2011 NW Mountain Bike Summit Report

Mountain Bike advocacy leaders from across the NW came together in Bend for the
first annual Northwest Mountain Bike Summit. The event was put together by IMBA in
order to provide a setting for MTB groups in the NW to get updated, network and make
connections.

The bulk of the three day summit consisted of power point presentations covering the ins and
outs of running a successful advocacy group. Everything from raising money,
maintaining memberships, to working with land mangers and building trail effectively.
Following the presentations was the opportunity for attendees to mix, mingle and
network. Many great conversations were had as we chatted about each groups successes,
difficulties, strategies, etc.

Some of the more exciting news is the new USFS standards regarding man-made
technical features. Thanks go out to COTA’s (Central Oregon Trail Alliance) hard work
developing this plan with the USFS, the first of its kind in the country. This sets the
standard for all USFS districts regarding built features.

After networking and learning some new things, it was time to ride. Cog Wild shuttled
attendees to sample some of COTA’s handy work on Bend’s finest single track. COTA
has definetly done some great work and is the standard bearer for all MTB advocacy
groups.

All in all it was a great summit. We learned quite a bit and made some positive
connections. Looking forward to next years summit.

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