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August 9/09 10:52 am - 2009 IMBA Canada Hosts Ontario Provincial Summit

Posted by Editor on 08/9/09

This September, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (Canada) will host the first-ever Ontario Mountain Bike Summit in Kitchener on September 25-27. Mountain bike clubs, leaders, advocates, and decision makers are invited to attend for for three days of networking, trailbuilding, problem solving, education, advocacy, and inspiration.

Register here:

Topics will include the creation of a provincial leadership body, bike parks and sustainable trails, youth outreach, and growing local capacity for the 40+ clubs and patrols in IMBA’s Ontario network. In addition to informative seminars and networking, the gathering will feature great parties and plenty of riding - organized by the Waterloo Cycling Club and the Guelph Off-Road Bicycling Association.

The IMBA Summit is open to the public. Registration costs $75/person and can be done online. Please RSVP early so that we can be sure to accommodate everyone.

The conference will be held at Chicopee Ski and Summer Resort, home to the IMBA-designed Chicopee Bike Park, as well as 8 kilometres of mountain bike trail. Chicopee has generously donated the use of their facility for the Ontario Mountain Bike Summit.

We have reserved a limited number of discounted rooms at the Radisson Hotel Kitchener, available at a rate of $114.95 (for standard room with 2 queen beds and continental breakfast) from September 25 - September 27, 2009. To make your reservations and receive the special IMBA discount, call either 519-894-9500 or 1-800-333-3333 and ask for the "IMBA Ontario Mountain Bike Summit" rate.

Conference Overview

Friday, September 25
10:00am to 4:30pm Pre-conference Trailbuilding Workshop (Optional - Please RSVP in advance)

7:00pm to 11:00pm Welcome Party at Chicopee Ski and Summer Resort

Saturday, September 26
8:00am to 9:00am Registration and Pick up of Conference Materials

9:00am to 4:00pm Conference Sessions and Tour of Kitchener's Chicopee and McLennan Bike Parks

4:30pm to 6:30pm Group Rides - Cross Country and Bike Park options

8:00pm to 11:00pm Evening Social and Networking

Sunday September 27
9:00am to 2:30pm Conference Sessions

2:30pm Closing Remarks

3:00pm Group Rides - Cross Country and Bike Park options

* Watch the registration page ( for detailed updates on speakers, panels and special events.

For additional information about the 2009 Summit, please contact

Sponsorship inquires should be directed to Mark Schmidt.

We look forward to seeing you in Kitchener in September!

Jason Murray
IMBA Ontario Representative


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