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Regional Summits Will Boost Local Trail Efforts

For Immediate Release 2-7-2011

Contact: Mark Eller

IMBA Communications Director

markeller [at] imba [dot] com

303-545-9011 ext. 115

In recent years, IMBA has supported its chapters, clubs and patrols in distinct areas of the United States with professional staff and regional programs. Currently, five professional regional directors serve the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Pacific, Rocky Mountain and Southeast territories.

In 2011, a new calendar of IMBA regional summits will deliver additional benefits to local trail efforts. These conferences will bring mountain bike advocates, land managers and industry partners — among others — together to share ideas and plan trail projects.

Much like IMBA's biennial World Summit and the annual National Bike Summit, the gatherings will feature reviews of management practices and trail science, expert-led sessions on trail construction/design and facilitated networking. Stay tuned to IMBA's website for updates on the 2011 summit calendar.

2011 IMBA Regional Summits

  • March 25-27 Southeast Region/Brevard, NC
  • June 24-26 Midwest Region/Davenport, IA
  • July 22-24 Mid-Atlantic Region/Harrisonburg, VA
  • Sept. 15-18 Rockies North Region North/Cheyenne, WY
  • Oct. 7-9 Rockies South Region/Grand Junction, CO
  • Oct. 21-22 Pacific Region/Bend, OR

Hansi Johnson, Midwest Regional Director states, "I anticipate hosting a range of land managers from several states, producing a constructive dialog between mountain bike clubs and agencies, including natural resources departments. I've seen firsthand that getting folks into the same room to recount our successes and examine common challenges is an excellent way to advance trail building efforts."

Anna Laxague, Regional Director from the Pacific Northwest adds, "After years of holding a brief California summit during the Sea Otter Classic bike festival, I'm excited to take the next step and organize a full-blown conference. The result will be stronger alliances and the chance to lay plans for exceptional riding opportunities."

A generous donation from the SRAM Cycling Fund helps support IMBA's regional efforts."We believe having professional staff in this on-the-ground capacity strongly benefits the local organizations and individual riders who come together at these forums," says Ryan Schutz, Rocky Mountain regional director. "We're committed to expanding these efforts with additional resources and staff for other areas of the nation in the near future."

Corporate partners interested in supporting IMBA's regional events should contact rich [dot] cook [at] imba [dot] com (Rich Cook), IMBA's development director.