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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: November 8, 2011 at 1:19:35 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 2:29:52 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 6:11:07 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 4:54:43 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 5:13:13 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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