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When you join NGMBA or renew your membership in October, you're entered to win a Yeti Beti or Yeti SB6! Your membership supports new trail projects, such as, Fruitkof, Aska Trail Sytem, Ridgeway and Woodring Branch, great events, fun rides and trail maintenance. More people joining = more resources = more trails close to home.

As you can see, great things are happening with the NGMBA - events, new trail opportunities, workdays, clinics and great partnerships in the community and we need you. We need volunteers who might want to help out on the Board of Directors to help us create a better mountain bike community! Please click HERE if you are interested.


As you can see, great things are happening with the NGMBA - events, new trail opportunities, workdays, clinics and great partnerships in the community and we need you.  We need volunteers who might want to help out on the Board of Directors to help us create a better mountain bike community!  Please click HERE if you are interested.



The North Georgia Mountain Bike Association (formerly known as EMBA) is a non-profit mountain bike advocacy organization that maintains over 50 miles of awesome old school trails in Pickens, Gilmer, and Fannin Counties. New trail projects; Talking Rock Preserve, Carters Lake and Frutikof are designed to enhance the riding experience and support a variety of mountain bikers from beginners to gravity riders.  One of the original SORBA chapters, NGMBA developed some of the first mountain bike trails in the Southeast.  Your support by joining/renewing is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Andy Milton, President  







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Sign up NOW for the Epic Events Coming Up Soon at Mulberry Gap!



Registration Open Now! 
Sat. Sept. 21 (8:30a - 11:30a) Bear Creek / Pinhoti Work Day
Fri. Sept. 27 (3p) - Sun. Sept. 29 (3p) Int-Adv Ladies Clinic
Fri. Oct. 4 (3p) - Sun. Oct 5 (5:30p)  3rd Annual Bikepacking Summit
Fri. Nov. 8 (3:30p) - Sun. Nov. 10 (4:30p) Fluidride Interm. MTB Clinic
Sat. Dec. 7 (8a) - Sun. Dec. 8 (8a) Mulberry Meltdown Trailrunning
Dec. 17, 2019 - Feb. 29, 2020 Mulberry Gap Closed for Winter

**** Save the Date: Registration Info Coming Soon! ****
April 24-26, 2020 Run the Cohuttas Spring Trail Days Trail Running
May 7-10, 2020 Ordinary Epics North Georgia Gravel Experience
June TBD, 2020 Youth MTB Day Camp Week!
June 19-21, 2020  Ninja Mtn Bike Performance MTB Skills Clinic
October 23-25, 2020 Run the Cohuttas Fall Trail Days Trail Running


It's time to pull out that calendar and start saving dates!  

*THIS WEEKEND!* North Georgia Mountain Bike Association's Bear Creek / Pinhoti Work Day 
September 21, 2019 (8:30a-11:30a)

Get More Info or RSVP Here!
Date & Time:  Saturday, September 21, 2019 meeting 8:30am
Where:  Location at Bear Creek/Pinhotis to be determined
What: Corridor clearing and rolling grade dips cleaned out
Duration: We will work from 9am to 11:30a.
Lunch: Will be provided and a free raffle ticket for swag for allparticipants
Why?  We do our best to maintain the trails we love to ride, to foster a working relationship with Forest Service, help our local community and businesses that rely on a sustainable recreation resource.



ONLY 3 Spaces Left* Ladies Intermediate-Advanced Clinic w/Instructor Shanna Powell 
September 27, 2019 (3:30pm) - September 29, 2019 (4:30pm)

Get More Info or Register Here!

This clinic is ideal for women who mountain bike regularly (10-15 miles 2-3x/week) and want to hone their skill set. Emphasis is on proper body position to suit the terrain, techniques to make single track riding safer, more fun, more efficient and increase confidence. This clinic will go over the fundamentals and specific maneuvers like wheel lifts, cornering, and switchbacks. While the skill portion is more suited for all, the on trail riding portion requires fitness enough to ride in the mountains. If you have decent bike fitness, want to dial in and learn new skills and enjoy the company of other women who ride, this is a great opportunity for you. Shanna has lots of experience teaching other women (as well as men) and continually seeks to improve her skills as a rider and instructor so you can learn better. She is also an amazing rider herself but has a relaxed, laid-back approach to shredding and teaching.

