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Mike Van Abel


Since 2004, Mike has steered the IMBA juggernaut as its President and USA Executive Director. He does so under the auspices and leadership of IMBA's volunteer board of directors. "It's a dream job and a privilege to combine one's personal passion with that of your vocational goals.", says Mike. His professional career spans over 30 years of not-for-profit work. "It's the dedication and generosity of volunteers and contributors that daily inspire me. And that makes the tough times and days when I wonder, 'Am I making a difference?', all come into perspective." "I am most fortunate to be part of a community that is making the world a better place."

Posted: July 22, 2016 at 1:53:45 PM
By Mike Van Abel

Please note: this post is intended for local IMBA chapter leadership who may have questions about this new Bill focused on mountain biking on federal lands.

 July 22, 2016

This past week, U.S. Senators Mike Lee and... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: December 11, 2015 at 2:31:13 PM
By Mike Van Abel

Since IMBA’s inception, the question of bikes and Congressionally designated wilderness (“Wilderness”) compatibility has been examined, discussed, and acted upon (e.g.,... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: August 24, 2015 at 12:49:58 PM
By Mike Van Abel

Photo by Leslie Kehmeier.

In the aftermath of the stinging loss of access that mountain bikers recently suffered in Idaho’s... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: June 24, 2015 at 4:46:01 PM
By Mike Van Abel

Pictured above, L to R: IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and IMBA NorCal Region Director Laurel Harkness

As the calendar clicked over to the new millennium and the 21st century... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: October 20, 2014 at 2:25:14 PM
By Mike Van Abel

Should the bicycle and outdoor industries do more for IMBA? It’s a question that gets raised regularly, including at this year’s Interbike trade show gathering. As IMBA’s president and executive director, it’s easy for me to answer in the... Read More / Post Comments

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