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International Mountain Bicycling Association

California Singletrack eNews, August 2008

08.27.2008
Boulder, Colorado

Raise Cash for Trails While You Train
If you love trails, love what IMBA does, and have always wanted to do more to help us in the mission to create, preserve and enhance great riding -- here's your chance. Team IMBA gives riders the opportunity to train for and compete in any mountain biking event, including the world-famous 24 Hours of Moab. You'll benefit from professional training advice and build connections with other riders, all while showing your support for IMBA's local and national trailbuilding efforts.

FATRAC Awarded $10k REI Grant
REI awarded a Sacramento area club, FATRAC, a $10,000 grant in July. The funds will be used to hire a trail expert who will flag a specific route for a new trail planned along the north fork of the American River near Auburn, California. Existing trails are extremely popular for mountain biking, as well as endurance running and horseback riding. Adding 12 new miles will help disperse users and get the public out in some truly spectacular scenery. For further details, contact Jim Haagen-Smit.

King Range Trail Ready for Sept. Grand Opening
The BLM has announced the dedication ceremony for the Paradise Royale mountain bike trail on Sept. 27. This amazing trail puts the far-northern California coast on the map as a destination for mountain bikers. BLM staff, especially Scott Adams, championed the construction of the mountain bike specific trail, hiring Joey Klein and IMBA's , and coordinating a ton of construction hours. Contact Bigfoot Bicycle Club president Tim Daniels for details about the trail opening festivities.

East Bay Regional Parks Opens Dialogue With Mountain Bikers
Officials of East Bay Regional Parks Districts recently invited mountain bikers to a meeting of open dialogue discuss growing concerns of the mountain bike community over limited trail opportunities in East Bay Parks. The meeting was well attended by cyclists, members of the , and IMBA California. The meeting was called by Park District officials because of their concern over increasingly negative comments by mountain bike bloggers over the perceived lack of responsiveness by Park officials in not meeting the needs of mountain bikers. After hours of passionate dialogue, parties agreed to work together on finding ways to improve bike access in the future. More discussions are planned.

Eastern Sierra and San Gabriel Mountains Wilderness Bill Update
H.R. 6156 Eastern Sierra and San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act allows for some existing mountain bike trails to be excluded from Wilderness, while at the same time including others in the Wilderness boundaries. IMBA California, along with local trail advocates are working with staffs for Congressman McKeon and Senator Boxer in an attempt to maintain trails for mountain bike access. The position of the mountain bike community is that we are strongly in favor of preserving the areas in question, and we favor bike-friendly designations, or boundary adjustments, that allow for our use. For more information contact IMBA California's Tom Ward.

IMBA State Rep Program Evolves to RLCs
The IMBA State Rep program will be phased out this fall and replaced by Regional Leadership Councils (RLCs). RLCs will be organized networks of advocates from across a region focused on bringing new faces into the mountain bike advocacy network and building the resources to support paid, professional advocacy in their region.

Grant Applications Due by Sept. 1
Does you club need cash? IMBA is currently taking applications for the REI Volunteer Stewardship Challenge the IMBA/USAC Trail Tune Up grants and IMBA/Clif Bar Trail Preservation Grants. September 1st is the deadline for all three grants, so ACT NOW!

Trail Ambassador Position Expands Bike Patrol
The newest addition to the National Mountain Bike Patrol (NMBP)program, Trail Ambassadors work directly in cooperation with a local NMBP group when they are out on the trails, riding and assisting trail users. They are an on-trail presence that enhances all trail users' experiences. Unlike members of the National Mountain Bike Patrol, IMBA Trail Ambassadors are not required to hold formal medical training, such as CPR or First Aid.

Updates for Rules of the Trail
IMBA has been receiving lots of requests lately for clarification on the Rules of the Trail, especially regarding guidelines for yielding and passing. With the proliferation of one-way, bike-only and downhill-specific trails, we've made a few adjustments to the language. The basics remain unchanged: mountain bikers should strive to be responsible, low-impact and friendly trail users.

Shimano Powers Science and Research on Mountain Biking
IMBA enjoys strong corporate support from Shimano, helping us provide scientifically based resources about the impacts of mountain biking. We believe land managers should base decisions about bike access on current research, which suggests that the impacts of mountain biking are generally equivalent to those of hiking.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking on Oct. 4
IMBA offers support, schwag and publicity for clubs that host Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day events. This year's celebration will be held on Oct. 4, with help from Schwinn, Smartwool, CLIF Organic ZBar and Trips for Kids. California clubs always put on some of the nation's biggest and best events -- we're looking forward to seeing the reports this fall!

Mountain Bikers Support Lasting Protection for Public Lands
Check out our updated list of land protection bills that have ben shaped with mountain biking in mind. Through boundry adjustments and bike-friendly designations, these bills offer permanent protection for pristine wildlands while providing access to mountain bike trails.

Colorado Bike Park Will be Model Facility
The Valmont Bike Park, in Boulder, CO, is being designed by some of the finest trail builders in the United States to support a vast array of trail networks created for their respective disciplines. Epic single-track for the mountain biker, rhythmic pump tracks for BMX enthusiasts, and cyclocross circuits are planned. Check out the plans, and the Boulder Mountainbike Association's innovative web pages and fundraising strategies.

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