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Pre-World Summit Info for Attendees

Please read this lengthy message in its entirety, as it includes some key details about the World Summit.

An updated overview schedule (PDF) is now available for download (complete schedule will be in the printed program).


To complete your registration, please visit our partners at Joinin to download your "ticket."

You'll be asked to let us know which breakout sessions you’re planning to attend — this is simply a "soft" RSVP to give us an idea of room attendance. You will still be free to choose whichever sessions you'd like onsite. To facilitate the check-in process, please print the conference ticket and bring it with you to the registration table.

Registration opens on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the Steamboat Sheraton Resort. Our demo fleet bike partners will be set up down at the Rodeo Grounds (Emerald Mountian) in downtown, so feel free to go ride after checking in. Additional registration hours will be on Thursday from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., then again one hour before the opening reception, which starts promptly at 8:00 p.m. (drinks and desserts provided).


The format this year is different than previous World Summits. Thursday's sessions, held at the Steamboat Grand, are intended for members of our chapter program, only. If you do not belong to an official IMBA chapter, we encourage you to ride a demo bike from one of our partners, and/or visit our industry exhibitors — both located at the base of the Steamboat Bike Park.


The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp will be providing FREE lift tickets for all delegates on Thursday and Friday. You just need your World Summit badge and an ID to claim yours.


Sign up onsite Thursday or Friday for the shuttle vans to the top of Rabbit Ears Pass for the epic ride, a 25-mile adventure on the Continental Divide trail (route details can be found here on MTB Project). Download the MTB Project app in advance to guide you through all of the great riding available throughout Steamboat.

You can reserve a bike for the epic ride, but you must reserve it sometime during the week, then pick it up between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Friday. You will NOT be able to choose or pick up a bike on Saturday morning. Demo bikes must be returned by 5:00 p.m. Saturday.


During the World Summit, we'll be partaking in the virtual social scene; play along on Twitter or Instagram (#IMBAWS14) or post comments, photos and video to the IMBA World Summit event feed on — all of which will be broadcast live during our plenary sessions.

IMBA World Summit Commemorative Jerseys and Socks

Don't sweat trying to cram too many jerseys and socks into your bag for the World Summit. We'll have a special custom jersey from Primal Wear for $40 (regularly $75) in both sport cut jersey and technical tee styles, and custom socks from Sock Guy for $6 (regularly $13) available for sale at the event. There will also be a selection of unique items from the store available for purchase as well at special pricing for attendees with checks, cash and credit cards accepted.


Get ready to feast your eyes on two, beautifully-crafted "custom" bikes built for IMBA by our friends at Niner and Moots. Bid to win one and support national trail advocacy!

We will be selling "guest tickets" during registration for the Thursday night opening reception, as well as for the Saturday "epic" shuttle ride and BBQ. These would be for non-attending spouses, partners, or friends who would like to join you at either event. (The film night open to all.)

There are free city buses that run between the host hotels (Sheraton and Grand) and downtown Steamboat; inquire at the front desk for schedules (or just hop on your bike; it's not far). Downtown Steamboat also offers free bus service.

If you'll still be in town on Sunday, consider signing up for the Summit-X Enduro race. Rumor has it IMBA will be fielding some pretty competent riders, so this is your chance to throwdown with our staff for a good cause — the proceeds stay in Steamboat with our local chapter and Bike Town USA™.

Thank you for your attendance, and to our sponsors for making this conference possible, including: People for Bikes; Primal Wear; Specialized; Federal Highway Administration; and Steamboat Bike Park.

* Note, there will not be any organized shuttle service to and from the Denver airport. We apologize for any inconvenience.

See you soon! Don't forget your helmet. — Terry Breheny, Conference Director

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