This past month Freehub Magazine offered an advanced screening of their film Biketown to mountain bike advocacy organizations, allowing those groups to raise money to support their local efforts. The film features three different communities, highlighting their struggles and accomplishments to create incredible mountain bike destinations. The filmmakers describe the movie as “Biketown immerses viewers in mountain biking’s coming-of-age era—now a thriving multi-generational sport—by examining paradigms that span local and national levels.”
Nine different SORBA chapters hosted a Biketown movie premiere, partnering with various local businesses and organizations to raise money for their chapter and highlight the importance of trail stewardship. Whether the movie was shown at a local trailhead or a brewery just down the street, each chapter hosted successful events and had a lot of fun along the way. Read on to hear a little more about each chapters event and the success they had with hosting a movie.
MTB Atlanta hosted their movie night at Arches Brewing in Hapeville, GA. The chapter provided dinner for the 50+ people that came out for the event. Top it off with some great brews from Arches Brewing and MTB Atlanta had an excellent event!
The North Georgia Mountain Bike Association hosted their movie premiere at the ever popular Mulberry Gap Adventure Base Camp. The event started with a group ride on the Pinhoti Trail. Following the group ride the group, social time with beers, swag raffle and an optional dinner. In total 32 people attended the movie screening raising $400 for the chapter!
Upper Cumberland SORBA
Part of Cookeville Bikefest, Upper Cumberland SORBA hosted a free event for all cyclists, trail runners, hikers or anyone interested in helping their community expand the trail system to become a hub for outdoor recreation. Their Bikefest was held in Dogwood Park where they also hosted the movie premiere. In addition to the movie the chapter partnered with the city to organize activities for the kids, food trucks, craft beer options and much more.
The Bikefest event saw 175-200 participants and raised $1,000 for the chapter!
From Upstate SORBA, “Wow! We had a fantastic time on Saturday night at the Biketown movie screening. Thanks to all of the approximately 100 attendees, Piney Mountain Bike Lounge, and our raffle donors! We raised $750 for Upstate SORBA through raffle sales and we got to watch and hear some amazing stories about mountain bike communities across the country.
Biketown really showcased key things to building great bike communities – committed and consistent volunteers, advocates who develop and maintain relationships with willing land managers, land for trails, and RIDERS!
We are happy to say that we continue to work on all of these things in the Upstate and we hope that you will continue to support our efforts. Please see below about upcoming ways to support Upstate SORBA through volunteering.”
SORBA Jax hosted their movie premiere at Tabula Rasa Brewing in Jacksonville, Fl, with additional support from ZenCog Bicycles, REI Jacksonville, United Rentals Jacksonville, The BikeBus, Tucker Cycles, and Open Road Bicycles. The movie was shown outside, under the stars, on a beautiful summer night. All together SORBA Jax had roughly 50 people attend the event and managed to raise $200 from donations!
BUMP hosted their Biketown movie premiere in partnership with Cahaba Brewing in Birmingham, Al. The film was shown in the brewery’s taproom and participants made a donation to BUMP. The event saw roughly 80 individuals participate and raised roughly $550 for the chapter. Cahaba Brewing continues to be a great supporter of BUMP and the trails their chapter supports!
Watch The Movie
Biketown is now available to watch on YouTube. Check out the film!