Shifting gears and minds at the IMBA Europe 10th year anniversary Summit



The main theme of the summit ‘‘Reframing mountain biking” includes new perspectives on what is sustainable, and it challenges all speakers and participants to be open to new perspectives and solutions to secure a bright future for mountain biking in all its aspects. 
We will deliver a full program diving into each sub theme through keynote presentations; panel discussions; breakout sessions and outdoor activities.  Following on from the successful model of previous years, the topics covered at this year’s Summit will be divided into relevant subthemes. The Thursday program will focus on the Building Blocks of Mountain Bike Friendly & Inclusive Places, and on Friday we will dive into the topic of sustainability with – Sustainable trail design, construction & management and Sustainable Mountain Biking Tourism.


Thursday June 2nd agenda:

Theme of the day: The Building Blocks of Mountain Bike Friendly Places

The building blocks of mountain bike friendly places start with a strong, active mountain bike community who share a love and understanding of the sport, making mountain biking accessible for everyone and actively work together to build, manage and maintain their trail networks.

Optional early bird activity –  start the morning with a beautiful hike through the surrounding wilderness

10-00 – 12.00: Keynote speakers & panel discussion 

  • Manon Carpenter (Soil searching / Patagonia athlete)- Reframing my identity. World Champion DH racer to champion of the environment
  • Kent McNeill, CEO IMBA US – Equity in access, outcomes of the Omaha project to provide equitable access to trails 
  • Jo Shwe, Trash Free Trails- Reframing mountain bikings audience, building the MTB culture, and nature connection in deprived areas.
  • Greg Mazu, CEO Single Tracks, USA- IDEA (s) to improve diversity, equity and inclusivity in the trail building sector

12..00 – 13.30: Lunch, networking & poster presentations

13.30 – 14.45:  Break-out sessions (simultaneously), moderated by IMBA Europe  

Session 1: Building and empowering local MTB communities

Session 2: Industry round table discussion – Equity in access.

Session 3: Banned, tolerated and accepted – How to advocate for better access

Session 4: The model trail recipe- Plan it, Design it, Build it


15.00 – 17.00: Outdoor activities

  • Site visit: La Preda Trail
  • On the bike educational activity: Trash Mob Academy demo 
  • Workshop trail inspection & safety

Evening: Dinner at mountain hut (included) 

Val di Sole Bikeland

Friday June 3rd agenda:

Themes for the day:

Sustainable Trail Design, Construction & Management

Looking to the past, evaluating the present and planning for the future. Minimising the impacts of trail building and maintenance through environmental consciousness and better education.


Sustainable Mountain Biking Tourism

Washing the green out of the term ‘sustainable mountain biking tourism’. It’s easy nowadays to slap a green label on something and call it ‘sustainable’.Through implementing the three pillars of sustainable tourism-environmental sustainability, social sustainability and economic sustainability- only then can we begin to start using the word ‘sustainable’. 

Optional early bird activity – morning ride with breakfast at an alpine hut

10.00 – 12.00: Keynote speakers & panel discussion

  • Glen Jacobs, director of World Trails- From the tropics of Australia to building top mountain biking destinations across the world
  • Fabio Sacco (Val di Sole Bikeland) & Luca D’Angelo (Dolomiti Paganella Bike)- Managing a bike destination in Trentino: One common vision, different stories
  • Lindita Xhaferi-Salihu, U.N. Climate Change  – Sports For Climate Action Framework (invited) 
  • Raphaël Chapalain, Digital Marketing Specialist at Eco-counter- Assessing data to predict trends. How the pandemic shifted long-term use trends in parks and on trails. 
  • Domenico Bergamin, CEO of Allegra Tourism- The past, present and future of MTB Tourism reflected


12..00 – 13.30: Lunch, networking & poster presentations

13.30 – 14.45 Break-out sessions (simultaneously), moderated by IMBA Europe  


Session 1: Innovations in Trail Rating and Trail Management / Maintenance technology.

Session 2: Mountain biking and nature conservation: fact based decision making & new approaches to visitor management

Session 3: DIRTT project- Creating professional training opportunities for the next generation of trail builders

Session 4: Sustainable regional MTB development. Community revitalization in rural areas and developing countries.

15.00 – 17.00: Outdoor activities

  • Site visit: the infamous ‘Black snake’ DH world cup track
  • On the bike educational activity: Integration of MTB guiding and environmental education (SEE-project
  • Workshop how to use a clinometer and flag a trail 

Evening: Street Food Dinner at the Val di Sole BikeFest 




Community ride day! Choose from one of the three options.

Bike Park Val di Sole: It has 3 trails of varying levels of difficulty, all accessible thanks to the handy, fast 8-seater Daolasa Val Mastellina cable car. As well as the famous World Cup trail where the bikers from all over the globe compete every year, fun is guaranteed for keen riders on their bikes thanks to recently created new-concept trails. North-shore sections, jumps, doubles, berms, rock gardens and all the characteristics in pure Val di Sole style are the ingredients that go to make up the Val di Sole Bike Park.

Trail La Preda: it starts from Folgarida and it is a real downhill plunge of 1,261 metres, from 2,039 metres asl into the valley bottom, along Val Meledrio. The La Preda Trail is a classic single track, totally natural and a definite must-try.

Epic Tour Grande Guerra: the Epic Tour Grande Guerra is one of the best epic ride in Val di Sole. It has an important value thanks to the historic ruins dating from the First World War you can find on the trail and also to the stunning view on spectacular natural landscapes on the peaks of exceptional glaciers (Presanella and San Matteo).

Rafting experience: an extreme sport but also a fun activity for families who want to enjoy an energetic morning along Noce River through the adrenaline rush of the rapids or the fun of calmer stretches.


 LUNCH: all the three groups will have a BBQ lunch at Extreme Waves Rafting Centre, followed by the final celebrations of the Summit.