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Thursday Schedule—Nov. 10, 2016

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7:00 am - 5:00 pm Check-In / Registration Presented by The Walmart Museum

21C Museum Hotel

7:00 am - 8:00 am Grab & Go Breakfast / Networking


7:30 am - 5:00 pm Child Care Presented by Arvest

(available for guests of the 21C Museum Hotel only)

Complete the child care form and email to holly [dot] fisher [at] imba [dot] com (Holly Fisher)

Bentonville Visitor Center

8:00 am - 8:20 am Welcome Address with Jenn Dice of PeopleForBikes

Say good morning to IMBA staff and let Jenn Dice of PeopleForBikes welcome you to Bentonville! Jenn will speak about the support and partnership People for Bikes has with IMBA. Andy Williamson, Michelle Barker, Aimee Ross and Eric Melson of IMBA will highlight successes and look ahead to tomorrow's mountain biking landscape. 


8:20 am - 9:00 am Keynote with Hans Rey  Presented by PeopleForBikes 

Hans Rey needs no introduction among IMBA members. He is a long-time member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and likely the most well-traveled professional in the history of mountain biking. Hans will get the IMBA World Summit off to an inspiring start. He knows first-hand how and why the sport has grown beyond that of a niche activity. As well, Hans is a visionary and will present his view of where he sees mountain biking heading in the future.


9:00 am - 12:00 pm Pumping, Jumping and Berms 101                                                    (ICP Course- separate registration/fee)

Bentonville Trails

 9:30 am - 10:30 am Break Out Session I  

B. Building a Bigger Tent through Partnership

In a time of unprecedented threat to public lands, mountain bikers can play an instrumental role in developing and growing positive relationships between stewardship partners and working collaboratively to protect the places we play. Join public land managers, outdoor recreation and conservation advocates as they discuss examples of successful partnerships with the mountain bike community, explore best practices in coalition building and achieving shared objectives.

Panelists: Zach JarrettJoe JacobsLuther PropstSherry Copeland                            Moderator: Laurel Harkness

Meteor Theater


C. Bike Optimized Trails on Public Lands

Join this panel discussion as we examine the advocacy behind and the steps toward developing bike optimized trails, from initial discussions with advocates, to public meetings, to design and building. We will showcase examples of bike optimized trails on public land from around the U.S., in a range of regional settings.

Panelists: Mark SchmidtChris HoskingYvonne Krause                                                   Moderator: Patrick Kell

Walmart Museum 


D. What's Your Story? - Building Your Chapter's Brand

Everyone likes to hear a compelling story, but how do you use your chapter’s story to accomplish your mission and goals? Once you have your story, how do you form your brand around it? Your passionate story about how mountain biking improves your community could be the missing piece to your marketing strategy.

Presenters: Brannon PackAdrian Montgomery                                                          Moderator: Josh Lawton

Arvest Center

E. eMTBs- IMBA's Clarified Position & Environmental Research

In 2015, IMBA and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association partnered to study the impacts—environmental, social, and regulatory—that eMTBs may have on natural-surface trails and trail users. Join us as we examine the results of this research study, best management practices moving forward after learning from the research and IMBA's clarified position on eMTBs.

Presenters: Michelle BarkerJill Van Winkle

21C Museum Gallery 1

F. Five Steps for a High Functioning Nonprofit Board

The Board plays a vital role in shaping the path of the organization, and as such, creating a streamlined Board structure is paramount for a successful organization. Learn about best board governance and practices as Arkansas NonProfit Alliance shares how to tune up your board's structure to the next level of efficiency and functionality. 

Presenters: Maxie CarpenterChuck Maxwell  

21C Museum Gallery 3

11:00 am - 12:00 pm For the Love of Bikes: Get Strong

Want to amp up your mountain bike game? Learn how core strength and flexibility can elevate your ability to shred the toughest trails and keep you on the bike longer by reducing your risk of injury. This functional fitness workout will give you a heart-pounding workout with simple take-away exercises to continue at home. Ages 10 and up, families welcome. Wear comfortable clothing, and please bring yoga mats with you.

Presenter: Kerri Salazar

Compton Gardens

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Break Out Session II 


B. Women in Mountain Biking- Is there a Glass Trail?

In a demographically male dense sport, hear the success stories of female leaders and the challenges they overcame to reach a high level of success in various aspects of the mountain bike community.

Panelists: Elayna CaldwellMimi MathersMichelle Barker                                          Moderator: Melissa Werkman

Meteor Theater


C. Trail Mapping & Demographic Info

Panel discussion featuring the growing partnerships between IMBA and various mapping tools from MTBProject, Strava, and USGS. Workshop will demonstrate the features of these powerful mapping tools and discuss effective mapping content management. 

Panelists: Brian FoxBrian RiordanMike Ahnemann                                                  Moderator: Patrick Kell

Walmart Museum


D. What Does a High Functioning Nonprofit Look Like?

Nonprofits can be  effective in a variety of structures, although many common threads can be seen among successful organizations. This panel will dissect the fabric of different nonprofits to identify the key elements of what makes a successful nonprofit and how to get there.

Panelists: Erik EsborgMarilyn PriceAustin McInernySteve Watts                                Moderator: Andy Williamson

Arvest Center

E. Recreation & Conservation- 21st Century Solutions

The discussion of the Wilderness Act in relation to mountain bike access has caught fire this year. This panel will discuss different approaches to addressing access in designated and proposed Wilderness, both current and in the future, and the importance of working together toward achieving winning access solutions using a wider variety of conservation tools. With representatives from Public Land Solutions, Sustainable Trails Coalition and the Wilderness Society.

