For Immediate Release: September 19, 2005


Aaryn Kay, IMBA
303-545-9011 x107, [email protected]
Richard Juryn, Shore Events
604-983-2215, [email protected]

IMBA Summit/World Mountain Bike Conference Headed to Whistler in 2006

Mountain biking leaders and land managers from around the world will gather
June 20-23, 2006, in Whistler, British Columbia, for a combined IMBA Summit
and World Mountain Bike Conference.

The merger of the two conferences creates an unprecedented opportunity for
mountain biking advocates, land managers, trailbuilders and the bike
industry to come together for education, collaboration and strategic
planning for the future of mountain biking and trail access.

"The merged conference promises to be the largest single gathering of
mountain bike advocates ever," says IMBA executive Mike Van Abel. "Rolling
these two events together will result in a better conference which will
attract a broader audience of mountain bike enthusiasts. I personally look
forward to celebrating and shaping our sport for growth."

The 2006 IMBA Summit/World Mountain Bike Conference is open to the public
and will feature advocacy seminars, trailbuilding workshops, networking,
classic Whistler riding, great food, parties and celebrity guest speakers.

"The opportunity for riders and land managers to come together at one
location to discuss the future of mountain biking is a logical and
significant step in the development of the sport," said Richard Juryn, event
producer. "We look forward to the 2006 event at Whistler as a stepping stone
for delegates to collaborate toward staging the event farther afield in
subsequent years," he added.

Open your calendar and block off June 20-23, 2006 for Whistler. Stay tuned
to the IMBA website for details in the coming weeks, including a conference
agenda, list of speakers, registration details and a few surprises!

The International Mountain Bicycling Association's (IMBA) bi-annual Summit
has been held at various locations since 1996, and the North Shore Mountain
Bike Event Society's World Mountain Bike Conference has been hosted in North
Vancouver since 2004.

Contact Richard Juryn ([email protected]) for sponsorship
opportunities and Aaryn Kay ([email protected]) for agenda suggestions.

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