Interview of Ryan Toman (owner of Podium Stands) by Brenda Gonzalez (STORM Vice President)
Brenda: How did you get into mountain biking?
Ryan: I was always very interested in biking. When I was around 7 years old, I started modifying frames and forks on bicycles. I would chop off the forks and extend them to at least 3 feet, raking out the bike pretty long. These weren’t the easiest bikes to ride, though. Evel Knievel was on top as far as motorcycle daredevils. Most boys wanted to be like him at the time. Me and a neighbor friend decided we would jump one of my creations, the handle bars spun around on one of our jumps, taking a plug out of my buddies’ leg, and left his skin and tissue where the bar end should have been. I continued to always like biking. One day one of my buddies told me he had an extra mountain bike and said, “Let’s go ride McAllister Park”. I came home bloody and bruised from that first mountain bike ride and I’ve been hooked ever since.
We are blessed with some great trails in our community, both within the City of San Antonio and in the Texas Hill Country that surrounds it. Most of us know these trail networks don’t happen by accident, and if you’re like me, you might feel a little guilty sometimes knowing that you’re not doing enough to nurture the trails and the sport we love.
Clear your conscience, my friend, and join the South Texas Off Road Mountain-Bikers (STORM) chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). Today. Like now. Stop reading and do your part to support mountain biking in our region. https://www.imba.com/join/chapter/storm
From my perspective, STORM has been infused with new energy the past few years. The leadership of the organization has worked tirelessly to get more riders involved. They organize advocacy campaigns to push for trails in new or expanded parks and fight to protect the ones we already have. They host “Take a Kid Mountain Biking” events every month to plant the seed with the next generation. They organize trail building and maintenance days at our local networks. They sponsor and organize races. And they set up tables at numerous community events to spread the word about the best freaking sport in the world! Continue reading “Show our trails some love, San Antonio!”
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.