Year End Review

For those that missed the Christmas Party, I wanted to give an update on the end of 2023.

Our Membership is still hovering just below 500 but I’m sure we’ll make it next year.

Financially we managed to make a couple thousand dollars while still completing a number of large projects.  Those projects include purchasing a timing system, resurfacing Bloodrock, resurfacing Lightning, and Rebuilding our Website.

We managed to put on the most profitable and most fun Bump N Grind that anyone I know can remember.  The success of the event was largely due to the 87 volunteers that put our 923 volunteer hours on that weekend.

Speaking of volunteers, our top volunteers for 2023 were:
Scott Pruitt, Eric Hagan, Michael Lee, Jeff Palmer, Ken Blackwood, Hunter Nobles, Fletcher Scott, Leo Henry, George Ford, and Freddie Delchamps.

Our 2024 Board will be:
Chase Draper, Will Abner, Reagan Pennock, Jacob Tubbs, Butch White, Scott Pruitt, and Freddie Delchamps

Notable additions to the 2024 event Calendar will be the Sorba Fall Conference/Fall Festival on Oct 4-5 and the return of the Oak Ass Epic on Nov 16.

Bump N Grind XXX will be June 7-9 and the Alz Bike a Thon will be Oct 19.

Thanks to everyone who donated or volunteered in 2023, you made it all possible.

We have several large opportunities coming our way next year, it is a great time to be a BUMP member.

Events

UPCOMING EVENTS (details below):

Help

We need a few volunteers to make all these things work out.  If you can help us with one of them, email us.  [email protected]

April 9 Ladies night ride (rescheduled to the 23rd)

April 13 Skyway Aid Station Party

April 14 Ladies Bike Maintenance Clinic

April 23 Ladies night ride

May 7 Ladies Night Ride

May 11 Bump Workday at OMSP 8:00Am

June 7  Bump N Grind

June 18th Ladies Night Ride

July 6 Iron Maiden

July 21 Tour de Cahaba

Oct 4  Sorba Conference

Oct 5 Bump Fall Festival

Oct 19 Bike A Thon

Nov 16 Oak Ass Epic

Become a member to take part in the member’s only events

Ladies Ride and Learn

April 6th at 9am ladies’ only beginner ride and learn. We’re hitting the trails to focus on skills building, one trail at a time.
WHERE: Oak Mountain State Park, South Trailhead- Meet at the BUMP shed near the vending machine. Come ready to gain confidence, grow skills, and connect with other awesome ladies. We’ll tackle the beginner-friendly challenges of the Lake Trail or Rattlesnake (approx. 5 miles), so gear up and let’s ride together!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: A bike, helmet, and water. Feel free to bring optional gear like a full-face helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads for added comfort and safety

BUMP/CAMP members only shuttle day

Sunday April 7 we will be doing a members only Shuttle Day from 10-3 with our friends from CAMP.  We’ll follow that up with a cook out at the South Trail Head.  Make sure your membership is up to day.  We’ll start taking waivers and signing people in at the South Trail Head around 9:30.

Ladies Night Ride

Rolling at 6pm (plan to arrive early for any pre ride prep)
Must park at the STH at OM
Must have lights (both handlebar and helmet preferred)
Must have helmet
Bring a waterbottle
Optional (Indiv preference)- knee pads, elbow pads
Look for Tamie and Meagan when you get there…will gather up before we ride in the parking lot in front of the bump shed

Skyway Aid Station Party

We’ll be manning the Bull’s Gap Aid station for the Skyway Epic April 13th.  The Skyway race is a big fundraiser for the Lake Howard Trails.  Last year we refilled waters, cleaned drivetrains, and made grilled cheese sandwiches.  This will be a big party and hype station at mile 20 and 45/80 for the racers.

