The Team IMBA fundraising program raised nearly $85,000 for mountain biking in 2009.
The 87 members of Team IMBA 2009, raised a total of $84,937 for local and national trailbuilding projects by riding their bikes. Now in its fourth year, Team IMBA is modeled after other social and charity-related bicycling fundraisers. Team IMBA allows dedicated cyclists to raise money for trail conservation projects while training for a mountain bike race. Monet raised by Team IMBA participants are shared between IMBA’s nationwide trail projects and local club projects.
Led by title sponsor GT Bicycles, 2009 participants collected nearly $50,000 in donations, and with the help of a generous challenge grant from SRAM they sent nearly $60,000 to local mountain bike clubs and more than $20,000 for IMBA trailbuilding projects.
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The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition pulled in $19,804 for new trail construction on the Massanutten Western Slope, as well as pump track construction at Hillandale City Park. At the Massanutten Hoo-Ha race, in Virginia, Team IMBA participants raised $26,853 for four different clubs.
Perks included a pre-ride lap with pro racers (and Team IMBA members) Jeremiah Bishop and Sue Haywood, plus a food stop on the race course, a coupon for a 20 minute massage after the race, hot meals and mechanical assistance from a local bike shop and GT Bicycles. Volunteer team captain Marshall Hammond was awarded a new GT Marathon Pro for his contributions to the successful event.
The San Francisco Urban Riders earned $13,012 to realign a defunct social trail system into revamped shared-use trails, and to create a large bike skills facility. Entire SFUR club meetings were devoted to supporting the fundraising efforts of their seven team members racing at the Sea Otter Classic. Club member Peter Durham won a GT Carbon Pro mountain bike as the top individual fundraiser for the entire year.
The Colorado Mountain Bike Association netted $6,853 to design and build black-diamond trails in the cross-country oriented Buffalo Creek trail system. Team members rode both the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo, in Arizona, and the Firecracker 50, in Colorado, to raise money for COMBA’s work on the Front Range.
Check out photos of these and other Team IMBA 2009 events.