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The Vermont Mountain Bike Association

Comprised of 27 unified chapters, the association carries out its mission, which is to ensure the sustainable future of mountain biking in Vermont and to thoughtfully promote the best riding in the Northeast by serving as the central hub for advocacy, education and event support. VMBA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. 
 
VMBA Values:
  1. Sustainably constructed open access trails
  2. Playing a key role in protecting Vermont's landscape through building an aware and connected riding community
  3. Maintaining excellent working relationships with riders, chapters, sponsors and partners
  4. Representing the interests of riders through working in concert with public and private land opportunities
 
WHY VMBA?
 
The Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA) is a nonprofit statewide organization serving as the voice of mountain biking in Vermont. Riders coming together to rough in a trail, keep it secret and have a great time with friends laid the foundation for what is the best riding state in the country. Preserving this root characteristic is important, but requires a different approach in light of the sport's growing popularity. We can choose to deny this reality or thoughtfully embrace the advantages that come with being proactive. The ease of modern information exchange has necessitated that our riding culture be protected through a strong and united voice of advocacy. This is the role of your VMBA. 
 
Out of state riders travel to Vermont to mountain bike six or more times a year, which often expose the most precious and sensitive trail systems in Vermont. Successfully protecting Vermont's core trails requires attractive, diverse alternatives. VMBA's relationships with chapters/public land officials is key in protecting our trails and promoting trail diversity for all levels of riders. Over 70% of sanctioned chapter trails are on private land in Vermont. The association has made major strides over the last couple years in lowering the barriers between chapters and landowners. 
 
VMBA is dedicated to connecting riders to each other and supporting the work of chapters on both public and private land. VMBA will remain focused on preserving the historical bedrock of riding in Vermont while simultaneously embracing the realities and opportunities of the day. 
 
VMBA Board of Directors
 
John Todesco - Chair
Hilary DelRoss - Vice Chair
Melissa Moore - Treasurer 
Roger Murphy - Chapter liaison
Michael Bell - Chapter liaison
Sue Clifford - Ambassador program
Alex Showerman
Wyatt Vargas
 
 
Tom Stuessy, Executive Director
tom@vmba.org
802.540.2447 x4
 
 

2016 was a big year! 

  • Established 26 sanctioned fat bike areas
  • Successfully pursued unprecedented protections for private landowners hosting trails
  • Opened four new trail projects on state land
  • Grew Membership by over 20%
  • Significantly augmented chapters' access to public funding for trail on private land
  • Kept VMBA on the radar of top Gubernatorial candidates, which has proved meaningful
  • Aligned Forests, Parks & Recreation with chapters building and maintaining trails in fee based areas
  • Developed two new chapters
  • Grew out of state membership from 10 to 18% translating into more support for chapters
  • Assembled the Northeast Regional Mountain Bike Alliance
  • Created and continue to lead the Vermont Outdoor Innovation Coalition (VOICe)
  • Improved services supporting the most progressive, chapter-friendly statewide MTB model in the country