Athens Mountain Bike Festival 2017 - Campfire

Athens Mountain Bike Festival Recap

It was a beautiful weekend to hit the trails during Athens Bicycle Club’s first Athens Mountain Bike Festival at Strouds Run State Park September 29 – October 1, 2017.

The club hosted a total of 52 people on mountain bike rides Saturday, thanks to ride leaders Black Lassie, Jim Schulz, Ellen Gerl, Audrey Larrimer, Meredith Erlewine, Sarah Webb, Danny Twilley, Doug Mansfield, Lucas Reilly and Stephen Bartone. Strouds Run has an extensive network of mountain bike trails, and rides organized at the festival covered all 26 miles of those trails.

A pre-ride briefing at Athens Bicycle Club's first Mountain Bike Fesitval.

A pre-ride briefing at Athens Bicycle Club’s first Mountain Bike Fesitval.

Most attendees were local, though we also hosted riders from Zanesville, Cleveland and Marietta, Ohio, who were attracted to the festival because of the opportunity to experience new trails with seasoned local riders. We also heard from people who came to ride in Athens after learning about the trails because of the festival.

On Friday night, 24 people participated in a short time trial and cookout organized by a local bike shop. Saturday evening, 20 people opted in to do dinner with club members at the camp site, so we pitched in for a pizza party.

Approximately 20 people camped on Friday and Saturday nights, most at the group camp site and some in the main campground.

Thanks everyone who participated in this celebration of our local trails.

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!


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.(

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

Saturday, Sept. 30

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.


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 Group Camp Site

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 Bulldog 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!


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 (

When you’re done riding the trails, our city streets and Hockhocking Adena Bikeway lead you to shopping, breweries, art galleries, campus and more (

Questions? Email Meredith Erlewine at

Register online now!

Trail Work

Trail Work Sessions Start on 7 September

The first Athens Bicycle Club trail work session this season will be at Strouds Run State Park on Thursday September 7th, 2017 at 6:00 PM. Meet at the Thunderbunny parking lot.

Trail Work

Trail Work

Please bring sturdy footwear, water, and whatever else you need for two hours of working in the woods.
We will provide necessary tools, but if you have any hand pruners or loppers please bring them along.

This is the first of our series of Thursday evening trail work sessions that will run for the whole month of September.
The meeting place will change every week, so keep your eyes peeled for updates.

Questions? Contact Joey via email: tjoeyb at

Map to Thunderbunny Trailhead Parking Lot:

Roadside Trash Pickup Planned for Sept. 10

Club members collect trash on Pomeroy Road.

Athens Bicycle Club will host a “Keep America Beautiful” trash cleanup on Pomeroy Road on Sunday, Sept. 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

ABC has adopted a section of Pomeroy Road as part of its commitment to the community. Club members meet throughout the year to pick up trash on this segment of road.

Help Athens Bicycle Club keep Athens looking its best!  We will meet at the Richland Ave. BP Gas Station. Orange safety vests, work gloves, and trash bags will be provided.  Please wear sturdy footwear and bring water to drink.

If you have any questions, email and thanks for your help!


Kids & Family Ride #3 Planned for Aug. 27

ABC Kids & Family Ride

Kids and Family Ride #2 2017

The next ABC Kids & Family Ride is set! Join us on August 27.

Meeting Place: Athens Community Center. Ride starts at 3 p.m. and should wrap up before 5 p.m.

Ride Format: Group ride on city streets. Expect to ride 7 miles total, touring around the city of Athens. This ride will be somewhat strenuous for young riders, there might be some walking up hills. We will be riding with car traffic at times. Parents should expect to be vigilant and helpful. There could be whining at times! But there will be a sense of accomplishment afterward.

We will review bicycling etiquette and street safety before departing.

Families with younger children are welcome to join us as we depart on the bikeway (then ride as long as makes sense for your family before returning to the starting place).

Other Important Information:
> Helmets are required for anyone on the ride (adults, children and infants).
> Please arrive with bicycles in working order and ready to go (test them out before the day of the ride).
> We suggest that you carry anything you might need to deal with any mechanical problems along the way.

Kids and Family Ride #1 2017

Kids and Family Ride #1 2017

> Please carry water and snacks for yourselves and your children.
> Please stay close enough to your children during the ride that you can see them and they can hear you.
> Please arrive in time to sign club waiver.

This ride is part of a series of kids & family events being offered by Athens Bicycle Club for 2017.

Questions? Email Meredith Erlewine at

Mountain biking on the Wayne - courtesy of Bruce Wunderlich for the Marietta-Washington County CVB.

Comment on Reduced Mountain Biking Fees for Wayne NF by Friday 28 July

Wayne National Forest is proposing to reduce mountain bike user fees for a seasonal permit from $45 to $0. Submit your comments in support of the proposal by close of business this Friday 28 July, 2017.

Wayne National Forest opened the comment period on a proposal to significantly reduce fees for motorized and non-motorized uses in the forest in March. The long comment period is now coming to an end. The National Forest has experienced reduced use by motorized sports in recent years, and by reducing motorized use fees, and eliminating fees for horse and mountain bike users, the Forest will be better aligned with other trail providers in the area.

Mountain biking on the Wayne - courtesy of Bruce Wunderlich for the Marietta-Washington County CVB.

Mountain biking on the Wayne – courtesy of Bruce Wunderlich for the Marietta-Washington County CVB.

Let your voice be heard. Email comments to: with the subject line “Fee Change” by close of business on Friday, July 28, 2017.

Additionally, verbal comments can be submitted via phone by calling 740-753-0101 and indicating you would like to provide comments on the proposed recreation fee changes.

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