Patagonia, RockShox Sponsor IMBA Epics|
Tuesday, April 20, 1999
To celebrate the spirit of epic mountain bike rides, IMBA is joining with Patagonia and RockShox to create IMBA Epics. In '99, four demanding rides have been designated IMBA Epics. This year's IMBA Epic trail locations are Downieville, California; Fruita, Colorado; State College, Pennsylvania; and Slatyfork, West Virginia.
To highlight these Epic designations, IMBA, Patagonia and RockShox are hosting a series of celebration rides on the Epic loops. Each celebration ride will feature the participation of a top pro mountain bike racer, an IMBA honcho, local land managers, and riders representing the general public. Each ride will be limited to 40-45 riders. All IMBA Epic selections are trails that are generally open to the public (weather conditions and seasonal considerations permitting). Thus, cyclists who aren't able to participate in the Epic celebrations will be able to pedal Epic loops at other times. Precise dates, times and registration details for the '99 Epic celebrations will be announced in early April.
The Epics concept is designed to highlight the adventure of mountain biking. While the appeal of off-road cycling is multifaceted and unique for each individual, adventure and challenge usually top the list.
"IMBA is known for promoting volunteer trailwork participation and trail access solutions," says IMBA executive director Tim Blumenthal. "But the underlying reason for connecting with IMBA is a passion for riding your bike on singletrack trails in beautiful, natural environments."
RockShox has been IMBA's No. 1 bicycle industry supporter since ë96. Patagonia, a new IMBA sponsor, recently introduced Endurance wear, a line of off-road cycling clothing.