IMBA Reviews and News


IMBA partnering with Outerbike for 30th anniversary


As part of the Outerbike Arkansas experience, IMBA will host special rides and a Saturday evening celebration.

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Human-powered trail-access bills now in Senate and House


Legislation to let Wilderness managers regulate bicycling in federal Wilderness areas is now under consideration in both houses of Congress for the first time.

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New IMBA Ride Centers announced


The International Mountain Bicycling Association has announced three locations, one in Virginia and two in Colorado, as the newest recipients of its IMBA Ride Center designation.

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MTB trail volunteers awarded $264,000


Project selections for 2018 National Forest Trail Stewardship Grant Program have been announced, and IMBA has recognized 23 of the 42 selections as trails that enhance places to ride.

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New IMBA program supports over 100 new trail projects


IMBA and the Walton Family Foundation are partnering to bring more trails to communities across the U.S. through the new Trail Labs educational programming and matching Trail Accelerator grants.

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IMBA partners with National Ski Patrol


Beginning this year, the International Mountain Bicycling Association will serve as a partner of the National Ski Patrol to promote mountain bike patrols and patrollers.

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Bill giving discretion on bikes in Wilderness passes House committee


Mountain bikers may have moved one step closer to being able to ride on designated Wilderness lands.

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IMBA defends stance against amending Wilderness Act


Public lands are being threatened at an unprecedented level right now, says IMBA. And it’s imperative that public land users come together to protect these cherished places and offer our voices in this critical dialogue.

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IMBA announces 2017 EPIC rides


The International Mountain Bicycling Association has announced its 2017 class of IMBA EPICS. Nine new trails and rides have been added to the list.

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How the Seattle area became a must-ride MTB locale


Once a veritable mountain biking wasteland, the Seattle-area has recently transformed into a must-hit riding destination. Here’s how it happened and what we can all learn from the experience.

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IMBA Dig In campaign raising funds for local trails


IMBA has launched its most widespread effort ever to directly fundraise for the expansion, improvement and accessibility of mountain biking in the backyards of millions of people.

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Showers Pass IMBA Jacket unveiled


Showers Pass has launched the Men’s and Women’s IMBA Jacket, the first product released in conjunction with their partnership with the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

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IMBA supports bill to improve trail access on public land


On July 26, U.S. Senators from both sides of the aisle introduced the bipartisan Recreation-Not-Red-Tape Act (RNR), a bill that aims to improve mountain biking and outdoor recreation access on our public lands.

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IMBA says spring membership drive a success


This year’s membership drive seeks to remind riders that we’re all mountain bikers first, stronger when we stand as one, says IMBA executive director Dave Wiens.

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IMBA launches membership drive at Sea Otter Classic


IMBA is on the ground at the Sea Otter Classic, hosting events, fundraising with partners and connecting with members and mountain bikers at the Sea Otter Classic.

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IMBA set to relaunch Model Trails program


The International Mountain Bicycling Association is relaunching its Model Trails initiative after putting the program on hold in 2016 to reshape its process and offerings.

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Montana Wilderness Bill preserves trail access


U.S. Senator Jon Tester of Montana introduced S. 507, “Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act” in Congress on March 2. The BCSA is the product of a 10-year, collaborative solution negotiated by multiple constituencies.

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Dave Wiens named IMBA Executive Director


Arguably one the all-time best known fat tire racers in U.S. history, Mountain Bike Hall of Famer and Leadville Trail 100 legend Dave Wiens has been named the new executive director of the
International Mountain Bicycling Association.

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IMBA Instructor Certification Program expands for 2017


The International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Instructor Certification Program (ICP) has opened registration for a portion of its 2017 course schedule, offering dozens of training options across the country. IMBA’s ICP plans to roll out new training opportunities this year including Level 2 Recertification and a revamped Level 3 Certification with additional skills.

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IMBA National Enduro Series launches


New domestic race series will compile results from six rounds across the U.S. and allow riders to compete for a national title.

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Lars Sternberg and Tyler Horton shred Northwest Arkansas


Pull out your bike and strap on your helmet. The Oz Trails in Northwest Arkansas are open year-round. Check out this video of Lars Sternberg and Tyler Horton shredding the goods.

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Looking back at IMBA’S 2016 access and advocacy work


The work of the International Mountain Bicycling Association will never be done. But after a long year of fighting the good fight it’s worth looking back on some of the organization’s biggest successes.

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Negotiating wilderness boundaries to save Montana trails


Working with the local IMBA chapter MTB Missoula and statewide members, IMBA successfully negotiated creating a 3000-acre National Recreation Area companion designation in place of a wilderness proposal that threatened 30 miles of trail. Here’s how it happened.

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BLM Boss: Engagement now more important than ever


With the change in political winds blowing with gale force intensity, outgoing Bureau of Land Management director Neil Kornze implored attendees at the IMBA World Summit to get engaged and stay engaged.

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On the ground at the 7th IMBA World Summit


The tribe that is the International Mountain Bicycling Association has gathered in northwest Arkansas for its seventh World Summit, this year coming together in the burgeoning fat tire hot bed of Bentonville.