Panelists: Ashley KorenblatTed StrollMichael Carroll, Anders Reynolds                                     Moderator: Bruce Alt

21C Museum Gallery 1

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch   Presented by Trek

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Expo / Demo Bikes Open Compton Gardens

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Break Out Session III


B. Destinations Done Right

This panel discussion will look at various strategies and planning tools for communities looking to grow mountain bike tourism. From building a venue that appeals to the mountain bike community to marketing and promoting, learn how successful venues have crafted tourism blueprints to become a destination ride location.

Panelists: Frankie WillisGary VernonKalene Griffith                                                         Moderator: Aimee Ross

Meteor Theater

C. Fat Bike Singletrack Trends & Singletrack Grooming Update

Fat bikes continue to grow throughout the U.S. as Nordic associations and downhill ski areas recognize this new user group. Learn about the newest trends in where fat bikes are being ridden, what land managers are doing to embrace fat bikes and the latest techniques and devices for grooming fat bike singletrack

Presenters: Gary SjoquistDavid WhittekiendDave Wiens

Walmart Museum 

D. MTB Science: Guiding Management through Practice & Policy

This session will present a brief overview of MTB-related research, and inform attendees on research processes that build this knowledge base. The additional panel discussion will highlight previously identified research needs (gaps), and provide attendees a chance to ask questions and discuss their needs and perspectives on research to guide MTB policy, and MTB trail and facility development, management and maintenance.

Panelists: Jeremy WimpeyRoss MartinPatrick Jansen                                                  Moderator: Rich Edwards

Arvest Center

E. When Mountain Biking Doesn’t Look Like US: Cultural Relevancy in MTB and Outdoor Recreation   

Presented by THRIVE

Join us as we examine the concept of cultural relevancy in mountain biking, explain why it is important to the mountain biking industry and delve into how we can surmount some of the barriers to participation that stem from the sport’s unique legacy and history.

Presenter: Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin

21C Museum Gallery 1

F. Integrating Transportation & Recreation

This presentation will describe Federal surface transportation programs that benefit nonmotorized transportation and recreational trails. It will describe safe, comfortable, interconnected networks for pedestrians and bicyclists, community improvements, environmental mitigation, recreational trails and safe routes to school, and discuss integrating transportation and recreation facilities where appropriate.

Presenter: Christopher Douwes

21C Museum Gallery 3

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Pumping, Jumping and Berms 101                                                              (ICP Course- separate registration/fee)

Bentonville Trails

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Break Out Session IV 


B. Bike Park Development

This panel presentation will discuss real bike park projects from various scales and stages of development, both volunteer-led and professionally built. The discussion will examine successful approaches and potential pitfalls, including overall expectations of timeline and costs.

Panelists: Randy SpanglerTim BabcockNathan "Woody" WoodruffMark McClure                      Moderator: Shane Wilson

Meteor Theater


C. Engaging the Next Generation: Youth Mega Panel

Our youth are the building blocks of tomorrow's mountain biking. This panel discussion will examine a variety of case studies featuring youth involvement and highlight methods chapters can utilize to engage our next generation of mountain bikers.

Panelists: Brandee LepakMatt GunnellPaxton Roberts                                    Moderator: Melissa Werkman

Walmart Museum

D. Succesful Advocacy Messaging

Developing and effectively sharing your advocacy message can be challenging. This presentation will give you techniques, tools and strategies to identify a target audience, craft a clear message and inspire your readers to respond.

Panelists: Tania Lown-Hecht, Peter Prince, Kevin Loomis                                             Moderator: Bruce Alt

Arvest Center

E. Corporate Community Investment

National organizations want to invest in the local community around them. Learn how your chapter or local nonprofit organization can work together with industry-leading companies such as REI, SRAM, Bell Helmets, and People for Bikes to accomplish great things.

Panelists: Taldi WalterCharlie CooperHeather CooperElayna Caldwell, Kabir Kumar      Moderator: Aimee Ross

 21C Museum Gallery 1

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Chapter Celebration Awards & Networking                                       Presented by Visit Bentonville

Beer Provided by New Belgium Brewing

An evening to celebrate our chapters with drinks, hor’derves and networking at a world class art museum. As a special treat Arkansas Governor Hutchinson will be joining us to say a few words.

Crystal Bridges


World Summit Sponsors

Title Sponsors:

      Walton Family Foundation                 People for Bikes Logo

Presenting Sponsors:

Bosch Logo               Shimano                 AR State Logo        



    Trek Logo

         Walmart Family Foundation

     Fayettechille     Visit Bentonville Logo
        Arkansas State Parks Logo


 Advocate Cylces  

Platinum Sponsors:

Visit Rogers Logo  Bella Vista  Head Sweats     Primal Logo    Village of Indian Springs Log




      Phat Tire                                             Giant Logo





Gold Sponsors:

     Fuji       Camelbak Thrive   strava



 Eureka Logo    WD40 Logo      Monster Energy Bike Rack Brewing   VA Blue Ridge Logo




 Silver Sponsors:

      Salsa Logo        Haibike         Icehole Coolers  



  Travel Oregon     Progressive Trail Design       Progressive Bike Ramps   Gu Peddler Pub   Arvest Center


   BB Infinite








 Bronze Sponsors:

  REI Logo     Mulberry Mountain Lodging    Orbea Logo           Moots Logo        Bike Fixtation   
   Light & Motion Westfir Lodge      DT Swiss New Belgium Logo        Dirt Rag



   Vacation Rentals        Kask          Ozark   Core












AHTD   Peak Life Outfitters      GPP Cycling Bike Artworks      Pickle Juice Logo  



   Kuat   Spot    Republic         

Ozark Brewing