Western Mountain Bike Advocacy Symposium

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Building A Diverse Mountain Bike Community.

IMBA Canada is partnering with the North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA)​ to present the inaugural Western Mountain Bike Advocacy Symposium​.

The symposium will be taking place October 12th through 14th, 2018 in North Vancouver, British Columbia and for the inaugural theme we have chosen “Building a Diverse Mountain Bike Community”.

Our organizations wish to host a timely conversation on the need for us all to work collectively towards ensuring mountain biking is seen as an open and inclusive recreational pursuit. We want to introduce new perspectives, outline why this is an important issue and help create a cohesive vision for building a diverse mountain bike community.

Keynotes, presentations and panel discussions will be hosted on the following topics: Privilege and the Mountain Bike Community, Building First Nations Relationships, Adaptive Mountain Biking, Supporting Youth Voices, Encouraging Female Representation and Reducing Barriers to Participation.

Space will be provided to facilitate conversation and answer questions through the delivery of discussion groups and workshops. We’ll also be making time for ad hoc conversation and reflection through some organized trail work and numerous group rides!

We wish to be a spark that ignites further conversations within individual communities on how each of us has a part to play in ensuring mountain biking is seen as an inclusive and open space for all – building a diverse mountain bike community one rider and trail at a time.

We hope that you will join us this fall for this exciting and important discussion! Please fill out our questionnaire if you are interested in attending and if you would like to help support this initiative or have questions please email symposium coordinators Justin Darbyshire – jay.darby@imbacanada.com or Christine Reid – christine@nsmba.ca.


Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

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Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.

Register to host a TKMBD Event this Saturday, June 6th!

Established in 2004, Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day challenges adults and biking clubs to introduce kids to the sport of cycling. The event celebrates the life of Jack Doub, an avid teenage mountain biker from North Carolina who passed away in 2002.

Developed and coordinated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, the event officially takes place every June and October, however clubs and groups are encouraged to organize an event at anytime! We’ll give you advice and tips to structure an event that makes sense for you and your community

Last year, Canadian events – which boasted group rides, skills clinics, bouncy castles, and BBQs– attracted more than 3,500 participants. Internationally, events were held in Australia, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Saturday June 6, 2020 AND Saturday October 18, 2020


Will both mark the 16th annual celebration of Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day, an event which has put more than 55,000 kids and adults on bicycles worldwide. Developed and coordinated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, the event officially takes place every June and October but events can be hosted at any time of the year. This is great opportunity to share your passion for pedaling with kids!

There are many ways to participate:

  • Events range from a few kids in a neighbourhood to larger festival style events in a community park, open space or trailhead.
  • Develop a grass roots event in your community, support the national outreach, contribute to event “host packages”, or join an existing event.

To register your event, find additional information or resources, please email tkmbd@imbacanada.com. Posters and other promotional material can be found in the Toolkit.

TAKE A KID MOUNTAIN BIKING DAY TOOLKIT


Thank you for organizing a group event for IMBA’s Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day! Take a Kid events have ranged in size from a few kids and families to several hundred gathering at a local park or trailhead. IMBA Canada clubs, retail shops, Trips for Kids, schools, Scouts, and community groups are encouraged to host events. We’ll give you advice and tips to structure an event that makes sense for you and your community.

Find information on planning your event, promotions and marketing, and resources available for download in the menu at the left. Also find a PDF checklist to aid in planning your event available for download below.

Event Biking Checklist

Sombrio Freeride Scholarship

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Sombrio Freeride Scholarship

Spreading the Spirit of Freeride


Sombrio started as a cartel – a crew of freeride pioneers exploring the possibilities of what life on two wheels could bring. The spirit of freeride has been at our core since the beginning. It’s all about being creative, pushing the limits, and having fun along the way. It’s about sharing our passion with others and it’s what motivates us every day.

Sombrio, in partnership with IMBA Canada, is proud to introduce the 2nd annual Sombrio Freeride Scholarship – a free ride to an all-inclusive week-long session at mountain bike camp in Whistler, BC, awarded to a promising young Canadian rider who embodies the spirit of freeride.

Sombrio has released a special edition apparel collection with a portion of proceeds going towards funding the Freeride Scholarship.* For 2019, the Special Edition collection highlights the tools of the trade.

About the Sombrio Freeride Scholarship

The 2019 Sombrio Freeride Scholarship is open to Canadian residents with a minimum of intermediate mountain bike skills between the ages of 13 and 18 years old, with parental consent. Each year, Sombrio will donate 10% of proceeds from all Canadian sales of a special edition collection to support the Sombrio Freeride Scholarship.*

The Scholarship includes:

  • Tuition for a week-long summer bike camp in Whistler, BC with professional coaching
  • Supervised accommodation
  • Return transportation from anywhere in Canada
  • Week-long high performance mountain bike rental

Applications for the 2019 Freeride Scholarship are now closed. Applicants must be able to attend the camp from July 13-20, 2019. Alternate dates are not available.

How to Apply

STEP 1: Fill out the form below and tell us how you embody the spirit of freeride and why you deserve the Sombrio Freeride Scholarship (in 300 words or less).

STEP 2: Show us how you embody the spirit of freeride with a visual entry on Instagram tagging @SombrioCartel, @imbacanada and using the hashtag #SendMeToBikeCamp. You can do this using a video, photograph, drawing or any other creative media you can dream up!


