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Southwest KyMBA and Our Annual Trail Fest Fundraiser

SW KyMBA began in 2010 by MTB’ers who were tired of driving far to find quality trail to ride. Southwest Kentucky Mountain Bike Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization and a Chapter of IMBA whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences in our region of Kentucky.
Link to Join SW KyMBA:
Our Current Area Trails
1) Rudy Mines Trail, Ben Hawes Park, Owensboro, KY
2) Low Hollow Trail, Riverfront Bike Park, Bowling Green, KY
3) Big Hollow Trail, Mammoth Cave National Park
4) Brier Creek Trail System, Nolin Lake State Park
5) Grapevine Trail System, Madisonville, KY
6) Twisted Oliver Trail, Port Oliver, Barren River lake
7) Cave Creek Trail, Rough River Lake
8) Pennyrile MTB Trails, Pennyrile Forest State Park
9) Mammoth Cave Gravel Grinder, Mammoth Cave National Park
10) Highlander Trail, Barren River Lake – 4 mile War Hammer Loop is nearly complete and is ridable under a soft opening.
New Projects Underway
1) Highlander Trail, Barren River Lake – Two bypass trails for the two one-way Jump lines on War Hammer       Loop is underway. Once completed along with Signage we will have a Grand Opening in 2023.
2) Long Fall Trail, Nolin River Lake – Nearly 10 miles are flagged for 3 stacked XC Loops
3) Riverfront Bike Park Bowling Green, KY: Dual Slalom, Skills Course & Pump Track


Our Annual Trail Fest Fundraiser  (2023 Date is Saturday August 19th)

The 2023 (11th Annual) Trail Fest is Sat 8/19 on the Twisted Oliver Trail at Port Oliver Recreation Area on Port Oliver Boat Ramp Road.

The 2023 Twisted Oliver Trail Fest to support SW KyMBA’s Trail & Bike Park endeavors wants you to join us for some good times.  Our Title Sponsor again this year is Graves Gilbert Clinic.

With friends, trail runs, and mountain bike races, you don’t want to miss out on this year’s event.

Registration can be done here: https://www.bikesignup.com/Race/KY/Scottsville/TwistedOliverTrailFest

Sponsors for last year’s Trail Fest included these fine folks:

  1. Graves Gilbert Clinic  – Title Sponsor
  2. Brian Macy Sports Medicine
  4. Howard’s Cycling & Fitness

    On August 13, 2022 – SWKMBA hosted the 10th annual Trail fest at Barren River Lake State Park in Kentucky.

  5. Nat’s Outdoor Sports
  6. Covington Dental
  7. Eubank’s Karate
  8. Big Foot Turkey Coffee
  9. Compton Orthodontics
  10. Blue Moon Port-a-Pot
  11. Crowell Service Group
  12. Fee Family Foundation
  13. Stephen Lee Ogden Design

Registration & Check-in booth opens at 7am. We will kick off with the 5k Trail running race at 8:00 am. The first MTB event will begin at 10:00am. See the schedule of events below for more details.

You may enter an individual event or save money and register for the King/ Queen of the Trail competition which is the combined fastest time for all 3 main events (5k run, MTB A & MTB TT).

Prizes will be awarded to Age group and overall winners in the 5k and in Overall competitions for the MTB A, B & TT races, respectfully. Event T-Shirts are included in with your registration on a first come first serve basis. Thus the first 215 shirts are provided while supplies last so register early to secure your Trail Fest T-Shirt.

The MTB A race (Cat 1 & 2) will be 5 Laps. The MTB B race (Cat 3 & Beginners ) will be 3 Laps. The Junior category will be be 2 Laps.

Both events are Non sanctioned (no license required) but will follow RRCA & USA Cycling rules respectively.

Event details and schedule For Sat 8/13/22 (Registration & Check-in CLOSES 20 minutes prior to each event)

7:00am – Registration and Check-In Opens

 8:00am – 5K Trail Run STARTS

 9:00am – Kids Fun Run STARTS

 9:30am – Running Awards

10:00am – MTB Kids Race STARTS

10:30am – Kids Strider Race STARTS

10:45am – MTB “A” Race STARTS (2 hr time limit)

 1:00pm – MTB “B” Race & MTB Jr STARTS (1.5 hr time limit)

 2:45pm – MTB Time Trial Starts (10 seconds apart; A riders > B riders > Jr riders)

 4:00pm – MTB Awards


Note: Women’s & Jr waves will start 2 minutes after the men’s wave, respectfully. 5K Run – 1 Lap; MTB A – 5 Laps; MTB B – 3 Laps; MTB Jr – 2 Laps

Time Trial – 1 Lap Opposite Direction of MTB B Course





2023 Twisted Oliver Trail Fest Safety and Weather Plan

All participants, spectators, volunteers and staff should only attend if they are well and do not have a temperature.

For participant safety and the sustainability of the trail the Trail Fest Race Director and staff will closely monitor weather and trail conditions leading up to the race. It is our goal to give the participant as much notice as possible should there be any need for an hour delay or rescheduling to another day. Please be on the lookout for Trail Fest weather updates emailed to your address on file or from our postings on the Trail Fest & Southwest KyMBA Facebook pages.

An electrical storm within the race course area within 30 mins of the start time should be considered potentially life threatening to runners and cyclists. A determination will be made at the time as to whether the race should be continued as scheduled, delayed until the storm has passed or postponed to a backup date. The Race Director will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action will be taken to modify the race.

Possible changes include: Altering the start time or in the most extreme situations, postponement of the event to a backup date. Send runners/cyclists home if there is not adequate safe shelter for everyone to wait out the storm. Remember, trees are not safe shelter and lightning can strike up to 10 miles away. Visible lightning will cause the race to be postponed for a minimum of 30 minutes after the last strike is heard. Additional sightings or rumblings of thunder will continue to delay the race in 30-minute increments. Muddy trail conditions may warrant a postponement. In the event a participant cannot make their race due to a postponement the participant is still fully eligible to receive their race packet and T-Shirt.

Note: Southwest KyMBA Volunteers have over 2600 hours of personal time invested in the Twisted Oliver Trail.

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