“Building Diverse Mountain Bike Communities”

We are excited to announce that the North Shore Mountain Bike Association is partnering with IMBA Canada to present the inaugural Western Mountain Bike Advocacy Symposium.

The symposium will be taking place from October 12th through 14th, 2018 in North Vancouver, British Columbia and for the inaugural theme we have chosen “Building a Diverse Mountain Bike Community”.

Our organizations wish to host a timely conversation on the need for us all to work collectively towards ensuring mountain biking is seen as an open and inclusive recreational pursuit. We want to introduce new perspectives, outline why this is an important issue and help create a cohesive vision for building a diverse mountain bike community.

Keynotes, presentations and panel discussions will be hosted on the following topics: Privilege and the Mountain Bike Community, Building First Nations Relationships, Adaptive Mountain Biking, Supporting Youth Voices, and the Media’s responsibility in Representation.

Space will be provided to facilitate conversation and answer questions through the delivery of discussion groups and panels. We’ll also be making time for ad hoc conversation and reflection through some organized trail work and numerous group rides!

We wish to be a spark that ignites further conversations within individual communities on how each of us has a part to play in ensuring mountain biking is seen as an inclusive and open space for all – building a diverse mountain bike community one rider and trail at a time.

We hope that you will join us this fall for this exciting and important discussion! If you have questions please email symposium coordinators Justin Darbyshire – jay.darby@imbacanada.com or Christine Reid – christine@nsmba.ca.

Symposium Details
Name: Western Mountain Bike Advocacy Symposium
Theme: “Building a Diverse Mountain Bike Community”
Hosts: International Mountain Bike Association Canada (IMBA Canada) and North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA)
Dates: October 12-14th, 2018
Location: North Vancouver, Blue Shore Center at Capilano University
Invitees: Mountain Bike Advocacy Groups (Provincial and National), Pacific Northwest Mountain Bike Advocacy Groups, First Nations Community Members, Provincial and Federal Government Staff and Officials, Municipal Government Staff and Officials, Cycling Clubs and Governing Bodies, Tourism Organizations. Sports Organizations. Interested Parties.
Partnership Opportunities: Event Sponsorship, Speaker Funding, Social Event Sponsors, Attendee “Swag” Providers. Interested in partnering? Review our Sponsorship Opportunities and email christine@nsmba.ca

**If you are a NSMBA or IMBA member use the code “Trailsforall” when purchasing your tickets as a club/advocacy member to get an additional $35 off!**
























This event takes place on the unceded, occupied, and ancestral homelands of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

Saturday and Sunday Session will all take place at the Blue Shore Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University located in the Birch Building on the Capilano University campus in North Vancouver.

The Blue Shore Centre for the Performing Arts is accessible and access to washrooms, the stage and auditorium and cafe are all accessible as well. If you have any questions or need any further information please email Christine@nsmba.ca

Location & Parking Details

Westpark is the parking service on campus and they do work on weekends and are very diligent. There is some free parking on Lillooet Ave, and it’s only a short walk to campus from the Holiday Inn for those staying there. There is a day lot price of $4.75 for the day at LOT 4 on campus. Check out the Campus Map for parking, building and any additional details you may need.

Friday night registration will be at SRAM HQ in North Vancouver. Big thank you to the folks at SRAM for sharing this space with us. **Please note this entrance is in the alley way**  250 East Esplanade, Unit 7 (alley access between St.Andrews and St.Georges, between 1st St. E and Esplanade E)

All riding locations will be on Fromme or Seymour Mountain.

Saturday night social will be at Maplewood Taphouse (formerly known as the Narrows Pub). There is lots of parking and additional parking on the street.

The Trail Day on Sunday morning will take place on Seymour Mountain. Meet up location for breakfast will be shared shortly.



















Tickets are now available!

If you are a NSMBA or IMBA member use the code “trailsforall” when purchasing your tickets to get an additional $35 off!

It the cost of the ticket is a barrier for you, please speak to coordinators Justin Darbyshire – jay.darby@imbacanada.com or Christine Reid – christine@nsmba.ca.

If you are interested in attending and would benefit or be included from an ASL interpreter joining us, please reach out to christine@nsmba.ca












Thank you to the following Sponsors for their generous financial support of this event

Outdoor Recreation Management Team