In 2011, IMBA scored some great successes that we’re proud to share — everything from protecting bike access on federal lands to putting thousands of kids on bikes. We also have great things coming in 2012, including the World Summit in Santa Fe and two additional Regional Directors to serve you.

MTB in the OC: Trail Care Crew Finishes Year in Laguna, CA

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit to Laguna Beach, CA, saw Steve and Morgan rubbing elbow pads with MTB stars like Hans Rey, Brian Lopes and Richie Schley. They focused on how to move beyond unsustainable fall-line trails to a destination system of flowy singletrack for all types and levels of riders.

Act Now: Help Improve Blue Ridge Parkway Plan

Deadline for Comments is Friday, Dec. 16.

The National Park Service has asked for their Draft Management Plan for the Blue Ridge Parkway — planning that will set management policy for a national park that weaves through parts of Virginia and Western North Carolina to the Smokies in Tennessee. Unfortunately, the 684-page document says next to nothing about mountain biking.

Take Action! File your comments today.
Learn more and see sample comments here.

All Things Red On Sale at IMBA Store

Speaking of IMBA’s great trail successes, we wanted to celebrate. All of our red hot items, from bicycle-tube dog collars to Western shirts, are reduced 15 percent from normal pricing, and that’s in addition to the 10-percent discount that members always enjoy.

Planning for 2012 Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Visits Underway

If you’re interested in learning about sustainable trail building, partnering with land management agencies or building a successful club, make sure to visit the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew next year. Planning for the 2012 season is ongoing, but the crew will be summering in California, Oregon and Washington. See the current schedule here. And don’t forget that IMBA members are Subaru VIPs. As a member, you can get up to $3,300 off a new or leased vehicle and Subaru will donate $125 back to IMBA. Keep an eye on your mailbox for a special, year-end deal.

• NEW VIDEO! Check out an entertaining overview of singletrack construction, brought to you by the IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew, with a great soundtrack.

Tell Us How to Make Mountain Biking Better in 2012

How can IMBA improve your mountain biking experience in 2012? Fill out the online poll and let us know. Then, help fund our key trail projects by supporting the Annual Fund and earn special thank-you gifts. Also, every donation earns 20-percent off your holiday shopping at the IMBA store.

Special Year-End Member Offers

• Freehub Magazine is a community-generated magazine written by and for mountain bikers that build trails and ride. IMBA members get a year subscription to Freehub, an IMBA t-shirt and a Freehub sticker for just $15.95. Freehub Magazine will donate $1 back to IMBA to fight the good fight of progressing our sport! Check out the offer here.

• Resource Revival recycles tons of bike chains every year by turning them into great gifts like bowls, picture frames, key chains and more! IMBA supporters save 20 percent on items in their online retails shop through the end of the year. Shop and enter discount code: RRlovesIMBA at check out.

• IMBA partner Cycling Camp San Diego can get you ready for your 2012 race season. Whether you’re just starting mountain biking or you’re a contender for the Leadville 100, you can get expert instruction and ride the amazing trails around San Diego with beautiful weather year-round. One-day camps kick off Jan. 21. Register here or email