Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Southside Park. Saturday March 23rd 12 PM


Join us for the Ribbon Cutting Celebration for the Poole Creek Bridge and the new 3 mile Intermediate Trail at Southside Park with City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation. Afterwards, we will have lunch available and then move into Park Pride’s Annual Parks and Greenspace Pre Conference Tour, “ ATL Parks and Rec Community Celebration” which will run to 3 PM featuring bike rides and a pump track by REI, an “Art talk” tour with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and mini pitch soccer demonstrations by US Soccer Foundation.

Vote for Grant $$ for the Sope Creek Trail when you shop at any Metro ATL REI until April 8th


BIG NEWS! REI has chosen the Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy  and MTB Atlanta for one of this year’s “loving our local outdoors” grants to improve the shared use trails at the Sope Creek and Cochran Shoals Unit of our National Park, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Funds will be used for new signs, mechanized trail maintenance and rock armoring to give the Sope Creek trail some much needed love!

VOTE to increase our grant amount, when you shop at any REI store in Metro Atlanta. Simply grab a token at the register when you make a purchase and drop your token in the Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy/MTB Atlanta bucket to support the trails at Sope Creek! Thank you!

Coweta County Commissioner’s approve Trail Plan for Brown’s Mill Historic Site

Great news from Coweta County.

Following last October’s approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between Coweta County and MTB Atlanta, on Tuesday February 26th, the Coweta County Board of Commissioner’s has approved MTB Atlanta‘s plan for 5-6 miles of shared use trails for Mountain Biking at Brown’s Mill Historic Site with the support of the Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association.

This will be the first mountain bike trail system in Coweta County and on Coweta County Park land.

MTB Atlanta’s Vice President Chris Doane has spearheaded local advocacy efforts and also serves as Chairman of the newly formed Bike Coweta, a local advocacy group working as an arm of the Coweta Community Foundation to promote all forms of cycling in Coweta County.

MTB Atlanta hired Keith McFadden of Blue Ridge Geographics to produce the concept plan at Brown’s Mill.

Browns Mill Battlefield Historic Site is a 171 acre county-owned property on Millard Farmers Rd and was the site of a cavalry battle during the Civil War. The Park has largely been developed by the Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association and the County and has a system of trails already in place for hiking and running.

Currently, there is no other trail system in the County for mountain biking except one beginner trail at Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Local riders must drive some distance to mountain bike. In addition, National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) mountain-bike competition has been growing in popularity within Georgia middle and high-schools. Students who participate on NICA teams need convenient locations for practice and skill development. Adding MTB trails at Browns Mill Park will help fill the need for MTB Trails that are largely non-existent in the Newnan area at this time and will provide a much needed venue for the Coweta Composite NICA Team.

Design and construction will begin in March on Phase One, a Beginner Trail to activate the project. There will be two main ways you can support the project. First, you can donate to the trail fund at http://bikecoweta.com/donate. All donations are tax deductible through Bike Coweta a non profit arm of the Coweta Community Foundation. Secondly, look out for volunteer work days through all our social channels, here at https://mtbatlanta.com at our events calendar and at .http://bikecoweta.com/volunteer/

Construction Begins on new trails at South Rockdale Park

Work has begun on our newest build at South Rockdale Community Park in Rockdale County on the Rockdale River Trail. 

5 years in the making, MTB Atlanta and Rockdale County Parks & Recreation have worked together to plan and build the trails and to write and win the $100k Recreational Trails Program needed to build Phase One, 6 miles of beginner, Intermediate, Expert and Downhill trails at the Park. 

Tons of planning and work has gone into this project by our volunteer Board, most notably East Metro VP Keith Worsham, who had the vision for the trail development at South Rockdale Park.

From the official Press Release from Rockdale County in On Common Ground News:

“This multi-use mountain bike trail has been 5 years in the making and we are extremely pleased to begin construction and soon to be able to offer this additional amenity to the public,” said Sue Sanders, director of Rockdale County Recreation and Maintenance. “Cyclists will be able to enjoy a new trail that provides a scenic view of South Rockdale Park. This will be the first trail of its kind in our park system made possible through our partnerships with Mountain Bike (MTB) Atlanta and Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA), as well as our SPLOST oversight committee.”

“The trail, designed in partnership with SORBA, is being built by Steele and Associates, Inc. The trail sections will provide a variety of riding experiences for the beginner to advanced mountain bikers. Funding for the project was made available by a grant from the Recreational Trails Program of the Department of Natural Resources which pays 80 percent and the other 20 percent will be matched from SPLOST funds.”

 The new trails will connect to the Rockdale River Trail system, a destination PATH project in the Davidson Arabia National Heritage Area.

Want to support the cause for the new #southrocktrails

Join MTB Atlanta today at: https://mtbatlanta.com/join/, join the Facebook Social Group South Rock Trails for volunteer opportunities and work days or donate to our Trail Fund here: https://mtbatlanta.com/double-down-fund/.

Check out a map of the plan below. Phase One Construction consists of these Sections: 1) Beginner Trail 2) Intermediate Trail 3) Advanced/Intermediate Trail 6) Intermediate/Advanced Trail 7) Intermediate Downhill Trail 8) Expert Downhill Trail. Construction is slated to be completed by June.

