The Roswell Area Mountain Bike Organization (RAMBO) is set to host a grand opening on August 27th at 1:30pm for their latest addition to the Big Creek trail system in Roswell, GA. Named Hollywood, this new quarter mile trail will be a progressive addition to an already diverse collection of trails. This expert level trail features a unique jumpline, a 27 foot road gap, large step ups and step downs, some serious flow sections, two trick jumps, and some unique berms.
The concept for the new expert jumpline called “Hollywood” started many years ago after the success of our Hawkeye trail project. That was the first major flow trail built at Big Creek and the riders wanted more; more progression, more jumps, more features and a longer trail. With the massive growth of the MTB industry over the past few years Big Creek Park has seen a major increase in ridership and also in our RAMBO Membership. They felt it was time to put the shovels in the dirt again and try to deliver a new top notch trail. Through their relationships with REI Co-Op, Maxxis Tires, and Sunbelt rentals RAMBO started raising the funds needed to build the trail. These organizations are all active riders at Big Creek and they know the value it brings to the MTB community. When RAMBO approached these businesses about the new trail concept they were all eager to help with MAJOR donations. Without their support this project would not have been possible and they are all extremely grateful for their contributions.
In addition to donations from local and industry businesses, RAMBO’s annual Big Creek Quick Six Enduro race was also a major contributor of funds through various raffle items and registration fees. One recent major item in the raffle was a full suspension Trek enduro bike that was donated to the chapter to help raise the funds, a value worth over $3,500. RAMBO also asked the friends and riders of Big Creek if they would donate, and many did via our GoFundMe campaign. Some donated multiple times and many also became RAMBO members to further their support for our trails. As a result of this, RAMBO chapter’s membership has been steadily climbing and they are now over 320 members strong. They believe the energy put into this trail, along with our other group rides, night rides, kids rides, and support for a safe, fun trail system are the reasons for our chapter’s substantial growth.
One important piece of the puzzle here that must not be forgotten is that this land is a city park. The City of Roswell’s new administration has been nothing but supportive for this trail project since RAMBO presented the concept over a year ago. Through the city council meetings, permit review, and inspection process the city has been extremely supportive. Although the city’s record with Big Creek Park has been turbulent; RAMBO has seen a major shift in their view and support for this park. They hope this trail brings new energy to the park and many visitors to Roswell.
Thank you to all the volunteers with RAMBO, the City of Roswell, and the leadership they have shown to make a truly progressive trail system right in the heart of the Metro Atlanta area.