07 April 2017 (All day) to 09 April 2017 (All day)

IMBA Europe Summit 2017

IMBA Europe's 2017 Summit will take place in Agueda, Portugal. The municipality of Agueda gained international fame by The Umbrella Sky Project. The images of beautiful colourful umbrellas in the streets crossed the world. But there's more. Agueda is putting a lot of resources in trail infrastructure and sport development programs to become your next MTB destination. And not to forget, Agueda is related to the Portugal Bike Value project. An initiative to attract more cycling related business to the Aveiro region, including the integration with technology centers, universities and local authorites. 

The IMBA Europe Summit program includes keynote speakers, educational sessions, networking and of course, time to explore some of the best local trails. Here you can find our final program & time schedule


New this year are optional site visits on Friday afternoon as part of our pre-conference program. Attendees can either sign up for a visit to Águeda’s brand new urban bike park to experience some live construction and chat with the designers and builders or/and go for a factory tour to learn more about the Portugal Bike Value project. The bike park itself will be one of the first in Europe that includes lines/trails for adapted mountain biking. Friday evening is the official opening ceremony of the summit, including a short presentation of Águeda's mountain bike vision and dinner with all attendees.

Saturday & Sunday

Saturday's and Sunday's program combines keynotes, panel discussions and break out sessions. Covering topics from MTB tourism, infrastructure planning and community building to trail access advocacy, business development & innovation and some of the latest insights in MTB related environmental studies.  

  • Katarina Rönnbacka Nybäck (SE) - Bergslagen Cycling project 

    MTB tourism; Set-up, implementation, management and outcomes of a EU funded regional development project
  • Martin Wyttenbach (CH), Zurich University of Applied Sciences

    Science - Mountain biking and wildlife; disturbance experiment with roe deer
  • Henry Norman (UK) - Ride Sheffield

    Community building - The story behind the Ride Sheffield advocacy group related to trail preservation and development
  • Ricardo Pinto (POR), Velosolutions Portugal / Associação Trilhos de BTT da Madeira

    MTB tourism - Madeira, a rough diamond, rapidly emerged as an Enduro destination but with some growing pains and constantly in search for that fragile balance with its natural environment
  • Sam Morris (FR), European Organisation of Mountain Bike Instructor-Guides

    Guiding - Erasmus Plus Sport projects; development of a EU prof. standard for MTB guides-instructors and harmonization of existing training schemes
  • Ricardo M. Nogueira Mendes (POR), Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences 

    Science & management - Monitoring spatial behaviour of mountain bikers in Nat. Parks
  • Prof. Geraint Florida-James (SCO) - Edinburgh Napier University & Danny Cowe (SCO) - MTB Center of Scotland

    Business development &  partnerships - Creating economic & social impact through Scotland’s national centre for mountain biking innovation and excellence
  • Patrick Huber (AU)- Wienerwald Trails

    Community building & trail development - From mtb-enthusiasm to community support and regional advocacy, towards legalizing trails and development of a trailpark in the Wienerwald Biosphere Reserve. 
  • Mark Torsius (NL) - IMBA Europe

    Public affairs & coalition building - Better togehter; key principles of coalition building between the outdoor sports and nature sector towards national elections
  • Victor Tarodo (ESP) - IMBA Espana & Tito Magelhaes (POR) - ATBV

    Advocacy - From local to regional and national trail access advocacy
  • Mark McClure (UK), Gary Hampson (UK) Duane Butcher (NO)
  • Trail builder panel discussion 
  • Paul-Arthur Leduc (FR) - Mountain Bikers Foundation
  • Trails & advocacy - Development of legal Freeride spots

Saturday's conference program starts at 9 AM and ends at 4 PM. But of course that's not all. We're having an exciting social evening program, just outside town in the surrounding hills of Águeda, featuring the award ceremony of the pan-European Take Care of Your Trails Weekend including dinner. Sunday includes a morning program with IMBA Europes general assembly, keynotes and breakout sessions, followed by our traditional Epic ride in the afternoon. During the IMBA Europe Summit, there's plenty of time for networking and other social or riding activities. 

Registration is open for both member and non-member organizations or individuals. Event fee includes dinner on Friday evening and Saturday evening. 

Looking forward to meet you in Águeda, Portugal!


By air (international guest): the nearest international airport is Porto (Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro). From Porto International Airport, it's about an hour drive to Agueda. Another option is the international airport of Lisbon, approx. 2hours and 20 minutes drive from Águeda. 

By train: when arriving at Porto International Airport, you can either get on a train or metro in direction of Porto Camphana station. From there, take the train in direction Aveiro. In Aveiro, transfer and take the train to Águeda. Prom Porto Camphana station (center of Porto) to Águeda will take you approximately 1hour15min. 


In search for accommodation? Águeda offers a wide range of lodging opportunities, varying from more luxurious hotels to budget hostels. Here's a selection of available hotels and hostels. 


The main venue for the 2017 IMBA Europe Summit is the Sports Pavillion in the centre of Águeda:

Sports Pavillion (Ginásio Clube De Águeda)

R. Celestino Neto 25

3750 Águeda 

The IMBA Europe 2017 Summit is proudly supported by: