Mountain biking in Birmingham went from being a novelty to world class. How did it happen? – Bham Now

Thank you, Pat Byington with Bham Now for the article about BUMP!

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These great trails are possible because our volunteers and everyone who supports BUMP. To get involved join BUMP by joining club online:

“It’s hard to imagine, but back in the early 1990s, mountain biking was not allowed on the trails at Oak Mountain State Park. According to Jeff Rozycki, the current President of BUMP, passionate mountain pedalers got together and started to advocate for access to the trails for mountain biking.

“Working with local park officials and community leaders, we were able to gain access to the trail system out there,” said Rozycki. “We signed letters of agreement that we would help build and maintain trails out at Oak Mountain in exchange for being able to use them”

Today, BUMP maintains about 30 miles of trails at Oak Mountain and is currently building a new trail. They have also gained access to the Trussville Sports Complex trail, where there is a 5-mile loop, and they’ve built and maintained about 15 miles of trail at Tannehill State Park. “

July Trail Workday at Oak Mountain State Park

It was a scorching hot Alabama July day but it did not stop our dedicated group of volunteers from coming out for July trail workday. They worked on repairing bridge on the Quarry Road Trail before Pevine road and cleared a section on the Chimneys Trail. Additional work was done on the Pump Track to clear the drains.

We appreciate their commitment and effort and want to thank each one of them:

  • John Goidel
  • Ken Blackwood
  • Freddie Gordon
  • Michelle Browning
  • Eric Hagan
  • Rick Hebson
  • Braxton Bruce
  • Madelyn Roberson
  • Susan Buttler
  • Nicole Martin
  • Blake LeCroy
  • Jeff Rozycki
  • Will Abner

Thanks to Extreme Terrain for sponsoring this work day with a $250 grant from their Clean Trail Grant Initiative Program!

Check our events calendar for next Trail workday. If you are interested to be part of the next Trail Workday, contact us and request to be added to the Trail Workday email list. We would love to have you!

June Trail Workday at Tannehill State Park

Thank you to the small but dedicated BUMP crew that helped show Tannehill State Park trails some love. Volunteers got to run the chainsaw for about 5 hours while clearing downed trees and some “widow makers”. They took care installing a drain on washed out section of trail, deberming sections of trail, put in some new signage and repaired some of the old signage.

We appreciate each volunteer who took time to come today and work on improving the trail system:

  • Roger Lucas
  • Jeff Rozycki
  • Christopher Gruil
  • Stacey Harris
  • Nathan Harris
  • Blake LeCroy
  • Ken Blackwood
  • Reagan Pennock

One more downed tree was reported right as group finished the workday. Jeff drove up access road, then rode into Never Never Land to knock it out and of course, leave the signature mark.

If you are interested to be part of the next Trail Workday, contact us and request to be added to the Trail Workday email list. We would love to have you!