The Berks Area Mountain Bike Association (BAMBA), an IMBA chapter in Berks County, PA, partnered this year with Hyline Productions, the promoters of the Duryea Downhill race. The 12-year-old event, which took place on May 3 in Reading, PA, has the largest attendance of any DH race in America. Two-hundred racers and 2,000 spectators came out this year.
Photos by Katherine Fuller. Thanks to Shimano for sponsoring this land manager training event.
More than any other outdoor recreation group, mountain bikers are interested in the experience of a trail itself. How does it move, feel, undulate, meander, twist, turn and transition? Is it a technical puzzle or a smooth, fast ride? Mountain bikers are also increasingly interested in the impacts of their trails. They want fun singletrack that is also sustainable and, largely, they are building and maintaining just that.
This letter was originally published in the Steamboat Springs newspaper. Thanks to Wendy Tucciarone of Routt County Riders for sharing this story.
Partners in Routt County would like to thank Routt County Riders, Steamboat Bike Town and Steamboat Ski and Bike Kare for sharing their passion for pedaling with 11 Routt County youths, many of whom are waiting for mentors.
IMBA World Summit: One Month Left to Register and Ride in Steamboat Springs
The world’s largest gathering of mountain bike advocates is set for August 20-23 in Steamboat Springs, CO, a bronze-level IMBA Ride Center. The only thing better than the educational and networking opportunities is the riding. Many of Steamboat’s best trails have now been mapped and photographed on MTB Project. Check out the 190 miles of world-class riding that await you! And don’t worry about bringing wheels because seven bike companies will be there with demo fleets.
What are we up to and why take the time to do this? There are 21 women on IMBA's staff, making up about one-third of the organization. We realized—after noticing a lack of resources and discussions geared toward women mountain bikers—that those of us who have dedicated our play and work lives to the experience of mountain biking just might have something to offer.
PHOTO: IMBA Region Director Steve Schneider (center) presenting a donated Trek bike to the U.S. Forest Service (right), thanks to Phat Tire Bike Shop, its owner Chris Brosh (left) and the Ozark Off Road Cyclists.
It should have been my turn to go out for a final lap, but I had already ditched my chamois for a pair of cutoff jean shorts and an ice cold can of Avery beer. The 11-hour Subaru ERock Sunrise to Sunset race was nearly 10 hours in when Terry Breheny, the man ahead of me in the rotation, rode off on course. My 40-minute laps of the 8-mile course weren't doing us much good, but team IMBA Beer League didn't much care.
Join your fellow mountain bike enthusiasts for great networking, riding and learning opportunities, Aug. 20-24, in Steamboat Springs, CO, at the IMBA World Summit. In addition to inspiring speakers and sessions, the week features plenty of time to ride a big fleet of demo bikes—including night riding on Emerald Mountain. Other options include an enduro race, a trail building workshop and IMBA Instructor Certification Program training. Colorado is the perfect place to make a vacation of it.
The guidance on this website, and in other IMBA documents, is for reference only and should not be interpreted as a standard, specification or regulation. Mountain biking is inherently risky and could result in injury or death.