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IMBA member survey indicates increased trail access


Three-quarters of IMBA members said mountain bike trail access has increased in their community in the past decade. Perceived negative image of mountain biking ranked as No. 1 threat.

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IMBA’s take on the new Wilderness Act


In response to the news that a pair of Utah Senators have introduced a new Act that could gain access for mountain bikers on federally designated wilderness, IMBA president and USA executive director Mike Van Abel released the following statement.

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Senator introduces human-powered wilderness travel bill


In a move that’s being trumpeted by some as a measure that could lead to better trail access for mountain bikers, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) has introduced the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act.

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IMBA and STC mending fences


After a sometimes turbulent period of back and forth comments between supporters of IMBA and the Sustainable Trails Coalition, the two organizations have released a joint statement that seems to put at least some of their differences to rest.

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Ales and Trails in Marin


Ales and Trails in Marin is the largest gathering of Bay Area MTB advocacy organizations in one place, at one time, all year long! Local heroes will be honored and the list is so secret you might be one of them. And there’s good beer.

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Road trip tips from the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew


After more than a year on the road, these guys have learned a lot about being efficient road warriors. Here are eight tips and tricks to help you prepare for your next mountain bike excursion.

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IMBA announces new plan for Wilderness


MTB advocacy organization will not seek to amend the Wilderness Act of 1964.

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Letter to every IMBA member from The Angry Singlespeeder


“The alleged voice of mountain bikers must start listening to mountain bikers, or it’s time for a change.”

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Interview with new STC board member John Bliss


Mtbr spoke with John Bliss about the issue of bikes in Wilderness, his thoughts on why IMBA has not yet publicly supported STC’s efforts, and why he chose to join the STC board.

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Guest Opinion: The Sustainable Trails Coalition responds


In response to outside criticism, STC co-founder Ted Stroll explains rationale behind organization’s strategy and why it can succeed.

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Guest Opinion: Say no to the Sustainable Trails Coalition


Former IMBA board president Ashley Korenblat speaks out against fledgling trail advocacy group and its tactics.

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NEMBA asks IMBA to clarify position on electric bikes


Email sent to IMBA urges organization to support the Sustainable Trails Coalition and its efforts to overturn the blanket ban on bikes in Wilderness, and clarify its position on electric mountain bikes.

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Genius stocking stuffers under $50


Holiday gift guides for enthusiasts can be a challenge. How do you know what’s really good? How do you know if the mountain biker on your shopping list already has something? Well, here are some affordable gift ideas that every mountain biker needs.

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BLM embracing mountain biking in whole new way


The Bureau of Land Management’s website has roughly 90,000 pages, but until recently none of them were dedicated to mountain biking. That changed last weekend. Find out how.

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IMBA announces 2015 Epic Trails and Ride Centers


For more than a decade, IMBA has recognized trails and trail systems around the world that stand out as models for the best that mountain biking has to offer. See which amazing locales were recognized in 2015.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Stop the bleeding of mountain bike access


If you care about continued equal access to trails for mountain bikes, the ASS says there has never been a better time to act. Find out why — and where you should send your money.

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Video: Teens build new MTB trails in NorCal


For senior project this group of bike-loving high school students gave back to the community by working with the IMBA Trail Care Crew to construct new trails.

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SCOTT SPORTS joins IMBA for a trail work day in Salt Lake City


The wheels of progress are turning as mountain bikers are becoming trusted stewards of the land. This is only possible with the sweat equity of countless riders and the support of many bike companies like Scott Sports. Let’s do our part by digging dirt and/or digging into our pockets.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Stocking Stuffers for Mountain Bikers


Gift ideas for the mountain biker on your list that are affordable – most of these are under $40. But just because they aren’t uber expensive doesn’t mean they won’t make a favorable impression!

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the reading cyclist


Holiday Gift Guide: Who can resists the tactile satisfaction of a good book–particularly one on our favorite topic? Here are our picks for some good under-the-tree tomes for the cyclists in your life.

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Video: A Kingdom Odyssey


Video: T-Bar Films takes us for a ride through the majestic Kingdom Trails in their latest edit, “A Kingdom Odyssey.”

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Interbike: Niner IMBA ROS9+ bike


Niner Raises $40,000 with their IMBA ROS9+ fundraiser. This puts their bike campaigns for IMBA total to over $100k.

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Interview: 10 (important) questions with IMBA communications director Mark Eller


E-bikes, fatbikes, revenue sharing, and more — it’s all on the table in this wide ranging discussion with IMBA’s primary public relations person.

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News: IMBA reveals 2014 Model Trail award winners


Looking to plan your next mountain biking vacation? You’re in luck, the list that follows has a host of suitable landing spots sure to fulfill your wildest fat tire dreams.

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Bell and IMBA Renew $100k Bell Built Trail Building Program


Have a mountain bike project that needs funding in your town? IMBA and Bell have $100k burning in their pocket to help you.

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