Bike Team Looks to Expand the Ride

Access to quality trails for NW Alabama bike trail enthusiasts has improved significantly from the narrow dirt walking paths of years past.

FLORENCE – With the goal of getting more kids on bikes, and developing strong minds, bodies, and character, the Northwest Alabama Youth Mountain Bike Team is entering its 5th season with the Alabama Interscholastic Cycling Association.

They are recruiting 6th-12th grade athletes for this upcoming season. The next interest meeting will be at the Spinning Spoke Cycle Hub, at 221 N. Seminary St in downtown Florence on Thursday, January 13 at 6pm.

The group will practice the following Sunday, January 16 at 2pm at the Joe Wheeler State Park boat ramp parking lot. There will be bikes and helmets available for those who don’t have one, thanks to the Shoals MTB-MSNHA Bike Fleet. The Shoals Mountain Bike Chapter and the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area have been strong supporters of the program and have curated a bike fleet that will enable new opportunities for the great sport of cycling to flourish in the Shoals.

Visit and for more info on the race series that the athletes are able to compete in, and to learn more about what is going on locally. If you have any questions or are interested in helping out, please email

Shoals MTB is made of a group of trail users from all disciplines: trail runners, cyclists, and hikers. This amazing community works together to make trails better. The Shoals MTB Chapter has taken on the responsibility of maintaining and developing the trails in the Shoals. They are partners with local city and county governments and municipalities, and federal/state entities such as National Parks and Forests, State Parks, and State Lands. The goal is to help the outdoor recreational community thrive and develop more opportunities for all types of trails users. #maketrailsbetter