REI Grant for Oregon Trails
Last month, the Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association, an IMBA chapter, received a $10,000 grant from REI for support and maintenance of trails in Southern Oregon. The bulk of the funds will be utilized to purchased power equipment, along with hand tools, safety gear, an enclosed trailer and other items to round out a top-shelf trail work kit to support 30+ volunteers.
Federal RTP Trail Funding Secured for Two Years
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP), the federal funding program that supports natural surface trails, has been reauthorized for two years in a bill that the U.S. Congress approved this July. An $85 million program, RTP strongly benefits mountain bikers and funds the development and maintenance of thousands of trail miles. Thank you to everyone who helped us preserve this funding source!
National Park Service Announces Expanded Opportunities for Mountain Biking
The National Park Service recently announced changes designed to expand opportunities for mountain biking in parks nationwide. “This new rule gives park superintendents greater flexibility to determine where bikes can be allowed in a park and additional authority to shut areas where cycling is jeopardizing visitors or park resources,” said NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
IMBA Developing Bike Park Book, Seeks Input
IMBA has embarked on a new book project with the working title Bike Parks: IMBA’s Guide to Creating New-School Riding Facilities. Scheduled for release in 2013, the bike parks book will provide practical advice and best practices designed for professional land managers, volunteers and recreation providers of all kinds. IMBA seeks contributors for several subjects.
Anticipation Builds for IMBA World Summit in Santa Fe
From all corners of the globe, mountain bikers will travel to Santa Fe in October for the IMBA World Summit. Darco Cazin, an expert on bicycle-related tourism, will travel from Switzerland and sums up the anticipation: “It’s the best platform I know of to exchange ideas and network with other professional developers of mountain bike experiences. I’m looking forward to presenting new information about mountain biking in Europe, and I look forward to getting updates from the global leaders who will attend.”
Trail Building Fund Seeding Successful Projects Across the U.S.
IMBA’s Trail Building Fund (TBF) is a reserve of cash that provides the spark for trail projects across the U.S. IMBA’s region directors have helped deploy the funds in their territories, choosing strategic partnerships where TBF money can leverage much bigger funding mechanisms, including the federally-based Recreational Trails Program.
Team IMBA Captains Wanted! Rockies, Pacific, Midwest, East
We are looking for volunteer team captains to organize Team IMBA teams. If you’re interested, introduce yourself to us! Team IMBA is a great way to get the word out about your local trails, focus your training and support both local and national efforts via a fun way to fundraise. Also, it’s not too late to join as a rider and help fuel your local projects!
Niner Bikes Raises $11k for IMBA in Ten Days
Niner Bikes dedicated the launch of its redesigned S.I.R. 9 to IMBA, offering six framesets with a custom IMBA paint scheme for auction from June 19 to 29. The auction raised $11,111, all of which Niner donated to IMBA. Winners received their framesets three months ahead of general production. Thank you, Niner!
Summer Shirt Sale, With Added Savings for Members
Buy one shirt (tees and Westerns) on the IMBA store and get a second of equal or lesser value at 60 percent off, plus 10 percent off your entire order if you’re an IMBA member. Use code at checkout: JU12SHIS60. Offer good through Aug. 31.
Special Offer from Polar Bottle
Polar Bottle is now offering IMBA members a 20-percent discount on special IMBA-edition bottles. The company will donate $5 from every purchase back to IMBA’s Trail Building Fund for purchase made directly from their website. Thank you, Polar Bottle!
Has Your Club or Chapter Tried Teaming for Trails?
Teaming for Trails is a valuable directory on IMBA.com, matching riders and volunteers with IMBA groups to promote volunteerism in the mountain biking community. Use it to promote your events, reward your volunteers with gear and help us track all of the great work mountain bikers contribute to trails across the U.S.!
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