Oh boy they sure do feed you pretty well at the Summit! Breakfast was served along with a keynote morning speaker. There were eggs, sausage, fruit, yogurt, cereal, and potatoes served buffet style along with juice, coffee, and tea. Yummy!
After breakfast was the Breakout Sessions. Various presentations on different topics relating to IMBA Chapters and mountain biking. The first session I went to was about fundraising. Butterstuff thought it was a very good session, except one of the panelists spoke waaaaaaaay too long, and I wish the other panelists had more time to speak because what they had to say was way more pertinent than what this one guy was blabbing about. Lol. But overall it was really good.
The 2nd session I went to was about resources available for your chapter that IMBA provides, and about internet stuff relating to managing chapter info through theIMBA site. That part isn’t something I’m directly involved in so it kinda went over my head, but nevertheless it was cool to listen.
After the entire morning of listening to people speak, I decided to take a break. It’s recess time! Lol! Which means, I’m going riding, whoo hoo!!! Along with all the awesome food, and beverage that is included as part of the Summit registration, you also get to demo bikes that multiple companies brought in, plus you get a lift ticket for the gondola Thursday and Friday. YIPEE!! 😀
Also outside was a vendor area where big companies and organizations had a tent. Amongst the people there were Honey Stinger, Big Agnes (both based out of Steamboat Springs), Clif, Kicking Horse coffee, a professional trail building company, portable ramps, a frozen electrolyte Popsicle company, and many others.
The bike demo area was amazing; there were bikes by Moots (made locally here in Steamboat Springs), Pivot, Trek, Specialized, SRAM (they brought many bikes featuring their state of the art technology), Yeti, Niner, and an ebike company.
My quiver for today was the Yeti 575, Pivot Mach 6, and Trek Slash. I didn’t care for the 575 too much, it felt awkward and stiff. The Mach 6 was my favorite today, it felt the best and I really liked the 27.5 wheel size. The trek was nice too. Loved that reverb dropper seat post!
Evening activities included a jump jam at the local dirt jump and skills park, which was located at the other end of town. By the time I rode my bike there it was already over. Bummer! But alas, all is not lost! Two of Steamboat’s 3 breweries are located on this side of town. Well, since I’m already here, might as well visit, right? 🙂
I went to Butcherknife Brewery first. They are also one of the sponsors for the IMBA Summit. Funny because the Divide route goes right by it, but I didn’t know it was here when I passed by it the first time. Butterstuff and I ordered a flight of 4 tasters. It was yummy! 🙂
I also really liked their taps. It’s a Butcherknife. 🙂
Next we (that’s Butterstuff and I) rolled down the road to the other brewery, Storm Peak. We had 2 tasters there. I really liked the stout.
After the mini brewery tour, it was time to get back to the hotel! They were serving desserts and beverages, and doing another presentation as well as giving awards for ride centers, and various outstanding trails. I met Anna, who is Hawaii’s regional IMBA director (we fall under the Pacific NW region). She gets brownie points, cuz she like Butterstuff. Haha. Also, the gal on top is Leslie, one of the IMBA Staff who came to Oahu a whole ago, along with Anna and another gal Kathryn.
I headed back to the Mansion around 10. Man I’m tired! It was a lot of activity today. Stoked for tomorrow!! More sessions and more riding yay!!! 😀