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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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IMBA Efforts Further Progress of Grand Canyon Trail Extension

Along the north rim of the Grand Canyon, a 45-minute drive up a remote dirt road and almost 2 hours from the nearest town, intrepid mountain bikers will find a simple camping area and a slice of singletrack heaven: the 18-mile Rainbow Rim Trail. The trail is managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) North Kaibab Ranger District and is the only trail on the rim of the Grand Canyon open to bikes.

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January IMBA News

Welcome, New IMBA Chapters!

Twelve organizations joined the IMBA Chapter Program in the winter 2012 class, bringing the total to 113 chapter organizations. Click on the name to support the group nearest you, or see the full list of IMBA clubs and chapters HERE.

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January Southwest News

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew — Jessie and Lori from the Trail Care Crew will be all over the southwest in early 2013. Here are your opportunities to catch the IMBA Trail Building School in the upcoming month. Click here for the full schedule, visit information and registration.

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SORBA January News

New Section Added to Pinhoti Trail (GA)

Deep in the woods of the Santa Claus Mountain between Cave Spring and Cedartown, GA, volunteers have been busy creating a new, natural-surface section of the Pinhoti Trail. The new, half-mile trail eliminates the need to travel four miles on a road.

+ Read a news article about the Pinhoti Trail in Georgia

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December IMBA News

IMBA Groups Contribute More Than 700,000 Volunteer Hours Annually

A recent survey of IMBA’s chapters and clubs about their volunteer-based activities documents an impressive record of pubic service. Based on these data, we estimate that the total population of 750 chapters/clubs contributed 707,102 volunteer hours in 2011, equaling a contribution of more than $15 million to public lands. Groups also built or maintained more than 23,000 miles of trail that year.

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November IMBA News

Priorities Emerge from the 2012 Chapter Congress

At the IMBA World Summit in Santa Fe, NM, leadership from 32 of IMBA’s 102 chapters met with IMBA staff to discuss priorities and ideas for improving the chapter program, generating more than 50 distinct ideas and interests.

+ Check out the top 10 list and full results

Put Your Fat Bike on the Map

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Know Your Membership Benefits, Fall 2012 Update

IMBA fights for mountain biking in places big and small, from the halls of Congress to city hall. IMBA also appreciates its members and regularly updates and adds to the benefits of joining the movement. Check out what you get just for supporting something you love.

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October IMBA News

Two National Parks Take Final Steps to Allow Mountain Biking

Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky and Saguaro National Park in Arizona are the two most recent National Park Service (NPS) properties to allow mountain biking. Two existing trails in Mammoth Cave and one in Saguaro were converted to multi-use status. Two additional, multi-use trails will be constructed in Mammoth Cave.

+ Read more about when and where to ride in those parks

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World Summit 2012 Highlights

IMBA’s sixth World Summit ran from Oct. 9-13, 2012, in Santa Fe, NM. The international mountain bike advocacy and educational gathering opened at full capacity, with 350 delegates registered for the three-day program plus close to 100 additional attendees signed up for pre-conference sessions. Representatives from several nations traveled to Santa Fe, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Israel, Singapore, Spain and Switzerland.

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