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IMBA California eNews: November 2006

11.08.2006
Boulder, Colorado

Governor Schwarzenegger's Staff Meets with IMBA-CA and Industry Reps
IMBA-California leaders and industry representatives from Specialized Bicycles, FOX Racing Shox and Bell Sports met with the governor's cabinet-level staff to discuss ways to improve mountain biking opportunities in the state.The meeting resulted in new statewide initiatives and the pledge for follow-up discussions. For more information contact IMBA-CA Policy Advisor Tom Ward at tom@imba.com.

IMBA-CA and Forest Service to Host Listening Sessions
Region 5 managers and IMBA-CA are planning public listening sessions in December to gather input from mountain bikers on how to provide high-quality, sustainable biking opportunities. The sessions will be held in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Redding. Mountain bikers should plan on attending these meetings to make their voices heard. Write tom@imba.com for more information, and stay tuned to IMBA.com as we will post the dates and times for the sessions as soon as they are announced.

Access Battle Looms in Carlsbad
Mountain bike and trail advocates are fighting to save Carlsbad-area trails, including the popular "Flightline" from imminent destruction. The trails in Carlsbad Oaks North have a long history of hands-off land management. Unauthorized trail building resulted in a network of technical trails that provide some of the only freeriding opportunities in the region. San Diego county and its designated nonprofit land manager, the Center for Natural Lands Management, recently assumed control of the land and have slated some of the trails for immediate removal/destruction. Local trail users are trying to halt the trail removal at least temporarily in order for the land managers and the community to meet and discuss the area's future. Please visit the special website devoted to this area and register your comments today.

6th Annual San Francisco Veloswap to Benefit IMBA CA
The 6th Annual Veloswap California is helping raise funds for IMBA CA during their November 18 bike swap. With more than 5,000 people expected to attend, Veloswap is one of the world's largest consumer bicycle and sports expo, and a great place to see, swap, buy and sell every imaginable bike, part and accessory.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day a Global Success
Now in its third year, IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day program continues to improve and expand. In 2006, the day was celebrated in locations as diverse as Japan, Italy and Mexico. More than 100 groups registered their rides on IMBA's website for the 2006 edition of the annual celebration. Once again, IMBA corporate supporter Schwinn will donate kids bikes to two lucky participating groups.

New Study Examines Mountain Biking Impacts
A newly published study in the summer 2006 Journal of Park and Recreation Administration (Volume 24, Number 12) takes a close look at the environmental impacts of mountain biking. Researchers measured trail erosion and other impacts on 31 trails used for mountain biking in the southwestern U.S. The study concludes that, "certain impacts to mountain bike trails, especially width, are comparable or less than hiking or multiple-use trails, and significantly less than impacts to equestrian or off-highway vehicle trails." Funding was provided by a Shimano American Corporation donation, along with administrative contributions by Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

National Public Radio Covers Mountain Biking (Audio Clip)
National Public Radio (NPR) recently ran a piece on mountain biking, and they did a great job covering the strides bike advocates have made in partnering with other trail users. You can listen to the clip at the NPR site.

IMBA Flicks Available for Download (Video Clips)
We've put all the IMBA videos on one easy-to-find web page. From the inspiring tale of a grant-funded downhill trail in South Carolina to the jaw-dropping technical features of A River Runs Through It in Whistler, BC, our videos combine great footage with text descriptions to tell you why these trails matter.

Submit a Story to YourMTB.com and Earn Dough for IMBA
IMBA corporate member YourMTB.com will donate up to $10 to IMBA whenever you post a photo, story or video to the site during November. All you need to do is head to the IMBA page at YourMTB.com and submit your story. But hurry. This offer is only good through November.

Legal Fund Raises $43K
Contributions to the IMBA Legal Fund have topped the $43,000 mark, enabling us to maintain our work in the increasingly important fields of risk management and bike-related liability issues. Special thanks goes to Specialized for donating copies of the hardcover book Stumpjumper: 25 Years of Mountain Biking. Contributions of $35 or more earn copies hand-signed mountain bike legend Ned Overend. Please consider making a donation to this vital fund -- legal threats to mountain biking continue to mount.

United Kingdom Trail Management Conference Draws Big Turnout
IMBA-UK's first national Trail Management conference at Kielder Forest park was so popular that a bigger venue had to be found at the last minute. Even then, the limit of 80 delegates meant that late applications had to be turned away. Topics included a discussion between professional trail managers, including speakers from projects as diverse as the 7Stanes and Pennine Bridleway, and updates on trailbuilding techniques. A free 40-page conference booklet can be obtained by sending an an e-mail to alex.maclennan@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

Members Receive New Perk on Subaru Purchases
As you probably know, IMBA members can save up to $3,300 off the MSRP when buying or leasing a new Subaru in the U.S. Now, for a limited time (October 1 - December 31, 2006), IMBA members who buy through the VIP Program can also receive a Garmin handheld GPS system or $150 L.L. Bean gift certificate.

IMBA Seeks Events Coordinator
IMBA is looking to hire a full-time events coordinator who will plan and execute events around the country and the world. Based from IMBA's Boulder headquarters, the coordinator will create events to further IMBA's mission and reach new market segments within the general mountain bike community. Other duties include organizing IMBA's presence at trails, attending mountain bike gatherings and managing IMBA's short- and long-term event strategy. Compensation is in the low- to mid-30k range, plus full benefits.

IMBA Offers Limited-Edition Pearl Izumi Impact Riding Shorts, Sponsor a Foot of Trail
IMBA and Pearl Izumi have teamed up to offer all new limited-edition custom Impact shorts, merging Pearl Izumi quality with IMBA panache. High-quality embroidered IMBA logo and a ride icon add unique flavor to this great pair of riding shorts.

IMBA members can now sponsor a foot of virtual singletrack. These donations will be used where they are needed most to help build trails that foster great mountain biking experiences.

Prices have been lowered on popular IMBA gear, including the IMBA hat, All-Mountain jersey, and pint glass.

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