Your MTB News for July
IMBA World Summit: One Month Left to Register and Ride in Steamboat Springs
The world’s largest gathering of mountain bike advocates is set for August 20-23 in Steamboat Springs, CO, a bronze-level IMBA Ride Center. The only thing better than the educational and networking opportunities is the riding. Many of Steamboat’s best trails have now been mapped and photographed on MTB Project. Check out the 190 miles of world-class riding that await you! And don’t worry about bringing wheels because seven bike companies will be there with demo fleets.
Specialized, NICA and IMBA Partner on Youth MTBing Opportunities
Thanks to Specialized and the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), two student mountain bike athletes will receive scholarships to attend the IMBA World Summit. While there, they will help provide input on the NICA-IMBA youth advocacy program, as well as attend educational sessions and introduce the showing of Singletrack High, a documentary about the development of high school mountain bike racing.
IMBA Launches Women’s Mountain Bike Blog
The 21 women on IMBA’s staff have collectively launched “Dig In,” a women’s mountain bike blog on IMBA.com. Mountain biking as a woman is not a singular experience and, as such, Dig In aims to be a resource, a community and a springboard. We want to figure out how to get more women interested in mountain biking while exploring the experiences and perspectives of everyone from women working inside the bike industry to IMBA chapter leaders to everyday riders. However you ride, wherever you ride and whenever you ride, we hope you’ll ride with us.
Thank You For Heading Off the Latest Threat to Federal Trails Funding
A huge thanks to everyone who responded to IMBA’s request to contact Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and ask that he not introduce an amendment essentially de-funding the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). He has decided not to move forward, thanks in large part to the hundreds of mountain bikers who reached out and expressed the value that RTP funds have provided to their local trails and to recreation economies nationwide.
Small Grant Winners Will Receive $9600 in Cash From IMBA
IMBA and its corporate partners offer a range of grants for chapters and affiliated organizations to support their trail building, trail maintenance and other efforts. This summer, we are pleased to announce that $9600 in cash will be awarded through IMBA’s small grants program. Support from IMBA, CLIF Bar, Osprey Packs and FOX will give a boost to 17 trail and bike park construction and maintenance projects across the U.S.
New Hats Hit the IMBA Store
Are you an original gangster of mountain bike advocacy? Go retro and snag our newest trucker hat, featuring IMBA’s original, blue and yellow logo. Or choose our stretch-to-fit builder hat made of corduroy. As always, IMBA members save 20 percent on store products when signed into their account on IMBA.com.
Win a Trek Travel Trip
Thanks to your input, Trek Travel just added Bend, OR, to its offerings of mountain bike trips. Central Oregon is home to world class riding on an expansive network of hundreds of miles of trails, infused with good people and excellent beer. Now you can go for free! Just by receiving this email, you’re automatically entered to win a Trek Travel trip for two. If that doesn’t work out, current IMBA members get $100 off Trek Travel trips, and every booking generates a donation back to IMBA.
Take a “Bike” Out of Crime
To help combat the national rise in bike thefts, tech startup Project 529 launched a petition requesting eBay and Craigslist to require serial numbers on all bike sales. While listing serial numbers won't prevent criminals from selling stolen bikes, it would put a speed bump in their path by throttling these large scale channels. Also, having serial numbers listed for online bike sales means victims will be able to search those sites for their stolen property.