In summary, you should have a strong baseline fitness, willingness to learn and experiment all while having lots and lots of FUN! 

Clinic ONLY Rate:  Includes clinic, 2 lunches, shuttles, taxes and fees.  $299 / per person
Clinic, Lodging & Meal Rates:  Cabin or Campsite Lodging, 6 meals, shuttles, taxes, and fees.
     Private Cabin - $575 / per person
     Shared Bunk Cabin - $540 / per person
     Camping - $415 / per person


 *Registration Closes Sept. 25th!* Third Annual Bikepacking Summit
October 4, 2019 (3:00pm) - October 6, 2019 (5:30pm)

Get More Info or Register Here!

For more information and a full itinerary check out

Overnighter on the Pinhoti - 2:00pm
2:00pm group rollout from Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway 15 - 25 mile round trip.  Gravel and singletrack route options
Bring your own camping gear, cooking gear, food and beverages. We are simply out to ride, laugh, sleep under the stars and enjoy each others company.
***THURSDAY NIGHT IS FREE AND NOT PART OF THE WEEKEND REGISTRATION. Mulberry Gap is not offering dinner on Thursday night or breakfast on Friday morning.

Check-in for cabin and camp bookings begins at 3:00pm
Meet + Greet at The Barn- 5:00pm
Welcome - 6:30pm
Forum: Kick-off Discussion - Setting the Scene - 6:45pm
After Party at The Barn/Fire Pit - 8:30pm

Ginni’s Breakfast at The Barn - 7:00am
Overcoming Fear with Joe Cruz - 8:00am
Wilderness First Aid for Bikepackers with Charly Aurelia - 10:00am
Lunch at The Barn - 1:00pm
Presenters Forum - 2:00pm
Route Building Workshop - 3:30pm
Packing with Lael Wilcox - 5:00pm
Dinner at The Barn - 6:00pm
Tour Divide Film Premiere presented by Rue Kaladyte - 7:00pm
Bon Fire + Drink Beer + Kumbaya - 8:15pm - 11:00pm

Ginni’s Breakfast at The Barn - 7:00am
Solo Bikepacking and Industry Inclusivity with Pepper Cook - 8:00am
The State of the Eastern Divide Project with Brett Davidson - 9:30am
Riding the Route you Built - 11:00pm
Lunch at The Barn - 1:00pm
Building your own Alcohol Stove with Greg Hardy - 2:00pm
Building a Bikepacking Community with Kim Murrell - 3:30pm
Presenters Forum - 5:00pm
Farewell + Raffle - 5:30pm


Mulberry Meltdown Ultra Trail Running Event (6, 12, & 24 hours!)
December 7, 2019 (8am) - December 8, 2019 (8am)

Get More Info or Register Here!

This event presented by Run the Cohuttas and hosted at Mulberry Gap invites you to come test your mettle on a well-maintained 1 mile course of loopy fun through the Mulberry Gap MTB Get-A-Way property. Sounds easy? Maybe the first few times…

You’ll run by mountain brooks and across a koi pond. You’ll run through stands of hemlocks and past the smiling faces of volunteers and supporters. You’ll run past a nice, warm “barn” (hint: it’s not really a barn) serving nice, warm food. You’ll run past your tent or cabin (which you should book RIGHT NOW at to access personal aid and sleep without leaving the course, and you’ll run through a MTB pump track (no, you don’t have to run the tricks...but maybe that’d be fun the first few times…please show us pictures).   You’ll also accumulate 220ft of elevation gain per loop.   OUCH The course is 90% dirt/trail. There will be small segments of gravel plus the paved area where the main buildings are at the Start/Finish. There will also be a couple of short wooden bridges so you don’t get your tootsies wet as you cross the aforementioned brooks and koi pond. :)


Help us plan an EPIC
Summer 2020 Youth Camp
at Mulberry Gap!

