Carroll County Commissioners approve MOU with MTB Atlanta
On Tuesday, September 4th, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners approved a Memorandum of Understanding with MTB Atlanta, the Atlanta Chapter of the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association to explore opportunities for trail development on Carroll County Park property.
Last Spring, MTB Atlanta Board members Brett Davidson, Chris Doane, and Pete Edmondson met with Carroll County Parks and Recreation Director Ben Skipper and toured two parks, Moores Bridge and Jones Mill. Darold Wendlandt, City of Chattahoochee Hill Parks Director, was also on hand and made the introduction between MTB Atlanta and Mr.Skipper. Darold is a former Carroll County Parks and Public Works employee and saw potential for recreational trails in Carroll County based on the successful partnership between MTB Atlanta and the City of Chattahoochee Hills at Cochran Mill Park.
Carroll County has an incredible Parks system with improved camping at McIntosh Reserve and Little Tallapoosa. There are also some relatively undeveloped parks at Moores Bridge on the Chattahoochee River, at Jones Mill along the Snake Creek Gorge and at Blackjack Mountain, which is the tallest mountain in Georgia below I-20. All of these sites are rich in beauty and have very desirable terrain for mountain biking, hiking and trail running.
This agreement will provide the framework for collaborative work between MTB Atlanta and Carroll County for trail development in Carroll County’s rich park system.
Help us Double Down for New Trail at Southside Park
The Double Down Trail Fund is live!
Donate here today: https://sorbaatlanta.org/double-down-fund/
Now that the Poole Creek bridge is complete, we are beginning work on the new Intermediate Loop across the creek and we are asking for your help again. This new trail is going to be sweet, with some of the best terrain we’ve seen in town in one of the most beautiful undiscovered parks in the City of Atlanta.
Our goal is to double the $25k Community Grant that we just were awarded from REI. All of your donations will put trail on the ground at Southside Park.
The more you donate, the more we build!
All your contributions are tax deductible and will help unlock the potential for quality mountain biking and Outdoor Recreation in the City’s 2nd largest park.
Thanks again for your support!
MTB Atlanta receives $25K REI Community Grant for ITP Trails
We are stoked to announce that we have been awarded an REI Community Grant for work on the new 4 mile Intermediate Trail at Southside Park! MTB Atlanta was nominated by REI employees in the Atlanta market to submit a grant proposal for our work on the ATL Gateway Trails, our concept plan to bring more recreational trail opportunities to ITP Atlanta. While the trails at Southside Park will be designed and built for mountain biking, they will be shared use and open to all outdoor recreation enthusiasts. When completed the up to 8 miles of trails at Southside Park will be the first trail system on City of Atlanta park land purpose built for outdoor recreation and a huge benchmark for soft surfaced trails in a major city in the US.
Construction will begin this Fall and we are pumped to get started. Thank you REI for your commitment to recreational trails in the City of Atlanta!
Action Alert! National Mountain Biking Survey-Participate today!
What is your MTB experience like? Your trails, trail access and community? What do you want and why do you ride? Tell us!
The National Mountain Biking Survey is now open and is the first-ever nationwide survey to understand the habits, trail access and levels of engagement of America’s mountain bikers.
There are still cities and counties in Metro Atlanta that have no mountain bike trails. MTB Atlanta is working to change that and get you more riding, closer to home. Your time taking this survey will help us achieve this goal.
This survey will inform local and national mountain bike advocacy efforts, as well as enlighten anyone working to gain, grow and promote mountain bike access.
In partnership with Ohio University and the SRAM Cycling Fund, we’re seeking to paint a comprehensive picture of the state of mountain biking, its opportunities and its challenges in the U.S. and we need YOUR opinion to be a part of it!
Everyone who takes the survey may choose to enter to win a SRAM GX Eagle groupset. If you do, your responses will still be anonymous.
Please take the survey! And be sure to share it with your friends who ride. We need to hear from every person who rides a mountain bike. It is open until September 20.
Click the link below to take the survey today:
MTB Atlanta and Park Pride partner on Sustainable Trails Workshop- Saturday, Sept 22nd
Join us as we celebrate National Public Lands Day with a day of instruction and stewardship at the Outdoor Activity Center. We have partnered with Park Pride to host a Sustainable Trails Workshop to teach best practices of trail design, construction, and maintenance for Friends Groups working in City of Atlanta and Dekalb County Parks.
Part lecture, part workday, come on out and learn about trails!
You do not have to be a member of a Park Pride Friends Group to attend.
