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IMTTO Event Of The Year 2009
After tabulating the votes of all of our Trade Team and Tech Support members, here are the top 25 events for 2009!

1 Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup
2 Fort William World Cup
3 Offenburg World Cup
4 La Bresse World Cup
5 Schladming World Cup
6 Pietermaritzburg World Cup
7 Houffalize World Cup
8 Canberra World Championships
9 Maribor World Cup
10 Vallnord World Cup
11 Roc díAzur
12 Crankworx Whistler
13 European DH Champs
14 Racer Bikes Cup Muttenz
15 Singletrack Weekender
16 Pump Track Worlds
17 Madrid World Cup
18 Bromont World Cup
19 Racer Bikes Cup Solothurn
20 Bundesliga Bad Salzdethfurt
21 Dirt Master Winterberg
22 Champery World Cup
23 Bern Bike HC
24 US Open
25 Mountain Mayhem UK

2008 IMTTO Event Of The Year - Results
1. Fort William World Cup
2. Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup
3. Offenburg World Cup
4. Maribor World Cup
5. World Championships Val Di Sole
6. Houffalize World Cup
7. Schladming World Cup
8. Vallnord World Cup
9. Crankworx Whistler
10. Canberra World Cup
11. Bundesliga Bad Salsdethfurth
12. Roc díAzur
13. Swisspower Cup Bern
14. Bromont World Cup
15. Beijing Olympics
16. US Open
17. Absa Cape Epic
18. Sea Otter Classic
19. Bundesliga Heubach
20. Fruita Fat Tire
21. Swisspower Cup Muttenz
22. Chequamegon Fat Tire
23. XC European Championships
24. Bundesliga M¸nsingen

FORT WILLIAM WINS EVENT OF THE YEAR 2007
For the 3rd consecutive year, the international mountain bike teams, tech support and race organizers organization (IMTTO) has awarded the prestigious "IMTTO Event Of The Year" trophy to Rare Management.



In 2007 they were the organizers of the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in the classic venue of Fort William, Scotland. Close to 60 members voted (teams and tech support companies only), and of the 25 events voted for, it was clear that Fort William was again the obvious favorite.



Unlike other awards, this one recognizes any mountain bike event held in 2007, and is voted on by the industry main players when it comes to mountain bike racing and events.



For the second year in a row, the members voted the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup as the 2nd best event (and therefore the best World Cp of 2007), very closely followed by the Houffalize World Cup. The highest ranked non-World Cup, non-World Championship event was the Roc díAzur held in Southern France.



"The feedback we get from our members in this voting process is extremely valuable. We pass on that constructive feedback to the various organizers in order to help them further improve their already excellent events. As an organization, the role of IMTTO is to further assist the events in their growth and therefore further secure the future of mountain bike racing as a viable sport for our members. The trophy we have awarded to Rare Management symbolizes this aim." ñ IMTTO President, Martin Whiteley.



Results:



1. UCI Mountain Bike World Championships ñ Fort William, Scotland

2. Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup ñ Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada

3. Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup ñ Houffalize, Belgium

4. Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup ñ Maribor, Slovenia

5. Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup ñ Offenburg, Germany

6. Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup ñ Vigo, Spain

7. Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup ñ Schladming, Austria

8. Roc díAzur ñ Frejus, France

9. Kokanee Crankworx ñ Whistler Mountain, Canada

10. Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup ñ Champery, Switzerland

11. Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup ñ Saint Felicien, Canada

12. Bundesliga Cross Country National ñ Heubach, Germany

13. Swisspower Cup ñ Bern, Switzerland

14. Absa Cape Epic ñ South Africa

15. Lisbon Downtown ñ Lisbon, Portugal

16. Bundesliga Cross Country National ñ Munsingen, Germany

17. US Open ñ Diablo Park, NJ, USA

18. Bearclaw Invitational ñ Mountain Washington, Canada

19. Swisspower Cup ñ Schaan, Switzerland

20. Sea Otter Classic ñ Monterey, CA, USA

21. Mountain States Cup - USA

22. Maxxis Cup International ñ Gouveia, Portugal

23. Ostravsky Chachar XC ñ Czech Republic

24. Swisspower Cup ñ Muttenz, Switzerland

25. Wheels Of Speed ñ Willingen, Germany

FORT WILLIAM - EVENT OF THE YEAR
May 30, 2006

At last Friday's IMTTO meeting in Fort William, Scotland, IMTTO Vice President Martin Whiteley surprised Mike Jardine and Lesley Beck of Rare Management, when they were awarded a huge crystal trophy for their 2005 World Cup Event, voted by 62 IMTTO Members as the event of the year. The two were at the meeting to brief the membership on plans for the 2007 Worlds.



Unlike other event awards, IMTTO members vote on all MTB events, not just World Cups. This means every event on the 2005 calendar, regardless of their affiliations, or event style, are considered by the members.



