STORM Fall 2019 Membership Drive

Join STORM today and make a difference for yourself, your family, and your local MTB community!

Join STORM

South Texas Off Road Mountain-Bikers (STORM) is your local mountain bike and trail advocacy 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and IMBA Local affiliate.

Why join STORM?

  • Your contributions are critical to the continued success of STORM’s mission of getting more people mountain biking in addition to continued and increased access to trails and new trail development.
  • By increasing our membership, we strengthen STORM’s position when working with land owners/managers, government entities, and other organizations.  STORM membership will add your voice to other local mountain bikers to help us advocate for the development of new trails and to maintain access to current trails.
  • Your membership fees help STORM to continue it’s programs such as trail maintenance/development, weekly rides, STORM Kidz, and Rebel Betties Women’s Mountain Biking.
  • STORM members have access to individual member benefits through IMBA.

¡Si se puede!
Yes we can!

Read more on the Membership page.

REI Monthly Wednesday Trail Workdays

REI is taking the reins on some much needed trail maintenance and STORM truly appreciates the help.  REI has committed to natural surface trail maintenance work days at O.P. Schnabel Park the last Wednesday of every month. With the O.P. Schnabel Park Expansion (former Alamo Golf Club) property purchase and development in the next few years, this will be a tremendous help for trail maintenance activities for this park system in the future. Maintaining trails at all the city parks and linear creekway parks is very challenging due to unpredictable weather and multiple factors affecting volunteer availability.  With all of the mountain bike and trail advocacy activities with which STORM is involved, we try to perform a trail maintenance work day at each park or linear creekway park at least once a year.  Obviously, some areas receive more attention than others based on ongoing grant-funded projects or feedback from trail users.  With REI stepping up to perform trail maintenance at O.P. Schnabel Park, this means that STORM can focus trail maintenance efforts on other areas.  The REI trail work days are open to the public as well.  All volunteers are welcome. The September trail work day had to be pushed back to October 2nd, so October will have 2 trail work days.  Anyone wanting to volunteer can sign up at https://x.gldn.io/Pc8K4aWc2Z

“REI Co‑op invested in the future of the outdoors by giving back more than 70% of our profits in 2018. As our community grows, we’re able to get more people outdoors.

We’ve impacted more than 5,000 outdoor places across the U.S. through grants, advocacy, and stewardship projects with the help of nearly 150,000 volunteers, including right here in San Antonio. Our team is excited to volunteer and get #sweaty #dirty #happy with 3x Community Grantee STORM and we proudly support the advocacy of sustainable trails for our San Antonio community.

REI San Antonio appreciates the literal heavy lifting that STORM does for trail maintenance throughout the city. We’re committed to working right alongside with our partners to preserve and protect our trails for community and invite others to join us on the last Wednesday of every month at O.P. Schnabel!”

-Luis Cabeza, Store Manager, REI – San Antonio

STORM / IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

The annual STORM / IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) is scheduled for October 5th, 2019.  See the Events calendar for more details.

While STORM hosts the STORM Kidz ride on the first Saturday of every month year-round, October 5th will be particularly important as we will be partnering with the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) to host the Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) event in conjunction with other mountain biking organizations across the country.

In addition to new trail riders – young and old — there will be many middle school and high school aged student athletes from the local NICA Two10 MTB Racing teams, bicycle shop-sponsored teams, and youth development teams in attendance. Giving these children and student athletes the opportunity to ride and practice on the trails that STORM builds and maintains in McAllister Park is part of what STORM is all about. Since 2008, STORM has held an MOU with the City to develop and maintain natural surface trails in many City of San Antonio parks and linear creekways. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the value of natural surface trails in our community and the enjoyment that your constituents experience through the opportunities you and we collectively provide them.

Event Details:

Activities:

  • Guided trail rides for all skill levels
  • Giveaways/prizes for the kids
  • Food and drinks

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20th Annual STORM Hill Country MTB Challenge

20th Annual STORM Hill Country MTB Challenge
March 23-24, 2019

The 4th race on the Oskar Blues Brewery presents the 2019 Texas XC Mtn. Bike State Championship Series

The Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association’s (TMBRA) XC State Championship Series comes to our backyard as STORM hosts the Hill Country Mountain Bike Challenge at Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort, TX.  This is the largest mountain bike race in the San Antonio area with over 400 racers competing in the different age, gender, and experience-based classes.

Juniors categories (10U, 12U, and 13-14) will be racing on Saturday afternoon and Pro, Cat 1, Cat 2, and Cat 3 of all ages will be racing on Sunday morning.

Go to the race page for more information, to register, or to volunteer.

STORM Fall 2018 Membership Drive

Join STORM today and make a difference for yourself, your family, and your local MTB community!Join STORM

South Texas Off Road Mountain-Bikers (STORM) is your local mountain bike and trail advocacy 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and IMBA Local affiliate.

Why join STORM?

  • Your contributions are critical to the continued success of STORM’s mission of getting more people mountain biking in addition to continued and increased access to trails and new trail development.
  • By increasing our membership, we strengthen STORM’s position when working with land owners/managers, government entities, and other organizations.  STORM membership will add your voice to other local mountain bikers to help us advocate for the development of new trails and to maintain access to current trails.
  • Your membership fees help STORM to continue it’s programs such as trail maintenance/development, weekly rides, STORM Kidz, and Rebel Betties Women’s Mountain Biking.
  • STORM members have access to individual member benefits through IMBA.

¡Si se puede!
Yes we can!

Read more on the Membership page.

STORM Installs Trail Signs at McAllister Park with REI Grant

Please take time to read the Rivard Report article about the trail signs being installed by South Texas Off Road Mountain-Bikers (STORM) made possible by a generous $10,000 grant from REI through the San Antonio Parks Foundation.  Friends of McAllister Park had the vision for trail signs.  STORM is celebrating it’s 25th year of mountain bike and trail advocacy and this project epitomizes the work STORM does for the community.

Signs Going in At McAllister Park Trails, Thanks To REI Grant

STORM

South Texas Off Road Mountain-Bikers (STORM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing thousands of area mountain bikers in San Antonio and surrounding areas. Founded in 1993 by a group of San Antonio mountain-bike enthusiasts, STORM is committed to environmentally conscious mountain biking and trail building, facilitating recreational trail cycling, educating about the sport of mountain biking, maintaining local trails, and advocating for increased multi-user trail access. As the oldest and leading mountain bike advocacy organization in San Antonio and surrounding areas, STORM is first and foremost an organization by and for mountain bike riders. Continue reading “STORM”

Unauthorized Trails

Unauthorized (i.e., rogue, bandit, illegal, etc.) trails and trail “maintenance” have become an increasing issue in the city parks and greenways. There’s a simple rule that everyone should be able to follow: If it’s not your property, don’t do any trail work, building, re-routing, etc. without authorization from the land owner/manager. In the case of city parks and greenways, the land manager is San Antonio Parks and Recreation (SAPAR). STORM currently has an agreement in place with SAPAR to perform trail development and maintenance. If you feel something needs to be done on any of the trails in the city parks or greenways, please contact SAPAR or STORM. There has been some serious damage occurring on the trails by people who are not obtaining the proper authorization and obviously do not understand the repercussions of their actions. While not all of these occurrences are at the hands of mountain bikers, these actions are threatening the relationship between SAPAR and the mountain biking community and potentially threatening trail access for the mountain biking community as a whole.  For more information, please read this summary of the IMBA World Summit 2010 Resources – Dealing With Unauthorized Trails