Led by veteran trail builder and educator Walt Bready, the Sustainable Trails Workshop will teach attendees about natural surface trail care, covering the best practices for building, maintaining, and improving recreational trails for non-motorized use. The goal is better sustainability that can reduce overall maintenance needs and user impacts on our natural resources.
Attendees will begin the workshop inside listening to a presentation about sustainable trails and then move outside for the hands on trail maintenance portion of the workshop. Best practices will be reinforced through physically working on existing trails at the Outdoor Activity Center.
Attendees should bring a reusable water bottle and be dressed appropriately to work outside on the trail. Closed toe shoes and pants are required. Gloves and tools will be provided by Park Pride.
Cost for class is $5.
Register here: http://bit.ly/trailwksp
More info here: https://parkpride.org/event/workshop-sustainable-trails/
Action Alert! Big Creek Update and Roswell City Council Meeting Tonight
Big Creek Update-
The proposal for the MOU for the development of the Tennis Center at Big Creek has been tabled. Thank you all for your support on social media, direct contact with Roswell City government and for the over 25,000 signatures on the petition to preserve Big Creek!
Although this proposal has been tabled, RAMBO, members of the MTB Atlanta Board, green space advocates and many of you from the Metro Atlanta MTB community will still be attending the City Council meeting in Roswell this evening in support of the preservation of Big Creek Park and recreational trails.
If you plan on attending, please be at Roswell City Hall at 5PM and wear a red shirt. The goal here is to “be seen.”
Details for the meeting: https://www.facebook.com/events/712989655706126/
As members of the Metro Atlanta MTB community, we know that you are passionate about the preservation of the places you love to ride. We want to remind everyone as an advocate and representative for the sport and the trails you love, that you please conduct yourself with decorum and respect in the presence of the Mayor and the Roswell City Council.
Know that RAMBO’s Board has been in direct contact with the Roswell City government about this situation and that they have had a solid working relationship with the City for well over 15 years. This relationship is the foundation on which our access and the trails at Big Creek Park has been built upon.
Our image as advocates is very important. Since this situation has developed, the MTB Atlanta Board has been contacted by other Metro Atlanta land managers about the Tennis Center proposal at Big Creek. Know that we have three active MOU proposals with different Metro governments in the works, two of which will likely be presented in front of their respective Councils this September for a vote of approval. These MOU’s will unlock the potential for up to 50 miles of new single track and Metro Atlanta’s first purpose built Bike Park.
Please portray yourself as the level headed conservationists and trail advocates we know that you are as other Metro governments are watching. We depend on willing land managers for access and trail development, without the support of MOU’s and local governments, trails simply do not get built or maintained.
Below are the official statements on the proposed MOU between the Krause Family Foundation and the City of Roswell for the development of the Angela Krause Tennis Center at Big Creek Park:
From the Krause Family Foundation:
To whom it may concern:
After discussions with a council person and others involved with our prospective project, AKTP&FC, we are in agreement that this project should not move forward at this time. We are hopeful that the mayor and council will schedule town hall meetings so that everyone can have a say, and a decision can be had as to what is the best use of their land know as Big Creek Park. We were told that the land was purchased to be an active park, as opposed to its current use as a passive park. With that information in mind, we felt as though a world class tennis, pickleball and fitness center would be a nice amenity for the citizens of Roswell. If this facility is not wanted by the majority of its citizens, we will look for another venture which will be a memorial for our daughter, Angela. For all off you that have expressed support, we thank you and hope that a positive resolution can be found in the near future.
From Mayor Lori Henry:
A Message from Mayor Lori Henry
Good evening. After speaking with Vernon Krause of the Krause Foundation this afternoon, we have jointly decided not to move forward with the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Roswell and the Krause Foundation to locate the Angela Krause Tennis, Pickleball and Fitness Center in Big Creek Park. The item will be taken off the Monday, August 13, 2018 Mayor and Council agenda.
When Mr. Krause approached the Mayor’s office with the generous offer of investing upwards of $50 million in a world-class tennis facility for the east side of Roswell, we were very excited about the project. We believed it would have been an economic catalyst for the east side, drawing other investment into that area and being a driver for redevelopment along the Holcomb Bridge Road corridor east of GA-400. We thought the tennis center would have given the east side of Roswell a destination that would draw people from all over the region. We heard a clear message last year from east side residents during the Economic Development Forums that creating a destination place for the east side was a priority and key desire.
