SRAM awards US$200,000 to IMBA

International Mountain Bicycling Association to expand staff, programs

The SRAM Cycling Fund has granted US$200,000 to the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), its second award since forming the Fund in September 2008.

“It is hard to imagine where mountain biking would be today without IMBA’s trail building and restoration efforts over the last 20 years," said Stan Day, SRAM president and CEO. "(Executive director) Mike Van Abel, his staff and hundreds of IMBA grassroots volunteers have a proven track record. We are confident that SRAM’s contribution to IMBA will be a powerful investment in the future of mountain biking.”

During the next five years, the Fund plans to award US$10 million in grants to support cycling advocacy programmes around the world that focus on improving bicycling.

“We are extremely excited about SRAM’s US$200,000 contribution to IMBA," Van Abel added. "These new funds will allow IMBA to build more new trails and build them quicker. We will invest US$150,000 to add professional staff on a regional basis to bolster local clubs capacity to build and maintain trails, and US$50,000 in our new grassroots fundraising programme, Team IMBA, which also funds new trails.”

IMBA, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers 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 solutions.

According to Michael Zellmann, SRAM's public relations and media manager, SRAM expects to announce several more grants during the next few weeks.

"The SRAM Cycling Fund website will go live in late January, providing information about the fund and track progress of grants," he said in a statement issued Tuesday.

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