PayDirt is our commitment to increasing access to trails by supporting the work of people who make it happen. We’re pledging to donate $1 million over the next three years towards trail projects, local organizations, events, and programs that are geared towards creating and strengthening opportunities for people to get out on the trails.
Moose Mountain Bike Trail Society
Moose Mountain Bike Trail Society's mission is to advocate for, develop, and maintain mountain bike trails on Moose Mountain and the surrounding areas, and to promote active, fun, environmentally responsible community involvement.
PayDirt is pitching in for the buildout of their "Sweet Seacan Storage System" which will create a one-stop-shop to house and organize their trail equipment and make sure hosting trail days is a breeze. Visit @mmbtsinfo on Instagram.
SEALPS is a multinational group of outdoor tourism experts based in the Southwestern Alps that came together with the Stone King Rally to bring new life to the region’s vast ancient trail networks for both racing and recreation. With the help of PayDirt funding, these forgotten trails are being re-built with the proper infrastructure to allow for racing and riding into the future. The "Vallon de Bachialon" in the Roya Valley – which contains approximately 35 turns shaped into small berms – and a few trails in the surrounding area of Sospel are the winning PayDirt candidates for 2022—and also a part of the Stone King Rally. Visit www.sealps.eu to learn more.
Appalachian Mtn Bike Club
Volunteers and community engagement are the backbone of the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club's (AMBC) mission, "WE DIG TRAILS.” They've been digging trails for over a decade and have developed over 90 miles of trails in the greater Knoxville, TN, area. AMBC's partners over at The Drop Inn are expanding permanent trail access for the community by adding four new trails, including two rowdy, progressive, all-weather downhill trails that will provide users of all abilities with new experiences. PayDirt is providing funds so that AMBC can close the gap on funding this rad project. Visit @ambcknox on Instagram.
Cincinnati Off Road Alliance
Cincinnati Off-Road Alliance was founded by a group of dedicated riders with the purpose of building and advocating for more miles of off-road trails. Today, CORA maintains 100 miles of multi-use natural surface trails for mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners.
Together with Cincinnati Parks, CORA is working hard to raise enough funds to build a high-quality skills park in the Mt. Airy area with the main goal of getting more kids on bikes. Their PayDirt grant will contribute to their on-going fundraising efforts. Visit @coramtb on Instagram.
Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association
The Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association (JORBA) builds and maintains sustainable trails while also advocating for mountain biking as a healthy, environmentally friendly, and sustainable activity in New Jersey. PayDirt funding is contributing to Stags – New Jersey’s first accessible trail for adaptive riders – which will be a 3950′ route suitable for beginner to intermediate adaptive riders, mountain bikers, and hikers. Visit @jorbaorg on Instagram.
The Roswell/Alpharetta MTB Organization
The Roswell-Alpharetta MTB Organization (RAMBO) is a Georgia-based nonprofit that builds and maintains more than 25 miles of public mountain bike trails, four pumptracks, and a freeride area—plus offers fun events such as the annual Quick Six Enduro. PayDirt funding is kickstarting their next big project, the Big Creek Park Kids Skills Area, which will be suited for kids and beginner riders, featuring a mix of dirt rollers, small boulders, ladders, and skinnies. Visit @rambomtb on Instagram.
Evergreen MTB Alliance
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, the nation's largest statewide mountain bike association, is committed to sustainable recreation, trail maintenance, trail building, advocacy, education, volunteerism, and fostering an inclusive and welcoming community of riders. Evergreen received two Heckler ebikes through the PayDirt program for use by their trail crew to make their resources and efforts go further in maintaining their trail networks. Visit @evergreenmtb on Instagram.
Northwest North Carolina Mountain Bike Alliance
Northwest North Carolina Mountain Bike Alliance (The Alliance) promotes land access, trail preservation, and new trail development on federal, state, and local lands for the communities of Boone, Hickory, Lenoir, Marion, Morganton, and Wilkesboro.
Together with PayDirt and the US Forest Service, The Alliance will be renovating the popular Yancey Ridge Trail in the up and coming Grandfather District of Pisgah National Forest. Yancey’s length is only 4.8 miles, but it is also part of a 13-mile backcountry loop that includes a scenic section of the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and is perhaps one of the most challenging trails in the region. Visit @ride_nwnc on Instagram.
