Archive for May, 2013


Posted: May 31, 2013 by MBAA in Trails

Need some trail hours for 2014?  Welp, you are in luck.  Saturday is National Trails Day and there are a multitude of projects around the state to help you give back to the trails, get your boots dirty and learn a bit more about what it takes to make and maintain those amazing trails we have in AZ.

Kelly Multi-Use Trail System – check in with the team from Flagstaff Biking Organization – details on their website

Pine/Strawberry – meet on the east side of Hwy 87 at mile post 270, and for Trail 15 we meet on Forest Road 428 (Hardscrabble Rd) opposite the turnout for the Walnut/Oak Springs Trail. Help lay out new trail. Mark Flint will be flagging a section of the new trail behind Camp Lo Mia. Meet in the parking lot behind the Community Center and carpool. Bring own lunch/snacks/water.  Contact:

SDMB – Aspen Draw Trail – view the details on the SDMB web page

Thanks for playing in the dirt!


Posted: May 29, 2013 by MBAA in Sponsors
Many of you may have noticed more Marin bikes on the trail lately, I know I have.  Marin was a big part of the MBAA series this year, they helped sponsor the First Timer category (first timer racers to the series).  These folks had a lower entry fee for their first race, got a piece of Marin schwag and at each race we gave away a killer backpack at random to one of these riders.  After a full series, we noticed a difference, a big one.  Year on year, we had a 38% increase in the number of first timers.  That’s huge.  We had a grand total of 98 riders try out racing throughout 2013.  Thanks Marin for helping us get folks stoked on riding the dirt.
Men 1st time – 58
Women 1st time – 13
Men 1st time – 78 +34%
Women 1st time – 20 +54%
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Posted: May 28, 2013 by MBAA in News/Updates

This weekend is National Trails Day and the Barn Burner and both events need volunteers!
National Trails Day is on the new Kelly Multi-use trail system. This project is really important to the Coconino Trail Riders motorcycle club. These guys have been attending non-motorized National Trails Day events for the past decade, and they have also worked as course marshals on a couple of MBAA races which was a great help in light of some of the course sabotage that was happening at the time. The sections of trail scheduled for National Trails Day might not make the best mountain biking, (sandy soils), but we should be good sports and help these guys out on their big event. There should eventually be some sections of the Kelly Trails Project that will be great for mountain biking as it will be 52 miles of single track when complete. Click below for details.

NOTE – starting NOW, trail hours can be logged for the 2014 season, we just updated the linkity, link.

Also, the Barn Burner folks need people to serve beer. Proceeds from this event will go to Flagstaff Biking Organization. Email to let them know if you can help with this. and


Posted: May 21, 2013 by MBAA in News/Updates

The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona revamped the website yet again with the attempt to make it easier for folks to access information about the series, trail projects, and advocacy projects throughout the state. The 2013 season was a huge success, none of which would have been possible without the effort of the board, our sponsors and the volunteers that make each and every event possible. Thank you for making a difference, for giving back to the series and most importantly to the trails.

Stay tuned as we take a breath, and begin to focus on the upcoming Fire on the Rim, the Tour de Fat (the most fun on 2 wheels), and the 2014 season, which will be better than ever with your support.

Preliminary dates for the 2014 season are being kicked around now…emphasis on preliminary!


Jan 18 – McDowell Meltdown – McDowell
Feb 8 – White Tanks Whirlwind – White Tanks
Feb 22 – Foray at the Fort – Sierra Vista
Mar 8 – Hedgehog Hustle – Estrella
Mar 29 – MARC in the Park – McDowell team event
Apr – TBD – (date & venue are TBD) – ??
May 17 – Flagstaff Frenzy (Finals) – Flagstaff
May 18 – Super D (not part of points series) – Flagstaff

~The Board
Mike Melley
Jon Shouse
Jeffrey Frost
Brandee Lepak
Josh Maule
James Bliss
Gerritt Mack

Flagstaff Frenzy Update

Posted: May 21, 2013 by MBAA in Racing

Thanks to Absolute for the phenomenal support of the Flagstaff Frenzy.  The trails were stellar, the volunteers were off the charts, and we could not have made this event happen without your support.

By the numbers – in total, at the finals alone, we had over 330 registered riders (309 on the line) and went through over 550 slices of pizza, about 200 cokes, 310 tee-shirts,  216 medals, and 6 killer trophy cups for the top 3 big ring and little ring teams.  That does not count the 300 plus Kate’s bars, and the countless pounds of pretzels, bananas, oranges, trail mix and gallons of Fluid that Al & Brandee from Global Bikes prepped to keep you hydrated and fueled.

Super D

Super D