From The Desk of the President…

From The Desk of the President…

2009 looks to be a busy year for BUMP.  Despite the unraveling of the economy we are half way to our fund raising goal for the Oak Mountain Trail Expansion. Thanks to a combination of contributions, grants and fund raising activities we raised $39k. Expect to see increased fund raising activity as we meet our goal in 2009.

BUMP and Grind has been selected for membership in the US Cup Council’s Inaugural Kenda Cup and the USA Cycling Pro Tour Series.  Oak Mountain will be the site of one of only 12 Kenda Cup Races. This affiliation will give BnG greater exposure.  At the same time, we need to step up and make sure BnG proves itself worthy of this privilege and retains the race next year.  Race planning began in November and is kicking into high gear now.
Board elections were held in December and I would like to welcome Jim Boman and Monty Morris aboard.

A special thanks goes to outgoing board members, secretary and president respectively, 

Mickie Powell and Mark Richman.  Mickie and Mark were instrumental in packaging the Oak Mountain Trail Expansion Proposal and then representing BUMP before DCNR.  Both have volunteered to continue operational roles in BUMP- Mark will coordinate trail workdays at Oak Mountain and Mickie will provide lunches for the volunteers.

Thank you Mickie and Mark for your past and continuing service.
Consistent with tradition we have a strong board.  Board members are Joe Cotlin, Chris Straynar, Corbin Camp, Mitch Moses, Chris Grund, Jim Boman and Monty Morris.

Joe Cotlin handles media relations for BUMP.

Chris Straynar is serving as Treasurer and BnG Race Director.

Corbin Camp is serving as Secretary, Webmaster, and club technologist.

Chris Grund is serving as Vice-President.  Chris blogs on mountain biking ( and runs his own company. Besides a passion for mountain biking, Chris brings business acumen to BUMP.

Jim Boman executed the expansion of Trussville’s trail and manages its maintenance.  Jim is also the Race Director for Dead Dog.

Monty Morris has the reputation as the face of BUMP, always welcoming new riders, recruiting new members and encouraging existing members to stay active in BUMP.
BUMP’s purpose is to promote land access, recreational riding and racing.  Most members are aware, through BUMP’s weekly newsletter and website, of our efforts to meet our mission by:

  • maintaining MTB trails at Oak Mountain and Trussville;
  • expanding the current trails and seeking new land access;
  • hosting recreational rides 2 to 3 times a month;
  • hosting the BUMP and Grind and Dead Dog races;


BUMP is constantly under pressure from members and non-members alike to add more trail and grow our events. We need your help to accomplish this.  First, we need you on our roll.  Second, we need your skills and, finally, we need a committment of your time.

We need you on our roll when we go before land managers – strength is in numbers.

We need your skills. Whether your skill is wielding a shovel, a pen, or your voice, we need you – building trail requires more than moving dirt.

We need your time- please volunteer; BUMP has no full time employees.

Thank you for all you do for BUMP and the mountain biking community.

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