For several years, mountain biking has been a major attraction in the Mohican area.
This spring, the Mohican-Malabar Bike Club, is mounting a campaign to raise funds to build a change house for mountain bikers who drive an hour or more to the Mohican trails but at this point have to change into their biking clothes in their car.
"The change house is something that we has a club have wanted to do for a long time," said Kent Schafer, a board member of the bike club. "Not only will it provide private rooms to change in, but it will be surrounded by picnic tables and charcoal grills for everyone to use. This is one way we can provide a need for the riding community."
Mohican Malabar Bike Club created a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the change house. The project is estimated to cost around $50,000 and will take two years to complete if the fundraising efforts are successful.
Founded in 2003, Mohican-Malabar Bike Club, the club was instrumental in partnering with the Mohican State Park and Mohican-Memorial State Forest to develop today what is regarded as a world-renowned single track course that welcomes riders of all levels, along with hikers and trail runners, to enjoy the trails. Singletrack.com has ranked the 25-mile Mohican Mountain Bike Trail in the Top 3 in Ohio.
"This would not have happened without the partnership forged became the two state agencies and the volunteer bike club," Schafer said.
Its mission is simple, as stated on its website, "The purpose of the club is to promote and facilitate a fun and healthy lifestyle for all ages through cycling by: maintaining and building trails, conducting regular group rides, and social events." President of the bike club, Mike Jarosick said "the efforts of MMBC and other volunteers have made the trails what they are today and the need for maintenance and repair never stops. This trail provides excellent recreational opportunities for many people and it receives heavy use in all four seasons."
The club also works with riders all over the state and country. They welcome feedback on how to continue to make the trails better.To donate visit GoFundMe.com/mtb-pavillionchange-house. For more information on the Mohican Malabar Bike Club, find them on Facebook.