However, the community has let us know over the past several days that they do not support this project for Big Creek Park. We want you to know we hear you again, so we will not be moving forward with it. In the coming months, we will hold a town hall meeting for further input from residents on the possibility and location of a tennis center in Roswell.
I want to thank Mr. Krause and the Krause Foundation for wanting to invest millions of dollars into our community to honor his daughter. I hope our community will be able to assist him in the future with his dream to build a facility in memory of Angela.
From the Roswell Alpharetta Mountain Bike Organization:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
8/12/18 – Roswell, GA
The Roswell-Alpharetta Mountain Bike Organization (RAMBO) received the statements made this afternoon by Mayor Lori Henry and Vernon Krause agreeing to table further plans to pursue an MOU that would put the private Krause Family Tennis Center in the passive Big Creek Park.
We’re grateful to know they have heard the overwhelming voice of the citizens of the City of Roswell, that Big Creek Park was not the correct location for a private facility of this massive scale, as it would do so at the expense of clear cutting more than 60 acres of green space, miles of hiking and biking trails enjoyed by thousands locally and regionally, plus damage to the sensitive Big Creek Watershed and environment.
As Big Creek Park celebrates its 18th birthday this month, RAMBO looks forward to continuing to work with the City, its award-winning Parks Department, as well as local residents on ways to more clearly define the long-term plan that protects the natural green space we all enjoy in the park today.
40-year Roswell Resident
Thanks and see you tonight!
Action Alert !! Help preserve the Big Creek MTB Trails and Support RAMBO !!
Calling all Metro Atlanta Mountain Bikers, Cyclists, Hikers, Trail Runners, Passive Recreation, Forest Canopy, Green Space, Wildlife and Shared Use Trail Advocates!
Join us Monday 8/13, 5pm at Roswell City Hall to hear the impact that a proposed MOU with the City of Roswell and the Krause Family Foundation will have on the existing hiking and biking trails at Big Creek Park. A council vote for the mayor to sign is on the docket. It’s time to have your voice heard.
The current proposal calls for 65 of the 95 acres of park greenspace to be replaced with 135 tennis courts in a privately owned-facility. The impact could cause significant or total loss of hiking and biking trails at Big Creek Park.
MTB Atlanta believes this would be a huge loss for mountain biking and recreational trails in Metro Atlanta.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Come to the City Council meeting, be seen and let your voice be heard respectfully if there is time for public comment.
When: Monday August 13th 5:00 PM
Where: Roswell City Hall 38 Hill St, Roswell, Georgia 30075
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/712989655706126/
2. Support RAMBO – Roswell Alpharetta Mountain Bike Organization
3. If you live in Roswell, contact your City Council member and let them know that you support the preservation of the shared use trails at Big Creek Park.
We will continue to keep the ridership and membership of MTB Atlanta informed on this proposal at Big Creek Park as it develops.
MTB Atlanta partners with Spin the District on new training rides, Saturday August 18th
MTB Atlanta has partnered with a new cycling festival in the Atlanta Airport District, Spin the District. As you may know, MTB Atlanta is actively building a new trail system, the Ride and Fly Trails, in the Atlanta Airport District. We are excited to join in on this new cycling iniative in Hapeville, College Park, East Point and Union City.
The ATL Airport District is the place to be this fall as a new cycling experience, Spin the District, unfolds in the cities of East Point, Hapeville, and College Park, Georgia. Attendees will enjoy two different types of fast paced cycling entertainment over the course of the 3-day weekend – track cycling, one of the oldest and wildest forms of bike racing, will take to the steep banks of the Dick Lane Velodrome in East Point, and criterium racing, where the historic streets of Hapeville and College Park transform into the race course. Leading up to and during race weekend, more fun festivities are taking place including: the LocalMotion Arts Festival, BMX freestyle, wheelie seminar, MTB trials, amateur races, and a restaurant/pub crawl!
The cycling fun doesn’t stop after the 3-day weekend in September; more excitement awaits in the District with a Gran Fondo. Utilizing both pavement and gravel, this race takes place starting in Union City, Georgia on Sunday, October 21st. The “Big Ride” offers 30 and 60-mile road options and a 100-mile mixed gravel/road option that will follow a beautiful route through South Fulton County. Each ride ends back in Union City for a fun afternoon of live music, food trucks, and a BMX stunt show.
Check out the website for the races and events here: https://spinthedistrict.com
We have 3 training rides for you to choose from on Saturday, August 18th (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced) to get you ready for the races and the festival!