BikeHouston is on a mission to transform their city into a place where anyone can safely and efficiently get around by bike regardless of who they are or where they live. PayDirt funds are helping to kickstart BikeHouston's redesign of their bike map, which will highlight the best places to ride in the Bayou City. The new map will identify off-street paths, low-stress on-street routes, and off-road facilities. It will also provide safety tips, local bike laws, and other resources for people on bikes. Visit @bikehouston on Instagram.
In 2014 five friends from Lac-Beauport got together and created LB-Cycle with the mission of bringing people together to build trails and maintain existing ones in the area. This year, PayDirt will fund a new double-diamond trail called Rubber Eater. This 3,280 foot descent will offer panoramic views on technical terrain that will range from granite slabs to off-camber natural soil sections. Visit @lbcycle on Instagram.
Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship
Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship provides sustainable trail advocacy, development and stewardship services that bridge the gap between land managers and the public through community engagement and volunteer deployment.
PayDirt is throwing down funds to help rebuild the Westside pumptrack with a state-of-the-art asphalt facility, as well as kick off their plan to open the Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument to the public with 25 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails. Visit @santacruztrails on Instagram.
Victory Hill Sector
Tucked away on a remote Vermont mountainside, there lives a cluster of trails called Victory Hill. Known for spectacular views of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Victory Hill is used for a multitude of outdoor recreation and is lovingly cared for and maintained by Victory Hill Sector, a club of trail volunteers.
PayDirt funding will help revive the popular enduro hotspot and channel the enthusiasm of the Victory Hill Sector volunteer club by rehabilitating one of the core flow trails in the network. Visit @victoryhillmtb on Instagram.
Ride Sheffield is an established mountain bike group with over 10 years history of successful projects in and around Sheffield and the Peak District. Their goal is to grow a community of riders in the local area and provide them with a variety of sustainable trails and and resources to build their skills.
Paydirt funding will allow Ride Sheffield to establish dig crews across the various trail sites in the city, to help repair and maintain both the local rights of way network and purpose built mtb trails. Visit @ridesheffield on Instagram.
Alternative Mountain Biking Association of La Grave
The Alternative Mountain Biking Association of La Grave (Association de Vélo Alternatif de la Grave) was founded in 2011 to develop mountain biking in the area of La Grave La Meije. Currently, the area features over 30 miles of trails that are fully dedicated to mountain biking and entirely built by hand by the local trail builders of the group.
PayDirt is funding the groups 2 year project, Vallons de La Meije to La Grave, a 5 mile trail that will start at the top of the mountain at at Col des Ruillans and go down through the Vallons de La Meije all the way to the footstep of the mythical glacier of La Meije. Visit the La Grave Tourism Office.
Oregon Timber Trail Alliance
The Oregon Timber Trail Alliance is dedicated to stewardship, education, community, and quality trail experiences throughout the Oregon Timber Trail corridor.
PayDirt funds are contributing to the Fugrass Connector Trail project, which will connect the Bunchgrass Ridge and Fuji Mountain Trails and finally close one of the few remaining gaps in a 100% singletrack route between two of of Oregon's premier mountain bike destinations: Oakridge and Bend. Visit @oregontimbertrail on Instagram.
Colour The Trails
Colour the Trails advocates for inclusive representation in outdoor spaces, working to subsidize outdoor adventures, create diverse content, facilitate mentorship programs, and make the change they want to see in the world. PayDirt funds will be supporting the group's MTB Mentorship Program, which aims at supporting Queer, Black, Indigenous, and Racialized folks who are new to the sport by connecting them with experienced riders in the community and providing opportunities for self-improvement and improved self-worth that is not tied to results or achievements. Visit @colourthetrails on Instagram.
Red Rock Trail Crew
Red Rock Bicycle Co. partnered with the Greater Zion Tourism office and Visit Cedar City to create the Red Rock Trail Crew program, which is all about trail development and trail maintenance in Southern Utah. PayDirt funds support the crew for a boots-on-the-ground workday to further their efforts to maintain their trail network. Visit www.redrockbicycle.com/articles/red-rock-trail-crew-pg1249.htm to learn more.
