February IMBA News
12 Finalists for Bell Built Grants Announced
IMBA and Bell Helmets are pleased to announce the 12 finalists for the 2013 Bell Built Grants. Bell Helmets is providing $100,000 to fund three, mountain bike trail projects, one each in the categories of bike park/pump track, flow trail and downhill trail. Bell and IMBA wish to extend a sincere "thank you" to each applicant for the time and effort that went into their proposals and—most importantly—for their passion for the sport of mountain biking.
IMBA Offering Certification Program for MTB Skills Instructors
The newly launched IMBA Instructor Certification Program (ICP) offers professional training and certification for individuals who lead group rides or teach mountain bike skills clinics. IMBA purchased the rights to the International Mountain Bike Instructor Certification (IMIC) from Shaums March, a two-time masters world champion in downhill racing. With March’s help, IMBA will develop its program around the existing IMIC curriculum. Courses covering three levels will be offered year-round all over the world, but primarily in the U.S., Canada and the UK.
Full-Time Director Hired for IMBA Europe
IMBA Europe's board of directors recently selected Mark Torsious as the organization’s first full-time director. Torsius previously led advocacy efforts for the Dutch Tour Cycling Union (NTFU), a cycling organization that counts more than 53,000 members and 470 affiliated clubs. He also founded NTFU Singletracks, which focuses on the mountain bike community.
IMBA Regional Director Program Expands in California, Northeastern U.S.
IMBA recently hired Adam Coppola, formerly of Bikes Belong/People for Bikes, to be IMBA’s regional director (RD) covering New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont. In California, IMBA’s California policy director Tom Ward accepted a new position as RD for northern California. Both will be working closely with club and chapter leaders and land managers while strengthening IMBA’s local presence.
adam [dot] coppola [at] imba [dot] com (Contact Adam) | tom [dot] ward [at] imba [dot] com (Contact Tom)
IMBA Efforts Further Progress of Grand Canyon Trail Expansion
The Rainbow Rim Trail on the north rim of the Grand Canyon is the only singletrack open to bikes with views down into that iconic landscape. Located on U.S. Forest Service property, the 18-mile trail received approval in January for an 8-mile extension, thanks in part to design and layout work from the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew and IMBA regional directors. IMBA also circulated a petition last year that generated 710 signatures in favor of the expansion. The expansion will turn the trail into an intermediate, lollipop ride that is not to be missed.
Subaru VIP Program for IMBA Members Expands
Receive up to $3,300 off a brand new Subaru of your choice. WRX and STI models, as well as the new Crosstrek hatchback and BRZ sports car have been added to the Subaru VIP program, available to IMBA members who have had an active membership for at least six months.
2013 IMBA Calendar 50-Percent Off
Celebrate IMBA’s 25th anniversary and adorn your walls with professional mountain biking photographs with the official IMBA calendar, now less than eight bucks.
With contributions of $100,000 plus, IMBA's Elite Level Corporate Supporters make a huge difference for everyone who rides a mountain bike. Please help us thank Trek, SRAM, Subaru, Shimano, Bell Helmets and Specialized.