International Mountain Bicycling Association, Kona Bicycle promote Epic events

Promote joint advocacy efforts in North America

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) has partnered with Kona Bicycle to promote four Epic celebrations in 2008, bringing together mountain bikers from IMBA's 650 affiliated clubs and Kona's network of 300 dealers to celebrate great riding and promote joint advocacy efforts.

The Kona/IMBA Epic rides will be open to the public and will showcase some of the best riding and events in North America:

    •    Mid Mountain Epic ride. Held in conjunction with the 2008 IMBA World Summit in Park City, Utah, on Saturday, June 21. This 35-mile cross country single track ride will culminate the largest conference of mountain bike advocates, trailbuilders and bike industry in the world.

    •    Comfortably Numb Epic ride. This classic ride will be organized by local IMBA affiliate Whistler Off Road Cycling Association. The club will receive a US$500 Kona IMBA Epic organizing grant. The event will be held during the Crankworx Festival, Aug 9-17.

    •    Midwest Mountain Bike Summit ride. This trail ride will be organized by local IMBA affiliate Peoria Area Mountain Biking Association. The club will receive a US$500 Kona IMBA Epic organizing grant. Date May 2-4. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be present at this event.

    •    Tamarack, Idaho, Loon Lake Epic ride. An Epic cross country style ride, held in conjunction with the NORBA Tamarack National Finals event. The Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association will receive a US$500 Kona IMBA Epic organizing grant and demo bikes provided by Kona. Aug 30-Sept 1. The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be present at this event.

"IMBA has always supported mountain biking, and the IMBA Epics are a great representation of what Kona and IMBA stand for -- enjoying the company of other mountain bikers on some of the best trails available. We're proud to be aligned with IMBA's vision," said Cory Blackwood, Kona Bicycle Company's director of advocacy.

For more information on IMBA's Epic rides, go to http://imba.com/epics/index.html.

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