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Celebrating One Year with SDMBA Executive Director – Susie Murphy

San Diego MTB Riders –

The San Diego Mountain Biking Association (SDMBA) is happy and proud to celebrate the one year anniversary of our Executive Director (ED) – Susie Murphy!  While these efforts originate from our awesome volunteers, coordination starts with Susie.  Furthermore, our relationships with IMBA, the City, County and State agencies have never been stronger – opening new exciting opportunities.  Mountain bike voices are being heard and sought after, pushing trail advocacy towards unprecedented levels.  

Read Susie’s year-in-review below!

Hiring Susie was a big investment – it took SDMBA twenty years to save enough!  After months of meetings, interviews and extensive benchmarks, we knew San Diego riders needed an employee to represent them.  With that in mind, we hired Susie “Part-Time” with the desire to shift her full-time after a year.  Susie has exceeded virtually every benchmark and is looking towards the next year.  Furthermore, our finances have never been stronger but we need your help!  At this month’s Board Meeting, the Board will vote to shift the Executive Director position to full time.  All members are welcome to attend and listen to Susie’s ‘year in review’.  

Can we count on you to help fund her salary, allowing San Diego’s momentum to continue?  

We invite you to partner with us through a generous donation (any size!)  Help fund our ED role to full time allowing SDMBA to continue the progress we’ve all enjoyed.  It can be a single donation, a monthly donation or quarterly donation – every dollar is deeply appreciated!  Unlike your membership – every penny stays in San Diego helping SDMBA climb to new heights!  THANK YOU!!!!

Kevin Loomis

President – San Diego Mountain Biking Association

A letter from SDMBA Executive Director, Susie Murphy –


Dear SDMBA members and mountain bike friends:

It is hard to believe that I am about to celebrate my first year as Executive Director of the San Diego Mountain Biking Association. The time has gone by so quickly.   I have had the opportunity to visit and ride in new places across the county. But, the best part is meeting all the people who believe, like I do, that access to trails and open space are vital to the health and well-being of our community.

The volunteers who spend their time helping SDMBA are the ones who are truly helping us climb to new heights.  Over the past year, our volunteers have:

  • Worked over 2700 hours on building and maintaining trails at over 23 work days around the county and opening new trail at Cuyamaca Ranch State Park, Black Mountain, Tijuana River Valley and Del Mar Mesa;
  • Led over 35 rides of various levels throughout the county at no cost to participants;
  • Participated events such as Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day, San Diego River Kids Days, and Explore Mission Trails Day,  getting over 250 kids on their bikes;
  • Maintained the Bike Bell Program in areas around the county to educate trail users about proper trail etiquette;
  • Produced the 2016 Archipelago Ride raising over $16,000;
  • Staffed community events such as Bike the Bay, Tour De Fat, and the Tour of California to let everyone know about SDMBA’s work; and
  • Attended countless meetings, including SDMBA monthly board and advocacy meetings, to help SDMBA fulfill its mission  

SDMBA is building on the momentum of this past year! We want to continue to push the message that we need more quality, natural surface, purpose built trails in San Diego County with everyone we meet. SDMBA membership stands at 1050 individuals and is up over 27% over last year.  This gives our volunteers more leverage when meeting with land managers and officials.  This growth and these efforts are paying off as we are recognized as the trail authority in San Diego.

Over the past year, SDMBA has been awarded grants from REI, Patagonia, and the National Environmental Education Foundation, and with the help of volunteers progress is being made.

  • Five Bike Work Stations have been installed in 2016 with support from REI.  SDMBA working on funding more of these stations for locations around the county;
  • Work on new trails at Black Mountain Open Space Park will continue during the 2016-17 season;
  • Work with the San Diego River Park Foundation on the eastern portions of the San Diego River Park Regional Trail;
  • Partner with San Diego Canyonlands and Urban Corps San Diego on a grant from the San Diego Foundation for work on a truly urban trail in the City Heights area;  
  • Assisting the San Dieguito Valley River Conservancy in maintaining the Bernardo Summit Trail;
  • Assist U.S. Fish and Wildlife with trail rehabilitation at Mother Miguel in the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge; and
  • Working on a three year Strategic Plan to direct and prioritize our work.

In reviewing all that has been accomplished over the past year, I am awed at the dedication of our volunteers and our great sponsors, like San Diego Trek Superstores, Ride Cyclery, Pardee Homes, and all the others. There is always plenty of work to do and the time and talent of our volunteers and support of our sponsors is invaluable.  There are plenty of opportunities to help.  

A highlight for me is seeing comments like this from a loyal social media follower:

“What’s truly rad is the amount of trail and bike repair stations that have been installed this year thanks to SDMBA, REI, and our awesome mtb community here in San Diego. I am honored to ride and serve alongside these amazing people getting work done!”

I want to thank all of the SDMBA members, volunteers, partners, donors, and sponsors who help promote trails in San Diego and get more people on bikes.  I am honored and humbled everyday to be able to work together with you to help SDMBA climb to new heights!

Ride on!  

Susie Murphy

Executive Director