For Immediate Release 6-26-2013
Contact mark [dot] eller [at] imba [dot] com (Mark Eller)
IMBA Communications Director
303-545-9011 ext. 115
A new, full-time, professional advocate for mountain biking will soon join Regional Director Frank Maguire in IMBA’s Mid-Atlantic territory. Ryan Delaney has been hired to serve the greater Washington, D.C. Metro area, with the title of IMBA-MORE Associate Regional Director.
Delaney brings impressive credentials to his new post — he holds a Master’s degree in environmental science and has managed a number of National Environmental Policy Action (NEPA) projects. He also has significant experience with fundraising and bicycle advocacy, including an event coordinator position with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Bike MS ride, the longest running charity bike event in the Washington metro area.
“We see hiring a local associate director as the most important single move we can make to improve our capacity as we work to bring better mountain biking to the Mid-Atlantic region — we couldn't be more excited about having Ryan in this transformational role,” said Frank Raiti, vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE). MORE is a chapter of IMBA, and the two organizations will share the costs of supporting Delaney’s position.
Founded in 1992, MORE maintains more than 400 miles of natural-surface trails in 41 state and county parks throughout the region. MORE members contribute more than 6,000 volunteer hours annually and have constructed nearly 100 miles of sustainable trail. The club also leads hundreds of rides each year at local parks, ranging from beginner to advanced levels.
Even with such a remarkable track record, Raiti says MORE will see a significant increase in its capacity with the addition of a full-time leader. “MORE's amazing volunteer cadre have been redlining for years, coming up with 100 great ideas for every five we execute,” said Raiti. “With Ryan, who comes to us with such an amazing spectrum of credentials and real-world experiences, the sky will truly be the limit of what we can achieve. It's a great time to be a mountain biker in the D.C. area.”