Letters to the Editor
July 12, 2008
The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s sixth biennial World Summit held in Park City June 18-21 was by all accounts our best-ever Summit. Simply put, Park City has inspired us to go back home and work even harder to achieve what you have done so well as a trails community. A typical sentiment from among the 400-plus delegates who came from eighteen different countries was expressed this way, "My experience at the summit was the most eye opening and inspiring opportunity I can recall. Being new to advocacy, this information and community showed me how real and possible legitimate mountain biking can be."
Park City’s mountain-bike-friendly community is well deserving of much of the credit for our successful event. Most notable among our event partners is the Mountain Trails Foundation and its current and past executive directors, Carol Potter and Troy Duffin, respectively. MTF and its commitment to open space and trails conservation has without a doubt inspired all those who attended the IMBA World Summit. Park City is a model for what we want to achieve worldwide.
We are also grateful to Basin Recreation’s Senta Beyer, Bob Radke, and the rest of the staff for flawlessly organizing and directing, on the closing day of our conference, one of the largest IMBA Epic rides ever. The Flying Dog trail exemplifies all that is right with sustainable, fun mountain-bike trails. Special thanks also to Mayor Dana Williams for his musical welcome and ongoing commitment to Park City open space and trails, and the local bike shops who did a stellar job providing bikes and outstanding service to our conference attendees.
Alas, we have but one regret for our best ever IMBA World Summit. Park City has set the bar so high for this event, it’s daunting to think of finding a 2010 host location to exceed your generous and inspiring community.
Gratefully, Mike Van Abel,
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Good Samaritans came to the rescue
Many thanks to the good folks who stopped to help me and my family June 26 after a rollover accident on I-80 in Silver Creek Canyon. the time the dust settled we had help at hand. Thanks also to the local emergency response professionals, especially the state trooper who gave my 3-year-old daughter a stuffed bear helping to calm her.
Jay Cichosz, Chelsea, Lester and Ava
Honesty still lives in Park City
Wednesday night I ordered pizza from our local Pizzaria Davanzas. We had it delivered to The Racquet Club. It was a large group and quite hectic after tennis and swimming. Jessie delivered the pizza and I paid him.
Thursday morning I had a message on my phone. "Hi Bobbi my name is Jessie. I’m the guy who delivered pizza to you last night. I didn’t realize it until late last night but you gave me a really nice tip. I think it might have been a mistake. There were 2 crisp $50 bills stuck together. Please call me at Davanzas or stop by. If it was a mistake, I’ll have the money for you. I’ll be working this evening. Jessie."
WOW, I was so impressed. I’ve already shared this story with many friends but thought it worthy of sharing with all of Park City. Park City is a town where honesty still exists! Thanks, Jessie. It’s people like you who make this the great community it is!