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January Update for IMBA Alaska Region

January Update for IMBA Alaska Region

By: Patrick Kell
Posted: January 25, 2016

Welcome to IMBA's New Alaska Region!

Alaska will be covered by Regional Director Patrick Kell, who plans to visit to meet with local advocates, land managers and industry partners in late spring or early summer 2016. IMBA will be working with its first chapter in Alaska, Levitation49 based in Valdez, to learn more about access issues in the area. Meet Levitation49!

Join an Open Forum Call About Your Region

We plan to host an open conference call with Alaska members in early Feb. We would love for all interested parties to join in order for IMBA to learn more about its members and the mountain biking opportunities and challenges in Alaska. Email Patrick Kell by January 30 to Participate.

Levitation49 Hosting Inaugural Chugach Fat Bike Bash, March 18–20

The event kicks off the morning of March 18 at Alaska's Regional Fat Bike Summit in Valdez, AK. The Summit will be led by renowned fat bike advocate Gary Sjoquist of Quality Bicycle Products and will discuss trends and best practices in fat biking. That evening the Bash hosts a Northern Lights Criterium around Valdez Harbor. Saturday's events include a traditional cross country race in the morning followed by a fat bike rodeo in the afternoon. Sunday's big event is the debut of the Fat Bike Vertical World Championships—think Red Bull Rampage but on snow. Get More Details to Crash the Bash!

Share Your Thoughts on the Chugach National Forest Plan Revision

The USDA Forest Service is encouraging feedback on its revision of the land management plan for Chugach National Forest in the Anchorage area. All mountain bikers, especially those in the area, should submit comment to the Forest Service making a case for the best possible mountain bike access in Chugach National Forest. We suggest requesting long distance routes for experienced riders on multi-day adventures; singletrack around camping areas that allows easy trail access for new riders and families; and improved opportunities for winter riding. IMBA is also interested in any information on the current and potential riding opportunities in Chugach National Forest, and would welcome feedback from members. Submit Comments to the Forest Service By February 19.

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