About GVORBA

ABOUT

Pioneering Trails, Connecting Communities, and Empowering Youth

Our mission is simple but impactful. We strive to create, enhance, and preserve exceptional trail experiences for mountain bikers in the Greenbrier Valley. By doing so, we not only enrich the lives of our community members but also promote active and healthy lifestyles.

Through cycling awareness, safety advocacy, and the promotion of biking for fun, fitness, and transportation, we are dedicated to building a bicycle-friendly community. We firmly believe that two-wheeled transportation can lead to stronger and happier communities.

But our commitment extends beyond the local trails. The Greenbrier Valley Off-Road Bicycling Association also seeks to preserve, protect, and promote mountain bike access and diverse riding opportunities on West Virginia’s public and private lands. We do this through education, effective communication, and unified action, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the thrill of mountain biking.

By supporting us, you’re not only backing a biking association; you’re investing in the well-being of our community, promoting active lifestyles, and contributing to the economic vitality of our region. Join us in creating a greener, healthier, and happier Greenbrier Valley.

Mission 

Greenbrier Valley Off-Road Bicycling Association is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for bikers in the Greenbrier Valley, and to create a bicycle friendly community through cycling awareness, safety advocacy and promotion of bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. 

CORE PRINCIPLES

 At GVORBA, we stand on three sturdy pillars that drive our mission:

Foster Community through Trails

We believe that vibrant, happy communities are shaped by the quality of life they offer. Our commitment to creating and maintaining an extensive trail system not only provides recreational opportunities but also fosters unity, well-being, and a shared love for the great outdoors

Get more people on bikes

We’re passionate about getting more people on bikes and into the wild. To achieve this, we’ve streamlined our onboarding process, offering accessible routes for newcomers, pathways for skill progression, and thrilling adventures for seasoned riders. We’re here to make that transition into the wild an exhilarating and memorable journey for all.

Encourage Student Athletes

GVORBA is dedicated to nurturing the talents of student athletes. We believe in supporting the dreams of the next generation of riders. Whether they aspire to conquer the trails or aim for excellence in competition, we’re here to provide the encouragement, resources, and opportunities they need to thrive.

 

Get Involved

Join us at GVORBA, where our work is a testament to the beauty of the Greenbrier Valley, the strength of community, and the potential of our youth.

 BOARD of advisors

Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins

Board Member

Sarah Elkins is a freelance writer. She and her husband, Max, run Hammer Cycles bike shop in Lewisburg, WV. Sarah is currently serving her second term as a member of Lewisburg, WV City Council and chair of the Parks Commission. In 2019, she, Max, and a handful of other bike enthusiasts (who, not surprisingly, are also founding members of GVORBA) launched the Greenbrier Valley Hellbenders Youth Mountain Bike Team. When she isn’t riding with Messick, the best-ever shop dog, by her side, you’ll find Sarah with her nose in a book.
Max Hammer

Max Hammer

Board Member

Max Hammer came of age on the trails surrounding Phoenix, AZ in the 1980s just as mountain biking was sweeping the western US. He raced several disciplines through the late 80s and early 90s, including dual slalom which took him to the 1990 World Championships in Vail, CO. These days Max is proud to call the Greenbrier Valley home where he owns and operates Hammer Cycles bike shop. In 2019, he cofounded the Greenbrier Valley Hellbenders Youth Mountain Bike Team and serves as head coach. When Max isn’t riding his bike, he’s thinking, dreaming, or talking about his next bike ride. 

Mike Tremann

Mike Tremann

Board Member

Mike is Director/Co Owner of Boxell Solutions, a general contractor and Boxell Aerospace, an aircraft tooling design and manufacturing company. Having been involved with an IMBA chapter previously, he witnessed first hand the impact that can be made when  people come together to create, preserve, and advance the sport of mountain biking. Mike has been an avid cyclist for the last 30 plus years. From delivering newspapers as a kid on a bike to road racing, endurance mountain bike racing, and just hitting local trails, he loves it all. “Bikes provide such an incredible freedom and connection to the outside world.” Outside of biking Mike loves baking bread, traveling, and enjoying the incredible state of WV.

