by Tom Sauret
Leaders from mountain bicycling organizations from across the state met in Tallahassee to discuss opportunities and challenges facing mountain bikers in Florida. The focus of the meeting was to network and create an alliance of mountain biking leaders that would move mountain biking forward strategically. Leaders from the Flagler Area Bicycling, Ocala Mountain Biking Association, SORBA Jax, SORBA Tallahassee, the Suwannee Bicycle Association, Bicycle Tallahassee, the Virginia Key Mountain Biking Association and others shared success stories and discussed plans for future mountain biking projects in the state.
Several land manager representatives and other outdoor leaders, including personnel from the USFS, the City of Tallahassee, the Florida Outdoor Alliance, the Professional Trail Builders Association, and The Florida Office of Greenways and Trails were also in attendance and shared their perspective as to how mountain biking advocacy could be improved and the need for the mountain bike community to speak with one voice. Attendees toured the new state-of-the-art bicycle facilities featuring a jump park, at Tom Brown Park. The day culminated with group rides on the Magnolia and Cadillac trails and on the UFSF Trail, Munson Hills. Plans are being made for a follow-up meeting in 2013.