The Winter Olympics aren’t the only reason people from around the world
will converge on Utah this year. Others will head to the American state,
near Moab, to attend the 2002 IMBA Advocacy Summit, April 18-21.
Participants will include mountain-biking advocacy leaders, top federal
land managers, and key representatives of other trail and conservation
groups from around the globe. IMBA officials are hoping four days of
workshops, panel discussions, and brainstorming will inspire advocacy that
will result in better biking opportunities worldwide.
IMBA’s executive director Tim Blumenthal said there was a dramatic
improvement in the effectiveness of the organization and its work following
the last major IMBA summit, in Arizona in 1996. “We’re confident that the
2002 IMBA Advocacy Summit will achieve even more for our sport,” Blumenthal
There will be seminars on the future of mountain biking on federal
public land, on creative solutions to urban trail conflicts, on wilderness
and mountain biking, on taking grassroots advocacy to a new level, and on
securing federal and state trail funding.
Summit participants will also have chances to ride the picturesque trails