The International Mountain Bicycling Association is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trailwork participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA’s worldwide network includes 35,000 individual members, more than 750 bicycle clubs, more than 160 corporate partners and about 600 bicycle retailers. IMBA’s members live in all 50 U.S. states, most Canadian provinces and in 30 other countries.
IMBA coordinates many projects and programs to achieve our mission. We have included a just a few below.
New for 2010, this program directs mountain bikers to our member companies who provide valuable services for the mountain bike traveler, including accommodations, tour operators and more. Resources include an on-line destinations member map, destination-specific mountain biking information, mountain biking tourism research, and voluntourism opportunities through IMBA’s upcoming Trips for Trails program. IMBA plans to offer travel to experience and participate in IMBA’s work abroad, ride in exotic locations on incredible trails and connect with fellow riding enthusiasts from the destination region.
The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program travels throughout North America, hosting free trailbuilding schools for land managers, local mountain bike clubs, and other community members. These are two-day weekend clinics that include classroom training, on the trail assessments, and actual trail construction and maintenance work.
IMBA directs this program to help establish, certify, and operate mountain bike patrols in parks, open spaces, and public lands throughout America. These patrols educate trail users on proper etiquette, potential hazards, and assist any users in need.
Trail Solutions is IMBA’s professional trail consulting program, offering flexible, fee-based trail services that range from trail planning, design, and construction to education and problem solving.
IMBA works with the federal government, the US Congress, and the three federal land managment agencies – the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service – to help ensure the future of off-road cycling.