March IMBA News
Bell Helmets Announces Grant Finalists
Bell Bike Helmets and IMBA have announced the 12 finalists for the 2014 Bell Built Grants: $100,000 in technical assistance money to be paid by Bell for three bike projects in 2014. Public voting to choose the winners begins April 7 and ends May 18, with winners announced May 19.
IMBA Small Grants Program Now Open
The small grants program provides assistance to IMBA chapters and supporting organizations for trail and bike projects in amounts from $400-$1000. Osprey, Fox Racing Shox and Clif Bar stepped up to provide this financial assistance to the mountain bike community, and are offering multiple grants to support projects that maintain and improve the sustainability of local trails, preserve the environment and enhance conservation goals. The application deadline is May 30.
Conservation and Recreation Groups Unite Over National Monument Plan
A coalition of conservation and mountain bike groups recently unveiled a groundbreaking proposal to maintain high-quality natural landscapes and protect world-class mountain bike access in central Idaho’s Boulder-White Cloud Mountains. The agreement is part of an ongoing process to hammer out local recommendations that could guide a possible National Monument designation in the absence of action at the Congressional level. Representatives of the Idaho Conservation League, Wood River Bicycle Coalition, IMBA and The Wilderness Society worked together for months before striking a balance between land protection in areas long recommended for Wilderness and mountain biking opportunities that have become a significant local attraction and economic driver.
Trek Retailers’ Commitment to IMBA Explodes in 2014
Since 2007, Trek Bicycle has donated $10 to IMBA’s Trail Building Fund (TBF) for each full-suspension mountain bike purchase. In 2014, Trek's extensive retailer network has expanded the program even further—more than 700 Trek retailers have now joined Trek's advocacy program as “Game Changers,” generously matching the parent company’s donation on every full-suspension bike sale. Under the program, Trek Game Changer retailers are encouraged to connect with IMBA regional staff and chapters to identify state and regional priorities to enhance and expand mountain biking opportunities.
5 Questions With Mountain Bike Rockstars
Mountain biking is made great by the volunteers who give their time to create and enhance riding opportunities, and we are featuring some of them in an inspirational new blog series. From how they started mountain biking to what keeps them coming back, you’ll meet regular people doing extraordinary things all across the country. We ask everyone five questions, then give them an open opportunity to tell us whatever else they think we need to know. This month, you’ll meet Melanie of Maryland. She spearheaded the creation of the Rockburn Skills Park and is raising a bike-loving family.
Participate in a National Bike Tourism Survey
Do you want to improve cycling event tourism and help events boost local economies? We need your help! IMBA has partnered with researchers from the University of Florida to better understand the tourism behaviors of cyclists traveling to events. The results of the study will enhance our understanding of cyclists’ event-related experiences and allow event managers, tourism boards, and advocacy groups to improve the organization and planning of future cycling events. To participate, please complete a brief survey.
Help Trek Travel Choose a New Destination and Win an MTB Trip for Two
Trek Travel has partnered with IMBA to give one lucky mountain biker a chance to win a trip for two to a new destination in 2015. Vote for the new location—Bend, OR; Durango, CO; Park City, UT; or Steamboat Springs, CO—and you could win a Trek Travel trip for two to the winning spot in 2015, plus an IMBA T-shirt and a one-year complimentary membership for you and your travel buddy. No purchase necessary. (Photo right: Sterling Lawrence for Trek Travel)
MTB Project Providing Detailed Sea Otter Classic Ride Maps
If you’re going to the Sea Otter Classic, April 10-14 in Monterey, CA, and want to check out the dirt race courses and off-road gran fondo ride, MTB Project is your go-to source. The designer of the courses provided online maps, photos and detailed ride descriptions to help excite and guide you. Use the MTB Project app to download ride maps onto your phone for easy access despite the notoriously bad cell phone service in the area of the event.