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IMBA California August Singletrack eNews

Boulder, Colorado

California Bike Patrols and Clubs Ready to Aid State Parks
According to recent reports, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is prepared to close as many as 100 state parks after Labor Day. IMBA is urging its affiliated clubs and mountain bike patrols to contact the state parks they use in their areas and discuss with them ways that the mountain bike community can help relieve the financial stresses on individual parks. Nationwide, mountain bikers volunteer almost a million hours to public trails and other facilities annually. California state parks stand to benefit from volunteers who give their time to repair trails, keep an eye on maintenance issues and perform other tasks as determined by park staff.

Redding Mountain Biike Club Instrumental in Opening Whiskeytown Trail
The Whiskeytown National Recreation Area opened a new trail recently, and according to Park Superintendent Jim Milestone the Redding Mountain Bike Club was a key player in providing the resources to build it. A ceremonial "golden spike" (actually made of bronze) was driven into a boulder at the new Shasta-Trinity trail as part of a grand opening ceremony on Saturday.

IMBA Members Receive Big Discounts on Synchros Products
Syncros Applied Technologies is generously providing IMBA members and volunteers discount coupons for Syncros products, as reward for their support of mountain biking communities and infrastructure. Syncros will provide a 25-percent discount on their products' MSRP for IMBA members, as well as a 40-percent discount for IMBA trail builders, and a 65-percent discount for IMBA member retailers that organize shop employees to work on an IMBA-sanctioned project.

Apply Now for IMBA/CLIF Trail Preservation Grants
IMBA and CLIF Bar are currently accepting applications for the IMBA/CLIF Bar Trail Preservation Grants. These grants support projects that preserve and enhance trail access, promote environmental education and inspire conservation in the mountain bicycling community.Ten $500 grants will be awarded to IMBA affiliated clubs that meet the project criteria. The application deadline is Sept. 1, 2009. Small grants like this are often the catalyst that can spark a much larger project and fundraising effort. The CLIF Bar program has inspired dozens of sustainably designed trails all over the country, said IMBA Development Director, Rich Cook.

IMBA to Honor Bike Shops at Interbike Breakfast
Did you know that more than 600 independent bicycle dealers support IMBA? These shops recognize that "more trails mean more sales," and they support mountain biking on the local and national levels. Next month, at the Intebike trade show in Las Vegas, IMBA will formally recognize the leadership of several top-tier bike shops. Our platnum- and gold-level recipents will receive award plaques during IMBA's annual industry leadeship breakfast.

Trailbuilding Fund on Record-Setting Pace
Here's a big THANKS! to everyone who has contributed to the IMBA Trailbuilding Fund in recent weeks. We are on pace to set a new record for funding trail projects from coast to coast. If you haven't donated yet, consider this: With generous support from the bicycle industry and public funding sources, your investment in trails will be doubled, tripled or even quadrupled. It all starts with you, so please give what you can today.

Interior Secretary Salazar Praises Bike-Friendly Land Protection Measure in Colorado
The Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area offers a new solution for balancing preservation and recreation goals, said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Speaking to more than 100 people atop a bluff overlooking the Gunnison River hundreds of feet below, Salazar said, We can use this as a template to unify our country. An article in the Grand Junction Sentinel also quotes Chris Muhr, president of the Colorado Plateau Mountain Biking Association, an IMBA-affiliated club that helped shape the legislation.

New Trail Care Crew Readies for the Road
Chris and Leslie Kehmeier are getting ready for life on the road as the newest Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew. You may remember Chris from the cover of the summer issue of IMBA Trail News, and Leslie's dynamite article about mapping trails. Speaking of "new" and "Subaru," the 2010 models of our favorite cars are also hitting the roads in upcoming weeks. Don't forget that IMBA members save big with the Subaru VIP purchase program.

Bikes Belong Grant Brings $10K to Delaware Trail Spinners
The Delaware Trail Spinners will use their $10,000 grant from Bikes Belong to help build a section of natural-surface trail connecting Middle Run Valley Natural Resource Area and Paper Mill Park. This link will serve as a gateway trail, introducing new riders to mountain biking and setting the stage for trail expansion into neighboring White Clay Park. It will also help reduce car traffic at Paper Mill Park, as riders will be able to access the park safely and easily by bike. Bikes Belong's grant will complement significant in-kind contributions and volunteer trailwork, as well as funding from New Castle County.

Register Your Event for Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
IMBA will celebrate its sixth annual International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, October 3, 2009. This is a great opportunity to pass your passion for pedaling on to kids! We're sure this year's event will be even bigger and better than ever before. Here are some things you can do to get ready for the big day:



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