For Immediate Release 10-12-2012
Contact Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
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PHOTO: More than 350 delegates at the IMBA World Summit gather for a group photo.
The final day of sessions and speakers at the sixth biennial World Summit wrapped up today — all that remains for the gathering are the Saturday group rides and a closing lunch at the Santa Fe Convention Center. The day begain with an exciting announcement made by Bruno Maier of Bikes Belong. Maier spoke about his organization's commitment to improving bicycling for cyclists across all disciplines and at all ability levels. He also discussed the importance of connectivity between bike paths, trails and purpose-built cycling facilities. Then he brought the crowd to its feet by expressing Bikes Belong's commitment to increase funding to IMBA by 50 percent next year.
REI Regional Vice President Rachel Litenburg then spoke about the longstanding relationship her company has held with IMBA. "IMBA sets the standard for national-level partners," said Litenberg. She explained that this led to more than $1.2 million in grants to IMBA-affiliated chapters and clubs last year alone.
Next up was IMBAx: A Few Great Ideas — Fast! The dynamic presentation showcased big ideas in a concise, fast-paced forum, with six innovative thinkers in the world of mountain biking challenging the audience with provocative presentations. More than 60 speakers competed for the slots, each only five minutes long. In addition to the speakers, IMBAx featured special videos and performances.
At lunch, SORBA-Midlands was named the winner of the 2012 USA Cycling/IMBA Trail Tune-Up Grant. Their successful application asked for assistance with relocating a racecourse from a state forest to a nearby state park, thus preventing closures during hunting season and allowing for year-round access. IMBA Honrary Board member Hans Rey also addressed the lunch crowd, praising them as pioneers in trail advocacy.
The second annual IMBA Chapter Congress brought together leaders of local groups with IMBA senior staff and board members. Later, World Summit delegates gathered downtown for socializing and the Santa Fe premier of Where the Trail Ends.
Check out a collection of downloadable images from the 2012 IMBA World Summit.