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Meet IMBA

IMBA is mountain biking

Mission: To create, enhance and protect great places to ride mountain bikes.

Vision: Everyone across the U.S. has access to great trails—from close-to-home rides to iconic, backcountry experiences.

We believe: Mountain biking changes lives and makes communities better, and everyone deserves a place to ride.

We are: IMBA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational association. 

Since 1988

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is the worldwide leader in mountain bike advocacy, and the only organization in the U.S. focused entirely on trails and access, for all types of mountain bikers in all parts of the country. Since 1988, we have taught and encouraged low-impact riding, grassroots advocacy, sustainable trail design, innovative land management practices and cooperation among trail user groups. IMBA U.S. is a national network of local groups, individual riders and passionate volunteers working together for the benefit of the entire community. We are focused on the quantity and quality of mountain bike trail communities as the catalyzer, resource provider, and builder of more trails close to home.

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Get to know our people

IMBA is headquartered in Colorado, but our team is spread across the U.S., from California to Virginia and several states in between. We are master trail designers, former land managers, policy wonks and nonprofit experts. Each one of us is a crazy passionate mountain biker and excited to be serving a community we love.

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A love of riding trails brought us together. Our passion for protecting and enhancing them keeps us together. Join us in supporting the future of mountain biking by joining IMBA, today. Thanks; stay rad!

Meet our team
David Wiens

Executive Director

Working on behalf of mountain bikers for 30+ years

IMBA was founded in 1988 by a group of California mountain bike clubs concerned about the closure of trails to bicyclists. Those pioneers believed that the development and promotion of mountain biker education programs and innovative trail management solutions were the key to gaining and maintaining access. The threats have evolved but IMBA’s focus on opportunities for riders has remained steadfast.

1988

Gaining Legitimacy

IMBA develops its Six Rules of the Trail and yield triangle to encourage responsible riding. Adopted by land managers nationwide, they help ease fears about allowing bike access to multi-use trails and are still in use, today.

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1997

Grassroots Education

The Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew is established. For 19 years, it educates thousands of mountain bikers and clubs on how to organize around, advocate for and sustainably build great trails across the U.S.

2000

National Recognition

IMBA secures high-level cooperation agreements with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, and meets with President Clinton to promote mountain biking on public lands.

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2009

Stepping Up

IMBA launches its chapter program, establishing formal partnerships with hundreds of bike clubs nationwide. IMBA’s region directors spread out across the U.S. to directly serve the needs of local mountain bikers.

2018

A New Era

IMBA begins its 30th year with a renewed focus on education, community building, serving mountain bike groups and reaching all mountain bikers through programs like IMBA Local, Trails For All and IMBA University.

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