Membership at the International Mountain Bicycling Association hit a record high of almost 42,000 in February, up 15 percent from the previous year. With the exception of June 2015, IMBA has had 31 consecutive months of record membership, the association reported.
“Mountain biking as a sport is continuing to increase, from growth in high school teams through NICA, growth in IMBA chapters and emerging female-specific brands. The engagement we are seeing from the mountain bike community on advocacy and trail access is at an all-time high and this is reflected in IMBA’s membership records,” said Kevin Adams, vice president of chapter and membership services.
On Tuesday, IMBA launched its Spring Membership Drive to further expand the group’s chapter member base. “Ninety-eight cents of every membership dollar is reinvested into IMBA’s chapters through direct due payments to the chapters and indirectly funding IMBA’s regional based staff who support our chapters” said Joshua Lawton, IMBA membership manager.
Running through May, the drive will include prizes donated by corporate sponsors and limited-edition IMBA gear for individual and family members who register, join or renew.