We are super psyched to be working with REI to host a week-long
Youth Mountain Bike Skills Camp in SUMMER 2020
right here at Mulberry Gap!   And we could use your help :) 

We'd love to fill this first camp to capacity with young shredders-in-training and, want to get all the details right to have something that is an awesome opportunities for kids and families!  

If you have (or know) a girl or boy youth rider who might be interested, please help us out by taking this quick 2 minute survey to help us do this thing right! :) 

Complete the Summer Youth Camp Interest Survey HERE!



Fluidride Intermediate Mountain Bike Clinic w/Instructor Simon Lawton
November 7, 2019 (3:30pm) - November 9, 2019 (4:30pm)

Get More Info or Register Here!

This clinic, operated by Fluidride and hosted at Mulberry Gap will be geared toward Intermediate (+/-) riders who want to learn a mix of position, cornering, drops, jumps, steep descents, climbing techniques and a range of other skills. (This weekend will encapsulate our popular Trail Essentials and Air 101 classes, part of our Progressive Trail Skills class, along with skills elected by our group that weekend). Clinics will be held in the morning, with optional group rides in the afternoon.

The clinic includes two full days of instruction with Fluidride Owner Simon Lawton as well as riding snacks.



Check Out All Our Events!

Giro d' Georgia Italian Road Bike Festival Ride


The inaugural Giro (formerly the Italian Road Bike Festival Ride was a great success with over 100 riders participating.  All reviews were very positive and NGMBA with Rob Anderson and Kristin Campbell and many others were able to pull off a great event and raise a funds for the chapter. A Big Thank You to all our volunteers, sponsors and participants.


Rock Armoring Clinic Nov 1 & 2, 2019

The Rock Armoring Clinic is sold out. We will have 18 participants who will learn how to rock armor from IMBA Trail Solutions. What's cool is that half the participants are USFS personnel from all over the Southeast. Please contact Andy Milton if you want to be on the waiting list

Jones Creek Dam Reroute, Jake/Bull Mtn

Another opportunity to work with a professional trail builder is occurring right now at Jones Creek Dam Trail at Jake/Bull Trail System. Mike Riter,Trail Design Specialists has been awarded the contract to build the reroute at the Jones Creek Dam Trail. SORBA is managing a grant from The National Forest Foundation by direction of the USFS. The funds for this build were donated from REI to the National Forest Foundation to be spent at Jake/Bull Mountain Trail System. This project is in collaboration with Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association, Back Country Horsemen of North Georgia, Northeast GA SORBA and SORBA.  

Please contact Mike Riter, if you want to volunteer. There are opportunities to volunteer on you own or with a group. Stay tuned for trail workday opportunities on this reroute.   

Rich Mountain WMA - Cartecay Tract

NGMBA has signed a Land Use Agreement with Georgia DNR, Wildlife Division - Cartecay Tract. This is a first since the Cartecay Tract mountain bike trails inception in the early 1980's. This agreement recognizes NGMBA as the organization that maintains and develops reroutes using IMBA Trail Standards. We have engaged Keith McFadden, professional trail designer to work with the Wildlife Division officers to come up with a plan that meets the objectives of a WMA and trail users. Keith is willing to work with volunteers who want to learn more about trail design, layout and construction. We see this as a Hybrid Trail Build between a professional trail builder and volunteers.

Carters Lake, Ridgeway & Woodring Branch New Trail Project


The Carters Lake Mountain Biking Trail Project, which will add 3 more miles to Ridgeway and 11 more miles to Woodring has worked it's way through USACE approval process and is now ready for a Recreational Trail Program grant application. Carters Lake, Gilmer County and NGMBA will be working together to submit an application for this grant cycle. It does take time for this process, please be patient. We submit this fall and if we the application makes it through the first phase we will be asked to submit the next application. If all goes well, we will receive the go ahead in the fall of 2020, with two years to complete the project. This is a 80/20 grant, meaning RTP supplies 80% of the costs and the community comes up with 20%. This can be in cash, in kind donations and volunteer hours.  You can bet NGMBA will be donating cash and volunteer hours.    


