HMBA to leave IMBA local program May 1

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HMBA to leave IMBA local program May 1

Postby Spinwheel » April 28th, 2020, 3:21 pm

Starting on May 1st, the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA) will be leaving the International Mountain Bike Association’s “IMBA Local Program”.
While the HMBA board sees the need for a National Mountain Bike Advocacy Organization, we feel that it is in HMBA’s best interested to be an Independent organization. HMBA used the information provided by Indiana mountain bikers from our HMBA membership survey (see results below) as well as feed back at last year's annual meeting to make this decision.

The main function that IMBA has been providing has been processing of memberships and some membership benefits.

If you want to support IMBA’s National efforts or like the IMBA benefits, you can still join IMBA. There are several organizations in Indiana that are still affiliated with IMBA (EMBA, MINT, and NIMBA). You can also join as a National Supporter.

HMBA began investigating our own membership system several years ago. We are going to be using a platform from Salesforce, which has a strong presence in Indiana. We have a team of Salesforce employees who are mountain bikers and are supporting the membership system as volunteers.

This mean that your membership dollars will stay local.

In the HMBA membership process, we will ask you for your primary trail. This will allow us to allocate those funds to support your primary trail. We will also be rolling out a pilot program with the Tippecanoe Mountain Bike Association (TMBA). TMBA will be a chapter of the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association. If you select a trail supported by TMBA, you will be both a member of the HMBA and TMBA.


IMBA will no longer handle HMBA’s membership starting on April 30th, 2020. Note that you may get a communication from IMBA that your membership has been canceled.

All of your membership data will be transferred to the HMBA membership system. This includes information on your current membership. If you are currently an HMBA/IMBA member with an expiration date of Oct 10th, 2020, you will become an HMBA member with an expiration date of Oct 10th, 2020.

We are working to have HMBA’s system up and running early in May, and will send out another email with details on how to join HMBA.

Paul Arlinghaus

President, Hoosier Mountain Bike Association.

source: HMBA Newsletter
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Re: HMBA to leave IMBA local program May 1

Postby jajones » June 6th, 2020, 8:52 pm

Bravo! Congrats!
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Re: HMBA to leave IMBA local program May 1

Postby Geff » August 3rd, 2020, 7:30 pm

Yes! Heartiest CONGRATULATIONS with moving on from the National program
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HMBA to leave IMBA local program May 1

Postby mtbdudex » October 26th, 2020, 5:56 am

So... what does this imply for MMBA?
We were a huge statewide organization... and for reasons I forget (volunteer burnout, low pay positions, etc) turned to IMBA as the “backstore “ and now lots of local chapters.

Those HMBA volunteers running the software ... if they quit or get burnout ... that’s the glitch

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Re: HMBA to leave IMBA local program May 1

Postby RMXByker » October 26th, 2020, 12:56 pm

Not surprised by this at all. Wouldn't be the least bit surprised if more local organizations pull back and remove themselves from IMBA. If you look at the experience from the membership perspective, IMBA doesn't bring anything to the table. I completely understand the value on the backside for sure, but there is an obvious cost. With the amount of questioning and what not from the MMBA when it was transitioned, not the least surprised to see another large local organization revert back. Good luck but like mtbdudex mentions, really hope you don't get hit with burnout quickly.

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Re: HMBA to leave IMBA local program May 1

Postby Geff » October 26th, 2020, 1:31 pm

There are many that are taking this route over the last several years as things with the IMBA program shook itself out.
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Re: HMBA to leave IMBA local program May 1

Postby Roy » December 14th, 2020, 10:04 am

Is their a MMBA to go back to?
The MMBA doesn't even build trails any more.
Ask your self, " are we just a weed whacking & biking club now?"

The original reason for the MMBA was Advocacy. Is there still a need for Advocacy,
now that "State" has taken over and is building roadbeds called trails?

I think Jason Jones can best answer my question.
Jason has been Mountain Biking's best Advocate for the last 20 years.

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Re: HMBA to leave IMBA local program May 1

Postby deuxdiesel » March 17th, 2021, 12:43 pm

All we need to do is to continue to sell trails to massive, benevolent businesses (the "Amazon Poto" and "Consumer's Big M" comes to mind) and then all will be well.
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