As an all-volunteer organization, MORE relies on people like you to get things done throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. From leading rides and building and maintaining trails to putting on events, there is something for everyone. Chances are we are already helping out at your favorite riding spot. An added bonus to getting involved is the opportunity to hang out with like-minded individuals and make new friends.
Trail work is a huge part of MORE as an organization. If you ride trails in the Mid-Atlantic region, chances are they were built and are maintained by MORE volunteers. We have helped to build and maintain more than 300 miles of natural-surface trails in 36 parks across the region, and we are always looking for more.
Projects like the Seneca Ridge Trail in Germantown, MD, the Rockburn Skills Park in Elkridge, MD, and the Fountainhead redesign in Fairfax Station, VA, add to and improve the riding options for everyone in our area. Seneca Ridge is a new trail that connects the popular Schaeffer Farms trail system with Seneca Creek State Park. Seneca Ridge offers spectacular views along valley stream trails and adds more than five miles of singletrack to the MoCo Epic route to keep riders on the dirt and off the roads. The Rockburn Skills Park is the first facility of its kind in the area. The park will include a pavilion, a pump track, and three downhill lines: one for beginners, one for intermediate riders, and one for advanced riders. This will be a family-first facility where Howard County kids and adults can hone their bicycle riding skills. The Fountainhead redesign aims to improve the sustainability of the trails at this popular Virginia destination and take full advantage of it being a mountain bike specific trail system.
We can’t do this without all the incredible work from our volunteers. So come on out and help build or maintain your local park. You’ll be able to take pride and ownership in your favorite trail and make some new friends in the process.
We are also always looking for Ride Leaders that can show people around their local trail system or lead a weekend epic. Being a Ride Leader is a great way to introduce other riders to your local park. Show them the proper line through a rock garden or your technique over a log. Show off, have fun, and find some new riding partners. Being a Ride Leader is one of the easiest ways to get involved. You don’t have to be a racer; you just have to enjoy having fun. If you have kids that ride bikes but, don’t ride on the trails, then get them together with other kids in your area and host a Kids’ Ride. This is a great way to get kids interested in mountain biking in a fun and supportive environment.
Events like the MoCo Epic are another way to get involved. Volunteer at an aid station, be a course marshal, or assist getting participants registered. You’ll be helping out and having fun at the same time. Events like these raise funds for the club that are ultimately reinvested in our trails. From new tools to materials, every dollar we raise goes directly back into improving the mountain biking in our area. Volunteering at events is a great way to give back and make a difference in your area.