For Immediate Release 5-16-2012
Contact rich [dot] cook [at] imba [dot] com (Rich Cook)
IMBA Development Director
Team IMBA, a network of mountain bikers acting as ambassadors for IMBA at their local events, is rallying again for the 2012 season.
Team IMBA is a supportive network of cyclists representing the IMBA cause. It also benefits local clubs and chapters by providing an avenue for racing mountain bikers to raise funds for their local trail projects just by doing what they love: riding! First-timers, experienced race veterans and everyone in between are welcome and encouraged to participate for the benefit of grassroots efforts.
There are currently six regional teams. IMBA is seeking motivated leadership for three of them: the Rocky Mountain, East and Midwest regional teams. Interested mountain bikers should email team [at] imba [dot] com for more information.
In the Southeast, Team IMBA-SORBA is fielding 20 riders this year from Georgia and North Carolina and will be raising money for projects such as Coldwater Mountain (AL) and the Harbins Alcovy Park trails (GA). The team members will race in events around Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and South and North Carolina.
"Team IMBA has given SORBA members a way to support local trail projects through doing what they love, mountain bike racing," says Tom Sauret, IMBA's SORBA-Southeast region director. "All SORBA members competing in race events know that the money they raise will be used on specific projects that they select."
IMBA Event Promoter members Life Time Fitness and The Breck Epic are helping support the cause with discounts, promotions and registrations for team members, in addition to ongoing support from SRAM, Ergon and Camelbak. 2012 coalition events include the Leadville qualifier series, the Mountain States Cup and the Lusten 99er.
Team IMBA benefits include exclusive deals and discounts, a Team IMBA jersey and training advice. Riders who choose to fundraise for an IMBA-affiliated club or chapter may be eligible for challenge grants (when available) for their clubs' trail projects. IMBA provides tools and resources to help riders reach their fundraising goals.
Now in it's fourth season, Team IMBA riders have raised over $100,000 for trails, which has been matched with an additional $150,000 from the program's sponsors. IMBA's top rider is currently Jerimiah Bishop, who has so far raised $19,000 for Massanutten, VA-area trail projects.