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.
- Appalachia Outdoor Adventurers (OH)
- Berks Area Mountain Biking Association (PA)
- Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers (CA)
- Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association (OH)
- Idyllwild Cycling (CA)
- Michigan's Edge Mountain Biking Association (MI)
- Mount Shasta Mountain Bike Association (CA)
- Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association (IN)
- Routt County Riders (CO)
- Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (AZ)
- Southwest Kentucky Mountain Bike Association (KY)
- Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association (PA)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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