Santa Cruz awards The Alliance PayDirt grant for work on Yancey Ridge

Sep 9, 2020 | News

The Alliance is honored to announce that we are the recipients of a Santa Cruz Bicycles PayDirt Grant. This funding will be applied to our work on Yancey Ridge Trail in the Pisgah Grandfather District, part of the larger Mortimer Trails Project in Wilson Creek.

Founded by Santa Cruz Bicycles in 2019, PayDirt funds recreational mountain bike trail opportunities worldwide. With an initial three-year, $1 million pledge, PayDirt aims to create and strengthen opportunities for greater trail access and development through localized trail construction projects, economic development planning, events and related programs. To see a list of current PayDirt projects or to find more information on the PayDirt fund to apply for a future grant, please visit

To get involved as a volunteer with our work on Yancey Ridge or any other of the other trails we work on, sign up here.

The Alliance board of directors are extremely grateful to Santa Cruz Bicycles for including us in this initial PayDirt award cycle at a time of very difficult circumstances. As you may have heard, the CZA Fire in the mountains around Santa Cruz, CA has affected many of the Santa Cruz employees, and some have lost their homes. Please consider donating to a GoFundMe set up for the Santa Cruz Bicycles Employees which is linked in the information here:

Northwest NC MTB Alliance is a chapter of SORBA, the largest nonprofit mountain biking organization in the Southeastern United States. – promoting land access, trail preservation, and new trail development on federal, state, and local lands in our region. The Alliance operates in the geographic area of Northwest NC’s mountains and foothills, including the communities of Boone, Hickory, Lenoir, Marion, Morganton, and Wilkesboro. As a subordinate chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, the Alliance is a non-profit organization.

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