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World Summit 2012 Highlights

IMBA’s sixth World Summit ran from Oct. 9-13, 2012, in Santa Fe, NM. The international mountain bike advocacy and educational gathering opened at full capacity, with 350 delegates registered for the three-day program plus close to 100 additional attendees signed up for pre-conference sessions. Representatives from several nations traveled to Santa Fe, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Israel, Singapore, Spain and Switzerland.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, opened with four, pre-conference sessions: Trips for Kids Conference, IMBA Trail Solutions Bike Park Workshop, Southwest Trails Conference and the Race Promoters Meeting.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, IMBA announced that legendary mountain bike racer Ned Overend had joined IMBA’s honorary board, and champion female racer Rebecca Rusch agreed to chair the group. Speakers included Santa Fe mayor David Coss; Sam Moulton, executive editor of Outside magazine; and founding IMBA leaders Jim Hasenauer, Michael Kelley and Ashley Korenblat. IMBA, founded in 1988, officially kicked off a yearlong celebration of its 25th birthday.

Thursday, Oct. 11, IMBA announced the 2012 additions to its Model Trails program and a new partnership with Shaums March and International Mountain Bike Instructor Certifications (IMIC). Speakers included Luther Propst, founder of the Sonoran Institute, and Michael Craft of New Belgium Brewing and the Tour de Fat. Delegates were treated to dinner, an informational poster session and a community mountain bike art show featuring New Belgium bikes, paintings and photographs from IMBA members and several pieces from the SRAM pART project.

Friday, Oct. 12, opened with an announcement from Bruno Maier of Bikes Belong that his organization is committed to increasing funding to IMBA by 50 percent in 2013. Additional speakers included IMBA Honorary Board member Hans Rey and REI Regional Vice President Rachel Litenburg. SORBA-Midlands (TN) was named the winner of the 2012 USA Cycling/IMBA Trail Tune-Up Grant. The second annual IMBA Chapter Congress brought together leaders of local groups with IMBA senior staff and board members. That evening, delegates were treated to the Santa Fe premier of “Where the Trail Ends.”

Saturday, Oct. 13, featured 150 people rolling out for an epic shuttle ride of the Winsor Trail, which began over 10,000 feet in the snow and finished with a closing BBQ at the Santa Fe Convention Center, host to the week’s events.

The event would not have been possible without the tireless volunteer efforts of the local IMBA chapter, the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society, as well as these generous sponsors.

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