22 April 2016, 02:00 to 24 April 2016, 02:00

IMBA Europe Summit 2016

Beginning Friday, April 22, IMBA Europe will touch down in Germany for its 5th European Summit. Founding partner SRAM will host the 2016 Summit at their European Development and Training Center (EDTC) in Schweinfurt.

“The 5th annual IMBA summit's purpose is to advance mountain biking opportunities for all our stakeholders. By bringing a diverse audience together, our goal is to strengthen partnerships for the future. SRAM is pleased to support the summit”, says Elayna Caldwell, SRAM MTB Brand Director.

This summit is intended for anyone who is involved in (grassroots) mountain biking. Whether you’re a MTB advocate, trail builder, land manager, working for a government or nature conservation agency, bike magazine or in the bike/tourism industry, you’re encouraged to attend. Main conference language is English. It's possible to register for one or two conference days or for the full Summit including Epic Ride on Sunday 24th of April. Here's our program at a glance.  



  • Kristina Jasiunaite - Managing Director World Bicycle Relief - The power of bicycles
  • Giacomo Benelli  - Europarc Federation - EU Charter of sustainable tourism in protected areas, what does it mean for mountain biking
  • Heiko Mittelstädt - DIMB - Right to roam and/or purpose built mountain bike trails. Best of both worlds or conflicting interest?
  • SRAM Factory Tour - Guided tour at the European Development & Training Center

Break out sessions

  • Graeme McLean – DMBinS - Liability and open access in Scotland 
  • Peter Zacj –  Slovenian MTB development consortium - How science can help to advocate for better mountain biking management 
  • Mike van Abel – IMBA US - Growth in members and advocacy impact through IMBA US’ Chapter program
  • Mark Torsius - IMBA EU - Trail development in times of budget cuts. The resilience of a regional MTB community 

Other meetings

  • Project meeting EOMTBInG - European MTB Instructor-Guide project: creating a standard qualification level for MTB instructor-guides across Europe
  • IMBA Europe General Assembly - members only 


  • Maxine Gregory, Sheffield Hallam University - Mountain bikings role in Sheffields outdoor economy strategy
  • Mark McClure, Trail Solutions - Development and value of urban bike parks

Break out sessions

  • Randy Neufeld, SRAM Cycling Fund - Fundraising strategies
  • Edoardo Melchiori, IMBA Italia - How to use social media to engage mountain bikers
  • Lotte Salome, University of Amsterdam - Indoorising the outdoors, lifestyle sports revisited
  • Norman Bielig, MTB Tourismusforum Deutschland / Radkollektiv - Dimensions of sustainability in European MTB-Tourism 

Project meeting 

  • European MTB Proficiency Award - kick off meeting project partners 

Afternoon / evening

  • German style BBQ and pump track event at SRAM's Backyard trail


  • Epic Ride near Kreuzberg / Bischofsheim, supporterd by Bikeschule Rhöntrail. 
  • Shuttle (8.30) or own transportation to the Kreuzberg Flowtrail
  • Return shuttle Kreuzberg - Schweinfurt at 14.30

Getting there & away 

Romstraße 1 
97424 Schweinfurt, Germany

By air
Frankfurt Airport is the closest international airport and your best option to travel to Schweinfurt. 

Public transport 
Busses and trains leave from Frankfurt Airport.

Travelling by train? Change trains at Wurzberg central station and continue your journey towards Schweinfurt central station. 
Travelling by bus? There's a direct connection from Frankfurt Airport to Schweinfurt central station by Flixbus. It's possible to bring a bike on the bus.

Please register here

Looking for accommodation in Schweinfurt? Here's a list of available hotels 

IMBA Europe's 2016 Summit is supported by longtime MTB advocacy partners SRAM and Specialized Bicycles