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.
Don't Miss the National Bike Summit in D.C.
The National Bike Summit is the premiere advocacy event of the year, drawing more than 800 cycling advocates. Registration is now open for the event, March 4-6, 2013 in Washington, D.C., Join IMBA to learn the best advocacy techniques for meeting with elected officials and land management agencies, then put those lessons to work lobbying for more and better mountain bike access. Help us spread the message of the benefits of natural surface trails with two-wheeled access!
IMBA Grant Helps Support Youth MTB Program
Earlier this year, the Northwest Trails Alliance (NWTA), an IMBA chapter in Portland, OR, was awarded an IMBA HuckNRoll grant. In combination with other financial supporters, NWTA then organized a summer camp for 20 kids focused on mountain biking skills, trail stewardship, teamwork and exercise. This video recaps the four-day camp with interviews from the young riders and their instructors and guides.
IMBA's Second Youth Publication Out Now
Thanks to a generous grant from Shimano, we followed up the successful inaugural publication of IMBA Trail News Youth Edition with a second edition, available now! The full-color, glossy magazine provides 12 pages loaded with great photos and stories of volunteerism. Readers will find tips on developing their skills at bike parks, read about scouting projects that involve singletrack and be inspired by the actions of other young riders and youth groups.
Explore the Maps, Photos and Stories of IMBA's Epic Rides
One component of IMBA's new mapping program is the use of Geo Stories, a service of National Geographic, to showcase IMBA Epics and other Model Trails. Take a virtual ride in the Pacific Northwest on the North Umpqua Trail or through North Dakota's Badlands on the Maah Daah Hey Trail. Geo Stories feature stunning photos, videos and detailed information about the ride and post-ride experiences, all linked to specific, GPS points on trail maps.
2-Year-Old Bitten by the MTB Bug
IMBA staffer Wendy Kerr writes about introducing her young son to riding at the Valmont Bike Park. Bike parks, with their pump tracks and skills areas, are perfect places to get kids interested in riding and to take a little time for yourself on the bike, too.
Final Days to Make a Tax-Deductible Contribution
Don't think you're going to get what you want for Christmas? Would you like some brand-new trails? Donate now to the IMBA Annual Fund, receive a free MTB calendar and empower IMBA's nationwide network to continue building and revitalizing sweet mountain bike rides all across the country. And remember — contributions to IMBA are tax-deductible. Happy holidays and thank you!