Aska Trail System Update

Ken Nix, trail builder extroidinaire, has generously donated his time, machine and expertise to build the new bridge at Longbranch and clean out all the rolling grade dips.  Please give him a big thank you, when you see him. 

The new Fruitkof is still on track. The Blue Ridge Ranger District has submitted their decision on the Fruitkof Project to the Forest Supervisor, Betty Jewett is very supportive. We are hoping to have the final go ahead shortly.

The Fruitkof Project calls for 5miles of beginner trail, 3 miles of intermediate and 1.5 miles of expert of bike optimized trail.


IMBA Ride Center Evaluation Results


Over the Memorial Day Weekend in May, Steve Kasacek and Shane Wilson, IMBA Trail Solutions visited our area to evaluate our trails and local amenities for a mountain bike destination at the Bronze Level.  This is a designation that attracts visitors from all over the world to travel here and enjoy our trails, local restaurants, bike shops, lodging and other outdoor recreation. 

Unfortunately, we were just a few points short of making the grade, but if the points we need can be acquired within the 1 year grace period, we will be awarded the designation.  The areas that we need to improve are adding more bike optimized trail, improve signage, trail maintenance all of which is attainable by August 30, 2020. 

A Ride Center Designation is based on Traditional Singletrack, Bike Optimized, Gravity and Bike Park Features for all levels of ability.  We have the Traditional Singletrack, but we need more of the other categories. Here is a quote from Steve Kasacek:

" Shane and I greatly enjoyed our time in the north Georgia mountains, it is clear there is something special there and the history of riding is rich. Its also obvious that the club and local partners have been making impressive gains when it comes to developing more high quality and modern riding options. We both look forward to a continuing partnership and helping ensure Elljay offers the best destination riding possible."

To that end, the Ride Center Report was very detailed and gives us the road map to plan and build more and better trails.  NGMBA will be using this report to help guide our planning with our land managers in the future.





Advocacy Pro-Tip: Legislator Recess


A heads up and reminder that your Members of Congress are out in District and now is a great time to engage with them and do something outside—what we do is fun! It's a great opportunity to talk about mountain biking and federal legislation that impacts mountain biking, like Recreation Not Red Tape, Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act, and other public lands bills.

Take pictures and post to your social media outlets and don't forget to follow up with your legislator afterward. If you do get out with someone, let us know!

The next call is scheduled for August 21, 2019 at 6pm eastern, 5pm central, 4pm mountain and 3pm pacific. 

If you have an agenda item that you would like to discuss, please send it to

The July 17, 2019 Local Roundtable recording can be found here

August Fundraising Webinar

Few people are instinctively comfortable asking for money, but with a fundraising strategy and good supporting materials you may find that approaching community stakeholders, investors, and philanthropists is not so difficult. This free webinar will help guide you in the process of developing a fundraising plan.

August 20, 2019
3pm-4pm Eastern


October Trail Labs Registration is Now Available!


IMBA Trail Labs are two-day intensive workshops during which IMBA staff and local experts and stakeholders lead participants through the recipe for a model community trail system: planning, design, building, activation, promotion and measuring success. Attendees will also get a firsthand look at components of an intentional and diverse mountain bike trails community. 

People who should attend are land managers, tourism and recreation professionals, community officials and local trail organizations—we encourage you to invite the groups that can help you make trails happen!

The cost to attend is $600, which includes registration, breakfast and lunch, shuttles for field workshops and evening festivities.




New NGMBA kits availible.  Order now!  Clck on the link below

New NGMBA kits availible. Order now! Clck on the link below


Athlos welcomes you to your NGMBA online store. This store has been developed to simplify the ordering process and provide exclusive pricing. To get started, select the appropriate sizes and quantities for the items below.  

Act now, this store closes August 4th and your gear will ship in approximate 4-5 weeks after the close of the store, with 3-5 days in transit from our warehouse.

Please note, all products are shipped with signature guarantee for the safety of your delivery. If you will not be available to receive your package, consider an alternate address. Once the shipment departs our warehouse, you can also manage your individual shipment by signing up for the Fed-Ex delivery app. 