Ladies Trail Side Bike Maintenance Clinic

Don’t Miss This! 🚴‍♀️👷‍♀️
Ladies Mountain Bike Hands-On Maintenance Clinic
When: Sunday, April 14th
Where: Oak Mountain State Park Dogwood Pavilion next to the BUMP Shed at the South Trailhead
Time: 1pm
Rain or Shine! We’ll cover essential trailside maintenance skills like:
✔️ Changing a tire
✔️ Repairing a flat
✔️ Drivetrain and chain maintenance
Bring your bike and get hands-on practice from Bike Link of Hoovers master mechanic and hair model Chuck Lewis. No experience necessary – this is a fun and supportive environment to learn!
After the clinic, join us for a group ride.
Don’t let a flat tire or minor mechanical stop you from enjoying the trails. Gain the confidence to handle basic repairs and keep riding!
Ladies only!
This is the perfect opportunity to boost your wrenching skills alongside an awesome community of mountain bikers. See you there!

Iron Maiden

The board will be entering a team for Iron Maiden at Tannehill again this year.  Come race or cheer us on.

Tour de Cahaba

We’ll be working the support stations for this again this year.  We’ll need a hand full of volunteers for setup, tear down, and beverage distribution.

Sorba Conference 

This year we’ll be hosting the Sorba Fall Conference at Pelham Civic Complex.  We’ll share a link when ticket go on sale for anyone interested in attending.  We’ll need a few volunteers to help with setup and lead group rides later in the day.

Bump Fall Festival

Mark your calendar for this.  We’ll be running shuttles most of the day and plan on having food and a band in the evening.  More details will be available as we get closer to the event.

 

 

 

 

 

Women on Wheels

Sunday, Sep 10th we put on a ladies beginner mountain bike clinic with the aid of Bike Link, Cahaba Cycles, and PMBIA level 1 instructor Erin McMahon from HAMR.  Erin kicked off the day at 11 a.m. with the first clinic followed by two more at 1 p.m. and 3 pm.  We had a few volunteers on site helping checkout and setup loaner bikes that were provided by Cahaba Cycle and Bikelink of Hoover.  We had a total of 36 ladies come through for a lesson.  As usual we couldn’t have pulled this off without all the community partnerships we have.  Thanks alot to Joe at Bikelink, Faris and Tammy from Cahaba Cycles, Shelby County, Oak Mountain State Park as well as our dedicated volunteers that helped out with the day of execution.

 

Bump N Grind 29

Bump N Grind was a huge success this year.  We raised close to $30,000 (which might be a record) for the club this year and threw one helluva party.  We had just shy of 400 individual racers representing 13 different states.  Better than half the racers were from more than an hour away.  None of this would be possible without the army of volunteers who showed up to organize and run the event.  Special thanks go to the event committee who spent several months working through the details of the event and helping us put all the pieces together.  We really appreciate our sponsor. Hendrick Subaru, Discover Shelby Alabama, Bike Link of Hoover, Cahaba Cycles, Fox Factory, Trail Trust, Outside Van, Kuat, Therapy South, Ortho Alabama the official ortho sponsor of the XC Race, Andrews Sports Medicine the official ortho sponsor of the Enduro Race, Full Moon BBQ, Cahaba Brewing, Ride the Rebellion, Muc Off, Leatt, NOX composites, Factor Components, Alabama Outdoors, Ride BHAM, Deity Components, Wolf Tooth, Handup, and Pedal Industries. We had a really great environment out there and they were a huge part of it.  We are already working to make BNGXXX bigger and better.  If you’d like to help us out email [email protected]

Click here to see the Ride the Rebellion follow up video

 

 

 

