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PRESS RELEASE – IMBA’s Blumenthal to head to Bikes Belong

BOULDER, CO, --Tim Blumenthal, executive director of theInternational Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), has been picked froma pool of more than 500 applicants to lead The Bikes Belong Coalition.Bikes Belong is the industry trade group dedicated to putting more peopleon bikes more often. Blumenthal will begin work as the organization's executivedirector in September.Blumenthal has served as IMBA's chief staffer since 1993, followingfive years as a board member. When he began as IMBA's first fulltime employee,the organization had a $70,000 annual budget and fewer than 1,000

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BOULDER, CO, –Tim Blumenthal, executive director of theInternational Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), has been picked froma pool of more than 500 applicants to lead The Bikes Belong Coalition.Bikes Belong is the industry trade group dedicated to putting more peopleon bikes more often. Blumenthal will begin work as the organization’s executivedirector in September.Blumenthal has served as IMBA’s chief staffer since 1993, followingfive years as a board member. When he began as IMBA’s first fulltime employee,the organization had a $70,000 annual budget and fewer than 1,000 individualmembers. Today, IMBA’s yearly budget is $2.1 million, it supports 22 employees,and is backed by 32,000 individual members as well as a broad range ofcorporations, foundations, government agencies and major donors.At Bikes Belong, Blumenthal will work to increase government supportfor bike paths, trails, safe routes to work and school, and other key componentsof bicycle-friendly communities. He will strive to generate positive publicityfor cycling, particularly among kids and families. He will further developthe Bikes Belong organization by expanding its membership and revenue base,enhancing its support of other non-profit bicycling groups, and cultivatingnew partnerships inside and beyond the cycling community.Blumenthal will replace Rich Olken, Bikes Belong’s first executive director,who has served since 1999 and will retire later this year. Blumenthal willmove the group’s headquarters from Boston to Boulder, Colorado. Boulderwas honored just last week as the number one bike-friendly U.S. city bythe League of American Bicyclists.Blumenthal said, “The mission of Bikes Belong–to put more people onbikes more often–is a great one, and I am thrilled to have earned thisnew opportunity to help bicycling and the bike industry grow. My yearsat IMBA have been unbelievably rewarding. I am so grateful for the hundredsof friendships and partnerships that have developed along the way…andthey will continue. Fortunately, IMBA is stronger than ever and perfectlypositioned for continuing growth.”IMBA president Hill Abell, owner of Bicycle Sport Shops in Austin, Texas,said, “The entire IMBA board congratulates Tim and wishes him the greatestsuccess in his new position at Bikes Belong. For the past 11 years Timhas been the prime mover of IMBA’s growth into one of the most effectivenon-profit organizations in the U.S. We are very grateful for his enormouscontributions to the mountain bike community.”We are thankful that Tim is leaving IMBA in a strong position, organizationallyand financially. IMBA’s ability to fulfill our mission of insuring thatmountain bikers have great places to ride will continue unabated as wesearch for a new executive director. We look forward to working with Timand Bikes Belong to ensure a political climate in which the needs of bicyclistsare fully understood and supported.”