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Mike Van Abel

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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: November 8, 2011 at 2:19:35 PM
By Mike Van Abel

At its recent Seattle meeting, IMBA's board of directors said farewell to three of its longest serving members, Hill Abell, Jay Franklin and Chris Kegel.... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: September 20, 2011 at 3:29:52 PM
By Mike Van Abel

Imagine tackling your next mountain bike uphill grind with the power of two or three Lance Armstrongs in your legs. The prospect sounds somewhat appealing — my 54-year-old legs and lungs might appreciate a boost every now and then.

The new... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: July 6, 2011 at 7:11:07 PM
By Mike Van Abel

IMBA's board of directors concluded its second of three annual business meetings two weeks ago, June 24th, in Sun Valley, Idaho. It was a very productive meeting with a meaty... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: June 16, 2011 at 5:54:43 PM
By Mike Van Abel

At the southwestern edge of the upper midwest's iron range is the town of Crosby-Ironton, Minnesota. As the USA prepared to enter the War in the 1940's the iron range and its towns were bustling with plenty of jobs and healthy economies. The... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: June 13, 2011 at 6:13:13 PM
By Mike Van Abel

Life will often come full circle. It did for me recently as I addressed the mountain bike advocates and enthusiasts at the recent IMBA Great Lakes Mountain Bike Summit held in Copper Harbor, Michigan, home to the... Read More / Post Comments

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