About IMBA Europe

Our mission, vison and values

IMBA Europe is a non-profit association whose mission is to secure and enhance sustainable access for mountain bikers and communities across Europe and to unlock opportunities for trail development by integrating mountain biking into landscapes, habitats, communities and destinations. We create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences for everyone. This means we encourage low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions.

IMBA Europe works as an umbrella for mountain bike advocacy association throughout Europe. We grow our European network and work together with our member organizations, sharing best practices, lobby for mountain biking friendly legislation and funding opportunities and providing training and development assistance.

Our vision is to create a mountain bike culture based on our core values speak, build, respect and ride.

  • Speak

    We create a powerful voice for trails, public lands and management policies that welcome bikes. We advocate for mountain bike access and acceptance. We educate bike groups on how to organize and make mountain biking better at the local level.

  • Build

    We help build sustainable trails and bike facilities to make mountain biking more accessible.

  • Respect

    We teach environmentally responsible trail building and trail etiquette practices. We aim to protect the natural environment we love to ride in.

  • Ride

    We inspire people to experience the outdoors on mountain bikes.


After a couple of years and several meetings between, most volunteer, European mountain biking associations, advocates and trail builders, the need for a umbrella association to represent the interests of mountain bikers on the European level was very clear. European mountain biking associations share the same threats and opportunities as it comes to trail access, membership development, sustainable trail building expertise and funding. 

With the support and major funding of founding partner SRAM and Specialized Bicycles, IMBA Europe was officially registred in 2012 in the Netherlands. IMBA Europe's current Board consist of:

Thomas Larsen Schmidt, Denmark, President
Are Sörensen, Norway, Secretary
Edoardo Melchiori, Italy, Treasurer
Raymond Cheminal, France, board member
Kevin Mayne, UK, board member

Mike van Abel, USA, Honorary board member 

IMBA 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 40,000+ individual members, 200+ IMBA Chapters, 400+ clubs and volunteer bike patrols, 200+ corporate partners, 700+ retail shops and over 100,000+ subscribers to our messaging. IMBA's members live in all 50 U.S. states, most Canadian provinces and in 30 other countries.

IMBA Europe's office is located in The Netherlands. 

IMBA Europe
Deventerweg 2a
3843 GD Harderwijk
The Netherlands