The United Riders of Cumberland is a registered non-profit society that advocates for mountain biking through:
- building and maintaining mountain bike trails;
- hosting mountain bike events;
- encouraging mountain biking in youth;
- facilitating group rides;
- encouraging the positive spirit of mountain biking in the community; and,
- fostering positive working relationships with landowners;
- working with other community groups, agencies, societies and organisation’s sharing similar purposes.
The trails surrounding Cumberland are located on private lands owned by the Hancock Forest Management, TimberWest or the Village of Cumberland. In 2015 UROC signed an historic agreement with these land owners that allows for legal, non-motorized recreation on these lands. This agreement requires UROC to hold and maintain a comprehensive general liability insurance policy and grants the right and responsibility to maintain and construct trails within the agreement area. This agreement was the result of many years of hard work by UROC and the landowners and embodies the positive working relationship that has developed to facilitate recreation within both the working forest and Cumberland Community Forest.
The Cumberland trails were built by the passion and hard work of countless volunteers. UROC is working to maintain and expand the trail network by supporting those volunteers as well as employing a paid Trail Manager and Trail Crew. See the Trail Care page for more details about this work.
In addition to managing the Cumberland trails for all users, UROC also hosts five mountain bike races each year. A cross country race, the Dodge City Downhill, the Coal Town Classic Marathon, the Twelve Hours of Cumberland, and the Dodge City Enduro. On top of being a really good time, these races are an important source of funding that goes towards insurance and trail work. Check out the events calendar for details on this years events!
UROC is proud to support youth in mountain biking through it’s partnership with the Cumberland Community Schools Society and their After School Bike Club and Ride-Build-Ride programs. UROC also subsidizes youth entry fees for UROC races.
Wednesday night UROC Women’s Rides embody the positive spirit of mountain biking and through the amazing work of volunteer ride leaders have introduced many to mountain biking. Check out the events calendar for other group rides and community events.
We encourage everyone who uses the Cumberland trails to check out the Membership page and become a member of UROC. We also support the great work of the Cumberland Community Forest Society and recommend checking out their website (www.cumberlandforest.com) for details on what they’re up to and how to support their efforts.