First Annual GA SORBA Epic Weekend

Join the Georgia Chapters of the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association for a weekend of IMBA Epic rides and fellowship in the North Georgia mountains!
 
Inspired by the Nimblewill Mountain Bike Festival of days gone by, we are reviving an annual weekend to celebrate the work of our Georgia SORBA Chapters and the great riding and camaraderie of our Georgia mountain bike community!
 
In our inaugural year, we could think of no better place to base camp than with our good friends and sponsors Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get Away.
 
On Saturday, we will ride the Bearhoti route straight out of Mulberry Gap, the classic combination of Bear Creek, Pinhoti section one, Pinhoti section two and then back to the Gap.
 
On Sunday, we will move over to Bull Mountian for an Epic Sunday Group Ride
 
So here are the details:
 
All reservations for weekend accommodations will be handled through Mulberry Gap.
 
You can choose your meals and your lodging, whether you want to camp or stay in one of their awesome cabins. A two-night stay is required. Reserve through their website today: https://www.mulberrygap.com/cabin-camping-reservations-mulberry-gap/. Have questions about accommodations? Call 706-698-2865 or emails reservations@mulberrygap.com.
 
To register for Saturday’s Bearhoti ride, make a donation to North Georgia Mountain Bike Association here. We suggest optional donation of $10-$25, but you can give as much as you like! All the proceeds will go for the maintenance of Bear Creek and the Pinhoti Trail.
 
If you are just coming up for the day you must buy a Mulberry Gap Day Use Fee. This $10 fee covers all facility fees for Mulberry Gap which include parking, wifi, showers, and a SAG stop.
 
Prefer to skip the 4.5 mile gravel climb? You can opt for a seat on the shuttle for an additional $10 and you’ll meet us at the top of the climb. Mulberry is also offering a bagged lunch option for $10. The SAG will be included on the route with water and light snacks. The ride starts from Mulberry Gap in front of the office at 10 A.M sharp. Shuttles leave at 10:30 and are limited to 24 riders. You must buy a ticket here to register for the ride and you will need to sign a waiver on site.
 
To register for the Sunday Group Ride at Bull Mountain, you can make an optional doantion here. Once again, we suggest $10-$25. All donations are voluntary but all proceeds will go to aid in future trail maintenance at Bull and Jake Mountains. The Sunday Group Ride will start and end at the Bull Mountain Parking lot. The ride starts at 11 A.M. You will need to sign a waiver on site for this ride.
 
SORBA Rain Policy: In the event the trails are too wet to ride per SORBA’s policy for responsible riding, we will have a gravel route option for both locations. The great news is both Mulberry and Bull Mountain have some of the best gravel riding in the state, so a good time is guaranteed!
 
Can’t spend the entire weeekend with us but have either day free? Join us for a great day in the mountains for either ride.
 
Sounds pretty epic right?
All the details to register are at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-annual-ga-sorba-epic-weekend-tickets-55009835900
 
Remember, if you want to ride, you MUST SIGN A WAIVER for either one or both of the rides. Also, we hope that you make a DONATION to help the maintain the trails we all love to ride!
 
Any questions can be directed to Brett Davidson, President of MTB Atlanta at sorbabrett@gmail.com.
 
Thanks and we look forward to seeing you for an epic weekend in the mountains!

MTB Atlanta Volunteer Board 2019-2021

Election results are in. Thank you to all of you who voted and for the folks who volunteered to step up to be on the Board to support our mission of building and maintaining sustainable trails and bike park facilitates on public land for mountain biking and outdoor recreation in Metro Atlanta.

The Board would like to thank Sandy Saffold for serving with us for two terms and for Tom Tomaka for serving as President and most recently Vice President of MTB Atlanta before moving to Western North Carolina.

We look forward to seeing you out on the trails in Metro Atlanta over the next two years!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consider the Double Down Trail Fund for your Year End Giving

Thanks to Atlanta Cycling and anonymous donors we are only $5,200 shy of our goal of matching our $25k REI grant for Southside Park!

Thanks to you, we have raised $19,800 towards our match!

Want new trails ITP? Donate today! https://mtbatlanta.com/double-down-fund/

We are currently building the new 3 mile Intermediate Trail at Southside and we could use your help to meet our goal by years end!

All your contributions are tax deductible and go to put trail on the ground at Southside Park!

P.S. If you want to donate over $1,000, enter it manually on the donation page and send us a check!

Thanks for supporting #newtrails in the City of Atlanta!

Board Elections underway until 12/31

Every two years we have Board elections. Here are your nominees for the 2019-2021 term:

Brett Davidson, President

Jeff Hunt, Treasurer

Keith Worsham, Vice President East Metro

Pete Edmondson, Vice President, South Metro

Chris Doane, Vice President, South Metro

Wayne Whitesides, Vice President, Tri-Cities

Chris Alasa, Vice President, Atlanta

Robby Bennett, At Large

Mike Edwards, At Large

Jennifer Braddock, At Large

Brad Beadles, At Large

Cliff Seal, At Large

Christian DiCenso, At Large

Please vote at the link here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sUJmKJL1-wYos4YaBs9a3HmvhluDrHy-jvS-ZQWfcM8/edit
Deadline to vote is 12/31/18. As always, we thank you for your participation.

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 .