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Ray Gay with two of his children in trailer on the Tillman West Trail. Shenandoah Mountain in the background.

Two of the three projects in the SVBC’s latest trail building enterprise are located on Narrowback Mountain. Narrowback is a special place for mountain bikers because it provides an opportunity for new riders to cut their teeth riding bikes in the mountains. The new Tillman West Trail is a blast for riders of all abilities but it is also friendly and accessible enough for SVBC member Ray Gay to take his children down in a pull-behind trailer.

Prior to the Tillman West trail-build, there was not a single trail in our district of the National Forest that was friendly enough for families to enjoy with their children, whether on bikes or trailers. We are excited to build trails like Tillman West and to concurrently build very rocky and challenging trails on Lookout Mountain, all all with the same Federal grant.

Here is what Ray says about the work of the SVBC:
“The club and the continuation of good biking opportunities is extremely important to me and my family and is one of the reasons why we want to call Harrisonburg home.  A big thank you to all the other volunteers that commit so much more than money to make SVBC so real.”  

And here is what Ray’s daughter says about the work of the SVBC:
“That was more funner than a roller coaster!!”

  Thank you Ray for your support and DONATION to our Trail Building Fund!


Literally thousands of hours of hard volunteer manual labor have gone towards building these trails, in addition to the countless hours of planning and paperwork it took to bring $250,000 of federal grant money (in the form of TWO RTP grants) to our corner of the George Washington National Forest.



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