Meet, IMBA's Online Mapping Partner

August 13, 2014 -- MTB Project and IMBA are celebrating the one-year anniversary of MTB Project, a guidebook-quality, online mountain bike trail resource. The free website has amassed more than 7,800 trails and rides totaling over 46,000km, each with detailed descriptions, photos, and quality ratings. Hundreds of thousands of riders have already used the MTB Project website and mobile apps to plan their rides, and website traffic continues to grow each week.

With the project launched and continuing to grow, IMBA Canada invites its members to participate in uploading their favourite trails and using this tremendous resource for their own ride planning.

“MTB Project has seen much success since it's launch in the spring of 2013,” says Leslie Kehmeier, IMBA USA’s mapping specialist. “Now that we have the capability to host international content, we are very excited to showcase all of the great mountain biking that Canada has to offer. We look forward to Canadians providing their expertise to make MTB Project an excellent resource throughout North America.”

Trail data for MTB Project is supplied by mountain bikers, including hundreds of IMBA members, and from a growing number of riders who have discovered the site and chosen to share their favourite rides. The trails are also available via free iOS and Android mobile apps. The apps work offline, allowing users to keep track of their progress along the trail even when they do not have a cell signal.

The project is the result of a close partnership between IMBA USA and Adventure Projects, LLC. IMBA Clubs and other organizations that support trails are well represented on the site, with more than 300 local groups appearing on trail description pages, including logo recognition and links to their home websites. Land management agencies are also key partners—nearly 600 land managers are recognized in the trail catalog.

IMBA Canada will be working closely with IMBA USA to ensure Canadian clubs and land management agencies are represented, as well to make sure Canadian data is accurate and up-to-date.

IMBA mapping specialists work alongside the MTB Project team to review every trail before it is approved for public display. If there is a doubt about whether a trail has been accurately mapped, or whether it is legal to ride, the description remains on hold until additional research is completed. “I’m proud of the powerful resource we’ve built,” said Mike Ahnemann, co-founder of MTB Project. “We have already mapped some of the best riding areas in the world on our site, and we’re adding thousands of miles each month."

Check out the MTB Project program pages on, as well as Leslie Kehmeier's blog about her role as IMBA's mapping specialist.

IMBA’s mapping initiatives receive generous support from Shimano.


For more information contact:

Mark Eller
IMBA USA Communications Director
mark [dot] eller [at] imba [dot] com

Lora Woolner
IMBA Canada Director
lora [dot] woolner [at] imba [dot] com