While we are all aware of some of the geological and topographical challenges the Midwest has when it comes to building iconic mountain biking trails the creativity, collaboration, and passion that our organizations and land managers posses has led to some of the most unique riding opportunities in the nation. Ohio is home to hundreds of miles of trails open to mountain bikers and each and everyone is special in its own way, especially those who call it “home.” However only one can also stake claim to possessing a truly “Wild Ride.”
Over the past ten plus years the Appalachia Outdoor Adventures Mountain Bike Club, an IMBA Chapter, has worked hard to build and maintain a relationship with the Wilds, a private, 10,000 acre non-profit conservation area located outside of Zanesville, Ohio who’s mission is “to advance conservation through science, education, and personal experience.” While at the Wild’s you can take an exotic wildlife safari, zip-line, and of course, experience the rolling hills of East Central Ohio on some great trails. The staff and leadership of the Wilds are extremely supportive and excited about the future of mountain biking in the park. Plus, I got to give a huge rhino a big smooch during my last visit. No, that is not part of the safari package. Interested in experiencing the Wilds for yourself check out www.thewilds.org
The trails at the Wilds are also home to some fun events including the AOA Mayhem Enduro held on Memorial Day Weekend in partnership with 331 racing. I’ll be heading there with the entire family to get in some great riding, a safari, and camping out with some great people. Learn more about the Mayhem here.
Hope to see you out there on your Wild Ride!