The 2006 IMBA Summit/World Mountain Bike Conference opened in Whistler, BC, today with a keynote address by Marion Lay. The two-time Olympian greeted 400 delegates from more than a dozen nations attending the Summit/Conference.
The Summit opened with a plenary session offering analysis of current trends in risk management. IMBA's Pete Webber and Jeff Jackson, of Algonquin College (Petawawa, ON) discussed the specific mountain biking activities that have caused the most injuries, the common lawsuits, and the key defenses to employ when facing a suit.
At the session, Webber announced the upcoming release of a new IMBA book, Managing Mountain Biking IMBA's Guide to Recreation Strategies and Solutions, scheduled for publication in early 2007. Building on IMBA's top-selling Trail Solutions (published in 2004), Managing Mountain Biking will be an essential reference for land managers and bicycle advocates.