Lesley Beck said "Wow, this is a huge surprise and real honour. We try and do all we can to assist the IMTTO membership and we appreciate all of your feedback. We'll take this trophy to the volunteers meeting tonight and show them that all their hard work has paid off!"



Martin Whiteley said "Fort William was a clear winner in the voting and it's no secret why. They go out of their way to assist our members and put on a consistently impressive bike event. It's the model that all other major events should try to emulate. If you are serious about running a great event, visit Fort William first."



IMTTO membership is made up of international mountain bike teams, technical support companies, and top level organisers. More than 30 events received votes. Here are the top 20:



1. Fort William, Scotland – WC

2. Sea Otter Classic, USA

3. Mont-Ste-Anne, Canada – WC

4. World Championships, Livigno, Italy

5. Houffalize, Belgium – WC

6. Spa Francorchamps, Belgium – WC

7. Camboriu Beach, Brazil – WC

8. Schladming, Austria – WC

9. Crankworx, Canada

10. Swisspower Cup, Bern

11. Mount Snow, USA – NORBA

12. Vigo, Spain – WC

13. Angel Fire, USA – WC

14. Lisbon Downtown, Portugal

15. Madrid, Spain – WC

16. Willingen, Germany – WC

17. Roc d\'Azur, France

18. Marathon Worlds, Lillehammer

19. La Bresse, French Cup Finals

20. Swisspower Cup, Reinach





All events that received comments on the voting forms from the membership will now have the comments sent to them to assist them in the future event planning.

December 21, 2005
All of our 2005 members are busy voting for the best Mountain Bike event of the year for 2005. The award takes into account all Mountain Bike events that IMTTO members attended, not just World Cups, and already it's clear that there are many events that are worthy of consideration. The results will be announced here in the early part of 2006, and the IMTTO Trophy will be awarded to the winning organiser during our first meeting of 2006, which is schedule for Fort William, Scotland, in May. The members are voting for events that not only were excellent for the sport, but were very helpful to the IMTTO membership.

March 7 2005
IMTTO Member FOX Racing Shox has announced it will be sponsoring the 2005 NORBA National Mountain Bike Series and the USA Cycling National Mountain Bike Championships. FOX has confirmed that a large portion of the sponsorship money provided to the Series will go towards prize money for the Professional Downhill and Mountain Cross events. ìWe are proud to be able to sponsor and offer prize money to these world class athletes. The NORBA National Mountain Bike Series brings in the best athletes from around the globe and they deserve to be rewarded for their hard work and efforts," stated Mark Fitzsimmons, Mountain Bike Race Program Manager for FOX.

Mark went on to say, "Racing is in our blood. We use racing to test our products in order to make them the best suspension available. Through our sponsorship we want to continue that message to the athletes and our customers."

IMTTO applauds this member's actions in giving back to the sport an all those members who will participate in the NORBA Series this year will benefit from this support.

21 February 2005
Today it has been confirmed by the organisers of the 2005 World Cup XC at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, that parking for ALL IMTTO members will be completely free. No matter the size of your truck or tech space, you will have free parking. Madrid has also confirmed that parking for the first 60 square meters will be free to IMTTO members, but the new Belgian event has gone one step further and is offering all IMTTO members, as well as UCI Teams, completely free parking. Our thanks to the organisers for this great gesture and we look forward to the event in April!

IMTTO Launches New Web Site
IMTTO, a non-profit organisation in the sport of mountain bike racing that represents Mountain Bike Trade Teams, Technical Support Companies and Race Organisers, has launched www.IMTTO.com which not only serves as a vaulable tool for its members, but also provides the press and public with access to the sites of all IMTTO members and the latest IMTTO news.

The web site was launched on Tuesday for member access, and is now available for the wider public. IMTTO President Russell Carty said today: "This is an important step in our continued growth as a cohesive organisation that has at its heart, the healthy development of our sport. With members in nearly every continent, operating on different time zones, the internet is the best way for us all to stay in contact and assist each other".

The web site contains a news section as well as information about IMTTO, and membership application forms. Additionally the web site has "members only" sections, which feature a forum for open discussions on various issues in the sport, a section for posting minutes of the various meetings attended by or held by IMTTO, and the list of prices and benefits for various events.

Speaking on IMTTO, Carty said: "Our aim is to ensure that by working with the organisers of events, and the various sporting bodies, that our sport continues to prosper and is as appealing as possible to all of our sponsors and media friends."

IMTTO was created in 2001 through the amalgamation of IMTO (International Mountain bike Teams Organisation) and TAG (Technical Assistance Group). The organisation now has close to 60 members.

NEXT IMTTO MEETING:
This meeting will take place at Les Gets (France) during the World Championships. The exact date, time and venue will be announced here shortly.

2005 MAXXIS CUP PRICING:
The organisers of next year's Maxxis Cup in Europe have confirmed that all IMTTO members will be able to park their trucks and tents for free at the races, and all riders of IMTTO teams will not need to pay an entry fee to participate. A big thanks to Luis and his organisers!!