Clay Elkins

Clay Elkins

Board Member

Clay has an extensive background in hospitality, having spent many years in the Jackson WY area before moving to West Virginia to be closer to nearby family and to enjoy the small town life. Prior to being a founding board member of GVORBA, Clay contributed to the IMBA’s Trail Accelerator Grant with the WVU’s OEDC to develop a comprehensive trail plan for the Greenbrier Valley. When not riding his bike or coaching youth mountain biking, “Claymation” enjoys travel, snowboarding, and hanging out in his overalls with with family.  His favorite bikes have been his Kuwahara from elementary school, his Gary Fisher Big Sur that got him through college. and now his Niner Rip9! Clay looks forward to making the Greenbrier Valley a healthier community through developing trails, bike advocacy, and teaching more kids to ride bikes! 

Nicole Faulk

Nicole Faulk

Board Member

Nicole started riding regularly as a bike commuter in Boston after college and fell into racing in Chicago through the local Cyclocross scene.  She moved to Lewisburg, WV from Oakland, CA two years ago as part of the Ascend Program (https://ascendwv.com/).  Nicole has been involved in community bike efforts for the last 15 years since she started volunteering at West Town Bikes (http://westtownbikes.org/).  Since moving to WV, Nicole has gotten into the mountain bike racing scene and is a coach for the local NICA team (https://westvirginiamtb.org/teams/).  In her free time she loves off-road bike riding, racing and adventure cycling and has recently gotten back into trail running.  Aside from biking, she is also passionate about community health initiatives and is the outgoing board president of the San Francisco Public Health Foundation.  She looks forward to leveraging her experience in board operations, fundraising, and grant processes to help drive trail development and advocacy in the Greenbrier Valley.

Mike Renner

Mike Renner

Board Member

Mike is an avid cyclist, backpacker, and all-around trail enthusiast who recently moved from Bismarck, North Dakota to the Greenbrier Valley, which he now happily calls home with his wife and young daughter. He is honored to be among the first cohort of West Virginia’s Ascend Program, an innovative program which emphasizes community, purpose, and the outdoors.  Mike brings his background in website development, marketing, and communications to the GVORBA board. He strongly believes that access to trails and expanded public trail infrastructure contributes to the quality of life for everybody within a community and is excited for the future of Greenbrier Valley. In addition to trail pursuits, he enjoys photography and cooking.

Ben Isenberg

Ben Isenberg

Board Member

Ben Isenberg, a Greenbrier Valley resident since 2022, discovered the local biking trails through the Hellbenders Youth Mountain Bike Team, inspiring him to become a NICA-certified coach. Motivated by the team’s dedication to nurturing young riders, Ben actively involved his family; his son as a student-athlete, and his wife and daughter in GRIT rides and race volunteering. Fueled by the shared passion for biking, Ben joined the GVORBA board, leveraging his experience as the principal of the Symmetry Agency, which has collaborated with numerous nonprofit, mission-based organizations. As a board member, Ben channels his enthusiasm for outdoor recreation, community involvement, and conservation to help establish and lead GVORBA.

Larry Perkins

Larry Perkins

Board Member

Larry was born and raised in Putnam County, WV where he developed a love for all things outdoors, including camping, hiking, fishing, and biking. He owns and operates West Virginia Inspection Company which expanded to the Greenbrier Valley four years ago. Larry has been an avid trail builder for over 20 years, has directed several races, and raced mountain bikes, both XC and 24-hour disciplines. He’s biked across the U.S. via the Southern Tier and recently completed hiking the Appalachian Trail. Larry joins GVORBA to share his love of the outdoors, cycling, and trail building. When not on a trail, he enjoys spending time with his three children and 4 grandchildren.

Joshua Edwards

Joshua Edwards

Board Member

Joshua Edwards lives in Lewisburg with his wife Lara, three boys, and two dogs. He started mountain biking after his oldest son joined the Hellbenders NICA team and he became a coach. He has fallen in love with the sport and is motivated to be part of developing a comprehensive trail system in the Greenbrier Valley. When not riding, Josh is the Public Defender for Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties and serves on the city of Lewisburg Parks Commission.

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” — John F. Kennedy, former US President

I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life. I ride a bike to add life to my days.” - Unknown

Of all paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” - John Muir

I thought of that while riding my bicycle.” - Albert Einstein