MTB Atlanta Board Nominations-Due 12/15/18

Do you love mountain biking, off road cycling, outdoor recreation, trail building and trails in general? Do you have a passion for conservation, giving back and building opportunity and community? Know anyone else who does as well?

Every two tears we accept nominations and have elections for our volunteer board. We would love for you to get involved or nominate someone that you think would be a super advocate for mountain biking and recreational trails in Metro Atlanta.

MTB Atlanta is always looking for new members for our board to help build capacity in our work with trails, inclusivity, women’s cycling, youth cycling, membership, social events and bike parks and urban cycling.

We are looking for At Large members and a Membership Director, Women’s Cycling Advocate, and Social Director.

Deadline for nominations are Saturday 12/15 and elections will be open until the 31st.

Email your nominations with a brief bio and a paragraph on what you want to achieve with us to sorbabrett@gmail.com.  We will fill you in on the rest once you submit your nomination.

Thanks and spread the word!

New Kids Riding Group- The ATL KID GOAT RIDERS!

MTB Atlanta is launching a new group ride series and corresponding social group for kids and parents who want to ride together called the ATL KID GOAT RIDERS.

This group was inspired by a local mom and her son who wanted to know if there were any groups for kids to ride trails in Atlanta. We didn’t know of any and she stepped up to run the first ride!  Her son came up with the great name for the new group.

These rides are made for young children and their parents to have fun and gain experience riding dirt trails together.

Our first ride will be held on the Evergreen Trail at Southside Park on November 11th at 12 P.M.

A mountain bike and helmet is required, all children must be accompanied by one of their parents on the trail and a waiver must be signed. After all those requirements are met, fun will be held by all!

The Evergreen Trail is a mile and a quarter beginner loop that is ideal for kids and beginners.

Join this group for more info on future rides and to network with other parents and kids who want to ride together: https://www.facebook.com/groups/488869458282321

If you are not on Facebook follow along here and our Events calendar.  If you have any questions reach out to sorbabrett@gmail.com .

New RIDE 20 Development Map

It has been a banner year for access and development at MTB Atlanta and as we move into the build season, we wanted to share our successes and this map of our plans with you.

We have a new initiative that we have named “Ride 20.” We believe every Metro Atlanta resident should be no more than 20 minutes from a natural surface trail for mountain biking or a bike park or pump track.  As an organization, we aim to seek out opportunities for soft surfaced trails and bike park and pump track facilities in communities that are underserved for mountain biking, outdoor recreation and sustainable, well designed, soft surfaced natural trail systems.

Much great work has been done by our cousin Metro Atlanta SORBA Chapters like SORBA Woodstock, RAMBO, GATR, and SORBA West Georgia towards this end. We intend to fill the voids.

Check out the high res map of our current projects on the initiative here: Ride 20 Map

This year we have forged new partnerships and gained new access in the cities of Newnan, Carrollton and College Park, and in Coweta and Carroll counties.

We have had Memorandum of Understandings (the agreements on which access is secured and trail projects are built with permission from land managers) approved by the City Council of Newnan, the City Council of College Park, and the County Commissions of Carroll and Coweta counties.

We currently have active trail build projects at Southside Park in Atlanta,  South Rockdale Park in Rockdale County, Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Coweta County, and Sykes Park in East Point.

We are meeting to plan two bike park projects in Newnan and East Point and have supported the new Smyrna Bike Park project at North Cooper Lake Park.

We are in the planning stages at Moore’s Bridge Park and Jones Mill Park  in Carroll County, working on flagging phase 3 and 4 at Chattahoochee Bend State Park, and planning pocket park trail development along the Carrollton Greenbelt.

Let us know your feedback, and if you know of any opportunities for trail, bike park, or pump track development in the Metro, contact sorbabrett@gmail.com.

As always, support our work by joining or renewing your membership today at  https://www.imba.com/renew/chapter/210548 , donating to our trail fund at  http://sorbaatlanta.org/double-down-fund/ or volunteering at one of our work parties http://sorbaatlanta.org/events/.

Action Alert! Vote Yes on Amendment One, the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment

Mountain Bikers are Conservationists. We absolutely must support funding for public land and conservation for shared use trails and our sport. We have a tremendous opportunity to do just that on November 6th.

The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment is on the ballot on November 6 as Amendment One.

This Fall Georgians have a historic opportunity to dedicate funding for conservation and outdoor recreation, and it can be done without a tax increase.  Georgia’s economy and quality of life are directly tied to both the water quality of our rivers, lakes and streams and the availability and beauty of our outdoor spaces, wildlife habitats and parks.

