Brief History

The Troy Mountain Bike Area (TMBA) located at Duke Park in Troy, OH was started in the 1990s by local mountain biking enthusiasts in collaboration with the City of Troy’s Park Department who allowed for use of a wooded section of public land along the Great Miami River. The trails had consisted of what is now known as River’s Edge, the Adventure Loop and Swampy Ridge. It was in 2016 that interests in expansion of the existing trail system increased and with the aid of local advocates the trail system began to grow. Efforts were grass roots at first, comprised strictly of volunteers using their own equipment. It was during this period that the section that is colloquially referred to as “The Prairie” and Big Walnut took shape. The prairie section was originally to be developed into soccers fields with a cricket pitch. Plans for these efforts were abandoned due to heavy flooding. Some very patient and diligent volunteers molded the disused piece of land into what is quickly becoming some of the fastest single track around. Over the course of the next year a core trail crew was formed, dedicated to maintaining and increasing mileage using available acreage. In 2017 TMBA received a grant from the Troy Foundation which secured professional grade equipment used in maintaining the trails.

Revamp

The years that followed prompted a general increase in the number of riders visiting TMBA. A grand reopening was held at the first Four Hours of TMBA classic race series which included ribbon cutting courtesy of Troy's then mayor Michael Beamish. In addition to the classic four hour race, TMBA has been home to many grass roots races where the notion prevails that a cycling race is, at its core meant to be fun. The local International Mountain Bicycling Association's Dayton area chapter Miami Valley Mountain Bike Association (MVMBA) took interest in TMBA in 2019 and a collaboration was formed. This resulted in TMBA hosting a segment of MVMBA's annual Fast Laps race series.

The Area

TMBA prides itself in being a family friendly mountain biking destination. The trails are relatively smooth with limited obstacles and features. What TMBA lacks in diversified geography it makes up for in flow. Being located in Duke Park provides recreational opportunities for those that are not strictly interested in spending a day in the saddle. Some of the amenities that Duke Park features include a paved walking/ running path, dog park, soccer fields, immaculate baseball fields, a small pond, pickle ball courts, a basketball court, a football field with uprights and an abundance of shelter houses. Quaint yet vibrant downtown Troy Ohio has much to offer for aprés ride. The area known as The Square where Main St and Market St meet at the roundabout dates back to the early 19th century. Many of the historic buildings have been renovated to house locally owned shops and restaurants of all varieties.

The Troy Mountain Bike Area (TMBA) located at Duke Park in Troy, OH was started in the 1990s by local mountain biking enthusiasts in collaboration with the City of Troy’s Park Department who allowed for use of a wooded section of public land along the Great Miami River. The trails had consisted of what is now known as River’s Edge, the Adventure Loop and Swampy Ridge.

It was in 2016 that interests in expansion of the existing trail system increased and with the aid of local advocates the trail system began to grow. Efforts were grass roots at first, comprised strictly of volunteers using their own equipment. It was during this period that the section that is colloquially referred to as “The Prairie” and Big Walnut took shape. The prairie section was originally to be developed into soccers fields with a cricket pitch. Plans for these efforts were abandoned due to heavy flooding. Some very patient and diligent volunteers molded the disused piece of land into what is quickly becoming some of the fastest single track around.

Over the course of the next year a core trail crew was formed, dedicated to maintaining and increasing mileage using available acreage. In 2017 TMBA received a grant from the Troy Foundation which secured professional grade equipment used in maintaining the trails.

The years that followed the generous grant from the Troy Foundation in 2017 prompted a general increase in the number of riders visiting TMBA. A grand reopening was held at the first Four Hours of TMBA classic race series which included ribbon cutting courtesy of Troy's then mayor Michael Beamish. In addition to the classic four hour race, TMBA has been home to many home grown races where the notion prevails that a cycling race is, at its core meant to be fun.

The local International Mountain Bicycling Association's Dayton area chapter Miami Valley Mountain Bike Association (MVMBA) took interest in TMBA in 2019 and a collaboration was formed. This resulted in TMBA hosting a segment of MVMBA's annual Fast Laps race series.

TMBA prides itself in being a family friendly mountain biking destination. The trails are relatively smooth with limited obstacles and features. What TMBA lacks in diversified geography it makes up for in flow.

Being located in Duke Park provides recreational opportunities for those that are not strictly interested in spending a day in the saddle. Some of the amenities that Duke Park features include a paved walking/ running path, dog park, soccer fields, immaculate baseball fields, a small pond, pickle ball courts, a basketball court, a football field with uprights and an abundance of shelter houses.

Quaint yet vibrant downtown Troy Ohio has much to offer for aprés ride. The area known as The Square where Main St and Market St meet at the roundabout dates back to the early 19th century. Many of the historic buildings have been renovated to house locally owned shops and restaurants of all varieties.