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International Mountain Bicycling Association

IMBA Singletrack Update - May 2005

Boulder, Colorado

In this update:

* IMBA and NPS Reach Breakthrough Agreement
* What People Are Saying
* NPS Seeks Pilot Projects
* Ten $500 Trail Grants Available
* Support IMBA's Legal Defense Fund
* "Animal Planet" Wants Your Stories

* Santa Monica Trail Threatened (includes video)
* 200 New York Managers Learn From IMBA
* IMBA Signs Agreement with Virginia State Parks
* NorCAMBA Names New Executive Director
* Sugoi Dirt Series Hits Pacific Northwest

* Comfy, Long-Wearing IMBA Socks Available
* IMBA Members Save on Long-Distance Calls


IMBA AND NPS REACH BREAKTHROUGH AGREEMENT If you've been enjoying the fine spring weather, you might have missed big news out of Washington, D.C. IMBA and the National Parks Service (NPS) recently hammered out a 5-year agreement designed to boost mountain bicycling opportunities in NPS units. All the scoop can be found here.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE IMBA/NPS DEAL Newspapers, magazines, IMBA members and supporters from around the globe had good things to say about the IMBA/NPS agreement. Read their reactions here.

NPS LOOKING FOR PILOT PROJECTS In the wake of the recently announced IMBA/NPS agreement, IMBA members are being asked to suggest pilot projects for the NPS to review. IMBA and the NPS will work together to select final candidates in late 2005. Learn more here.

TEN $500 NORBA/IMBA GRANTS AVAILABLE Ten Trail Tune-Up Grants are available to mountain biking groups seeking to jump-start trail improvement projects. To learn more, visit here.

SUPPORT IMBA'S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND Your donation to IMBA's Legal Defense Fund will help shape fair trail use policies and end discrimination against mountain bikers. To learn more, click here.

ANIMAL STORIES NEEDED Encountered a wild beast while you were riding? Your story could end up on television's "Animal Planet." Send animal stories that illustrate "the close bonds athletes have with the natural world" to Holly Stadtler, President of Dream Catcher Films:


SANTA MONICA TRAIL THREATENED (INCLUDES VIDEO) Canyonback Trail is a critical access point to the Westridge-Canyon Back Wilderness Park, in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains. IMBA and the locally based Canyon Back Alliance hope you'll view a streaming video clip, and learn how to take action to save this important resource. Click here.

200 NEW YORK LAND MANAGERS LEARN FROM IMBA The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew has worked with more than 200 state and local land managers in New York in the past year. Four regionally focused outreach efforts, organized in partnership with the New York Office of Recreation and Parks, proved an effective way to bring IMBA's experts together with key decision makers. Read more here.

IMBA SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH VIRGINIA STATE PARKS The State of Virginia and IMBA have forged an agreement to promote and protect mountain biking in the Old Dominion state. Additionally, the Richmond chapter of MORE received a "Local Hero" award at the Governor's Greenways, Blueways and Trails Conference, held May 2. Check it out here.

NorCAMBA NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Northern California Mountain Biking Association (NorCAMBA) is pleased to announce it has hired Patty Ciesla as its Executive Director. Ciesla is a former Santa Clara County Parks Commissioner, and is a Mid-Peninsula Open Space District Docent who leads nature study outings by bicycle. She has been active in Responsible Organized Mountain Pedalers (ROMP), the mountain bike club in Silicon Valley, and helped found the non-profit Stewards of Soquel Forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Read more here.

SUGOI DIRT SERIES HITS PACIFIC NORTHWEST In the past four years, the world-class coaches of the Sugoi Dirt Series mountain bike camps have given hundreds of women new skills and confidence on their bikes. This year, the Whistler, British Columbia-based Dirt Series will spread their love for the sport farther than ever before. Eighteen camps (15 are women-only) are being held across B.C., Alberta, the U.S. Pacific Northwest and the Bay area. Each runs on a two-day format and includes morning skill sessions followed by afternoon rides. The program also dedicates time to bike fit and maintenance, trail etiquette, and offers a host of opportunities to demo new gear. There's a limit of 36 riders per camp, and the participant to coach ratio never exceeds 6:1. Details here


IMBA TALL WOOLIE SOCKS KEEP YOUR FEET HAPPY ON EPIC RIDES Look around the pro mountain bike circuit and you'll see lots of these socks. The 4 1/2-inch cuff and highly breathable wool/spandex blend are just what your feet need on those long rides. With the IMBA logo on each side and "Get Dirty" emblazoned across the back. Order online here.

IMBA MEMBERS SAVE ON LONG DISTANCE CALLS Mountain bikers can lower their phone bills and help IMBA by taking advantage of low-cost long distance and internet service from Telphonic Communications. Telphonic, an IMBA corporate member, will donate five percent of your charges directly to IMBA. The great rate for domestic U.S. long distance is just 4 cents per minute. There are no hidden fees, and it's easy to sign up here


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International Mountain Bicycling Association

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