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The Vermont Mountain Bike Association

Comprised of 28 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 and growing awareness of its economic potential. 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 Tedesco - Chair
Hilary DelRoss - Vice Chair
Melissa Moore - Treasurer 
Jeff Dickson - Secretary
Michael Bell - Chapter liaison (STAB)
Brad DeBoer - Chapter liaison (BATS)
Sue Clifford - Ambassador program (STP)
Alex Showerman - Press/PR (WATA)
Wyatt Vargas - Trails
Judy Boyd - Government relations/PR
Adam St. Germain - Retailers/bike industry
 
 
Tom Stuessy, Executive Director
tom@vmba.org
802.540.2447 x4
 
 

VMBA kept things rolling in 2017 

  • Grew VOICe to 14 outdoor-minded businesses strengthening support for trails
  • Add-ons grew from 278 last year to 950+ in '17 - totaling over $30,000 to chapters 
  • In partnership with chapters produced a trail grant of $50,000
  • The Velomont Trail was launched as the first long-term project dedicated to linking chapters' networks
  • VMBA played a role on the VOREC steering committee
  • The association expanded our relationship with VT Tourism & Marketing
  • The family farmers of Cabot have stepped up to build a new web site and sponsored 10 trailhead Kiosks  
  • Grew Membership by 25%
  • Developed the Vermont Mountain Bike Retailer Alliance 
  • Grew out of state membership from 18% to 21% translating into more support for chapters
  • Has connected with groups in Canada to expand the Northeast Regional Mountain Bike Alliance