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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."

Coming Full Circle at the IMBA Great Lakes Summit: A Tribute to Dad

Posted: June 13 - 2011

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... Read More

IMBA and Key Partners Show-up and Speak-up in Washington DC

Posted: May 18 - 2011

When I spend I week in Washington DC — as I did last week along with IMBA's Government Affairs Director Jenn Dice and some of our important advocacy partners — I keep IMBA members and supporters at... Read More

Where (Bicycle Industry) Leaders Gather

Posted: April 14 - 2011

Today wrapped-up the 3-day Bicycle Leadership Conference, held in Monterey, California. The BLC is convened by the Bicycle Product and Suppliers Association (BPSA) and is where the top industry... Read More

Who Made The Rules?

Posted: April 6 - 2011

[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... Read More

Change is Coming

Posted: March 21 - 2011

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

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