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IMBA Canada Shoots for 1,000 New Members in 100 Days

September 27, 2005- A membership campaign to recruit 1,000 new members before the end of 2005 is the new focus for IMBA Canada. Mountain bikers are being urged to support the non-profit organization by joining via the IMBA Canada website.

The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Canadian arm has grown steadily since its launch in 2004. It boasts nearly 800 individual members and a network of more than 70 affiliated mountain biking clubs nationwide. IMBA’s worldwide mission is to create, enhance and preserve trail opportunities for mountain bikers.

“We need more members to effectively lead the fight for trail access in Canada,” says IMBA Canada coordinator Mark Schmidt. “Our first year in business has been a success, but more members equals more influence. And that’s essential for those locations where mountain biking trail access is threatened.”

The list of IMBA Canada’s recent accomplishments is impressive. In the past year they’ve:

* Built a network of more than 70 mountain biking clubs nationwide * Inspired more than 100,000 hours of volunteer trailwork * Taught more than 500 people how to build sustainable trails that are fun to ride and last forever at IMBA Trailbuilding Schools * Developed a growing partnership with the National Park Service * Increased leadership for mountain biking in Ottawa * Raised nearly $70,000 to support the IMBA Canada budget

“There are 100 days between Sept. 23 and Dec. 31, and we need 1,000 mountain bikers to join IMBA Canada in that time,” says IMBA Canada’s Schmidt. “I urge riders to step forward and become part of our effort. We need you!”

Learn about IMBA Canada membership at: http://www.imba.com/canada/index.html

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