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ALL PHOTOS INTOTHELENS4149 Ride Free Superior biking infrastructure, historical sites, museums, walking tours and eclectic neighborhoods led The International Police Mountain Bike Association to hold their annual convention in Richmond, Virginia. BY KEVIN WOO SEVEN SCORE AND SIX YEARS AGO, General Ulysses S. Grant and thousands of Union Army soldiers marched to Richmond, Virginia, on their way to an event that would forever change the course of U.S. history. Grant and his men didn’t journey to the city for a convention, of course. Instead they traveled to Richmond in search of Confederate Commander Robert E. Lee to negotiate an end to the U.S. Civil War. Ultimately, Grant and Lee met at the Appomattox Court House, 100 miles west of Richmond, because Lee fled the city after the Siege of Petersburg. As Confederate soldiers fled the city, they set fire to bridges, the armory and warehouses leaving, Richmond in ruins. In the ensuing years, the Richmond metro area has become the third largest in the state, with 1.2 million residents. 62 The city is a mixture of modern glass office buildings that blend easily with historic sites dating to the 17th century. But what makes this city special is its accessibility. Pathways wind in and around the city, allowing visitors to easily navigate through lush Virginia countryside as well as quaint neighborhoods by bicycle and on foot. In April, soldiers of a different variety held their annual convention in Richmond. More than 500 delegates attended the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) conference. The IPMBA meeting is held each year so mountain bike police from around the country can brush up on cycling skills and train for situations that can take place in the field. The attendees practiced everything from riding a bike through a parking garage stairwell to pursuing and safely apprehending suspects in heavily wooded areas. Richmond’s single-track bike trails, narrow bridge crossings, wooded areas and the compact downtown area provided the ideal combination of urban and rural terrain for the police to practice and hone their patrol techniques. “Our mountain bike trails are special because of stunning views, urban feel and access to downtown attractions. It’s very unusual for world-class trails to be in an urban setting,” said Beth Weisbrod, executive director of the Virginia Capital Trail, a 55-mile bike and pedestrian pathway that runs between Richmond, Jamestown and Williamsburg. The bidding process to bring the IPMBA convention to the city was a bit like working for the International Olympic Committee, according to Derek Andre- one+ 05.11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of One + May 2011

One + May 2011
Energy of Many
Meeting Design Goes Mobile
Picking Brains
Ask the Experts
Art of Travel
Web Watch
Radical Co-creation
Engagement + Innovation = Wunderbar
Top Spots
The Business of Being Social
Safety in Numbers
Ads, Sponsors and Patrons
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
It’s Getting Better All the Time
Blame It on Rio
Ride Free
Learning How the Brain Learns
Just Face It
Becoming Mindful with Your Meetings
Group Think
The Mesh Meeting
Your Community
Making a Difference
Until We Meet Again

One + May 2011