Who we are
We are a group of cycling and outdoor enthusiasts dedicated to the success and expansion of mountain biking in the Miami Valley. We help to maintain our local trail systems, educate on riding skills and sustainable trail use, and run a race series to help finance these efforts. Our work helps to keep natural spaces open for use by the entire community and ensures the safety and usability of the trails. Our events draw in every kind of rider, on every kind of bike, for every conceivable reason, mostly because the events are fun!
If this sounds like something you want to be a part of, read on about our history, take a look at our calendar of events, and check us out on Facebook. We’d love to have you along for the ride!
The Miami Valley Mountain Bike Association started as just a group of people who loved to get out and ride together. A small group of riders started talking about building a trail system for mountain bikes in the Miami Valley of Southwest Ohio. Some time later, an employee at Wright Patterson Air Force Base named Mahmoud received permission to build mountain bike trails on an unused portion of land at John Bryan State Park. After Mahmoud left the area, a member of the Wittenberg University Cycling Club, Nate Hawkins, kept things going. During this period a small core group formed to help maintain the new trails, and together they became the Miami Valley Mountain Bike Association. [The Frankenlight trail at John Bryan is named in honor of Nate!]
MVMBA joined the statewide Ohio Mountain Bike Association as the sport surged in popularity. MVMBA began to host races at John Bryan such as FastLaps and the 6-hour Race for Relief to support its efforts financially. In 2006-07, in conjunction with Five Rivers MetroParks, MVMBA assisted with the construction of a brand new trail system at Huffman MetroPark. The new trail system, MoMBA, brought mountain biking into Dayton proper, opening up the sport to thousands more area residents.
In 2012, under the leadership of Jade Gianakopulos and her husband Stacy, MVMBA joined the International Mountain Bicycling Association as an official Chapter. The club grew under their tenure and contributed to the improvements and representation of its two trail systems at MoMBA and John Bryan State Park.
After years of dedication by a few passionate volunteers, the club has progressed in filling all 13 Executive Board spots, growing its membership, launching a monthly newsletter, hosting more member social events, and more actively engaging members in trail maintenance projects. In 2018, the club joined 7 other Ohio mountain bike clubs to form Ohio MTB, a regional coalition formed to share experiences and advocate as one voice for mountain bikers of Ohio in front of land managers and elected officials. In 2019, the Troy Mountain Bike Area trail system was brought under the MVMBA umbrella.
As we go forward, MVMBA will continue this trend of strong leadership and community involvement, adding new trails and expanding riding opportunities for all riders of all abilities, throughout the Miami Valley. RIDE ON!