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 Mountain Bike 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.
When: Saturday, October 5th, 2019 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (Noon)
Requirements: trail worthy bike and helmet. An obstacle course will also be set up in the field for the riders.
Guided trail rides for all skill levels
Giveaways/prizes for the kids
Food and drinks
A little background on IMBA TKMBD
IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) is an annual event that seeks to introduce the joy of mountain biking to the next generation. Created in 2004 and recognized by the U.S. Congress, TKMBD is officially celebrated every year on the first Saturday in October.
More than 100,000 youth have discovered and celebrated the joy of pedaling two wheels on dirt at TKMBD events, and many have gone on to become passionate riders, volunteer trail advocates, and even high school mountain bike racers.
Events can be hosted by almost anyone in any country. Participating groups include IMBA Local partners and affiliated mountain bike clubs, community organizations, scouting groups, youth programs, schools and others. Or, simply gather your family, friends and coworkers to host your own, backyard ride. Every #mountainbiker is invited to participate!
South Texas Off Road Mountain-Bikers (STORM) will be joining with thousands of people nationwide on the re-scheduled date of June 8, 2019 to ride in the Out of the Darkness Ride for Life, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and we would appreciate any support that you give for this worthwhile cause.
The “Ride for Life” is to raise awareness on suicide prevention and support those impacted by suicide loss. A time for sharing. A time for embracing the fond memories of our loved ones.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 36,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP’s mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.
Any contribution will help the work of AFSP, and all donations are 100% tax deductible.
20th Annual 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.
Join STORM today and make a difference for yourself, your family, and your local MTB community!
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.
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.
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. That is to say, we like to ride our bikes off road and work to increase the opportunities to do so by advocating access to trails on public and private land. We advocate responsible mountain biking by adopting a sustainable trail ethic along with practices that ensure the future of our sport. STORM assists both public and private land owners with developing, maintaining and preserving access to sustainable trails. STORM is responsible for natural surface trail maintenance and building in many of the San Antonio city parks and greenways. Through a proven history of collaboration between land managers, volunteer groups, and other local stakeholders such as businesses, private landowners, environmental organizations and community leaders, STORM’s approach to advocacy and organizing is based on coalition building amongst these various trail and parkland users. In addition to our advocacy and trail building work, STORM maintains several programs aimed to increase the safety and enjoyment of our sport. Our goal is to provide riders of all skill levels the opportunity to enjoy the trails throughout San Antonio and surrounding areas for generations to come. STORM hosts weekly all skill level rides, monthly kid’s rides (STORM Kidz), quarterly women’s skills clinics through our women’s group (Rebel Betties), as well as putting on a XC race and XC Marathon race each year.
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