The Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association gathered Wednesday night in celebration of the Dollar Mountain purchase by the City of Grants Pass. In a special fundraiser at the Weekend Brewing Company, a portion of the proceeds will go toward their mission to promote biking and outdoor recreation within the community.
New Trail Promoter Roger Ramsey said the group is especially excited for their future projects, after learning about the 444-acre land purchase on Dollar Mountain.
“A great move by the city council of Grants Pass to purchase this property to further the health and well-being of our community and to make it a more marketable community for people to live in and do business in,” Ramsey said.
Ramsey is only one of the 200 members of the Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association. He said the organization is focused on furthering the health of community members through outdoor recreation.
“We do go out on the trails ourselves,” Ramsey said. “We do a lot of maintenance out on the trails throughout the whole Rogue Valley. We built some trails out here in Ashland recently. We are going to be fully-invested in helping to build the new trails out at Dollar Mountain.”
Ramsey said their work is not only benefitting their group of bike riders, but also for others who use the local trails.
“Wherever it might be multi-use for hikers and bikers on an uphill trail,” Ramsey said. “We want to promote everybody getting out on the water shed.”
Ramsey said their work is especially important when it comes to thinking about the health of the younger generations.
“They do some interesting things on their phones and on computers and all of that is going to play into the future, but that has to be balanced by good outdoor activity where they are being physical,” Ramsey said.
Ramsey said this fundraiser will help them with their goals to turn Dollar Mountain into a world-class mountain bike destination.