2016 IMBA World Summit
January 17, 2017 | Events
We were fortunate enough to take part in this year's IMBA World Summit, which took place in booming Northwest Arkansas (NWA). As an Ozark native, I have made the drive to NWA once or twice. However, this trip will now become more routine as the trails down there are growing like weeds…. and they are sick!
The event was a jammed packed 4 days, covering trails in and around Bentonville, Rogersville, and Bella Vista, Arkansas. Each morning included a variety of events including presentations from various leaders within the cycling industry, trail and park development staff, and even a keynote with Han Rey. Han Rey is a cycling legend who has been riding professionally for nearly 40 years. After all this time, Han can still put on a trials show that will leave you stunned. Side note, I’ve heard as an initiation to join his bike group in California, you have to go out after midnight and collect 12 stinkbugs, how cool is that?!
“Coler MTB trail- a must ride!”
Day 1-2 were in downtown Bentonville with greenway access to some pretty sweet trails including, a downhill track and the much anticipated “Coler” MTB trail- a must ride! Also, in downtown Bentonville sits the renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Day 3 sanctioned around the Railyard in Rogers, AR. The Railyard is a dirt jumper’s paradise. The park is loaded with tons of features, phat jump lines, amazing facilities, and lights for perfecting your Tsunami Flip well into the night. A visit here can easily become an all day trip! Day 4 was nestled in the campgrounds at Blowing Springs. It was time to check out the “Back Forty”. This is the first installment of what will become roughly 150 miles of sweet trails. It's crazy I tell you! The day came to a close with awesome food, cold beer, and live music.
With IMBA epics, fast flowy downhill tracks, and a one of a kind dirt jump park, NWA is absolutely on the radar for a mountain bike destination. Their MTB trail possibilities are endless, only scratching the surface of what there is to offer. None of this would have been possible without the help and support from International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA).
IMBA relies heavily on donations to help fund its many projects. Support IMBA When you see Northwest Arkansas thriving with greenway trails, top rated mountain biking, and a culture that is attracting a younger crowd, IMBA is doing something right. Ultimately giving back and helping build a stronger cycling community. IMBA does so much behind the scenes, providing us with the freedom to have weekend trips that we will never forget.
I feel blessed that the IMBA summit 2016 was in my backyard. There is a new buzz around IMBA with the addition of Dave Wiens as the Chairman of the Board, and with your support, IMBA will continue to provide for cyclists across the U.S. Visit IMBA
(Photo by Eleanor Blick)