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact at 888-994-9974 or

For easy reference see the Athlos size guide

NGMBA Collection Notes

The NGMBA collection contains a wide assortment of products to allow you choose your individual style and fit. Size ranges are consistent throughout each collection, but garments do fit differently based on their cut, construction, and fabrics. In general, questions arise on the cut of the jerseys, as short fit is very consistent. However, the cut and fabric in cycling jerseys, do provide different fits within the same size range. The NGMBA collection is built from the Athlos Breakaway line. Breakaway is a pro fit, fitting closer to the body, while still providing a level of comfort. Breakaway also steps up a level with key upgrades in materials and chamois.

Breakaway is a pro fit, fitting closer to the body, while still providing a level of comfort. Breakaway delivers with these key feature.  

  • Raglan sleeve with A-Vent mesh side-panels and underarms.

  • Flatlock stitching for smooth seams against the body.

  • Laser cut silicon grippers provide compression and reduce wind resistance

  • Upgraded Aero Boost perforated chamois deliver comfort the entire ride with Forza fabric interface

  • H2 Zero performance material with high moisture management

  • Standard collar line

  • 3 light-weight, secure, pockets

  • Full invisible low profile YKK zipper

Shells and Wind Vest:

The Athlos wind shell and vest are unisex garments in a club fit. If you prefer a tighter race cut consider sizing down. A sizing guide is listed with the product on the team store.

NGMBA Board Nominations and 2018 Reflections

NGMBA Board Nominations and 2018 Reflections


Well it's time for me to step back and look for new leadership with our chapter.  But before we get into the nomination and election process, I would like to reflect on the accomplishments of the NGMBA for the past year.

  1. 8 miles of new trail at Talking Rock, that NGMBA helped develop by educating Southeastern Trust for Parks & Land on best practices, recommending the trail builder, contribute partial funding and help maintain.

  2.  Developed a Mountain Bike Trail concept plan for Carters Lake for Ridgeway and Woodring.  USACE is in the process of approving the plan.  When complete, Woodring will have an additional 11 miles + a pump track.  Ridgeway will have a total of 6 miles of flow trail.

  3.  Re-opened Ridgeway - constructed 2 miles of flow trail and revamped the gravity trails.  

  4. Aska Trail System - Continued the Challenge Cost Share Agreement with US Forest Service in constructing the re-route on Longbranch.  New bridge to be constructed soon.  Completed the first phase of NEPA for Fruitkof new trail project.  Botanical survey is complete and we are waiting for US Forest Service to perform the Archeological survey.  Once these surveys are done, then fundraising for 8.5 miles of new trail at Fruitkof will begin with construction to follow.  Rock Armoring Clinic will be scheduled for late this year or early next year.  

  5. Cartecay Bike Shop has performed many hours of maintenance at Bear Creek/Pinhotis/Mountaintown trails and hosted fun rides and events.

  6.  Mulberry Gap has hosted:

    Brutal Loop - spring (
    Drama Queen - summer 
    Singlespeed Smackdown - summer (Singlespeed Militia)
    Turkey Shuffle - fall 
    Fireball Fiasco - winter

    To date, Mulberry Gap has raised around $10k since early 2016. We have really enjoyed putting on these events and helping out our community and would love to continue growing them to see the club and trails thrive! 

  7. Blue Mountain Bike hosted the Carters Lake Enduro Reloaded at Ridgeway and raised $2,600.

  8. NGMBA with the Gilmer Chamber of Commerce applied for the IMBA Ride Center Designation, hopefully to be awarded in 2019.

  9. Donated $500 to each NICA team to help support them.

  10. Initiated a public meeting between the Gilmer Commissioners and Cherokee Commissioner to tour the Blankets Creek parking facility to educate Gilmer on how investing in mountain bike parking infrastructure can benefit the community.

It is my sincere hope that the new leadership will carry this work forward and to help our community, get more people on bikes and create more trails that everyone can enjoy.

