I’d like to let you all know about changes we’ve made with leadership for the new trail at Huntsville. I have now passed along responsibility for completion work on the new trail to Jon Power. With the fallout from the struggles of the last few months, it became clear that it would be politically expedient for me to step back and let new faces take over. Jon is one of a number of people who have stepped forward to help and to lead in the wake of the battles we’ve had in the Sam Houston National Forest – people like Jon, and John Blum, Cody Bowman, David MackeyMichael Walsh, Lisa Gibson, Mark Wood Jr., David Rogers Sr. and quite a few others.
I am actually kind of relieved to take a break. I’ve been working continuously since 2005 to expand our trails in the SHNF. It has been work that is not for the faint of heart. There have been constant challenges throughout, our recent battle with the SHTC being the most recent, and worst. But despite that we HAVE created two fantastic trails - in 2005, we had 6.5 miles of trail in the forest, now we have 32+, plus Huntsville State Park.
But there is so much more potential. In 2009, assisted by IMBA, we prepared a master plan for trails in the SHNF – that would see a major trail system in the western forest, the new trail at Huntsville, and about 30 miles of trail around Double Lake, all connected by one linear trail. I still hope to live long enough to see that. I hope eventually we will see reasonable people in charge and we will rebuild relationships with the SHTC and we can once again move in the right direction.
So, please support Jon and the teams at Huntsville and Double Lake – they are doing great work. I’ve got a few irons in the fire closer to home. When it comes to trail advocacy, my mantra has always been: “I just wanna ride my bike”. I think I’ll go do that. ... See MoreSee Less
We'll access the USFS C-57 trail (NWCC trail) from Elkins Lake Storage and move pavers by wheel barrel to creek crossing. Areas are in close proximity to one another. If there are enough volunteers, w...
GQTE Ran across an article on GQTE.. Guidelines for a Quality Trail Experience 2017.. that is used by IMBA and the BLM. I have not really had a change to do much more than look through the pictures but it provides lots of example pics so you can show a land manager what you are planning.
+++Rescheduled due to muddy trail conditions at MP and substitute trails. All participants have been emailed & not to late to join. New Date: Saturday, Aug. 26 at Memorial Park. Same link as below. Please delete your registration if you cannot attend the Aug. 26 make up. Thank you!+++
Registration is up for our quarterly Beginner & Intermediate MTB Skills Clinic at Memorial Park on August 12. MTB Skills Clinics are just one benefit to our GHORBA members. Members also get discounts at area bike shops and take pride in the fact that they are contributing to keeping our trails sustainable, safe, fun, and OPEN. If you aren't a member, sign up today. If you'd like to renew, just log in to the website. Thank you! ghorba.hepner.net/event/ghorba-mtb-skills-clinic-2/... See MoreSee Less
Rainy week got you down? Plan to take a friend, relative, or loved one to an inspirational film festival supporting our friends at the Bayou Land Conservancy - land managers of our beloved CC, Flintridge, and other HTX trails. Thank you BLC! Wild & Scenic Film Festival... See MoreSee Less
Hi guys! We had a great meeting this morning with the Sam Houston Trails Coalition. Rest assured we are working with them to select a cycling rep. It will take some time but things are moving in a positive direction. Thanks to the hard work of a few volunteers, support from the SHTC, and the forest service the trails are being opened back up. We may have reached a compromise today that will open up more of C57 soon. More to follow on that subject. In the meantime let's stay positive and continue building the momentum. Thanks!! As always thank you John Blum and Jon Power and Jim Mackey for all of your countless hours of volunteer work. ... See MoreSee Less
De-sanding a few "beachy" spots, clay root fill, clearing out drainage dips and moving a few logs clear of the trail. All work is along first section of DLRA Tr just off of paved road. Need a wheel ba...
Lead : Hilary Scullane
Level : Beginner
Where : 25840 FM 1485, New Caney, TX 77357
Wheels down : Please arrive early enough to be ready to roll at 8:30am.
Distance : 11 miles no drop. We will stop at...
With 3 trail networks and 30 some miles of trail, Sugar Land has really been growing in popularity with the MTB community. So it gives me great pride to announce our weekly LADIES GROUP RIDE. This Ladies only, no drop group ride rotates around Sugar Land's various trails depending on trail conditions and group request.
The SLMTB Ladies Group rides are Tuesday nights at 6:00PM. For more information PM Kimberly Chernosky and join our FB page "Sugar Land MTB Trails" to see Trail status in the "PINNED POST" and find maps in the files section. ... See MoreSee Less
GHORBA is pleased to announce two new Board members!
Katie Conlan Winston has taken over as Director of Fund Development. Katie is from Southern California and has been involved in nonprofit fundraising for over 10 years. As a resident of The Woodlands since 2012, she regularly MTBs the trials in her area as well as Huntsville State Park. Katie also enjoys other sports that allow her to spend time outdoors with her husband - fly fishing, rock climbing, hiking, and running.
Emilyanne Ferguson has taken on Director of Membership. Emily has been riding bikes with her Dad since she started walking. In conjunction with B-cycles, she is also a bike mechanic for Bike Barn and is a Trek Women's Advocate with a common and passionate goal to get more women in the saddle by leading woman's cycling rides in the Houston area. Emily is also a NICA youth mountain biking racing coach.