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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: April 6, 2011 at 6:01:15 PM
By Mike Van Abel

[Photo: Closeup look at a muddy biker as featured in a somewhat controversial Subaru ad. At IMBA's request, Subaru ammended the ad copy to state that it's best to avoid riding on muddy trails, and advised following IMBA's "Rules of the Trail... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: March 21, 2011 at 2:17:11 PM
By Mike Van Abel

With the launch of IMBA’s new website comes the opportunity to better interact with IMBA's members and supporters. The overarching feature of IMBA.com, v2.0 is technology that supports more interaction, including... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: September 9, 2010 at 12:00:00 AM
By Mike Van Abel

– Note: Upon learning of this advocacy campaign called “Shame on Shimano”, I felt compelled to let IMBA constituents know how unbalanced and maligned this is in its representation of one of the bike industry’s stalwart conservation proponents... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: May 20, 2010 at 12:00:00 AM
By Mike Van Abel
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The IMBA Congress was convened at the 2010 IMBA World Summit in Augusta, Georgia and entirely met my expectations for advancing the conversation between local, regional and national mountain bike leaders for how we ensure a bright future for... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: April 28, 2010 at 12:49:46 PM
By Mike Van Abel

Should IMBA aspire to be more like the NRA? What would that look like?

The NRA is politically one of the most powerful associations in the USA. It’s a member based organization, like IMBA, with state and local level organizations (clubs... Read More / Post Comments

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