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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: 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

Posted: May 18, 2011 at 4:43:29 PM
By Mike Van Abel

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 the forefront my thoughts. I'm there to... Read More / Post Comments

Posted: April 14, 2011 at 7:40:23 PM
By Mike Van Abel

Today wrapped-up the 3-day Bicycle Leadership Conference, held in Monterey, California. The BLC is convened by the Bicycle Product and... Read More / Post Comments

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

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