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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: January 19, 2014 at 10:36:53 AM
By Mike Van Abel

If you live and mountain bike in the Maryland, northern Virginia or D.C. area, you can be confident that your riding future is in good hands. I am sure of this after participating in the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts (MORE) board of director'... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: October 15, 2013 at 1:20:06 PM
By Mike Van Abel

A version of the essay below, along with the "Can You do That?" sidebar, appears in the Fall 2013 edition of IMBA's Trail News print newsletter.

IMBA has been fortunate to work with some crackerjack advertising agencies over... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: June 26, 2013 at 2:39:02 PM
By Mike Van Abel

Mountain biking will be literally front and center before the U.S. Congress on June 27. The ... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: April 7, 2013 at 11:00:00 PM
By Mike Van Abel

Photo: IMBA founders meeting in 1988.

Mountain biking is, for the most part, an activity that depends on access to public lands. Sure, there are a few privately owned bike parks and riding areas in existence. However, the... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: February 14, 2013 at 3:54:43 PM
By Mike Van Abel

"Time will tell" is a saying usually accompanied by healthy skepticism. At this moment, time and history are on everyone's minds here at IMBA as we reflect upon the 25 years since IMBA's birth.

There is a danger in doing this. Winston... Read More / Post Comments

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