Mountain Bike Trails approved for Newnan’s LINC Greenway
On Tuesday July 16th, the Mayor and City Council of Newnan approved a proposal for 2 miles of mountain bike trails along Newnan’s model mile of their new 25 mile PATH Foundation designed greenway project named the LINC.
These new trails will be constructed by MTB Atlanta on City land adjacent to the LINC by the Newnan Centre. These trails will be bike optimized, shared use trails for mountain biking, trail running and hiking. This will be Phase One of the LINC project as more city land will be made available for future trail development.
MTB Atlanta worked with Bike Coweta and the City of Newnan to develop the plan. The Board of MTB Atlanta believes this project fits squarely in our “Ride 20” mission, an effort to create trail and bike park projects within a 20 minute drive of every citizen living in Metro Atlanta. The LINC also creates a model of soft surfaced and greenway trails working together to create a linear park in Newnan that will accommodate all forms of cycling and recreation. We will use this project as a model for future opportunities in Metro Atlanta.
The Board of MTB Atlanta would like to thank the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager Cleatus Phillips for their support and vote of approval for this project. We are excited to bring new recreational opportunities along Newnan’s LINC Greenway project. Dirt and pavement play so well together.
Check out the Newnan Times Herald article on the project: http://times-herald.com/news/2019/07/mountain-bike-trail-approved-for-linc-section?fbclid=IwAR1vunkm-0Zip52Dzx2FZwAmGdu3xxDy4dBKXCOCgdbKPayOB8kVcluehQg.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this Saturday at South Rockdale Park
Join us as we cut the ribbon on our newest trail project with Rockdale County Parks and Recreation at South Rockdale Community Park. We will have Rockdale County Commissioners on hand and C Town Bikes will be there to support. After we cut the ribbon, we will take group rides out on the trails. All skill levels are welcome. Come and join the celebration!
Ribbon cutting ceremony starts at 9 AM. and the park address is 3909 E Fairview Rd, Stockbridge, GA 30281. We would love to get a ton of folks out in show of support for this project.
The new trails at South Rockdale include beginner and intermediate loops and an expert terrain park with two downhill only runs.
Hope to see you there!
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony- Brown’s Mill Battlefield Site
Join MTB Atlanta, Bike Coweta, Friends of Brown’s Mill, and Coweta County this Saturday, May 25 at 10 A.M. as we celebrate the opening of the Beginner mountain bike trail at Brown’s Mill Battlefield with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Coweta County. Atlanta Trek Newnan will be on hand as well and we will have a bike raffle to fund the next phase of the plan, a 2-3 mile Intermediate Trail.
Spring Membership Drive Underway!
May is the time to join or renew your membership with MTB Atlanta! When you join or renew you will be entered to win two Pivot Cycles bikes, a Western Spirit Cycling Adventures trip for two, a shopping spree from Jenson USA, bike shipping from BikeFlights.com and a clothing package from Showers Pass! Choose auto renew and you will be entered to win a $50 gift card from REI.
When you join you will be supporting the maintenance and development of over 40 miles of trail in Metro Atlanta at Sope Creek, Cochran Mill Park, Southside Park, South Rockdale Park, Sykes Park, Brown’s Mill Historic Site and the first hard surfaced public pump track inside of I-285 at Sykes Park in East Point.
You will also contribute to the development of over 100 miles of new trail and bike park facilities in places like College Park, Newnan, Carrollton, Coweta County, Carroll County, Henry County and Chattahoochee Bend State Park.
Remember-trails are not free. Volunteers design, fund, build and maintain the trails and bike park facilities you love to ride in Metro Atlanta. Your membership to MTB Atlanta is an all access pass to the trails you love for just a few dollars a month!
Join or renew here today: https://www.imba.com/join/chapter/210548
Brown’s Mill Battlefield Trails Bike Raffle
Shared use trail development has started at Brown’s Mill Battlefield in Coweta County. The “beginner loop” has been completed and planning is underway to build an addition 4.5 miles of trail … it’s the first of it’s kind in Coweta County and part of MTB Atlanta’s long range goal of positioning southwest Atlanta as a mountain biking destination.
MTB Atlanta has partnered up with Bike Coweta to offer a drawing to raise funds for the Brown’s Mill Fund. Funds raised go towards equipment rental and operator fees. Simply donate a minimum of $25 to the Brown’s Mill Trail Fund and you’ll be automatically entered in to a drawing for a Trek Marlin 5 Mountain Bike courtesy of Atlanta Trek. Drawing to be held at the end of May.
Enter to win at https://mtbatlanta.com/browns-mill
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!
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.
Southside Park chosen for IMBA’s new Dig In Campaign!
SORBA Atlanta is pleased to announce that we have been chosen to be a recipient of the new national fundraising campaign that IMBA is calling “Dig In” for our new trail project at Southside Park! We are one of 68 projects from across the country selected to participate and receive funding from the new campaign.
The “Dig In” Campaign has a two components- the first is a fund raiser where IMBA is soliciting corporate partners at the national level to donate to all of the projects equally, and the second is an online crowdfunding campaign where people can donate directly to our project at Southside Park! The funds raised on a national level get distributed equally amongst the 68 projects, but any funds donated online directly to our trail project go straight to our trail fund!
This is where we need your help. We have a $7,500 goal for our Park Pride Legacy Grant to build the Poole Creek Bridge and 7 miles of trail ITP on City Park land. This project is the culmination of over 10 years of advocacy work for access and the first trail project purpose built for Mountain Biking and Outdoor Recreation on City of Atlanta Park land and inside the Perimeter just 5 miles from the center of Downtown.
Please share this link https://win.imba.com/digin?chapter=210548 through social media and email, and share the news of the Campaign on your rides and at your local bike shop. Please donate today and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Any funds received from this program will go to match our Park Pride Legacy Grant to build the Poole Creek Bridge and towards subsequent phases of construction at Southside Park! So let’s dig in and share the stoke for the first trail system on Atlanta Park land!