DORBA Vision Statement
The Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association seeks to be at the forefront of promoting the sport of mountain biking, land access, and advocacy for the North Texas area, and serve as a model of leadership for other cycling organizations.
DORBA Mission Statement
DORBA will seek to accomplish its Vision through:
- Cycling education programs that advance a cyclists knowledge and skill level in a fun and encouraging atmosphere
- Non-competitive cycling events that foster a sense of fellowship and camaraderie that appeals to the diversity that is found within mountain biking community
- Competitive cycling events catering to XC, endurance, and racers of all racing skill levels
Adherence to national IMBA guidelines for trail development and other insurance requirements
- Open, direct, and legal partnerships with land managers that can serve as models for new trails
Brief History of DORBA
DORBA was founded in 1988, and began "Blazing Trails" in 1989. The first trails completed were Northshore and Knob Hills, both on USACE land around Grapevine Lake in Flower Mound. These two trails started as motocross, hiking and wildlife trails that were expanded for mountain bike use. They were soon followed by the L.B. Houston Nature Trail, built as a completely new trail on Dallas Park and Recreation land. Many more have followed, with DORBA gaining agreements to build and maintain trails on USACE, city, county, state park, nature preserve and private properties.
The club currently has 1200-1300 members, and records 9,000-10,000 volunteer hours a year building and maintaining trails. The estimated value of those hours is almost $250,000 on an annual basis.
The DORBA Team
It takes many volunteers and thousands of hours to maintain the trails, but without these people putting in an incredible amount of time behind the scenes, there would be no DORBA.
2018 Board of Directors
President, Garrick Whitnah
Like many others, his cycling roots go back to BMX in his teens. He returned to cycling via mountain biking in Arizona in the late 90s and has been riding mountain bikes on and off since, with some road/hybrid/cruiser thrown into the mix. Fervent believer in N+1.
- Favorite trail: Knob Hills
VP of Trails, Vic Dean
VP of Operations, vacant
Treasurer, Steve Dymond
Steve has been on a mountain bike on and off since the early 90s. He started in northern California, then moved to Texas where family got him riding again. He enjoys the outdoors and riding, and spends a lot of time working on the trail at Knob Hills.
- Favorite trail: Knob Hills
Secretary, Andrew Glaze
Sponsorship Director, Kristie Crotty
Kristie has been riding for about 8 years now. She spent approximately 6 years riding a road bike before moving to off road cycling (she sold her road bike). She still considers herself a novice and has the ability to fall and get right back up with a smile. The best people she knows she has met on 2 wheels!
- Favorite trails: Erwin, Frisco
Director at Large, vacant
Membership Director, Richard White
Events Director, April Desch
Race Director, Mike McCombs
Mike began mountain biking in the early 2000’s while living in Michigan. After taking significant time off from the sport while serving in the military, he was able to ride again after settling into north Texas. He spends his free time competing in adventure races, hiking, mountain biking, and enjoying time with his family.
- Home trail: Rowlett Creek Preserve
- Favorite trail: Northshore
Merchandise Director, Amy Satterthwaite
Director of Online Operations, Brian Hart