Big Things Brewing in Jacksonville
No, we are not referring to beer, though there was plenty of Intuition brand beer on hand for the Saturday night screening of Pedal Driven at the Burrito Gallery, attended by nearly 90 locals and none other than the Jacksonville mayor himself, along with his lovely wife.
Jacksonville, Florida may not be the first place people think of when planning a mountain biking destination trip, but it may be in the near future if the local IMBA SORBA JAX chapter gets its way. Chapter president Dan Zaffuto and crew have accomplished much more than you would expect from a club less than a year old.
- Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Jacksonville? Check.
- Memorandum of Understanding for an official dirt jump site to include legitimate & progression oriented dirt jumps, pump track, and bmx practice track? In the works and nearing signature.
- Master plan to create 60+ miles of trail and link as much as possible through paved bicycle paths with long-term goal of becoming an IMBA Ride Center? Also in the works.
- Nearly 100 paying members, 250+ supporters, and numerous local business sponsors? Naturally, and growing daily.
The IMBA SORBA JAX chapter hosted us for a weekend of Trail Building School, fun riding and events, and a Better Living Through Trails discussion with local city officials. Needless to say, the club’s professionalism and sophistication shone through in their flawless execution of all activities, and a great time was had by all.
If you are ever in Jacksonville, be sure to check out the Hanna Park trails and Tillie K Fowler Park trails. They just may change your impression of how fun, flowy, and technical a non-mountain trail system can be. I know it changed ours.
Special thanks to the other important sponsors that helped make these events possible:
Additional photos by Mick Shea: