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IMBA Staff, Board and Extended Family Race Across the Sky in Leadville, Colorado

For Immediate Release 8-21-2012
Contact: markeller [at] imba [dot] com (Mark Eller)
IMBA Communications Director
303-545-9011 ext. 115

Last week, members of IMBA’s staff, governing board of directors and the recently formed IMBA honorary board gathered in Leadville, CO, to race the legendary endurance event known as the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. From the opening ceremonies — where a check for $20,600 from the Leadville Qualifying Series events was presented to IMBA representatives — to the time the final competitors dragged themselves across the finish line, IMBA’s extended family was on hand.

The race is sponsored and organized by Life Time Fitness. “We’re honored to partner with IMBA, as its mission mirrors our dedication to growing and enhancing the sport of mountain biking for riders of all abilities and to help create trails for cyclists,” said Bahram Akradi, the company’s president and CEO. Legendary mountain bikers (and current members of IMBA’s honorary board) Lance Armstrong and Dave Wiens joined Akradi onstage for the opening ceremonies.

Congratulations go to everyone who attempted the daunting course. Highlights from the IMBA contingent included:

  • The reigning “Queen of Pain” Rebecca Rusch defended her title with a blistering 7:28. Rusch is a member of IMBA’s honorary board and a dedicated mountain bike advocate, including her work with the Wind River IMBA Chapter.
  • Our in-house “Queen of Pain,” IMBA Government Affairs Director Jenn Dice raced the event for the 13th time, finishing in 11:23.
  • Former IMBA governing board chairman John Bliss rode strongly, finishing in 9:14.
  • Honorary board member, emergency physician and television personality Travis Stork posted 9:52 in his first Leadville race.
  • IMBA mapping specialist and former Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew leader Leslie Kehmeier completed the course in 12:52 on her first attempt.
  • Of course, many other IMBA members and supporters raced too — congratulations to all!

“I’m extremely proud of our team for tackling the Leadville 100 MTB,” said Mike Van Abel, the group’s executive director. “Next year, as IMBA hits its 25th anniversary, maybe I should try to put an exclamation mark on the celebration with a podium position of my own.”