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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."

Mission accomplished? A timely question for the 2014 IMBA Chapter Congress

Posted: June 12 - 2014

Mountain bike journalist Seb Kemp recently ruffled a few feathers by admitting his affinity for flow trails. You can read his confession for yourself in this recent Dirt Magazine essay, The Truth... Read More

MORE Board meets to plan and organize

Posted: January 19 - 2014

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... Read More

Long Live Long Rides!

Posted: October 15 - 2013

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... Read More

U.S. Congress talks mountain biking (and other public lands issues)

Posted: June 26 - 2013

Mountain biking will be literally front and center before the U.S. Congress on June 27. The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation will hold a hearing... Read More

Celebrating IMBA’s 25th Anniversary—and What’s to Come in the Next 25 Years

Posted: April 8 - 2013

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... Read More

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