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January IMBA News

Welcome, New IMBA Chapters!

Twelve organizations joined the IMBA Chapter Program in the winter 2012 class, bringing the total to 113 chapter organizations. Click on the name to support the group nearest you, or see the full list of IMBA clubs and chapters HERE.

25 Things IMBA Did For You in 2012

IMBA had a very successful year in 2012, investing more than $1 million in chapters and clubs, building or designing 450 miles of trail and 13 bike parks in 8 different countries, and protecting at least 2,762 miles of trail via advocacy efforts. We’d like to extend a huge "Thanks!" to everyone who participated, whether it was by joining a local group, contributing money, lifting a trail building tool or signing a petition.

+ Read the full list of accomplishments

2012 IMBA Epics Now Online

IMBA has used the Epic designation for more than a decade, helping to build mountain bike ride bucket lists around the world. More than 60 rides have made the cut, varying from backcountry adventures to innovative trails in urban locations. Eight new Epics were added last year, from Oregon to Virginia, and you can explore all of them on IMBA’s site.

+ See the 2012 Epics

Follow the Dirt Track to the National Bike Summit

The National Bike Summit is the premiere advocacy event of the year, drawing more than 800 cycling advocates to Washington, D.C. IMBA offers a "dirt track," providing specific educational and networking opportunities for mountain bikers. IMBA sessions this year include: Green Wheels: Making the Connection Between Conservation and Recreation, Bringing Trail Stories to Life Through Mapping, and the Dollars and Sense of Mountain Biking.

+ Registration is open for the event, March 4-6, 2013

Advanced Trail Building: Meet the Switchberm

Over the past decade, IMBA Trail Solutions staff have been developing trail building methods that combine durability, sustainability and uninterrupted flow. Their latest technique is the "switchberm," an alternative to the standard rolling crown switchback. When built correctly, the feature is bombproof, water shedding and provides riders an easy-to-navigate platform for both climbing and descending.

+ Learn more about the switchberm

Winter Fat Bike Riding Best Practices

IMBA developed a set of fat biking guidelines in conjunction with several partners. The resource page covers several things to consider when riding on snow, from proper tire width to safety equipment for riding on frozen water. Thanks to QBP, Salsa Cycles and Fitzgerald’s Bicycles of Victor, ID, for their input.

+ Read the best practices

IMBA Board of Directors Grows

Three new members have joined IMBA’s board from the conservation and bike retail communities, bringing the total number of members to 11. The new additions are Luther Propst, founder of the Sonoran Institute; Mike Cachat, founder of Jenson USA; and Kent McNeill, co-founder of six bicycle retail shops in the Midwest.

+ Meet the new board members

Dirt Rag Offering Sweet IMBA Membership Deal

Receive a one-year new or renewing subscription to Dirt Rag Magazine, a limited edition T-shirt and a one-year new or renewing IMBA membership, all for only $50 when you get the Advocacy Action Pack. Already a member and a DR reader? It’s easy to give this offer as a gift. Women’s shirt sizes available!

+ Get the Advocacy Action Pack

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 and Specialized.

Photo by Hansi Johnson

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