Trash Free Trails
Trash Free Trails (TFT) exists to protect our trails and the wild places they take us by reducing single-use pollution (litter) on recreational trails and reconnecting people with nature through purposeful adventure. PayDirt funding is contributing to TFT's pioneering event, the State of Our Trails Summit, which will bring a broad spectrum of the recreational trail community together to put the protection and enhancement of the trails and wild places at the 'top of the bill.' Visit @trashfreetrails on Instagram.
Indigenous Women Outdoors
Indigenous Women Outdoors (IWO) mission is to hold a space for Indigenous women* and non-binary community members to come together through outdoor sports and feel safe on the land. PayDirt funding will go towards mountain bike programming in the Sea to Sky corridor—which includes a mentorship program to bring intermediate riders to the next level, guided social rides to get brand new riders into the sport, and bike maintenance workshops. As a note, in IWO’s eyes, women* refers to gender expansive community members (cis women, trans women, non-binary, gender non-conforming, genderqueer community members, and any women-identified community members).
Visit @indigwomenoutdoors on Instagram.
Pinecrest Mountain Bike Association
The Pinecrest Mountain Bike Association (PMBA) is dedicated to promoting economic development and the appreciation and enjoyment of the natural environment that is unique to the Pinecrest area through preserving and enhancing sustainable trail opportunities. PMBA received two Heckler ebikes through the PayDirt program for use by their trail crew to make their resources and efforts go further in maintaining their trail networks. Visit www.pinecrestmtb.com to learn more.
Nelson MTB Club
The Nelson Mountain Bike Club is on a mission to make Nelson an exceptional place to ride a mountain bike by developing a repertoire of unique and natural trails in the area.
Together with PayDirt and the Nelson City Council, the club will be constructing a brand new descent in the Maitai Forest, which will boast over 9,800 feet of trail, making it one of New Zealand's longest single-track descents. Visit @nelsonmtb on Instagram.
- Take a look at the Nelson trail crew's work on "Butters", their newest grade-5 trail.
Grow Cycling Foundation
Grow Cycling Foundation was established to create new avenues for inclusive community building and career development in the cycling industry as well as to empower existing programs working to tear down the barriers to entry in cycling for marginalized communities.
PayDirt funds are helping to kick off Phase One for Grow Cycling, which is to build a pumptrack to serve as an offline community hub that will be an entry point for people take cycling to the next level. This is a long-term journey and Grow Cycling Foundation is also looking to provide education, access, and opportunities to tear down the barriers to entry in cycling for marginalized communities. Visit @growcyclingfoundation on Instagram.
Chablais Bike Association
The Chablais Bike Association was created by mountain bikers with the aim of developing mountain biking in the Chablais area, and as a way to unite the riders under one common name, allowing for easier contact with businesses and local organizations.
They are working hard to raise enough funds to build a pumptrack at the Morzine Town Hall, as well as regulate the circulation of mountain bikers in the small, but busy town of Morzine. Visit @chablais_bike on Instagram.
NorCal High School Cycling League
The NorCal High School Cycling League develops and produces inclusive interscholastic high school mountain biking programs in Northern California, which help teens build strong body, mind, and character.
PayDirt funds will be used to grow their NorCal Teen Trail Corp program, to create DEI (Diversity, Equality, Inclusion) education tools for their coaches, and to expand their GRiT [Girls Riding Together] program to include ten female ambassadors from diverse geographic regions who represent diverse racial identity and diverse body types. Visit @norcalleague on Instagram.
Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship
Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship's mission is building sustainable recreation-based communities through stewardship, job creation, world-class events, and quality outdoor experiences supported by trail construction and maintenance in the Lost Sierra.
PayDirt funds are helping to kick off their Connected Communities project, which will link 15 towns within four economically disadvantaged counties in the Sierra-Nevada Mountains of California, creating some 300 miles of motorized and non-motorized dirt trails. Visit @sierratrails on Instagram.
