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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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August IMBA News Roundup

World Summit Topics, Speakers and Registration News

The IMBA World Summit, Oct. 10-13 in Santa Fe, NM, is shaping up to be the biggest mountain bike event of the year. Special speakers include a keynote from Luther Propst, founder and executive director of the Sonoran Institute. Attendees can choose from more than 20 breakout sessions, with expert speakers from Australia, Canada, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the U.S. There is ample time scheduled for self-guided and group rides aboard brand-new demo bikes on the outstanding local trail network.

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IMBA-SORBA Enters Partnership With USFS Southern Region

In May 2012, IMBA-SORBA and the US Forest Service (USFS) Southern Region signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will strengthen an already productive relationship.

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Colorado Mountain Bike Association Launches Urban Trails Initiative in Denver

The Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA), a chapter of IMBA based in Denver, has launched an urban trails initiative that will engage Groundwork Denver's Green Team — paid youth environmentalists who do summer projects — for trail building and maintenance in Denver's urban core.

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Success of the Trail Building Fund

IMBA's Trail Building Fund is a reserve of cash that provides the spark for trail projects across the United States. In recent years, IMBA's professional region directors have helped deploy the funds in their territories, choosing strategic partnerships where Trail Building Fund money can leverage much bigger funding mechanisms, including the federally-based Recreational Trails Program.

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Trail Access Fund Donors: Here's What You Are Achieving

IMBA extends a HUGE "Thank you!" to everyone who has donated to the Trail Access Fund. Your support really does make a difference. Here's a short list of what you have helped to achieve:

In the West:

• IMBA is working to ensure bike access in legislation that will create a 500,000-acre stretch of public land in northern California called the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area. Designation of this as a conservation area will preserve environmental treasures while allowing for mountain biking and other activities.

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How Things Change: New Opportunities at the National Bike Summit

Alternate post title: Holy Cow! Frank Finally Writes a Blog Post!

From Frank Maguire, IMBA Mid-Atlantic Region Director:

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Pacific Northwest Presence at the National Bike Summit

From Anna Laxague, IMBA Pacific Northwest Region Director (pictured above):

This year's National Bike Summit was exciting for the Pacific Northwest region. The amount of passion and drive that is contained within the walls of this event is immeasurable, but it doesn't go unnoticed by our elected officials in Congress. They know when we're in town (partially because we all wear florescent bike pins) but also because we just want to talk about bikes and just about everyone loves bikes.

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