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International Mountain Bicycling Association

IMBA Singletrack News: April 2006

04.07.2006
Boulder, Colorado

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MIKE VAN ABEL VISITS EUROPEAN PARTNERS
Executive Director Mike Van Abel recently returned from a productive trip to Europe. Visiting the Netherlands, Ireland, England and Scotland over 11 days, Van Abel concluded, "I saw the broadest spectrum of mountain bike access, from the superb trail resources in Scotland to the nascent advocacy scene in Ireland, all in a small geographical area." The trip was motivated by an invitation from the Netherlands Bicycle Touring Association (NTFU) to present IMBA's approach to trails stewardship and advocacy at their annual Mountain Bike Conference.

Mountain Bike Ireland and Irish Cycling

MTB Scotland

TOP 5 REASONS TO ATTEND THE IMBA SUMMIT/WORLD MTB CONFERENCE
5) Sample the International Flavor. When else will you share stories,learn about trails and talk riding with a collection of global mountain bikers?

4) Learn From Experts. Check out the newest management and trail techniques: seminar and presentation topics include risk management, conservation, shared-use communities, trail construction and more.

3) Get Looney. Join the world's largest "Looney" social ride with the Whistler Off Road Bicycling Association), attend a local BBQ, dine at a gala banquet with trials rider Ryan Leech and see the World Mountain Bike Film Festival.

2) Save Your Dough. The event website has a message board for room shares and other ways to help make this an economical trip – it might be the cheapest way to visit Whistler this summer.

1) Ride, Ride, Ride. Soak in some of the best riding on the planet, from family-friendly paths to epic cross country and world-famous freeriding at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

IMBA Summit/World Mountain Bike Conference

IMBA ISRAEL MOVING FORWARD WITH NATIONAL BIKE TRAIL PROJECT
A national bike trail project (Shvil Yisrael B'Ofanayim) in Israel is progressing. With a MOU agreement drafted this winter, it appears that the trail will run the length of Israel, from the Golan in the north to Eilat in the south. IMBA Israel will coordinate volunteer participation from several IMBA-affiliated clubs.

Carmel MTB Club

Cyclenix MTB Club

IMBA BENEFITS WHEN U.S. MEMBERS PURCHASE NEW SUBARUS AT DEALER COST
IMBA's decade-long relationship with Subaru of America provides members in the U.S. with a great opportunity: purchase a new car through our Subaru VIP program and you'll pay dealer invoice cost. Not only that, IMBA receives a donation from Subaru on every purchase – we've received more than $100,000 from the program over the past 5 years. You must be an IMBA member in good standing for 6 months to participate.

Subaru Purchase Program

2006 SUGOI DIRT SERIES PREPARES FOR ACTION IN U.S. AND CANADA
With a full schedule of 15 camps across Western Canada and the U.S., the Whistler-based Sugoi Dirt Series is back for its sixth season of world-class mountain bike instruction. In 2006, they will add hundreds more people to the 2000 who have already taken the program and seen huge improvements in their mountain bike skills, confidence, and general fun on the bike. The camps cater to riders from beginner to advanced, and can serve as an inspiring introduction to the sport, a systematic exposure to freeride essentials, or a way to polish intermediate or advanced skills. While the Series remains focused on women's instruction, two of the camps, one at Whistler and another at Mike Wiegele's Heli Skiing in Blue River, BC, are co-ed.

COMMENT PERIOD FOR RTCA HAS BEEN EXTENDED
IMBA is asking American members and clubs to step up and help save a small, but very important federal program, the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA), a division of the National Park Service. The commentary period has been extended to May 30: please contact your Congressional representatives, and consider forwarding this email to other trail users. The Bush administration's proposed $500,000 program cut for 2007 is unwise and will hurt our nation's trails. Instead, IMBA hopes to see a budget of $10.1 million for RTCA, a suitable remedy for years of flat funding.

RTCA Comments

GETTING BACK TO SINGLETRACK IN UTAH
Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew members Nat and Rachel Lopes, along with IMBA National Mountain Bike Coordinator Zach Vanderkooy, visited Utah's Brian Head Resort to help protect valuable trails being overrun by ATV use. Once true singletrack, four-wheeled vehicles have widened the Bunker Creek Trail, deteriorating both the trail and experience. Working with the Forest Service and Color Country Bicycle Club, nearly 100 volunteer hours were donated to install several features to prevent wider vehicles from accessing the trail. Read more in Nat and Rachel's wrap-up:

Crew Visits Brian Head

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY IS TWO MONTHS AWAY
Once again, IMBA will partner with the American Hiking Society (AHS) to promote National Trails Day in the United States on June 3, 2006. This year's theme, "Experience Your Outdoors," speaks to all Americans and encourages them to get outside, get active, and experience the wonders of trails in their own communities and throughout the country. Don't forget to register your event.

National Trails Day

MOUNTAIN BIKING GROWING IN ARKANSAS: WOOOOO, PIG, SOOIE!
Mountain bikers in the Natural State (yep, that's the official state nickname) are celebrating the completion of more than 12 new miles of singletrack at the Syllamo Trail System, bringing the total to 50 miles of awesome riding. In the Ouachita Mountains, approval has come in for a new trail system around Lake Ouachita. The Hot Springs Bicycle Association is working to bring new trails to some of the more than 500 miles of shoreline and other spectacular terrain, eventually connecting to the Ouachita Trail and the Womble trail. To check out more of the progress in Arkansas, visit the OzarkOff-Road Cyclists here:

Ozark Off-Road Cyclists

FOX IMBA HEROES PROGRAM HONORS NEW JERSEY'S JAY JONES
In 2006, five superstars of dirt will be selected by IMBA staff for the FOX/IMBA Heroes program. All FOX/IMBA Heroes will receive a new FOX Racing Shox fork of their choice, and an assortment of gear and clothing, courtesy of FOX. The first honoree is New Jersey's Jay Jones. A hero to mountain bikers in the Garden State, Jay Jones has tirelessly worked to ensure New Jersey riders have great places to turn the cranks. Jay served as part of the Jersey-Off Road Biking Association (JORBA) leadership during its recent reformation, led the local IMBA-affiliated club, Jersey Action Riders (JAR) since 1997, co-founded the Delaware Valley Mountain Bike Patrol in 2000, and has served as an IMBA representative for southern New Jersey since 2000. On top of all this, Jay has spent thousands of hours supporting mountain biking and protecting trail access in the Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia.

For more about Jay's inspiring work, see the new issue of IMBA Trail News, appearing in mailboxes later this month. Past issues of the Trail News are available online:

Trail News Archives

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