Ontario August 2012 eNews

IMBA ONTARIO NEWSLETTER

IMBA ONTARIO REGIONAL ENEWS - AUGUST 2012

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TELL PARKS CANADA YOU WANT TO SEE MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE ROUGE!

Located in the eastern sector of the Greater Toronto Area, the Rouge Park is Toronto's largest green space, and an area which has long-banned mountain biking on its trails. Despite efforts by IMBA Canada and local riding groups, in the last 10 years there has been increasing efforts to enforce this ban.

But this could all change.

Parks Canada is looking for input on the Rouge, which is slated to become Canada's first National Urban Park. Take the online survey today and speak up for mountain biking and demand trail access for all! The online survey closes September 17th, so please participate today and make sure to share on your social media networks. Action alert.

  • Let's get MTB in the Rouge
  • Trailblazing Festival
  • TKMBD Oct. 6th!
  • X-Fusion Trail Ambassador
  • Trail Building Fund
  • Summit speakers
  • New membership benefits
  • Blog + events

ONTARIO TRAILBLAZING FESTIVAL A GREAT SUCCESS

IMBA Ontario's second annual Trailblazing Festival wrapped up Sunday afternoon with the conclusion of the IMBA Epic ride and tons of smiles.

Attendees and vendors had great weather for the two-day festival, which included skills clinics, competitions, group rides, and demos from Norco, Trek, Marin and Bike Zone.

Hardwood's pump track, sponsored by Blue Mountain and constructed specially for the festival, was a hit among participants and fielded the popular pump track challenge competition.

Stay tuned to the blog and facebook page for more post-festival coverage! Find great photos and an event recap on trailburn.ca.

Did you attend the festival? Tell us about your experience in thisshort survey and you could win a Festival T-shirt!

HELP US GET KIDS ON BIKES!

IMBA will celebrate its eighth-annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking

Day on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. This is a great opportunity for you to share your passion for pedaling with kids!

Organizers, register your event with us before Friday, Aug. 31 in order to receive a TKMBD care package, with commemorative number plates and Clif bars!

Events range from low-key group rides to community festivals – Make sure to check out our event listing for a celebration in your area! Press release.

NOMINATE YOUR 2012 TRAIL AMBASSADOR

Back for the second year, corporate member Renegade Cycle Solutions is looking to reward two stellar trail builders and advocates in Canada!

Clubs, nominate your volunteer extraordinaire for the 2012 X-Fusion Trail Ambassador Award – two deserving winners will be chosen for the title and will take home a shiny new X-Fusion Velvet RL fork. Deadline to submit your application is Friday, September 7th!  Press release.

IMBA'S MISSION IS TO BUILD WORLD-CLASS MTB TRAILS FOR YOU

Imagine ribbons of flowing singletrack within easy riding distance of your home. And Epic backcountry rides that you can escape to on your next vacation.

Doesn’t your area need a bike park with features for everyone from expert riders to beginners—dirt jumps, pump tracks, slalom lines and skills areas?

See just some of the dream-rides that supporters like you have recently made possible on our trail building map.

The $10, $45, $60, or even $250 you give to the 2012 Trail Building Funddirectly pays for a national network of sustainable trails like these.

Make your donation today!

Free gift with donation

IMBA ANNOUNCES SPEAKERS FOR WORLD SUMMIT

With two months to go before the sixth biennial IMBA World Summit (Oct. 10-13 in Santa Fe, NM), a full schedule of speakers and sessions has been released.

"We received exceptional proposals for summit content," said IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel. "At this point, the strongest applications have been selected and the speakers have been notified. Mountain bike leaders from around the globe are eager to present their best ideas at this gathering and help shape the sport."

The IMBA World Summit officially begins on the evening of Oct. 10. Online registration is open to the public. Press release.

NEW MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

  • IMBA Canada members now get access to select Suunto products at 30% off retail prices. To access the deal, sign up on promotive.com and use the code 2642-804F-ADEA-C4D5 to join the IMBA Canada team!
  • Sir Sam's Ski & Bike is also offering current IMBA members a 2-for-1 deal on DH and XC passes during August and September. Press release.

IMBA MEMBERSHIP – HAVE YOU EXPIRED?

IMBA Canada is embarking on a new and more efficient membership renewal system. Postal renewal notices, for those due to renew, will be starting to go out this week. If you receive a letter, and you have already renewed online – Thank you! We will get your membership updated. If you are due to renew, please consider renewing online, to save IMBA money on postage and paper into the future.

WELCOME NEW CORPORATE MEMBER SUBSTANCE PROJECTS

"More than just a bike ride." Event organizer Substance Projects is about getting people out exercising and trying to leave the trails, and the community a little better for it. This weekend, the Substance crew will be putting on the Victoria 100 – Canada's only 100 mile mountain bike race – to benefit Nellie's Women's Shelter in Toronto. More info.

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