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Pearl Izumi Hosts Colorado Rep. Jared Polis and Front Range Bicycle Leaders

For Immediate Release June 3, 2010

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

Bicycle advocates and industry leaders from Colorado's Front Range attended a gathering with U.S. Representative Jared Polis (CO-2) yesterday. Pearl Izumi, a leading producer of sports apparel and footwear, hosted the event at the company's headquarters in Louisville, CO.

"This event was a great opportunity for me to talk to IMBA and members of the vast Colorado bicycle industry -- to hear their thoughts on protecting our state's natural resources, and on promoting a healthy way of life, all of which provide major benefits to our state," said Representative Polis.

The previous evening, Polis attended the first of three statewide listening sessions on the Colorado Hidden Gems Wilderness Proposal. Held at the Boulder Public Library, the session provided a forum for recreation groups, Wilderness proponents and Rep. Polis to assess land protection strategies.

Read IMBA's Action Alert on the statewide listening sessions with Rep. Polis.

View images from the gathering at Pearl Izumi.

Ashley Korenblat, the director of IMBA's recently unveiled Public Lands Initiative, urges Colorado mountain bikers to attend the remaining two listening sessions in Edwards and Breckenridge. "There has never been a more important moment to support bike-friendly land protection in Colorado," says Korenblat. "IMBA has worked closely with the Polis staff and with the Hidden Gems advocates for many months. We have made huge progress creating a balanced approach that will protect bicycling access to trails while keeping the lands around them healthy."

"But we cannot rest yet," says Korenblat. She points to a few areas remaining areas in the Hidden Gems proposal that should see adjustments to Wilderness boundaries in order to preserve important riding access. Among the contested parcels are Vail's Spraddle Creek, West Lake Creek and the Reudi Overlook Trail near Basalt.