Support the Sombrio Freeride Scholarship

Visit sombriocartel.com to view the Special Edition Collection

*To spread the spirit of freeride, Sombrio will donate 10% of the proceeds from our sales of every Sombrio Special Edition Jersey or Tee sold in Canada in 2019 to IMBA Canada’s Sombrio Freeride 2020 scholarship program to send at least one child age 13-18 to a week-long mountain bike camp in Whistler, BC in Summer 2020. For sales made in Canada on sombriocartel.com, Sombrio will donate 10% of the retail purchase price; for sales made by Sombrio to Canadian wholesale dealers, Sombrio will donate 10% of the wholesale price charged by Sombrio to the dealer. If a consumer purchases a Special Edition Jersey or Tee from a dealer, they will be supporting the spirit of Freeride, but a second additional donation will not be made by the dealer.


Model Trails

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Model Trails.

IMBA’s Model Trails program, including Epics, Flow Trails, Gateway Trails, and Ride Centres spotlights places that exemplify what mountain biking looks like when it’s done right.

Get more information about the Model Trails program on IMBA U.S.’ website.


Council Program

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Council Program.

IMBA Canada is currently developing a new model of provincial representation for mountain bikers in Canada, called the Council Program. Currently in its infancy with a pilot model in BC, we are hoping to push the program out to the rest of Canada shortly.

Signature Series Ride and Signature Series Trail

Jasper National Park (AB)


Valley of the Five Lakes

Jasper National Park (AB)


Overlander

Canadian National Mountain Bike Patrol

IMBA Canada’s Canadian National Mountain Bike Patrol (CNMBP) was launched in 2018 and consists of dedicated volunteers partnering with land managers, land owners and emergency personnel to assist, educate and inform all trail users in orders to enhance their recreation experience.

Canadian National Mountain Bike Patrol Volunteers:

  • Assist in medical and mechanical emergencies
  • Educate trail users
  • Inform land managers, land owners and trail users of trail conditions through regular monitoring efforts
  • Work with land managers, land owners, clubs and communities to maintain or gain trail access for mountain bikers
  • Offer volunteer services at events and races
  • Collaborate with local clubs and organizations on trail work days, clinics, group rides Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day events and other trail based activities.

Is the Canadian National Mountain bike patrol for you? It is if you enjoy:

  • Riding Your Bike
  • Helping other people
  • Being involved in the management of your local trails
  • Learning and growing skills such as; outdoor first aid, trailside bike repair, mountain bike skills techniques and trail-use education.

Parks Canada sites that have taken part in TPP Programming:

2017

Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (ON) – Signature Series Ride and Signature Series Trail, Winter Trails and Fat Biking

Kouchibouguac National Park (NB) – Signature Series Ride and Signature Series Trail, Winter Trails and Fat Biking, Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

Riding Mountain National Park (MB) – Signature Series Ride and Signature Series Trail, Winter Trails and Fat Biking

Mount Revelstoke National Park (BC) – Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

2018

Fundy National Park (NB) – Signature Series Ride and Signature Series Trail, Canadian National Mountain Bike Patrol, Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

Jasper National Park (AB) – Signature Series Ride and Signature Series Trail, Winter Trails and Fat Biking, Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

Gros Morne National Park (NL) – Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

Mount Revelstoke National Park (BC) – Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

Related Programs


Trail Partners Program

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Trail Partners Program.

IMBA CANADA'S TRAIL PARTNERS PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PARKS CANADA


IMBA Canada has partnered with Parks Canada to introduce the Trail Partners Program.

The Trail Partners Program (TPP) works with Parks Canada sites, communities and mountain bike clubs and associations across Canada to offer programming, resources and more to help grow, develop and spread the word about the fantastic mountain bike opportunities located within and adjacent to Parks Canada sites across Canada.

From showcasing epic trail experiences unique to a particular area, kids programming, new winter trail experiences and the Canadian National Mountain Bike Patrol; the Trail Partners Program offers mountain bikers, cyclists and Parks Canada visitors of all ages and abilities a truly unique program that is tailor made to that specific park site and that site’s mountain bike, cycling and trail offer.

THE TRAIL PARTNERS PROGRAM IS COMPRISED OF THE FOLLOWING MODULES


Signature Series Ride And Signature Series Trail
Winter Trails And Fat Biking
Canadian National Mountain Bike Patrol
Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

PARKS CANADA SITES THAT HAVE TAKEN PART IN TPP PROGRAMMING


2017

Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (ON)
Signature Series Ride and Signature Series Trail, Winter Trails and Fat Biking

Kouchibouguac National Park (NB)
Signature Series Ride and Signature Series Trail, Winter Trails and Fat Biking, Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

Riding Mountain National Park (MB)
Signature Series Ride and Signature Series Trail, Winter Trails and Fat Biking

Mount Revelstoke National Park (BC)
Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

2018

Fundy National Park (NB)
Signature Series Ride and Signature Series Trail, Canadian National Mountain Bike Patrol, Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

Jasper National Park (AB)
Signature Series Ride and Signature Series Trail, Winter Trails and Fat Biking, Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

Gros Morne National Park (NL)
Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

Mount Revelstoke National Park (BC)
Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day