International Mountain Bicycling Association

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA ) is a nonprofit, enlightened organization. The construction, improvement and maintenance of transport options and road systems for mountain bike is funded by the IMBA world.


The IMBA was founded in 1988 by five mountain bike clubs in California to act together against far-reaching road closures. The founding clubs were:

  • Bicycle Trails Council of Marin
  • Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay
  • Concerned Off Road Bicyclists Association
  • Responsible Organized Mountain Pedalers
  • Sacramento Rough Riders

Gibson Anderson from Sacramento was elected the first IMBA Board. Tim Blumenthal, a former IMBA Board Member and cycling journalist, was appointed in 1993 by the IMBA to the Board. As Blumenthal began his work, the organization had roughly 1200 individual members and about 60 affiliated clubs. The headquarters was moved in 1994 to Boulder in Colorado.

During the late 1990s, the membership of IMBD grew up in Canada, Europe and Australia. In 1997 an international conference was held in Switzerland. Reconnaissance scenario campaign such as the " Trail Care Crews " - instructions on how and where paths for MTB can be created, backed by a car manufacturer - helped to increase the range of the IMBA. IMBA had the end of 1999, more than 28,000 individual members, 14 employees and a budget of 1.2 million U.S. dollars.

In 2006, the membership grew to 32,000, with more than 600 affiliated clubs, local groups and 26 employees. The international programs, IMBA Canada included, are continuing to grow. In the U.S., IMBA has negotiated with most state land and forest authorities Partnership Agreement. The organization is perceived as a leading source for information about recreational activities in the off-road area.

Related organizations

  • Australia: Mountain Bike Australia
  • Europe: Italy
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom:
  • Association pour le Développement de Vélo de Montagne Quarter in the au Québec ( ADSVMQ )
  • United States:
  • Bicycle Trails Council of Marin
  • Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay
  • Jersey Off Road Bicycling Association ( JORBA )
  • Michigan Mountain Biking Association ( MMBA )
  • Minnesota Off- Road Cyclists ( MORC )
  • Morca :: Monterey Off Road Cycling Association
  • Mountain Trails Foundation :: Park City, Utah
  • Responsible Organized Mountain Pedalers ROMP ::
  • Southern Off- Road Bicycle Association ( SORBA )

See also

German initiative Mountain Bike


  • IMBA site
  • CNN: Idaho tops states on IMBA report card
  • Hey You, Get Off of My Trail!
  • Summit Daily News: IMBA to visit Breckenridge
  • Rocky Mountain News: Mountain bikes might also be possible in national parks
  • Mountain bike