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Answering Your Questions on Bikes in Wilderness

Dear mountain bikers,

This past week, IMBA took a stand that was unpopular with many mountain bikers when we submitted written testimony stating that we do not support HR 1349, a bill that would amend the Wilderness Act by reversing the ban on bicycles.

We’d like to discuss this further with our members and the mountain biking community.

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IMBA EPICS—Long Live Long Rides!

This August at IMBA we are all about epic rides. Ride your favorite IMBA EPICS and use the #imbaepics hashtag, nominate a new route, or just get out there and go long. Our website features 37 designated IMBA EPICS, all mapped on MTB Project.

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Facing our Biggest Threats as Mountain Bikers

I have mixed emotions spinning around in my head these days about mountain biking.

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We Are All Mountain Bikers, Stronger When We Stand As One

I’m writing this to you from the kick off of the mountain biking season—Sea Otter. I can’t help but remember my first Sea Otter way back when. I don’t think I was at the first one but I’m thinking that I was at the second or third. It must have been 1992 and I’m pretty sure it was only an XC mountain bike race, and not a big one. It was just getting started.

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Backyard Trails—A Mountain Biker’s Daily Bread

If you are a mountain biker, chances are you have local trails that are your bread and butter. Those places you ride that you have pedaled through more times than you can remember. Except for those lucky enough to be mountain biking nomads, most of us have deep, established roots and commitments that keep us in one place—job, family, roof over head, pets—such that we must ride many of the same trails most of the time.

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Mountain Bikers Coming Together and More Trails of All Kinds

Leading IMBA, the national trail advocacy organization for mountain biking, requires a diverse skillset, as the relevant topics are as varied as the trails we ride: trails, access, local, regional and national advocacy, policy, volunteers, grassroots programs, membership, donors, partners, sponsors...the list goes on. Having been in the local advocacy trenches for years as the founder and leader of Gunnison Trails helps, but the national level landscape is much more complex.

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