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Santa Fe to Host 2012 IMBA World Mountain Biking Summit

For Immediate Release 9-23-2011

Contact Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
markeller [at] imba [dot] com
303-545-9011 ext. 115

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) has announced that Santa Fe, New Mexico, will host the 2012 IMBA World Summit. The gathering will be held Oct. 10-13, with pre-conference activities on 10-8 and 10-9. Excitement is already high, as reported in the Santa Fe New Mexican last week.

"We're thrilled to hold our next world summit in Santa Fe," said IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel. "The city offers vibrant culture, top-shelf food and accommodations and more. But more importantly to our crowd there's also a fantastic array of mountain bike trails in and around the city. We're holding the event in prime riding season, and our very successful local IMBA chapter, the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society will do a fantastic job arranging riding opportunities for all of the attendees."

The event, expected to draw hundreds of enthusiasts, advocates, and leaders of local and regional mountain bike organizations from throughout the world, is open to the public. IMBA summits provide unparalleled learning opportunities: Topics will include strategies for building top-shelf bicycling facilities, balancing recreation and land conservation, developing mountain bike tourism, and attracting youth and other new riders to IMBA's global network of more than 600 chapters, clubs and bike patrols.

IMBA World Summits are held every even-numbered year. The most recent was held in Augusta, Georgia, in 2010. Previous summit locations include Moab, Utah; Park City, Utah; and Whistler, British Columbia. Summit delegates typically include mountain bike enthusiasts, members of the bicycle industry, government agency staff, professional and volunteer trailbuilders, and media from around the globe.

Sponsorship inquires should be directed to Development Director rich [dot] cook [at] imba [dot] com (Rich Cook).

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