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IMBA to Host its First-ever Women’s Summit

IMBA to Host its First-ever Women’s Summit

IMBA UPRISING aims to connect female leaders in mountain biking

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Media contact: Eleanor Blick
IMBA Communications Manager
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IMBA to Host its First-ever Women’s Summit
IMBA UPRISING aims to connect female leaders in mountain biking

(Boulder, Colo. February 15, 2017) The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) will host the first-ever IMBA UPRISING event to bring together female leaders in mountain biking from all over the country who are cultivating strong riding communities in their backyards. The event will take place March 22-25, 2018, in Bentonville, Arkansas.

UPRISING is two-and-half days of hands-on collaboration among dedicated, engaged and influential women in the sport to share, learn and ride together in beautiful Northwest Arkansas. The event will highlight the best women’s riding efforts happening across the country in a format designed to provide best practices, information, resources and networking opportunities centered around four guiding principles: Build, Ride, Learn and Engage. Join leading female trail builders, IMBA chapter presidents, ride leaders, coaches and advocates who are influencing an evolution in mountain biking.

“In 2018 IMBA will celebrate thirty years. We have seen the sport grow and evolve, and it's our duty as a national educational organization to ensure IMBA’s programming continues to serve mountain bikers’ needs. UPRISING is a new step in this commitment,” said Aimee Ross, IMBA Director of Brand Development.

IMBA intends to take the wealth of information shared during UPRISING and make those resources available to the broader mountain bike community. IMBA knows women are tremendously influential in their local communities, and is committed to being an aggregator of educational information, resources and inspiration to get more women riding, learning and inspiring others to get involved. IMBA believes mountain biking changes lives and improves communities, and wants everyone to have a place to ride a mountain bike.

IMBA UPRISING will take place March 22-25, 2018 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Space is limited and you can register here. Visit the event website at Schedule information will continue to be populated as details are finalized.

To inquire about supporting UPRISING or for more event details, contact Aimee Ross.

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational association established in 1988. Its mission is to create, enhance and protect great places to ride mountain bikes. Learn more at

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