April IMBA News
Nominate a Great Ride for IMBA Model Trail Designation
IMBA is now accepting nominations and other materials for the 2014 IMBA Model Trail awards — including Epics, Flow Trails, Ride Centers and a new category, Community Bike Parks. Nominations are due by May 16, and will be announced at the IMBA World Summit in Steamboat Springs, CO, in August. Epics can be nominated by anyone via an online form. All other Model Trails nominations must be submitted to an IMBA Region Director or, if there isn’t one for the trail’s location, to IMBA Trail Solutions.
Vote Now for Projects to Win the Bell Built Grant
The West Coast winner of the Bell Built Grant was selected by you—the voting public—and announced on Monday. Congratulations to the Fort Tuthill Bike Park in Flagstaff, AZ! The Flagstaff Mountain Biking Organization will get a piece of $100,000 in grant money from Bell Helmets and receive help from IMBA Trail Solutions to build the beginner and intermediate trails at the proposed, public bike park. Voting is now open for the central region finalists. Watch four short videos and pick your favorite mountain bike project to win funding from Bell Helmets and construction assistance from IMBA Trail Solutions. The central region winner will be announced May 5, after which voting for the east coast finalists begins.
IMBA Small Grants Program Accepting Applications
IMBA’s small grants program provides assistance to IMBA chapters and supporting organizations to help kick-start trail and bike park projects. Supported by FOX, Osprey and Clif Bar, the grants range from $400-$1000 each and will be awarded to various project types. Apply by May 30 to be considered.
Update on IMBA Chapter and Supporting Organization Insurance
IMBA continues to work toward a suitable insurance solution while offering resources and guidance regarding group insurance matters. We have updated our website with information on our preferred general liability policies and how to go about securing coverage.
IMBA Working to Preserve Federal Trails Funding
IMBA’s government affairs team continues to work toward protecting the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), a significant federal funding source that has supported more than 17,000 trails and trail projects nationwide, including many well-loved mountain bike trail systems. The RTP is up for reauthorization this year, and we sincerely thank all who have written their Senators to express support for this vital program.
Chapter-Themed Issue of IMBA Trail News
The latest issue of IMBA Trail News magazine is out now, and it's packed with IMBA chapter stories from all across the U.S. Read it to find out about great trail projects and access victories happening in your backyard. Members get one in the mail, but anyone can read it online.
Updated MTB Project Trail-Finding Mobile App
IMBA’s trail mapping partner, MTB Project, has updated its FREE mobile app. Easily search for trails near you, download preferred rides and routes and never lose the place where you left off. MTB Project has more than 22,000 miles of mapped trails to explore, complete with photos, ride beta and info on the IMBA chapters and affiliated organizations supporting the trails.
Ride the Austrian Alps
Join fellow IMBA members to ride the Austrian Alps this September for the trip of a lifetime. Leogang, Austria is surrounded by a 500-mile system of backcountry trails ranging from challenging singletrack to more relaxed rides, with routes from 2 to 50 miles. The trip is priced affordably, and will generate funding for IMBA U.S. and European chapters.
Get a Great Deal on Bike Magazine
IMBA members can subscribe to a year of Bike magazine at a deeply discounted rate: $10 for the print version or $9 for the digital edition.