Please RSVP to the ride you want to participate on the corresponding event page below:
PARKING: We always recommend riding to the ride if you can, but if you drive, please park in the public parking lot on North Fulton
RIDE DISTANCE: 12 Miles
ROUTE MAP: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28226820
Beginner rides: The beginner ride is intended for people who know how to ride and own a bike that has RECENTLY been checked out by a bike shop and is in good working condition. These rides will be a casual no drop ride – meaning we will always ride as a group, or we will place an experienced rider with you should you start to fall back from the main group. These rides will be casual and will cover the basics of riding in a group (known as a peloton) and on the road. The goal of the beginner ride is first and foremost to have fun, as well as to get you back out riding. We will have plenty of experienced riders to educate and help as we go along. note: There are very few places in Atlanta that is flat. We have attempted to limit the number of hills as best as possible, but there will be some climbing. Pace will be casual.
RIDE DISTANCE: 24 Miles
ROUTE MAP: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27585480
Intermediate rides: The intermediate ride is intended for people who have experience riding but may not feel comfortable riding in a group or on the road, or maybe a little out of shape from not riding as much as you would like. The intermediate ride will also be a no drop ride. These rides will start off easy, covering the basics of riding in a group (known as a peloton) and will advance in speed, distance, and technique as the ride and month’s progress. The goal of the Intermediate ride is to get you to feel comfortable riding in most situations and to prepare you for the October Gran Fondo. The pace of the Intermediate rides will average around 15 mph with some stretches that we will increase or decrease, depending on the group dynamic.
RIDE DISTANCE: 62 Miles
ROUTE MAP: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27598278
Advanced ride: The advanced rides are intended for cyclists who are comfortable and have experience riding in a peloton and can ride 50 or more miles. Each ride will include some gravel that can be ridden on a road bike, but it is strongly suggested to not bring your best wheels or to bring a bike better suited for gravel. If you only own a road bike, tire widths of 25mm will work, 28 or greater will work better, with a tire pressure lower than 90psi is recommended. These rides will be led by several bicycle clubs with experience in leading safe, responsible group rides. The pace will average 17-20 mph on paved roads and will vary in distance and difficulty. The main goal of the advanced ride is to have fun while gaining fitness and practice riding on gravel. These rides will follow a strict two abreast pace line while on the pavement, observing all traffic signals, and will regroup after each gravel segment. These rides will not have a sag and will not have a “no drop” ride policy, minus the gravel sections, and riders will be responsible to know the route and bring all necessary equipment and food to finish by themselves if they lose touch with the group.
Rules and Regulations:
—As with all non-sanctioned rides (suggested local group route), you understand that you are riding on public roads and there are inherent dangers of riding your bicycle on them and that you are riding at your own risk and by participating you accept those risks. You are ultimately responsible for your own personal safety.
Helmets are required!
All minors must be accompanied by an adult. All Juniors with USA Cycling licenses will be allowed to ride on the Advanced rides, but like all advanced riders, they are on their own should they get dropped.
Recumbents, bikes with trailers, trikes and the like – other than a traditional two-wheeled road, mountain or commuter bike – are allowed for the beginner ride only, but we ask that you ride in the back of the group. This ride is meant to teach people how to ride in a group on the road as a unit and these types of bikes make it hard to do that.
Routes subject to change depending on weather and road conditions
RAIN: The Beginner ride will be canceled if it is raining at 8:00am on the day of. All other rides will continue unless there is lightning in the area.
What to bring:
Part of being a good cyclist is having the tools and accessories necessary to be self-sufficient, safe, and ready to ride. Below is a general list of items to bring as well as a to-do-list that you should have gone through well before the day of the ride.
•Helmet: Every ride requires every participant to wear an ANSI approved helmet.
•Gear Bag: Under the seat gear bags are suggested and should be stocked it with the basics – extra tube, tire tools, a small multi-tool, and either a mini pump or a CO2 cartridge set.
•Tire Pressure: pump your tires up before coming to the ride. Pump your tires to the suggested PSI rating on your tire.
•Your bike: Give it a quick inspection. Spin the wheels to make sure they aren’t rubbing. Do the gears shift accurately and easily? Does everything seem to be in order? If not, head to your nearest local bike shop for a quick tune-up.
•Hydration/Food: Remember to bring plenty of water and maybe an energy snack (bar, gel, banana, etc – Peanut butter and jelly make the perfect energy bar for those not allergic).
•Optional items: The following will make your ride more enjoyable, but aren’t absolutely necessary. Cycling gloves, sunglasses, cycling shoes and clipless pedals, padded cycling shorts.
