Established in 1988, the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) was a confederation of five mountain bike clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Members of these pioneering clubs believed that mountain bikers should develop education programs and innovative trail management solutions to encourage the growth of the sport.
IMBA rapidly expanded its reach across North America and, indeed, the globe. In 1997, Subaru of America, Inc. helped launch the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program.
As part of the program, teams of trail experts travel in specially outfitted Subaru vehicles to meet with local mountain bike clubs and other types of trail enthusiasts. Their classroom and field sessions emphasize trail-building techniques that result in sustainable trails that accommodate multiple types of users and withstand erosion.
With the support of Subaru (an elite-level partner) as well as that of more than 200 sponsoring companies and foundations, IMBA has become the largest nonprofit that focuses on mountain biking. Today, more than 600 local clubs and chapters in IMBA’s network contribute more than 500,000 volunteer hours each year, helping build, repair, and maintain trails on public lands.
Read more about IMBA in this issue.
Editor’s Note: The Partner Profile section features someone who works with a Subaru partner organization. Partners share Subaru values and the interests of Subaru owners. Find a list of Subaru partnerships.