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 and Jake Mountains for a Poker Ride and fundraiser for SORBA sponsored by Maxxis, CST, and Finish Line products.

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, buy a ticket (donation) on the Eventbrite link below. The price for the ride is $15 and covers all facility fees for Mulberry Gap which include parking, wifi, showers, a SAG stop, and a donation to the local trails. 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 Poker Ride at Bull Mountain, buy a ticket (donation) at the Eventbrite link below. $25 gets you in on the Poker Ride and the potential to win some great prizes from our sponsors. You will also get a cool stainless steel pint glass to commemorate the ride. All proceeds from this ride will go to aid in future trail maintenance at Bull and Jake Mountains. The Poker Ride will start and end at the Bull Mountain Parking lot. The ride starts at 11:30 A.M. and we will have a cut off of 3:30 P.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 tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-annual-ga-sorba-epic-weekend-tickets-55009835900

Remember, if you want to ride, you MUST BUY A TICKET (DONATION) to either one or both of the rides.

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!

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!

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

And give us a like and a follow here: https://www.facebook.com/spinthedistrict/ and here https://www.instagram.com/spinthedistrict/.

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:

Beginner ride: https://www.facebook.com/events/217458285777520/
Intermediate ride: https://www.facebook.com/events/231970030795523/
Advanced ride: https://www.facebook.com/events/421563458334101/

START LOCATION: Drip Coffee, Historic Hapeville, GA
END LOCATION: Beer Girl, Growlers & Bottleshop, Hapeville

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

Beginner Ride

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.

Intermediate Ride

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.

Advanced Ride

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.

First ever REI MTB Campout at Cochran Mill Park

Join REI and MTB Atlanta for the first ever mountain bike campout at Cochran Mill Park.

Cochran Mill is one of the most popular mountain biking destinations in the area. Are you a novice to camping? That’s ok! REI staff will help you with your camp setup and we will provide you with all of your delicious meals! Whether you have just started riding or if you have been shredding for years, this campout is for you!

This is what you can expect on this action packed weekend:

Join guided rides led by MTB Atlanta volunteer staff.
Test ride various Cannondale, Ghost Brand, and Co-op bikes.
Hone your MTB skills with a professional MTB instructor from REI Outdoor School.
Try out a Wahoo Element cycling computer.
Learn what it takes to build and maintain MTB trails from an experienced trail designer.
Recharge with delicious meals including a gourmet BBQ dinner on Sat. night.
Have an action photo of you on your bike taken by a professional photographer
Spots are limited!