IMBA Europe and Switzerland – What does the future hold?
How did IMBA Europe evolve since its foundation in 2012? What has changed? How does the association support and advocate the interests of mountain bikers in Europe? How do IMBA Europe work internationally and what does that mean for mountainbiking in the Alps?
Thomas Larsen Schmidt knows a lot about Trail Advocacy, and how mountainbiking can become a success story for regions in Europe. Together with his fellow speaker Martin Wyttenbach, he will show the work already done and the journey still to go for IMBA Europe, in Switzerland and beyond.
Thomas Larsen Schmidt has been part of the development of mountainbiking in Europe for many years. He played an active role in Denmark as chairman of the Trails and Nature Committee within The Danish Cycling Association and finally as President of IMBA Europe. Working with mountainbike advocacy for the last decade, he has been active in many projects in Denmark and Europe.
He is further working as a program leader for DGI Outdoor, a non-profit sports organization to help develop access advocacy and outdoor sports on a national level in Denmark.
Thomas Larsen Schmidt has been riding bikes since he was three years old, mountain bikes since the nineties. He is married, has two children, and lives in Roskilde, close to Copenhagen.