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.
Drink Beer, Support Trails! Spring Brewhaha at Arches Brewery June 2nd
Join us for friends, fun and a little charity at Arches Brewing. MTB Atlanta is proud to partner with Arches to give a little back to the trail community through you and your friends drinking a few frosty cool ones.
Normally the first Saturday of the month is a work day at the Ride and Fly Trails, but we’ll be taking the day off, which is National Trails Day, so we can ride the newly finished “Rail Yard” loop in the morning (more on that later) We’ll then head to Arches (just a few miles away) for MTB Atlanta’s Spring get together.
Spring Get Together at Arches 1-8pm
– $1.00 of each beer sold will go back to MTB Atlanta for more trails! Check out all the amazing beer on tap https://www.archesbrewing.com/
– Cool prizes and give-a-ways
– Food Truck – yet to be named
– Cool new MTB Atlanta swag for sale
– Cornhole competitions all day
– Fire-pits, movies, and brewery tours
– Arches is kid-friendly, just please keep an eye on the kiddos
– Rain or shine
Ride and Fly Morning Challenge 10-12
– Ribbon cutting at 10 followed by Introductory laps to get familiar with it
– 6 lap competitions soon after (vague and limited rules still being figured out)
– Win something cool
– Dependent on the weather
IMBA’s First Women’s MTB Day- 2 Group Rides Saturday, May 5th -Sope Creek and Cochran Mill
IMBA had a recent Women’s Summit, called Uprising, in Bentonville, Arkansas and the women who attended the Summit came up with a brilliant idea to celebrate women in mountain biking, the first ever Women’s MTB Day on May 5th! We are celebrating with two Women’s Only rides on the trails we steward. We are partnering with @sorellacycling at Sope Creek at 10 AM and will be hosting a ride at Cochran Mill Park at 9 AM, both on Saturday May 5th. Get the full details at our Facebook events here https://www.facebook.com/pg/mtbatlanta/events or at our events tab on this website.
Spring Membership Drive is Live! Join or Renew by 5/31 and Win Big!
JOIN TODAY! https://www.imba.com/join/chapter/210548 WIN BIG!
The Spring Membership Drive is underway and we need your support now more than ever! We have built and maintain around 30 miles of trail at places you love like Cochran Mill, Sope Creek, Sykes Park and Southside Park, but we have well over 80 miles of new trail, along with 3 potential Bike Parks, in development in Metro Atlanta! We are pursuing these opportunities in the cities of Atlanta, East Point, College Park, Chattahoochee Hills, Smyrna and Newnan, and in Rockdale, Fulton, Carroll, Coweta and Dekalb Counties, as well as Chattahoochee Bend State Park. We have a huge future for trail development in Metro Atlanta but we need you!
Join or renew in April or May 2018 and you’re entered to win a huge, two-person adventure prize package from IMBA and its partners: a Western Spirit MTB trip for two of your choice; two Pivot mountain bikes (one Mach 4 carbon and one Firebird carbon); round-trip bike shipping for two from BikeFlights, and a $2,000 shopping spree from Jenson USA.
PLUS: MTB ATLANTA IS ADDING A TRIP TO MULBERRY GAP TO THE GRAND PRIZE!
AND MORE LOCAL SWAG WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
Thanks to our great Sponsors!
Complete rules: https://www.imba.com/member-drive-rules
And remember, you can now pay monthly if you like and be sure to auto-renew.
All your contributions go to new trail development and maintenance of the trails you love to ride. Join today!
Maxxis Gamble Film Premiere at Monday Night Garage
Hey Atlanta area and Southeastern cycling friends, our friends at Maxxis Tires are throwing a party on Friday, May 11th, to celebrate the release of the Gamble film! Maxxis is hosting it at the Monday Night Garage in southwest Atlanta.
The best part, it’s FRICKIN’ FREE! That’s right, the tickets are free ninety-nine. Not only that, the Monday Night Brewing beer will be flowing on the house and we’ll have some food on hand from Taqueria Del Sol. Again, it’s all courtesy of Maxxis! Capacity is limited to 300, so get on it here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gamble-film-premiere-hosted-by-maxxis-tires-tickets-45062231347
Action Alert !! Chattahoochee River NRA Survey and Social Pinpoint
Metro Atlanta Mountain Bikers, we need your input!
