Velo-city conferences serve as a global communication and information platform aiming to address decision makers in order to improve the planning and provision of infrastructure for the everyday use of bicycles in urban environments.
The Southern Mountain Bike Summit
MARCH 22-24, 2013
Attend the premiere of the Southern Mountain Bike Summit! Join land managers, industry leaders, politicians, and fellow mountain bikers in the scenic mountains of western North Carolina to teach, learn, meet, greet, ride, and grow the sport of mountain biking in the Southeast. Connect with friends, old and new, as you make mountain biking in your region exceptional. Y'all come get some GRITS (Great Riding In The South).
Bicycling has come a long way in the last 10 years. Our movement has grown larger and more effective; the number of people riding is growing in almost every community in the nation. We need more people on bikes more often, and the reasons just keep on growing. Whether it’s obesity, health care, climate change, air quality, energy independence, traffic congestion, economic development or quality of life issues – bicycling has got to be part of the solution.
IMBA, with its partners, is creating a unique educational forum for a vitally important group – mountain bike advocates, industry representatives, retailers, bike park and land managers, ski resort representatives and program directors. The Summit is a chance for top industry leaders and land managers to share ideas and learn about sustainable trail design, conservation, bicycle tourism and economic development, trail advocacy and public lands policy. If it can be done on a mountain bike, it will be discussed at the Summit.
The Summit was conceived ten years ago by the Earthriders Mountain Bike Club in Kansas City, Missouri as a means to promote singletrack advocacy and awareness. In 2005, the summit began moving east making stops in St. Louis, Missouri (2005-2006) and Peoria, Illinois (2007-2008) before landing in Grand Rapids last year. The summit has grown with each stop, and now it is the regions premier mountain biking advocacy event/festival.