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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.

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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.

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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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World Summit Information for Attendees

Santa Fe is Ready for You!

Expect high temps in the low 70s and lows in the low 40s, with a mix of cloudy and sunny days.

What to Bring:

  • Cold-weather riding gear for the Saturday morning epic. It starts at 10,000 ft., so think layering.
  • A costume for the Friday night plaza party.
  • Spending cash for the O'Leary bike raffle and special summit deals on IMBA gear.

Preview the Full World Summit Program

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September IMBA News

Amp Up Your Thinking About Mountain Biking

A dynamic keynote address, with multiple speakers giving presentations on topics of interest to mountain bikers, has been slated for the IMBA World Summit. "IMBAx: A Few Great Ideas — Fast!" will showcase big ideas in a concise, fast-paced forum alongside videos and live performances. Innovative thinkers in the world of mountain biking will challenge the audience to think bigger about how to grow mountain biking worldwide.

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Fall SORBA Events and Projects Updates

Bartram Trail Named National Recreation Trail (SC)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Bartram Trail, located at J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake in Clarks Hill, S.C., was recently designated by the Department of Interior as a national recreation trail. SORBA CSRA is a Corps partner, helping to build and maintain the Bartram Trail.

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5 Weeks Until the IMBA World Summit!

Representatives from 27 states have already signed up to attend the IMBA World Summit in Santa Fe, NM. Don’t miss the opportunity to share ideas, join the conversation and meet other IMBA members from where you live and ride. Don’t delay — the celebration begins on Oct. 10. I hope to see you there!

— Mike Van Abel, IMBA Executive Director

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