Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Pledge

Ryan Bent

Our pledge is to develop vibrant communities emboldened by outdoor recreation and natural environments connected to all Mountain Bikers not defined by a stereotype or riding ability.


Feeling invited and receiving a little empathy instantly translates into fuel. We’ve all experienced a few rough crashes; been on climbs that we thought would never end, and have pushed ourselves to our limits attempting to keep up with more talented riders. These experiences have connected us to an amazing community, beautiful natural places and teaches us a little about ourselves every time we venture out. 


The VMBA Diversity Committee is excited to help chapters, commercial partners and peer outdoor organizations strive for inclusive and supportive outdoor opportunities. Openly invited and properly inspired, more people may give riding a try.


This upcoming year, we plan to:

  • Launch ‘What does a rider looks like’ Campaign
    • A social media campaign connected to a series of blog posts, highlighting individuals from all over Vermont.
  • Produce a Chapter Resource Toolkit
    • Provide chapters with a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion toolkit with resources for topics ranging from language and events to digital marketing promotion.

We are excited to celebrate riding mountain bikes – not stereotypes, riding ability or bike choice.
 Our primary goal is to build an inviting and inclusive mountain bike community that any individual can be a part of. To learn more, check out the blog series and video series.