CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—The SRAM Cycling Fund will make a $40,000 contribution to the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) to launch the formation of IMBA Europe.
SRAM's contribution will firmly establish a united Pan-European effort for mountain bike advocacy and sustainable trail development.
“We are extremely excited about this European-led opportunity,” said Stan Day, president and chief executive officer of SRAM. “The end game is to broaden access to mountain biking across Europe. IMBA’s expertise in trailbuilding and management, and their experience working with government land managers throughout the U.S. will contribute significantly to achieving this end."
"There are several well organized mountain bike groups in Europe," said IMBA chief executive officer Mike Van Abel. "SRAM is providing a timely boost to European mountain bike advocacy efforts, including support for professional mountain bike leaders. There is a growing need to advance knowledge and best practices for sustainable trail development, with a particular focus on policies and funding coming from the European Commission."
In May 2009, the leaders of European national mountain bike advocacy organizations will meet again in the Czech Republic. Tomas Kvasnicka, president of Czech Mountain Biking Association (CeMBA), said, "My organization is quite excited about IMBA's strengthened presence in Europe. This step will end the isolation in which European groups like ours have worked untill now."
"This is an important step forward for those in Europe who want to see expanded mountain bike trail access," said Wales-based professional trail builder, Dafydd Davis. "I have attended several IMBA World Summits over the past five years and I am convinced that IMBA, more than any other group, has the framework and experience essential to create government and mountain bike enthusiast partnerships."