Dream Bike Raffle

You could win this bike! BUMP and Fox Factory Dream 5010 Build | RallyUp  HUGE thanks to our sponsors who helped piece this beauty together. @fox @ridefoxbike @raceface @canecreekusa @shimanomtb @santacruzbicycles @cahabacycles
Start Date: 07/15/2023 8:01 AM (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Deadline to Enter: 08/14/2023 11:59 PM (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Winner Announced: 08/18/2023 11:59 AM (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Prize Details
1 Winner(s) will receive:
Santa Cruz 5010 CC Custom Fox Factory Build
Size Large Santa Cruz 5010 CC Custom Build
Fork- Factory 34 140mm
Shock- Float DPS 3 pos
Seatpost- Factory Transfer 150mm w remote
Wheelset- Raceface Next R31 Carbon
Stem- Raceface Turbine R35
Bars- Raceface Turbine R35
Pedals- Raceface Atlas
Cranks- Raceface ERA carbon
Drivetrain- Shimano XT
Brakes- Shimano XT
Approximate Retail Value: 9,800.00

July Newsletter

What a busy month June was! We are still crunching numbers from BUMP N Grind. Excluding a few pending transactions, it looks like we made just over $26,000 on the race this year.  Timing hiccups aside, I think it was an incredible party and hope we can take it up another step next year. We are in the final stages of getting a bike put together to raffle off and raise a few more dollars.  We’ve got a lot of big expansion possibilites coming up and these funds will really help us move forward in our goals for global MTB domination.

As always, make sure your membership is up to date and bug your friends about joining. We now have the 6th largest club in Sorba.

See you on the trails,
Chase Draper

UPCOMING EVENTS (details below):

  • July 11 Monthly Shuttle Day
  • July 15  Bump Workday
  • July 22 COGS Workday
  • July 23  Tour de Cahaba

Tour de Cahaba

Tour De Cahaba will benefit BUMP again this year.  If you aren’t riding please sign up to work the event.  We need about 12 volunteers across a variety of positions.  You can register to race here

Volunteer


BUMP Work Day

July 15 8:00 at Oak Mountain State Park.  Bring gloves and Water.  Lunch and a meeting will follow.


Cogs Workday

July 22 8:00 at Lake Howard Trail Head.

Shuttle Days

July 11 5pm to 7pm Shuttle will be free to BUMP members and cost $39 (the same as BUMP Membership) for all others. Please print and bring waiver with you. There is parking at the archery range so dont block the gate or the bike lanes.  Waiver

Volunteer


BUMP SWAG

We got a new supply of BUMP shirts and hats that we will be selling at our events. Also we have a few more BNG jerseys that should arrive in a couple weeks.  We picked up a new sponsor for BNG in Pedal Industries. We worked with them and put together a design for the duffel bag you can can see at the link below. You’ll be able to order them via Pedal Industries. Insert code CENTRALALABAMAMOUNTAINBIKER at check out for a discount and BUMP will get 10% of the purchase. Our store offers a BUMP Changing Poncho, Race Day Bag, and Race Calendar.

Buy A Bag


Volunteering

We’d like to expand on our social events this year.  If you would like to be on an event planning committee let us know.  Also we’d like to plan more regular group rides.  If you would like to lead a regular group ride of any type shoot us a message and we’ll figure out how to make it work.


Become A Member

We are currently the second largest club in the state.  Make sure you renew your membership and hound your friends about joining.
Join Up


Donation

Donations Welcome! Please consider donating to the cause. BUMP is a 501c non-profit organization and we count on our supporters to help keep the trails flowing.
Donate Now


Reminder:

Please DO NOT alter or make changes to trails in anyway.
Cutting down trees or doing un-authorized trail modifications is against Alabama State Law and will lead to fines or arrest. If you see anyone cutting down a live tree, do your part to help protect and preserve the park and report them immediately.

Sponsors:

Our sponsors are critical to our success and we should support them the way they have supported us.  We’ve recieved donations from Hendrick Subaru, Bike Link, Cahaba Cycles, Bob’s Bikes, Cahaba Brewing, Alabama Outdoors, Andrews Sports Medicine, OrthoAlabama, Therapy South, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Shelby County, Oak Mountain State Park, Nox Composites, Fox Factory, Kuat, Muc Off, Pedal Industries, Factor Components, Deity Components, Hand Up Gloves, Pelham Full Moon BBQ, and Moss Rock Tacos and Tequila.

