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International Mountain Bicycling Association

October California eNews

10.29.2009
Boulder, Colorado

IMBA Members Will Gather to "Race Across The Sky" on Oct. 22
On Oct. 22, mountain bikers across the nation will gather in theaters for the debut of Race Across the Sky -- The Leadville Trail 100 a one-night special in-theater event, featuring a documentary covering the 2009 Leadville Trail 100 bike race. In addition to inspiring footage, the story includes candid conversations with elite and amateur cyclists who overcame extreme challenges to participate in this grueling event. The premier will also feature a broadcast panel discussion amongst some of the principle riders, including Lance Armstrong, Travis Brown, Dave Wiens, race director Ken Chlouber and others. Many IMBA members will attend, and they will be further enticed by a prize drawing for attendees who post group pictures (and contact info) for their viewing parties on IMBA's Facebook page.

Santa Barbara Tunnel Trail Repair Efforts Underway
Santa Barbara's Multi-Use Trails Coalition has been working with Garrett Villanueva, of the U.S. Forest Service, to repair and improve the Tunnel Trail. Nearly 20 people volunteered for the winter preparation of the trail last weekend, according to this recent blog post on the club website.

Trail Care Crew Visits Marin, With Good Results
Chris and Leslie Kehmeier, of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crews, recently rolled through Marin for a successful visit. Their focus was working with the National Park Service on the Olema Valley Trail (OVT). Part of the Point Reyes National Seashore, the OVT is open to bicycles. In an effort to bring together user groups and develop a relationship with NPS, a few local organizations (Access4Bikes, Bicycle Trails Council of Marin, and Share the Trail) put together a really great event. Read more on the Kehmeier's excellent blog.

New York Times Says Mountain Bikers Risk Losing Access to Thousands of Trail Miles
"Thousands of miles of alpine singletrack could be closed to bikers by 2013," according to story published Oct. 10 in the print and online editions of the New York Times. Titled "Growth in Mountain Biking May Put Western Trails Off Limits," the piece explores the implications of an evolving U.S. Forest Service Region 1 policy to ban bikes from places that might someday be adopted for Wilderness management. What's IMBA doing? Our affiliated clubs, including the Montana Mountain Bike Alliance (MMBA) , are helping us increase our membership from under 50 statewide contacts a few years ago to more than 600 today. We are deeply involved in shaping nine current USFS travel and trail management plans. We have also formally appealed one plan and are actively negotiating for continued bicycle access to a variety of back-country areas.

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Gearing up for 2010
After another successful year on the road (12 years and counting!), the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew is gearing up for 2010. Is your club in need of assistance? If so, the Trail Care Crew offers a diverse array of educational offerings, ranging from classic Trailbuilding Schools to Club Care Workshops. Apply for a visit and you may be one of 60 clubs to host the Crew for a long weekend of volunteer activities. The application deadline is Nov. 1, so don't delay!

Decade-Long Involvement with Utah's Red Rocks Wilderness Proposal Continues
Earlier this month, a congressional subcommittee reviewed America's Red Rock Wilderness Act, a bill that would designate more than 9 million acres of Utah public lands as Wilderness. Jenn Dice, IMBA's government affairs director, says that it is unlikely the bill will be approved in the near term, as it lacks congressional supporters in the House and Senate who hail from Utah. This legislation has been in development for more than two decades, and likely will not be signed into law anytime soon. But IMBA remains committed to protecting the best interests of riders and protecting public lands in one of the most iconic states for mountain biking, says Dice.

Supporters Turned Out in Force for IMBA's Annual Interbike Breakfast
A standing room-only crowd jammed into IMBA's industry breakfast at the Interbike trade show for an annual update last month. About 200 retailers, corporate members and media packed the third edition of event. The breakfast program included a screening of Pedal Driven, a documentary video currently in production that details the balance that must be struck between federal land managers and mountain bikers seeking opportunities for challenging riding. IMBA Membership Manager Rod Judd recognizing the contributions of several IMBA-affiliated retail shops for their long-standing financial contributions to IMBA. Judd outlined an invigorated IMBA retailer membership program which will help retailers promote their stores as stewards of mountain biking in their respective markets.

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