Mike Palmeri, President NGMBA  

Now onto the nomination process.  These are the board of directors positions:

1.  President:  The President shall be responsible for carrying out the directives of the NGMBA Board of Directors.  The President shall also be the chairman of the NGMBA Board of Directors, preside over the membership meetings, communicate with members and represent NGMBA as a member of SORBA’s main organization Board of Directors, referred to herein as SORBA/Main.  The President shall also serve as liaison to the Gilmer, Fannin and Pickens County Chamber of Commerce, elected officials and North Georgia land managers.  The President can expect to volunteer a minimum of 8hrs @ month or less if all officers and directors are performing their duties.
2.  Vice President:  The Vice President shall discharge the duties of the president in the event of a vacancy in that office or in the event the president is absent or unable to discharge those duties.  The Vice President shall also assist the president in NGMBA activities as requested.  The VP can expect to volunteer a minimum of 4hrs @ month. 
3.  Treasurer:  The Treasurer shall report on the status of all money and property of NGMBA and maintain records of all financial transactions.  The Treasurer shall also submit financial reports to the Treasurer of SORBA/Main on a monthly basis and provide status of all money at NGMBA Chapter meetings.  The Treasurer shall submit NGMBA IRS Tax Returns and maintain NGMBA corporate status with Georgia Secretary of State on an annual basis.  The Treasurer can expect to volunteer a minimum of 2hrs @ month. 
4.  Secretary:  The Secretary shall keep a record of NGMBA bylaws, meeting notes, and other administrative papers on file locally and on the SORBA Google Drive.  The Secretary can expect to volunteer a minimum of 2hrs @ month.  
5.  Activity Director:  The Activity Director shall coordinate group rides, festivals, races, fundraising, and other social events.  The Activity Director will also identify potential sponsors, solicit donations, and maintain relationships with existing sponsors.  The Activity Director shall submit NGMBA articles and pictures to SORBA/Main for news publications.  The Activity Director is encouraged to develop committee(s) to accomplish activity goals.  The Activity Director can expect to volunteer a minimum of 8hrs @ month.  
6.  Trail Director:  The Trail Director shall be responsible for coordinating work party schedules.  The Trail Director shall compile and submit volunteer hours to the SORBA/Main volunteer database and corresponding land managers on a quarterly basis.  The Trail Director shall be responsible for the inventory of tools and upkeep of the tool trailer and manage the certifications of Crew Leaders and Sawyers.  The Trail Director is directed to develop a trail committee consisting of a Trail Boss for each trail system.  Trail bosses need to be approved by the NGMBA Board of Directors and report to the Trail Director.  Trail Director and Trail Bosses must have a current Crew Leader and CPR/First Aid Certifications.  The Trail Director can expect to volunteer a minimum of 8hrs @ month.   
7.  Webmaster:  The Webmaster shall be responsible for managing web-based information on the NGMBA website and social networking sites.  The Webmaster can expect to volunteer a minimum of 4hrs @ month.  
8.  Membership Director:  The Membership Director shall maintain membership management database.  Communicate with new, renewed lapsed and expired members.  Develop new members by coordinating with IMBA and SORBA membership drives, on-site membership registration at events, emails, social media and other membership promotions.  The Membership Director can expect to volunteer a minimum of 4hrs @ month. 
9.  Community Liaison:  The Community Liaison will assist the President and Membership Director on communications and marketing campaigns, assist with chapter fundraising, and act as goodwill ambassador with local business community and elected officials.  The Community Liaison can expect to volunteer a minimum of 4hrs @ month. 

* Any current member of NGMBA may hold a board member position within the NGMBA Board of Directors.

* The members of NGMBA and/or the NGMBA Board of Directors may nominate board members by October 31st (the date will be extended to Friday Nov 2, 2018) for the election in November.  Notice for nominations shall be advertised by email, Social Media and website for two weeks prior to Nov 2, 2018.

* Click HERE to email your nomination.

So please, everyone check your membership if you want to nominate a special person you think will be a good candidate or if you yourself want to step up. 

Here is the link to join or renew your membership: