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January Updates from the South Central Region

Updates from the South Central IMBA Region from Region Director Steve Schneider

1. The city of Rogers, AR, recently broke ground on a flow/pump bike park and 11.4 miles of singletrack, to be built by Progressive Trail Design (based in NW Arkansas).

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New Multi-Use Trail Group Forms in Central Arkansas

Trail advocates from around Arkansas met on November 15 in Bentonville to advance mountain biking in the state.

Representatives from the newly-formed Central Arkansas Trail Alliance (CATA) and the Arkansas Governor’s Office attended the meeting hosted by IMBA. A dozen trail stakeholders from northwest Arkansas participated in the meeting led by Steve Schneider, IMBA’s South Central Regional Director.

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August IMBA News

Take a Kid/Mom Mountain Biking Day Oct. 5

IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) is coming October 5. The event enters its 10th year with a family emphasis. As a twist, we're hoping all the kids who have participated in previous TKMBD events will take their moms and/or other family members riding this year. No matter where you ride or how many kids you ride with, we welcome all celebrations of the great outdoors via mountain bike. Register your event by Sept. 13 to receive free commemorative bike plates and snacks from CLIF Kids.

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SORBA August News

Premier international MTB tour guide to ride with SORBA in Highland Rides series, Plus Mexico and Scotland tours for members only

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July Deal Blog!

Club Ride Discounts for Chapters and Clubs

Club Ride is offering IMBA-affiliated clubs and chapters 40 percent off retail prices on a selection of their riding apparel. Club Ride will screen your group’s logo on jerseys and shorts for no additional charge and donate 5 percent of all proceeds back to IMBA. The minimum is only eight pieces. Offer expires Aug. 31.

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Bike Skills Clinics: Cheaper than Divorce Court and Emergency Room Visits

This guest post comes to us from Martha Leman. Martha is the advocacy director for the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists, IMBA's Tucson, Ariz.-based chapter and has spent her entire adult life working cycling-related jobs. She has been teaching mountain bike skills for more than 15 years in the Tucson region, and recently became certified through the IMBA Instructor Certification Program as a member of its inaugural training class.

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Western Spirit, IMBA and Chapters Partner to Reward Outstanding Volunteers

IMBA and Western Spirit teamed up at the end of 2012 to reward two, outstanding IMBA chapter volunteers. Through the IMBA-REI Teaming for Trails program, chapter leaders nominated volunteers from their organizations that demonstrated outstanding efforts to improve their chapter and the sport of mountain biking.

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The Other Side of Nowhere

Mountain Bike Festival Highlights Remote IMBA Epic

Photos courtesy of Jim Rankin

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February IMBA News

12 Finalists for Bell Built Grants Announced

IMBA and Bell Helmets are pleased to announce the 12 finalists for the 2013 Bell Built Grants. Bell Helmets is providing $100,000 to fund three, mountain bike trail projects, one each in the categories of bike park/pump track, flow trail and downhill trail.

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IMBA Races 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo

To say that most of us here at IMBA don't race is an understatement. That has nothing to do with our competitiveness; we just find other (cheaper and less travel-intensive) outlets to relieve our desk-jockey work lives. But we jumped at the chance to race this year's 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo under a warm desert sun. It's particularly cold and snowy around here during February, translating to not much riding, or to very miserable riding.

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