The Iron Maiden Race

 

Jason from Chainbuster Racing contacted us after BNG and invited us to participate in 24 hours of Iron Maiden this year.  I haven’t raced or cared about racing in quite some time, but I took him up for some reason.  With my fitness limitations in mind, I knew team selections would be critical so I reached out to four really fun guys (none of which own spandex or XC bikes) and challenged them to an all-day party on the hottest day of the century.  We spent the next two weeks intensely preparing for race day, creating shopping lists, gathering supplies for our Pit area, and challenging the other Alabama Chapters to a dance-off.  My competitive streak made an unexpected appearance right about the time we lined up to start the first lap, but the format of riding one lap and then hanging out with your friends for 4 hours before doing another lap was a really laid-back and fun way to spend the day.  We spent the whole day hanging out in front of the fans, listening to music, grilling kabobs, and cheering on or talking trash to our friends.  Our team called it quits when the weather delay started and we ended up being the fastest team to quit early, there’s no trophy for that in case you’re wondering, but we had a ton of fun and are already planning on doing it again next year.  My goals for next year’s race are to be slightly faster, throw a much bigger party, and get the rest of the Alabama Sorba chapters to take me up on my party challenge.

Chase

Volunteer Appreciation Ride

Thanks to everyone that made it out to the volunteer appreciation ride Saturday.  We got a few miles in before moving to our VIP beach setup  provided by Shelby County.  Our volunteer crew has been amazing this year.  Thanks guys

Bloodier Rock, 2023 Upduro World Championship, and other updates

The past few months have been an absolute flurry of activity for our club. First, we have to mention that our membership is the largest ever in our existence! With the support and growth of our membership we have been able to tackle some long overdue projects.

 

The maintenance of Blood Rock was eating into our precious volunteer time with near monthly attempts to curb erosion and other issues. Our renovation will help sustain that section of trail well into the future and allow us to focus on other areas in need of maintenance. We have to say it looks pretty great as well! Speaking of Blood Rock, our first ever UPduro took place there a few weeks ago. Riders of all ages made attempts to climb up Blood Rock to get the farthest with the fastest time. For just a casual Sunday afternoon the turnout was great and the crowd was an absolute blast. Big thanks to Eric Hagan and Bike Link for putting some prizes up for grabs. Free events like these, along with shuttle days are just a few ways we are looking to add value to your membership on and off the trails and we hope you take advantage of them when you can.

 

Tails and Lightning have settled in quite nicely since their construction/renovation. Having these two trails side by side has made our Shuttle Days even more exciting, so if you haven’t had a chance to make it out for one, get after it! Shuttle Days are the 1st Tuesday of every month and a good way to get your lines dialed in before the BUMP N’ GRIND.

 

Can’t forget about Tannehill! We recently were able to re-route a problematic section of trail at Tannehill State Park in a single day thanks to some dedicated volunteers. We still have a few more projects in the development stage there, and we hope to share more information on that soon.

 

And of course, double check that the 29th Annual BUMP N GRIND is on your calendar: June 9th-11th. This will be an action packed weekend starting with pre-ride shuttles and on-site technicians on Friday provided by FOX Factory. Rich Drew and The Ride Series crew will be out helping fine tune those skills Friday and Saturday. You can register for one of The Ride Series clinics on Bikereg.com. Saturday will be the 1st ever BUMP N ‘DURO, followed by the super exciting Short Track race. Sunday of course will feature all the XC racing and Omnium winners will be announced then as well. If racing isn’t your thing, then we are always happy to have volunteers. It takes a village to put this event on!

 

A fresh round of BUMP swag will be hitting the scene soon as well, including fresh hats, shirts, and fenders. You can stock up at BUMP N GRIND or your favorite local bike shop.