We’d like to announce an online Social Pinpoint interface designed to gather your input on the Trails at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area on several topics, as well as obtain your general comments and concerns.
We want to understand what you, as a park visitor, believe is important in your area, and what about the trail systems should be retained, added to, changed, or improved.
This outreach tool will help us:
• Gain an understanding of key issues from the local community that are important to consider for the long term sustainability of Trails administered by NPS
• Find out what community members like and don’t like about the CHAT Trail system
• Help us identify key locations for supporting features and any additional infrastructure needs
• Understand key community priorities that are important for this project
Click here to access the Social Pinpoint interface: https://appliedtrailsresearch.mysocialpinpoint.com/chat#/
We’ve also launched an online survey to capture information about you, your use of the park and your desires for recreational activities within the Chattahoochee National Recreational Area.
Follow this link to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CRNRA
Action Alert !! Pisgah Ranger District Survey
Metro Atlanta Mountain Bikers-
Many of our members and the ridership in Metro Atlanta ride in the Pisgah Ranger District frequently and some of you have second homes in the Brevard area. The Pisgah Ranger District is one of the premiere mountain bike destinations in the US, just over 3 hours from Atlanta.
The Pisgah Ranger District of the Forest Service has released a scoping letter identifying suggested changes to the trail system in the Pisgah National Forest.
The suggestions range from creating connector trails to removing access to mountain bikers on some trails.
Comments are due to the Forest Service by April 27th and we want your input.
The Pisgah Area Chapter of SORBA has published a survey to gather input for the Forest Service.
Please take our survey by April 10th if possible! Please SHARE! We need as many responses as possible. Thank you!
What else can you do?
The Forest Service is holding an open house on Tuesday, April 10th from 5-7 pm at Pisgah Station Visitor’s Center. We encourage all to attend, but please note that this is an open house, not a public comment event, this is an opportunity to learn what the FS is trying to achieve. You are free to let them know what you think, but please be respectful.
Pisgah Area SORBA will be hosting a meeting on Wednesday, April 11th at Oskar Blues Brewery North Carolina at 6 pm. We will review the proposed changes along with the maps and we will share the results of the survey at that point in time.
Action Alert !! Public Input Meeting CRNRA Trail Assessment
Action Alert! Metro Atlanta Mountain Bikers and trail users of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, join us on Thursday, April 12, or Saturday, April 14, to learn about the Trail Master Plan that is being developed for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Our trails have been loved to death over the decades and this plan will help serve as a blueprint for maintenance, restoration and connectivity. This is an introduction of the Trails Assessment for public input. This assessment was produced by Applied Trails Research for every trail in every unit of the Park. The project was funded by the Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, the Friends Group of the Park. We wish to thank the Friends, one non profit to another, for funding this vital project. If you love the CRNRA, you should join the Friends group here: https://www.chattahoocheeparks.org/join-us.
As always to support access, advocacy, new trail construction and trail maintenance, join MTB Atlanta at our join tab above.
Join the public presentations at these locations:
April 12 (7-9pm): CREEC, 8515 Barnwell Rd. Johns Creek, GA
April 14 (10-12:30): REI Atlanta. Email email@example.com to RSVP.
Sweep the Hooch at Sope Creek- April 7th
Come “Sweep the Hooch” with us and give some love to the shared use trails at Sope Creek April 7th from 9AM to 1 PM. We will be working with the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the National Park Service doing much needed trail maintenance on the trails at Sope Creek as well as picking up trash. Sign up here: https://
Mega Build Week at Sykes Park- 3/26-4/1
The Sykes Park Mega Build Week is going down 3/26-4/1! We are building a rad little trail for your ITP week day sessions or mixed surface urban adventures, with rock drops, berm turns, challenging climbs and some downhill flow.
The Sykes Park build out will be Phase One of the Ride and Fly Trail System, a mixed surface urban MTB route connecting pocket parks and bike park facilities. Read about the Ride and Fly here: http://sorbaatlanta.org/ride-and-fly/
Come on out and lend a hand anytime you like during the week while we are building, after work or on the weekend. Wear closed toed shoes, long pants and bring gloves, water, snacks and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees. We’ll have the tools ready for you!
More info on the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/183022482315871 or over on our Events Calendar.