Amendment One will allow a portion of the existing sales and use tax on outdoor sporting goods to the protection of the state’s land, water and wildlife with no new taxes or fees. Over $20 million would be dedicated every year for the next ten years.  This funding could not be used for any other purpose and would be subject to strict accountability provisions and public disclosure.

If passed, this funding would: Protect lands critical to clean drinking water and the quality of Georgia’s lakes, rivers and streams. Acquire and improve parks and trails for  outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy in communities throughout the state. Maintain and improve access to wildlife management areas and create new opportunities for hunting and fishing. Support Georgia’s $28.3 billion outdoor recreation industry.

The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment is supported by a coalition of  leading conservation organizations including: The Conservation Fund, Georgia Conservancy, Georgia Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, Park Pride, The Trust for Public Land as well as MTB Atlanta and the Southern Off Road Bicycling Association.

Mountain Bikers are some of the most active stewards of recreational trails on public lands in the state of Georgia, and our work benefits others beyond our sport such as hikers, runners, and equestrians. We urge you to do your part as a steward of public lands and trails by voting YES on Amendment One.

For more information, you can go to the website:  http://www.GeorgiaOutdoorStewardship.org or contact bfoster@georgiaconservancy.org.

2nd Annual Dirty Sheets Gravel Grinder -Sunday, November 11th!

Join us for the 2nd annual Dirty Sheets Gravel Grinder on Sunday November, 11th.

Registration is live and sign up before October 28th to lock in early bird pricing. The first 100 sign ups receive a shirt.

Sign up here today: https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/ChattachoocheeHills/DirtySheetsGravelGrinder

This year we are gonna get a little more racy and we have two options to choose from: a one lap 20 mile sprint or a three lap 60 mile race with timing.

We will also have a 20 mile social ride for those of you who want to enjoy the beauty and challenge of the Dirty Sheets at your own pace.

This years race will start on the route and we will have beer, vendors and great food for you to enjoy after your ride.

Our Sponsors include- Pedal for Pets, Crosstown Grille and Ale House, and Macon Beer Company.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the MTB Atlanta Trail Fund and the Southern Animal Alliance Group!

Fall Membership Drive is Underway- Join by Oct. 31st and win a Yeti!

 

Our Fall Membership Drive is underway and we need you now more than ever!

If you ride a bike off road in Metro Atlanta, you need to  join MTB Atlanta.

Join or renew today at https://www.imba.com/join/chapter/210548

Choose annual auto renew so you can keep your membership current and we will enter you in a local give away for a $100 REI Gift Card!

MTB Atlanta has worked to build and maintain 30 miles of mountain bike trails in Metro Atlanta and has 60 miles of new trail in development.  We are actively working to increase access for our sport and for trails for Outdoor Recreation as well as pump tracks and bike park facilities in Metro Atlanta. All of this takes funding and financial participation from the mountain bike community as a whole. We have an all volunteer Board that is looking to increase capacity as an organization. Simply stated, we are great at building and maintaining sustainable trails, but we need you to help us build a sustainable organization to support our work and our trails in Metro Atlanta.

This is why we need you to join or renew today.  Your membership provides us with the funds to build and maintain trails. Your membership makes a difference when we meet with land managers to gain or preserve access. As we have seen with the developments at Big Creek Park in Roswell, we cannot take our trails for granted. It takes an organization to keep trails open and to advocate for new trail access.  Land managers in Metro Atlanta, from the National Park Service on down to your local municipality have no budget to build or maintain trails. Your participation is essential to keep the quality riding you love available.

MTB Atlanta has four active trail builds starting this Fall/Winter at Southside Park, Sykes Park, South Rockdale Park, and Chattahoochee Bend State Park. We have opened new trail access in places like Carroll and Coweta Counties and the cities of East Point, Carrollton, College Park and Newnan. This access has the promise of delivering a regional ride center for all Metro Atlantans to enjoy.

Join or renew with MTB Atlanta in October and you’re entered to win a Yeti Cycles SB5 or SB5 Beti C-Series GX kit, plus a $2,000 JensonUSA shopping spree, a Western Spirit cycling trip for two and a BikeFlights shipping voucher for two. For 30 years, MTB Atlanta has helped create and maintain more trails close to home in Metro Atlanta. Your voice and your support matter!

Thank you for being an important part of the Metro Atlanta mountain biking community and we will see you out on the trails!

 

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/

Last year you all graciously donated over $12k to MTB Atlanta to help us match our Park Pride grant to build the Poole Creek Bridge. Thank you!

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!

Action Alert!

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:

https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8ugn6H4uebaBRH