How the International Mountain Biking Association Works

Joining the International Mountain Biking Association

If you are or someone you're close to is an enthusiastic mountain bicyclist, membership in the International Mountain Biking Association may be something that interests you. Membership fees support the work of the IMBA -- making sure that the quality of trails is maintained and that positive mountain biking experiences are attainable.

By yourself or with family, you can join more than 30,000 members in the "Individual" category of membership. These memberships range from youth memberships, which cost $20, to family memberships, which have a price tag of $50 for the group. Those who want to contribute to the IMBA beyond just their membership fees can choose to join the "Singletrack Society," which costs around $1,000 [source: IMBA].

If you are part of a local mountain biking club, there are group IMBA membership options available, too. Club memberships range from $30 to $60. Bicycle retailers and corporations can also join at various levels of support [source: IMBA].

The IMBA also has a National Mountain Bike Patrol (NMBP) membership ($50 Basic Patroller, $100 Supporting Patroller, $250 Trailbuilding Patroller), which enables members to join in efforts to maintain and monitor trails and trail use. Members of the NMBP form more than 60 volunteer bike patrol groups worldwide [source: IMBA, National Trails Training Partnership].

Joining the IMBA is simple and can be done in one of the following ways:

  • Visiting the IMBA's online store
  • Calling a toll-free number (1-888-442-4622);
  • Printing out and mailing a form downloaded from the IMBA Web site

[source: IMBA]

Read on for more about the benefits of joining the IMBA.