•Be on Time: The rides will leave promptly at the advertised time. Get to the start of the ride with plenty of time to get yourself and your bike ready to roll – a minimum of a half-hour is suggested
MORE ABOUT THE EVENT:
Join us for a series of bicycle rides through the ATL Airport District. June 23, July 21, August 18
Leading up to the September races and October Gravel Gran Fondo, Spin the District, with the help of several area bicycle clubs will be hosting a series of training/social rides. Each ride will be the third Saturday of every month and will include a short beginner loop as well as an intermediate and advanced training ride. The rides are intended to bring friends, family, and fellow cyclists together to promote health and fitness while at the same time raising awareness to the ATL Airport District.
Summer Rides and Board Changes
We hope your Summer is going well and that you ‘ve been getting some riding in between the rain drops when the trails are dry!
If you are looking for a great in town group ride this Summer, we have partnered with Tourdelanta for an in town mixed surface ride every Thursday night. Tourdelanta starts at 6:45 at Peachtree Bikes Westside and explores different routes throughout the City. You will ride PATH trails, the Beltline and mixed bits of urban single-track that will always leave you surprised. Each ride is an adventure and is no drop and appropriate for all levels of ride experience. Afterwards, we go out for a beer and some food at a Westside eatery.
We also have added some Beginner Group Rides this Summer hosted by our friend Kent McMullen (the Average Mountain Biker) on select Monday nights at Cochran Mill Park. This is an inclusive, no drop beginner ride and a great way to get yourself out on the trail. The Beginner Rides will be at 6 PM Monday, August 6th and 20th and September 24th.
Check out these new rides and all our events over at the Events Tab of this website!
In Chapter news, MTB Atlanta has undergone some Board changes this Summer with the retirement of our good friend and Atlanta Vice President Tom Tomaka. Tom has made the move to Western North Carolina and we couldn’t be happier for him. Tom served as SORBA Atlanta President in mid 2000’s and was instrumental in advocating for MTB and trail access at the Bellwood Quarry site and in the City of Atlanta. Most recently, Tom played a vital role in facilitating the Southside Park Trail and Poole Creek Bridge builds and the grant writing for those projects. Tom’s knowledge and contacts with City of Atlanta Government and local non-profits will be sorely missed, but we look forward to visiting him for a ride in the Pisgah National Forest adjacent to his new home! MTB Atlanta’s Board thanks Tom for his service and all his contributions to cycling advocacy in Metro Atlanta.
With Tom’s departure, we are glad to announce our newest Board member Chris Alasa. Chris is the founder of the Tourdelanta Group Ride, which he founded in 2012. Chis is an avid supporter of local parks and and a mountain bike and trail advocate who is passionate about developing MTB trails and bike park facilities in ITP Atlanta, particularly at the Bellwood Quarry and along the Proctor Creek Greenway in NW Atlanta. Chris grew up in Roswell, GA, was involved in Scouting as a kid and earned his Eagle. He is the owner of Security One Services, a home security company with almost 20 years in the business. Chris is currently working with Howell Station Residents (where he resides) and Park Pride to rebuild Knight Park in West Midtown. We welcome Chris Alasa to our Board as the new Vice President for Atlanta.
Sykes Park Grand Opening, Saturday June 16th 10 AM
Join us Saturday, June 16th at 10:00 AM as we cut the ribbon on our new Intermediate and Beginner Loops at Sykes Park. We will cut the ribbon with City officials from East Point and then go for a celebratory ride and hike. We will meet up at 9:45 at the main parking lot and photograph the ribbon cutting at 10 with City officials. Come out and show your support for trail development in East Point and inside the perimeter of I-285!
This is the first phase of the larger Ride and Fly System which will be a mixed surface MTB route through the cities of East Point, College Park, Hapeville, and Atlanta with a full scale public bike park in the mix.
Phase one at Sykes Park is a 1.25 mile Intermediate Loop that is designed for lap riding. It is rated “more difficult” and uses different build styles from technical sections to flow sections with some hand built trail sections in between.
We also reworked an existing trail in the park to give a beginner experience. The trail is short but fun and can be used to gain skill to hit the other trail in the park.
Phase one of this project was a hybrid build of volunteers and professional trail builders and was graciously funded by a donation from Ethic Inc. an East Point based Branding and Advertising Agency.
Thanks to all who gave their time and money for this project, it truly is a benchmark for ITP trail development.
Read more about the Ride and Fly Trail System at the Ride and Fly tab under Trails above and get more details about the event under the Events tab.