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Steamboat Springs Will Host 2014 IMBA World Summit

For Immediate Release 11-13-2013
Contact events [at] imba [dot] com (Terry Breheny)
IMBA Events Manager & Conference Director
303-545-9011 ext. 107

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is pleased to announce that its 2014 World Summit will be held in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Aug. 20-24. The biennial event brings together mountain bike enthusiasts, volunteers, trail builders and thought leaders with bike industry representatives, land managers and government officials from across the U.S. and around the world. The IMBA World Summit is a unique opportunity for people to share ideas, learn new things and ride great trails in a beautiful destination.

IMBA chose Steamboat Springs from a strong pool of 16 proposals from mountain biking destinations across the country. Additional details, including a call for conference presentations and early registration, will be made available in January.

"The 2012 World Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico, set the bar pretty high," said Terry Breheny, IMBA's conference director. "I'm confident our staff and the community in Steamboat are up to the challenge. It will be great fun to bring the conference to IMBA's backyard and showcase a Colorado destination, especially for our international delegates."

Steamboat was named an IMBA Bronze-level Ride Center in 2013 in recognition of its more than 500 miles of trails, active IMBA chapter (Routt County Riders) and city-wide commitment to support for trails. In November, residents of Steamboat overwhelmingly voted to spend millions of dollars of the city's lodging tax on local trail development. The 10-year project intends to connect trail networks, authorize a network of previously unauthorized trails, complete new singletrack, add more multi-use byways to downtown and enhance traffic crossings and trailhead amenities. Some $500,000-$800,000 will be available annually for trail development.

Steamboat, known as "Bike Town USA," earned gold-level status in the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Community program. It's home to many IMBA corporate supporters, including Moots Cycles, Honey Stinger, Steamboat Ski Resort and the Steamboat Springs Biketown USA Initiative. Thanks to the Routt County Riders, who secured one of three grants from Bell Helmets and IMBA in 2013, the city now has a new, professionally built dirt jump park within city limits to complement its wide array of lift-assisted downhill trails and rugged, high-alpine singletrack.

"IMBA was there to support us when we needed advice or support in taking our massive local support to the next level," said Eric Meyer, vice president of Steamboat's IMBA chapter, the Routt County Riders. "IMBA's support and expertise was a critical part of our recent successes."

The 2012 IMBA World Summit, hosted in Santa Fe with the help of the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society, drew nearly 400 participants from across the U.S. and 10 other countries. In addition to educational workshops including advanced trail design, community organizing, leadership development, youth programming and the economics of mountain biking, attendees were treated to multiple ride options, nightly parties, bike demos, a jump jam, a movie premier and a community art night.