Organizers of the Breck Epic MTB Stage Race are excited to announce a newly formalized relationship with IMBA. Beginning immediately and continuing through the internationally recognized stage race’s fifth year in 2013, Epic organizers will donate 10 percent of each race entry to the Boulder-based trail access and conservation group, each donation made in the name of the individual registrant.
Also effective immediately, the Epic will pair each IMBA donation with a matching 10-percent discount on registration fees for riders using the IMBA promotional code. Eligible products include; the 6-day Breck Epic, the the 3-day “Epic-curious” event, the non-competitive Gran Fondo subcategories within each race, and this year’s Single Speed Stage Race World Championship competition.
“We’ve been in the trenches alongside IMBA on a number of land conservation and access issues here in Colorado,” states race organizer Mike McCormack, “They’re an amazingly dedicated group, but the size of their task is daunting. They need every pair of hands they can get, whether those fingers are driving a keyboard or a Pulaski. Helping fund them means more trails and trail access for all of us. Hopefully more event promoters follow suit.”
“This is a great example of a race organizer who values IMBA’s advocacy work — and is willing to contribute to our efforts,” says IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel. “The Breck Epic is an awesome event on some of Colorado’s finest trails. IMBA is proud to partner with a race organizer like Mike McCormack because he understands that enjoying public lands comes with a responsibility to give something back to them.”
While the partnership with IMBA is a first for the Epic, it’s not the only charity the event supports. Among its beneficiaries are Summit County’s IMBA chapter, the Summit Fat Tire Society, local trails maintenance organization Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, and Willa’s Wheels, a mountain bike race team that raises funds for the Raymond Wentz Foundation, which in turn offers non-restrictive financial grants for families with a hospitalized member.
Redemption for members is easy – riders simply enter discount code “LongLiveLongRides” on Breck Epic’s online registration page to receive a $100 credit on the 6-day event or a $60 credit on the 3-day version. Each registration then triggers a matching donation in the registrant’s name to IMBA.
About the Breck Epic
Held August 12-17 in the sprawling backcountry surrounding the Victorian mining community of Breckenridge, Colo., the Breck Epic has hosted riders from over 35 countries since its debut in 2009. Covering 240 miles over 6 days and nearly 40,000 feet of vertical gain, the Epic is unique in that its cloverleaf format allows riders to begin and end each stage within Breck’s town limits, offering a daily singletrack and après ride experience unlike anything else in the world. New additions to the 2012 iteration include the race’s designation as Single Speed Stage race World Championships as well as non-competitive Gran Fondo categories within the 3 and 6-day events. Interested? Visit www.BreckEpic.com. And bring your big ring.
Headquartered in Boulder, CO and employing 42 full-time staff, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA’s worldwide network includes 35,000 individual members, more than 750 bicycle clubs, more than 200 corporate partners and about 600 retailer shops. IMBA’s members live in all 50 U.S. states, most Canadian provinces and in 30 other countries.