The Eastern Shore International Mountain Bicycling Association (ESIMBA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit educational association with members in Dorchester, Talbot Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester counties in Maryland and Sussex County, Delaware.
Since 2009, this group of environmentally conscious bicycle enthusiasts linked together to enjoy trail riding. Local trails were less than challenging and the cyclists decided to improve upon what they were riding by forming the Eastern Shore Bicycle association. The members of ESBA traveled to regional mountain biking events to meet and gain experience from different trail user groups. Specifically Trailspinners of DE, PA, MD and M.O.R.E. Mid Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts.
The Lower Shore Family YMCA, Pocomoke MD, has been the core trail system for development of low-impact riding and the heart of the volunteer trail work. As of September 2012, 5 miles of trails have been designed and enjoyed by local bikers, cross country runners and hikers at the YMCA with many more to come. ESIMBA has sponsored monthly family biking events and fun-spirited races at this location.
In November 2011, ESBA partnered with IMBA to become one of more than 750 bicycle clubs in a world wide network that enjoys membership in all 50 states and 30 other countries including Trailspinners and M.O.R.E. ESIMBA is also involved with other grassroots organizations on the eastern shore of Maryland to encourage advocacy for low impact riding and innovative trail management solutions.
A message to land managers interested in having ESIMBA design, create, maintain or assist with trails on your land:
First of all, thank you for believing in the value of trails. ESIMBA is a 501c3 chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Working with us allows you to have the peace of mind that you are asking an established, professional and responsible group to create and maintain your trails.
Trails improve quality of life and livability in a community for both the biking and non-biking members, and can attract significant tourism dollars. IMBA has developed best practices for creating sustainable, environmentally responsible and rewarding trails.
IMBA’s chapter program is designed to broaden IMBA’s reach to places like your land, so that local people are trained according to IMBA’s vast knowledge and experience in trail building.
Our ultimate goal is to earn the trust of land managers just as other IMBA chapters have around the country. We know that if you value your relationship with ESIMBA you will feel comfortable hosting trails on your land and recommend our programs to other land managers.
We also work with other non-profits such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and church groups to ensure the trails are well built and well-maintained.
If you are a land manager in our territory and would like to discuss the potential for trails on your land, please e-mail our President, Tres Denk, at email@example.com or our Vice-President, Jeff Dean, at firstname.lastname@example.org.