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Mountain Bicyclists Bring Key Access Issues to Nation's Capital
Mountain biking advocacy leaders, top federal land managers and key representatives of other trail and conservation groups from around the world will gather June 4-8 at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, for the 2004 IMBA Mountain Bike Advocacy Summit.

Attendees will spend one day on Capitol Hill, meeting with their U.S. Representatives, Senators and staff to introduce them to IMBA and present our key federal and state access issues. Cyclists will also advocate for the recreation and trails budgets of the federal public land management agencies for increased funding for the popular Recreational Trails Program that funds shared-use trail projects in all 50 states.

By assembling a dynamic group of trail leaders for four days of workshops, panel discussions and brainstorming, IMBA hopes to inspire advocacy that will produce better mountain biking opportunities worldwide. McDaniel College's idyllic campus in rural, western Maryland will provide an inspirational setting for learning, networking and (nearby) mountain biking.

"The last IMBA advocacy summit was in Moab in 2002. Everyone left with new energy, new ideas and a stronger commitment to work for the future of our sport," said IMBA executive director Tim Blumenthal. "IMBA's network is more talented and motivated than ever and this summit will take us to the next level. We've got unprecedented momentum and many issues and opportunities with the U.S. Congress."

Westminster, Maryland is 30 miles northwest of Baltimore and 60 miles north of Washington, D.C.

McDaniel College is nestled between the Chesapeake Bay and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Summit participants will have the opportunity to ride great trails in surrounding rural Maryland.

"The theme for the conference is the importance of being involved in local, state and federal trail access decision making," said Blumenthal. "By incorporating a day on Capitol Hill where cyclists can meet with members of Congress and their staff, we hope to emphasize the value of being politically aware and at the table when decisions are made about trails and recreation."

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