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IMBA's Guide to Sharing the Trail with Horses

Sharing the trail and reducing conflicts between mountain bikes and equestrians is easy. Here is a simple guide on interacting with horses while riding a different kind of saddle.

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Learn More about IMBA's National Mountain Bike Patrol

IMBA's National Mountain Bike Patrol groups are doing great work in their local communities - helping lost or injured trail users, repairing mechanical problems, and working to further mountain bike advocacy on their local trail systems. As they partner with land managers, work with event promoters and assist local emergency organizations, they are helping to further the sport of mountain biking while offering valuable services to their local trail communities. Learn more with this video, highlighting the Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Patrol, located in Shelby Township, MI.

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What's in Your Chamois?

Image: Earlier this year, female leaders in the bike industry got together for discussions and a group ride organized by SRAM. More info here.

When I started mountain biking 15 years ago, I didn’t know very many other women who were into riding. It was understood that if you wanted to find a group of people to ride with, you had to hang out with male friends and learn from them in any way that you could.

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NMBP Groups in the News

Two hardworking National Mountain Bike Patrol groups appeared in their local newspapers recently, giving them a chance highlight some of the goals of the NMBP — medical response and trail advocacy.

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West Georgia Kicks Off Their New Patrol Group

From Patrol Director Wes Allen:

IMBA-SORBA West Georgia is proud to announce its new bike patrol. The patrol was formed in 2013 with only the Patrol Director Wes Allen and has quickly grown to six patrollers, with more expected.

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Go CRAMBA Mountain Bike Patrol!

The Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association patrol (southeast Michigan) had a solid year in 2013, scoring new financial support while logging 1065 patrol hours on over 12 different trails. They supported several races and events as well, putting their group in the public eye and demonstrating their professionalism.

Check out what they're doing in this story.

Much thanks from us at IMBA to director Jeremy Verbeke and his patrollers for their volunteerism.

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NMBP Group Trains with Their Local Fire Department

As chapters of the NMBP grow in size and professionalism, they are reaping the benefits of training directly with other emergency response organizations.

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Snow and Cold Can’t Stop Volunteer Patrollers

The Isanti, MN-based Backcountry Mountain Bike Trail Patrol has greatly expanded its winter patrol capabilities through the addition of two "fat bikes" and a new, compact automated external defibrillator (AED). The new tools have allowed the all-volunteer National Mountain Bike Patrol (NMBP) unit to assist at events such as the City of Lakes Penn Cycle Fat Bike Loppet and Ice Cycle races, in addition to their long-standing patrol on cross-country skis at the Loppet’s 40 Km classic and freestyle ski races.

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Recruiting Patrollers

"Shawn Murphy is looking for a few good riders. Well, to be honest, maybe more than a few.

Murphy is the director of the Michigan Mountain Bike Patrol, a small but growing group of volunteer cyclists who have taken it upon themseves to give something back to their sport by patrolling trails and race courses, offering assistance to riders in trouble whether fixing a flat tire or broken bones."

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Patrol Partners With Equestrians

Earlier this summer, IMBA Chapter Pisgah Area SORBA and the PAS unit of the NMBP partnered with their local equestrians for a series of clinics called "Staying Safe on Multi-Use Trails."

The group reports:

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