Whistler Off Road Cycling Association
Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) works hard every year to sanction events that bring the mountain biking community together, foster the evolution of the sport through youth programs, and employ experienced trail builders and staff to construct, maintain, and advocate for Whistler’s mountain bike trails.
WORCA received two Heckler e-bikes through the PayDirt program for use by their trail crew in order to make their resources and efforts go further in maintaining their trail networks. Visit @worcawhistler on Instagram.
Tweed Valley Trail Association
The Tweed Valley Trails Association (TVTA) is a Scottish based organization which was set up to develop a culture of responsible trail use and management within the local mountain biking community.
TVTA will be using their PayDirt grant to renovate and improve the Reservoir climb, which gives access to the majority of the Golfy trails in the area, and will be a huge benefit not only to the riding community, but also to walkers and equestrians. They will also be subsidizing the cost for 8 trail builders to complete a Trail Inspection and Volunteer management course so that they can then train more volunteers to get more trail work done in the correct and most efficient way. Visit @tvtrails on Instagram.
HandleBar is a 100% locally owned and operated craft beer and apres cafe located on the dark side (Blackcomb) of Whistler, BC. Their "Buy a Trail Builder a Beer" program supports their local unsung heroes that work day in and day out on some of the best trails in the Valley.
PayDirt put 100 beers on a tab... Cheers to the Blackcomb builders. Visit @handlebarbeer on Instagram.
Enduro Jura is born with the initial objective to organize enduro races in their local community. Gradually, more people got involved and the amount of trail work they needed to complete grew with it.
Their main goal is to mark and maintain all the trails in their network, and to allow people to ride freely and safely as well as to make sure that every volunteer as a tool in one hand and a beer in the other. Their PayDirt grant will contribute to their on-going fundraising efforts, especially when it comes to the beer part. Visit @endurojura on Instagram.
People For Bikes
With the aim to help promote bikes and advocate for better bike facilities as well as industry representation on trade issues, Santa Cruz Bicycles has become a member company of PeopleForBikes. The nonprofit’s mission of “making riding better for everyone” is one we can stand behind, and we plan to work together in the long term on mountain bike and trail support. Visit @peopleforbikes on Instagram.
Ridgeline was founded with the vision to create a totally new playground for mountain bikes in the Garfagnana area, an undiscovered part of Tuscany in northern Italy.
PayDirt will help Ridgeline's association fund their grand plan of creating a new public access trail network for bike tourism. Together with the government bodies of Garfagnana and the National Parks of the area, the association's goal is to get more outdoor enthusiasts to experience this unique spot, and to generate positive impact for the local community and its many traditional local businesses. Visit @ridgeline_mtb on Instagram.
Cypress Charter High School
The Cypress Mountain Bike Club, is an after school organization at Cypress Charter High, an alternative education high school in Santa Cruz. Their main goals are to get students out on bicycles safely, teach bicycle maintenance, educate the students on trail etiquette, expose them to different jobs in the cycling industry, and provide them with a new way to appreciate the beautiful environment we live in.
The Club received bikes through the PayDirt program for use by the students to understand and appreciate their surrounding environment, take on personal responsibility, and build community.
Land Trust of Santa Cruz County
The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County is dedicated to protecting and caring for working lands, like farms, timberland, and natural areas with high conservation value – thus protecting water supplies, wildlife habitats, and open space.
Their San Vicente Redwoods project is a newly created open space preserve that will eventually be home to more than 38 miles of mountain bike-accessible trails that run from the Pacific Ocean to the crest of the Santa Cruz mountain range. With the help of Santa Cruz Bicycles and PayDirt, as well as their local trail organization Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, the park is slated to open to the public in 2021. Visit @landtrustscc on Instagram.
Moab Trail Mix
Moab Trail Mix (officially known as the Grand County Trails) partners with local land managers to design, build, and maintain trails around Moab, Utah.
Moab Trail Mix is funneling their PayDirt funds towards constructing phase two of the new Raptor Route, which will create 9 miles of new singletrack with a stunning view over canyon country. The route will provide riders with an intermediate-level alternative to the Porcupine Rim Singletrack section of Moab’s famous Whole Enchilada route. Visit @moabtrailmix on Instagram.