Day 1 of the IMBA World Summit

-- Pre-Conference Sessions Address Conservation, Youth Programs, Bike Parks, Race Promotion and More

PHOTO: Judd DeVall, of Alpine Bike Parks, leads a discussion of pre-fabricated features for bike facilities.

For Immediate Release 10-10-2012
Contact Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
markeller [at] imba [dot] com

IMBA’s sixth international gathering got underway today in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The IMBA World Summit opens at full capacity, with 350 delegates registered for the three-day program, plus close to 100 additional attendees signed up for pre-conference sessions. Representatives from several nations traveled to Santa Fe, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Israel, Singapore, Spain and Switzerland.

Four pre-conference sessions today featured in-depth explorations of mountain bike themes:

  • Trips for Kids Conference
  • IMBA Trail Solutions Bike Park Workshop
  • Southwest Trails Conference
  • Race Promoters Meeting

Chris Bernhardt, the director of IMBA’s Trail Solutions program, oversaw the bike parks workshop. “We completely sold out the session, which isn’t at all surprising considering the volume of inquiries IMBA is receiving about bike-specific facilities,” said Bernhardt. The full-day event included a field trip to Santa Fe’s La Tierra trails and dirt jump area.

The meeting of race promoters proved equally successful, with more than 45 event organizers, trail advocates and others joining a facilitated discussion. “I was impressed with the level of enthusiasm in the room,” said Austin McInerny, who led the talk. “Everyone in the room joined the conversation and helped brainstorm ideas for bettering the sport.”

A dinner and opening ceremonies capped the first summit day, including a welcome address by Santa Fe mayor David Coss, remarks from Sam Moulton, executive editor of Outside magazine, and a celebration in recognition of IMBA’s 25th anniversary. Founding IMBA leaders Jim Hasenauer, Michael Kelley and Ashley Korenblat spoke about the organization's early days and steady growth.

More Summit News

  • IMBA announced that legendary mountain bike racer Ned Overend has joined IMBA’s honorary board, and champion female racer Rebecca Rusch has agreed to chair the group.
  • Local and regional media have posted several stories about the IMBA World Summit, including this news story in the Santa Fe New Mexican.
  • View a collection of photos from the first day of the IMBA World Summit.
  • Catch the keynote addresses scheduled for Thursday and Friday morning on streaming video.