Riders on Hickory Trail

Athens Mountain Bike Festival Planned for Late September

Athens Mountain Bike Festival

Optional Camping Friday night & Saturday night at Strouds Run State Park!

Free Group Rides Saturday at Strouds Run State Park!

Athens is a beautiful, fun city that is home to Ohio University.  What’s more, it has an extensive mountain bike trail system close to town. Residents and visitors enjoy over 26 miles of singletrack trails that connect the city of Athens with Strouds Run State Park.

Athens Bicycle Club (ABC) is proud to help maintain these trails, and welcomes you to enjoy them with us at our first-ever Athens Mountain Bike Festival. Pawpaw season will be in in full swing, the fruits sending their sweet smell through the woods. Come join Athens Bicycle Club for a variety of group rides that celebrate our beautiful forest. Or, do your own ride with friends and join us for camping. This is a choose-your-own adventure weekend.

Club members will have a variety of ride options for you to choose from on Saturday, ranging from short and mellow to long and challenging. Strouds Run State Park also offers opportunities for hiking, kayaking, canoeing, trail running, swimming and more, so there are plenty of things for non-biking friends and family to do too.

Opt to camp out with club members at the Group Camp Site or on your own right next door in the main campground, or stay in town at a hotel. Or just come for Saturday and ride! We look forward to showing you our trails. Note: There are no showers at Strouds Run State Park! There are water fountains and pit toilets.

Register online now! https://www.bikereg.com/athensmtbfest

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, Sept. 28

Trailwork hosted by Athens Bicycle Club. Group campsite, 6 pm

Friday, Sept. 29

Free off-road time trial hosted by local bike shop Athens Bicycle. Group campsite, 6 p.m.(http://www.athensbicycle.com/about/athens-bicycle-fall-fun-time-trial-series-pg204.htm)

Group camping at Strouds Run State Park hosted by Athens Bicycle Club (limited space available)

Saturday, Sept. 30

Guided sunrise hike to Vista Point (free)

Group rides all day (free)

Group camping at Strouds Run State Park hosted by Athens Bicycle Club (limited space available)

Camp Dinner hosted by Athens Bicycle Club (Details TBA)

Sunday, Oct. 1

Ride on your own, visit Athens, relax, etc.

GROUP RIDE (and HIKE) OPTIONS, SATURDAY, SEPT. 30

Guided Sunrise Hike to Vista Point   6:45 a.m. departure from Group Camp Site
Warm up those muscles for a day of riding with a guided sunrise hike to one of the most scenic spots in Southeast Ohio. Strouds Run State Park lover Sarah Webb will lead this family friendly trek, starting before dawn so that hikers can get to Vista Point just in time to greet the sun as it rises above the park’s beautiful Dow Lake. The hike will be approximately 2 miles total, however there will be options to tack on some extra trail. So grab your people and your headlamp and start the day the Vista Point way!

Ride Around The Lake+   9:30 a.m. departure from Group Camp Site
This mainstay of local riders starts off with a loop around Dow Lake (via Hickory and Sundown Trails), then continues on with Thunderbunny and Hollow Point Trails. Join IMBA Level 2 Ride Guide / MTB Instructor Danny Twilley and local all-around cyclist Doug Mansfield for this excellent singletrack tour. Bailout option after 10 miles before continuing on for another 7 miles. Intermediate to Advanced trails.

Ladies Ride   9:30 a.m. departure from Group Camp Site

Join local trail lovers Audrey Larrimer and Ellen Gerl for a ladies-only singletrack tour of Strouds Run State Park. They will start out with a mellow out-and-back 6-mile round trip on Hickory Trail. This first segment of the ride will be great for beginner women who are looking for a shorter ride. It also will provide a nice warm-up for those ladies who want to continue on for more technical miles. Opt to be done after Hickory Trail, or ride on with your Leading Ladies for another 6-10 miles of more technical singletrack with plenty of stops to rest and refuel. Don’t be surprised if Audrey offers bonus miles for extra credit at the end. She wants you to get your money’s worth!

Trail Lover’s Special   9 a.m. departure from Group Camp Site
Joey Boyle and Jim Schulz put in a lot of volunteer hours to keep our trails clear of downed trees and other hazards. Today they’ll leave the chainsaws at home and take you on a big, long ride at Strouds Run State Park and Sells Park. Expect to ride at least 25 miles with plenty of climbing on a mix of intermediate and advanced trails.

Holler Huck ‘N’ Roll Ride   10 a.m. departure from Trailhead Kiosk (next to first parking lot on right after entering park on Strouds Run Road)
Local shredders Lucas Reilly and Stephen Bartone will take you to some of their favorite places to send it in the woods, seeking out drops and jumps. During this feature tour, Lucas and Stephen will stop and discuss aspects of the trails that riders might not otherwise notice. Come out and discover creative options and lines to add to your riding. Jumping skills not required. All features will be optional. Expect less than 10 miles with a fair amount of elevation gain and loss.

Slow Roll   10 a.m. departure from Group Camp Site
IMBA Level Two Ride Guide / MTB Instructor Meredith Erlewine will take you on a ride out Hickory Trail and back. Be prepared for about an hour of pedal time, plus stops. Six miles of beginner to intermediate singletrack with moderate hills. This will be the easiest ride option of the day, but some trail riding experience is recommended.

Kids & Family Ride   2 p.m. departure from shelterhouse parking lot on Strouds Run Road (second parking lot on right after entering park on Strouds Run Road)
IMBA Level Two Ride Guide / MTB Instructor Meredith Erlewine and her friend Sarah Webb have led a series of Kids & Family Rides for ABC for four years now. Join them on their final ride of the 2017 summer season, when they take a crew of moms, dads, brothers and sisters across Hickory Trail to “the swing” and back. Parents must accompany kids on this ride. Helmets and mountain bikes required (no road bikes or hybrid bikes). This 5-mile ride will take about 90 minutes including stops. Families who would like to go but don’t want to ride 5 miles can turn around earlier and head back to the start; it will be an out-and-back ride for all participants.

Register online now for the Athens Mountain Bike Festival! https://www.bikereg.com/athensmtbfest

ATHENS, OHIO: A BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY

Athens is a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community. Most trips around our town take less than 10 minutes by bicycle, so you really can go anywhere by bike in Athens. You can even visit three local breweries via the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway (http://athensohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Brewed_On_The_Bikeway_2017_PRINT-1.pdf).

When you’re done riding the trails, our city streets and Hockhocking Adena Bikeway lead you to shopping, breweries, art galleries, campus and more (http://athensohio.com)

Questions? Email Meredith Erlewine at mer@athensbicycle.com.

Register online now! https://www.bikereg.com/athensmtbfest

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