For Immediate Release 10/25/16
Contact Eleanor Blick
IMBA Communications Manager
(303) 545-9011 ext. 116
On November 12, in conjunction with the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s 2016 World Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas, IMBA is hosting a separately ticketed VIP Experience. Although the World Summit is sold out, tickets are still available for the day-long VIP event featuring a guided mountain bike ride and evening reception.
The day will begin with a VIP group ride with attendees joined by riding legends and pros including Danny MacAskill, Hans Rey, Ryan Leech, Dave Wiens, Nat Ross, Syd Schultz and Macky Franklin, among others. The ride will take guests through some of the most amazing singletrack in the Northwest Arkansas region, between the Springfield Plateau and the Boston Mountains in the Ozark Mountains. The guided group ride will include aid station support and a catered lunch by Pedaler's Pub.
That evening, guests can mix and mingle with mountain bike icons, bike industry leaders, local dignitaries and IMBA board members at a reception and auction to benefit IMBA hosted at Record, Bentonville’s newest downtown event venue. Emcee Nat Ross will be joined by Jenn Dice of PeopleforBikes, Joey Klein of IMBA and Hans Rey.
IMBA is pleased to welcome Tom Walton, committee chair for the Walton Family Foundation Home Region Program, as keynote speaker for the reception.
“Trails have transformed the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas by revitalizing downtowns, connecting cities and preserving natural beauty,” said Walton. “We hope experiencing firsthand the impact cycling has had in this region will inspire others to support trail development in every community.” Arkansas is home to four IMBA Epics, three Ride Centers and Northwest Arkansas boasts IMBA’s only Regional Ride Center designation.
“We can’t think of a better place than Bentonville to celebrate the burgeoning impact trails can have on a local community,” said Aimee Ross, Director of Business Development for IMBA.
The reception will feature a silent auction, live auction and paddle raise to benefit IMBA. All auctions will be hosted by the Handbid app to allow worldwide participation for anyone who wants to contribute but cannot attend in person. Register for Handbid in advance and visit IMBA’s auction page starting November 9 for silent auction bidding and during the VIP Reception to participate in the live auction and paddle raise. The reception will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. CST, Saturday, November 12, with the silent auction closing at 7:30 p.m. and live auction beginning at 8:10 p.m.
While IMBA’s World Summit is sold out, tickets are available for the VIP Experience.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational association. Its mission is to create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA represents our members, supports our chapters and our work benefits the mountain biking community. Learn more at IMBA.com.