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International Mountain Bicycling Association

California Singletrack eNews: Jan. 07

01.17.2007
Boulder, Colorado

Annual Fund Nears Goal, Dollars Still Rolling In
IMBA's Annual Fund is a mere 5% short of its goal to kick off our work in 2007. Please , Dan, check the bottom of your hydration pack for coins or take a small collection at the trailhead to make your Annual Fund donation. We're very close to being able to focus on these simple, yet ambitious, goals:

  • Unite the mountain bike movement and strengthen our collective voice
  • Provide truly world-class riding experiences and model trail systems
  • Protect natural lands while allowing mountain biking

You can securely donate online: go.imba.com/AnnualFund. Even a handful of small donations can help close the final $2,000 gap.

IMBA Annual Fund
Achieved:
$49,158.00

Goal:
$50,000.00

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Top-10 IMBA California Achievements in 2006
The IMBA California Campaign to Save Trails receives major sponsorship from Specialized, FOX, Santa Cruz, WTB and others. We look forward to building on our 2006 successes in the upcoming year!
10) Helped formulate a North Coast Wilderness Bill that cyclists can support.
9) Partnered with Specialized, FOX, Santa Cruz, WTB and other California bike companies.
8) Built sustainable trails with technical features at Lake Tahoe and Shasta-Trinity National Forests.
7) Conducted training sessions with local clubs and advocates, including an advocacy summit at Sea Otter.
6) Established partnerships with key state agencies: State Parks, State Forestry, State Fish and Wildlife
5) Reached out to equestrian groups to improve relations and prevent trail closures.
4) Helped the U.S. Forest Service conduct their first town hall meetings, allowing mountain bikers to voice their hopes for expanded access (see story below).
3) Reversed a Forest Service decision that could have closed hundreds of miles of trails in Southern California.
2) Advised the governor's cabinet on mountain biking issues.
1) Implemented formal requests for trail openings at 10 State Parks, totaling more than 100 miles.

Leadership Council Forms to Aid Statewide Mountain Bike Movement
In a new initiative to increase mountain biking opportunities, IMBA California has introduced a statewide program: the Leadership Council. The Council provides serves as the connectivity and communication link for local volunteers and stakeholders across thestate. The Leadership Council is not a governing body - it seeks to bring mountain bikers together to achieve common goals. Key objectives include:

  • Guide and support IMBA's mission in California while operating consistently with IMBA core values.
  • Contribute to development and implementation of IMBA-CA's annual advocacy agenda and policy platform.
  • Contribute to IMBA-CA financial capacity thru dues, donations and cultivation of corporate members and sponsors.
  • Recruit and develop volunteer leadership to build organizational capacity.
  • Contact IMBA CA Policy Advisor Tom Ward (tom@imba.com) if you are interested in joing the Leadership Council

Universities Recognize Mountain Bike as Great Californian Invention
The faculties of the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, Los Angeles, have jointly ranked the invention of the mountain bike as one of "25 brilliant California ideas that are shaping the future." The rankings, featured in the university and alumni magazines of UCLA and UC Berkeley, place the invention of the mountain bike as one of 25 "transformative" and "brilliant" California ideas "that were either created or took off in the past 25 years." Other citations in this exclusive compilation include the discovery of the structure of the early universe, pioneering stem cell research, the invention of the iPod, the development of the Internet search engine, and the development of computer-generated imagery.

Join Us in Washington for the National Bike Summit, March 13-16
IMBA is proud to be a leading sponsor of the 2007 League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Summit (March 13-16) in Washington, D.C. The Summit, held annually, is the premier bicycle advocacy event in our nation's capital and truly a highlight for advocates. You'll meet hundreds of passionate cyclists and walk the halls of Congress, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. IMBA's increased involvement will unite mountain and road cyclists to lobby as a unified front to preserve trails, trail funding and more. IMBA Summit participants will travel with the rest of their state delegations to congressional meetings and represent mountain bike issues.

Update on Forest Service Listening Sessions
Hundreds of mountain bikers - along with hikers, equestrians and other trail user groups - attended recent Forest Service listening sessions across the state. Common themes that emerged included calls for new trail construction, more opportunities for technical riding, better integration of volunteer work crews to help maintain trails, and the need for various user groups to work together on access issues. The input from the sessions will be put together in a guideline document to assist Forest Service managers in providing sustainable and responsible mountain biking. The document will be completed by the end of Jan. 2007.

Supplemental Accident Insurance Available to IMBA Members
You may have read the recent news stories about Danelle Ballengee, a mountain biking and adventure racing legend who suffered a bad accident while training in Utah, and was rescued with assistance from her faithful dog Taz. In situations like this, supplemental accident insurance can offer an extra measure of financial protection. Read more about the benefits available to IMBA members through Adventure Advocates.

Save on Winter Gear with Sport Star Pro Sales
IMBA member benefits include a deal that can help you save up to 50 percent on myriad outdoor and sporting gear - including many great winter brands. Check out products from companies like: Ray Ban, Revo, Bolle, Serengeti, Leedom Helmets, Suunto Wristop Computers, Bushnell, High Sierra Sport Luggage, Reusch Gloves, Crescent Moon Snowshoes and Sun Mountain Golf Products. SportStar Pro Sales contributes 5% of sales to IMBA. Shop SportStar ProSales with the User Group "IMBA" and Passcode "2006".

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Contacts
International Mountain Bicycling Association
1-888-442-4622
info@imba.com
www.imba.com

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