Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 SAMBA Membership Drive

2018 is's time to join or renew your SAMBA membership!!  Spartanburg Area Mountain Bikers Association wants YOU to join us. We are a growing group of individuals who love to get out and enjoy our wonderful trails right here in Spartanburg. We have been working hard on cleaning up trails and adding signage at Croft State park and have much planned for 2018! We want you to be a part of everything that SAMBA has to offer.

**There are two membership options to choose from this year:**
1. $30 SAMBA Membership...available all year
2. $80 SAMBA Membership + Jersey...which will only be available in January!! 

$30 SAMBA Membership Includes:

- $20 Gift Card to Trek Store Spartanburg if you join in January!

- 10% Off Parts/Accessories/Clothing at Trek Store.

- 10% Off Parts/Accessories/Clothing at Bicycle Time.

- SAMBA T-Shirt

- Access to SAMBA Tent at Spartanburg Criterium

- SAMBA Christmas Party

- Weekly Rides/Weekend Trips/Socials

- Helping Improve the Trails We Ride

$80 SAMBA Membership + Jersey Includes:  (This option will only be available in January!!)

- All the same benefits as the $30 membership

- SAMBA Jersey

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


SAMBA Board Elections were held last Thursday at our monthly Board Meeting.  We are excited to have an Awesome group of 11 people representing SAMBA for the next year!  Here is your newly elected SAMBA Board:

President:  Kevin Hames

Vice President:  Gaetan Hemond

Treasurer:  Mike Cox

Secretary:  Kristy Hames

At-Large:  Chris Wert

At-Large:  Todd Terry

At-Large:  Will Beeker

At-Large:  Bridget Chastain

At-Large:  Allen Lemaster

At-Large:  James Horne

At-Large:  Brian Singleton

New faces on the Board this year are Chris Wert and Todd Terry.

We want to thank Johnny "Rocker" Cyrill for all his hard work as treasurer since SAMBA started 3 years ago.  Mike Cox will be taking over as Treasurer.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

20th Annual Stump Jump 2017

The 20th Annual Stump Jump took place on Sunday, June 25th and was a HUGE SUCCESS!!



SAMBA has many people to thank for making this event successful:

      *  Thanks to the 130 mountain bikers that came out to race in the event!

      *  Thanks to USA Cycling & Jim Smalley for having this event as part of the Southern Classic Series!

      *  Thanks to David Harlowe for coming to do timing at the last minute!

      *  Thanks to Croft State Park for allowing us to use the Southside Trail System for the race!

      *  Thanks to all of our AWESOME Sponsors of this event:  Spartanburg County Parks Department, Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute, Trek Store of Spartanburg, Friends of Croft, HSGM, Paul Melotte, Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, Partners for Active Living, Freehub Bicycles, & Bicycle Time!

      *  Thanks to the Calabash Wagon Food Truck for being onsite for food!

      *  Thanks to Kellie Muddiman for making the Awesome Medals for the racers!

      *  Finally, THANKS to the many tireless Volunteers that were there in the days leading up to the event and on the day of the event helping with trail maintenance, course marking, parking, registration, course marshaling, hydration station, food, awards, set-up, clean-up, and any other things that were needed!!!  We would not have been able to have this event without our Volunteers!!

***Start making plans to be at the 21st Annual Stump Jump in 2018!  SAMBA has plans in the works to make this a huge weekend event next year with many events!  We will need even more Sponsors and Volunteers!  Let's make the 21st Annual Stump Jump in 2018 the best ever!  We hope to see you there!***

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Stump Jump 2018

Sponsorship Needed

The 2018 Stump Jump will be the 21st Anniversary of the Mountain Bike Race!!  The date for this event is TBD.  SAMBA is planning to make this a huge event!  We are planning to have a weekend full of events leading up to the 21st Anniversary Race.  SAMBA is looking for many Sponsors to help us make this huge event a success!  If you can help or if you know of a willing sponsor please let us know!  Thanks!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Trail Building and Maintenance Guide

All you trail builders and wanna be trail builders will like this. It the government standard Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook. You can request a copy or download a pdf copy of it. Lots of good stuff in it to learn or refresh your trail building and maintenance skills.

As we move forward with SAMBA it is important to educate ourselves, both where we came from and where we are headed.  Read, ride, learn and teach.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Signage II

Will wonders never cease?  I was just pondering the signage at Croft yesterday and BAM! New signs appeared thanks to Steve Fincher @ Steve Fincher Photography.  Folks, things are getting better at Croft everyday.

Come out and ride the trails around Croft. See for yourself.  There's nothing like it in the Upstate. Sounds like there are some more signs on the way and a trail phone app may even be coming. Momentum, its what give us the rush we seek and it is also what is going to make the Spartanburg area a mountain biking destination very soon.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Walk Around Croft

Had a nice hike out on the Southside trail at Croft today.  The local mountain bike community has been hard at work cleaning up some of the messier, rootier (is that a word?) parts of the Southside Loop from the parking lot out toward the old dump and around to the creek and back to Centerline. That was all I could walk today.  As I was walking I noticed that the signage and some of the course marking tape from Stump Jump (in June) was still out there. I thought that it had been cleaned up but alas, the folks that organized Stump Jump just left town and didn't do any trail cleanup. Not having been out on these trails since June it was really surprising that this stuff was still up.

One thing I noticed was how bad the signage was getting.  We need to fix this. If we want people to come out and ride and feel comfortable then we need to have a good sign package and map available for riders.

Our first order of business should be these signs. If anyone knows who has the files for these documents we need to get hold of them to make some new signs. They are good signs, need a little updating, but provide a lot of good trail information.  We also need directional signs at the intersections with distances and difficulty on each one.  There are some awesome trails out there, we need to look at what others are doing to bring that cultivated, ride center feel to Croft. Let's do this!