02 February 2016

IMBA Europe Summit 2016 at SRAM's EDTC

IMBA Europe's 2016 Summit will take place at the SRAM European Development and Training Center (EDTC) in Schweinfurt (Germany). SRAM is IMBA Europe's founding partner and the EDTC offers all facilities to host a great mountain bike conference. From 22-24 April, mountain bike enthuasiasts from across Europe will gather in Germany for a exciting mixture of top keynote speakers, project meetings, breakout sessions, social events and of course, riding activities. 


Friday and Saturday's program will start with two keynote speeches in the morning, followed by several break-out sessions in the afternoon. Friday's program includes a SRAM Factory Tour and a project meeting of EO-MTBING, regarding the EU Instructor-Guide project. This project is about creating a standard qualifciation level for MTB instructor-guides across Europe. 

Be sure not too leave to early on Saturday, we'll finish the day with a great BBQ and pumptrack event at SRAM's Backyard trail. Saturday's program also includues a startup meeting for a new initiative, a EU wide MTB proficiency award to get (and keep) more people (especially kids) on mountain bikes. 

Keynote speakers and presentors of IMBA's 2016 EU Summit include (final scheme will follow)

  • Europarc Federation : EU Charter of sustainable tourism in protected areas & mountain biking
  • Maxine Gregory, Sheffield Hallam Univerisity (ORRG): Outdoor Capital Sheffield - mountain bikings role in Sheffields outdoor economy strategy
  • Graeme McLean - DMBinS: Liability framework vs. open access policies in Scotland
  • Mark McClure - trail expert: Development and value of urban bike parks

Other speakers confirmed for this summit: Randy Neufeld - director SRAM Cycling Fund, Mike van Abel - IMBA US President & Executive Director, Peter Zacj – Regional Development Agency Koroska, Edoardo Melchiori - IMBA Italia, Lotte Salome - University of Amsterdam. More names to follow. 


It has become a tradition to organise mountain biking activtities during IMBA events and this year, certainly no exception will be made. Sunday morning, we will leave Schweinfurt and travel towards the Rhon region for our Epic Ride, starting at the Kreuzberg near Bischofsheim, home of the Flowtrail Kreuzberg. The perfect way to finish your European mountain bike summit and have a ride with the friends or business partners you've made during the conference days.

The IMBA Europe Summit is intended for anyone who is involved in (grassroots) mountain biking. Whether you're active as an MTB advocate, trail builder, land manager, working for the governement, a nature conservation agency or in the bike/tourism industry, the IMBA Congress brings stakeholders together from all over Europe to share and build up knowledge. 

IMBA Europe's 2016 Summit is supported by longtime parterns SRAM and Specialized Bicycles