Please welcome two Alabama bike clubs, Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) and the Northeast Alabama Bicycle Club (NEABC) as the newest IMBA-SORBA chapters. BUMP, formed in 1991 and currently led by President Mitch Moses, serves over 100 members in the Birmingham metropolitan area. These enthusiastic riders oversee and enjoy over 30 miles of singletrack, including Oak Mountain State Park's trails in Pelham, home of the annual BUMP n' Grind Race. They're busily working to add more trail at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park in McCalla AL, as well as develop new trails at Red Mountain Park.
NEABC formed in 1988, and currently serves 126 cyclists in Calhoun, Cleburne, St. Clair, Talladega, Etowah, & Cherokee Counties. Curtis Cupp is the current President, and steers the club as they steward over 35 miles of trail, from the Cheaha Mountain Express trails to the Choccolocco State Forest trails. The Chapter hosts several annual events, on and off road, such as the Cheaha Challenge, Sunny King Criterium, Noble Street Festival, and the Cheaha Mountain Expresss. Their next big project is to turn Coldwater Mountain, which borders Anniston and Oxford, AL, into a mountain biking destination. This 4,000-acre tract of land, full of mature hardwoods and challenging mountain terrain, will boast over 80 miles of singletrack when all construction phases are complete.