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News from SORBA's Executive Director

by Tom Sauret

What a Difference a Year makes

I visited a trail under construction in Elizabethtown, NC., last spring.   The single track at the time followed some elevation bordering a field on the top or the imba boyridge and the descended to a flowing clear creek.   The vision that Greg Brinson, the chief trail boss on the project, had for the trail was still in development.  It was unclear just what the trail could be.   My visit at the time was rushed as the thunderclouds were gathering and my impression of the trail was that it was a pretty-good start on a cross-country trail. It would offer mountain bikers a little elevation sadly missing from the trails closer to Wilmington where the Cape Fear SORBA Chapter had concentrated its efforts before the Elizabethtown project. 

What a difference a year makes!  In June of this year, the Cape Fear folks invited me and the Subaru Tour de SORBA to attend the inaugural race event on this new trail, now officially open and supported by the city of Elizabethtown and named the Browns Creek Bike Park.  The City created an extensive parking area great for staging events, and a perfect start-finish venue for this race that was included in the Carolina Coastal Race Series.

Brown’s Creek is a challenging 6.4 mile loop that takes the rider up, along and down a ridge, then descends to the creek and follows it in a flowy manner (giving the rider a bit of a break) before climbing again, and again.  Make no mistake: Browns Creek is a work out.  The trail is very well constructed, a combination of machine and hand built trail and well worth checking out if you are in the area.

This trail is a great addition to the Cape Fear trail catalog, joining Blue Clay and the Brunswick Nature Park.  Cape Fear may soon be working on extending and enhancing the Browns Creek Trail and building a new trail further down the coast in Myrtle Beach, SC..  Great work, Cape Fear SORBA!  Wilmington/Elizabethtown offers great riding.

SORBA is now 40, 40 chapters that is. 

IMBA-SORBA welcomes the North Mississippi Trails Alliance and Tri-County Mountain Bike Association.  NMTA will be growing membership south of Memphis and in cities that include Oxford and Tupelo.  This group has an ambitious new project on Army Corp property on beautiful Lake Arkabutia.  Tri-Counties, a long-established organization, will be undertaking projects in the Central part of the state in and around Ridgeland, Jackson, and Meridian.  We think that with these new partnerships, IMBA-SORBA can help Mississippians improve mountain biking in the state.  Welcome Mississippi!

TORC Land Swap Proposal

In the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, TORC-SORBA country, we are closely following developments in the land–use proposal that could impact Lake Crabtree Park, a Wake County managed park and a major concentration of single track in that underserved mountain biking community.  TORC and IMBA-SORBA have joined the North Carolina Trails Partnership and we are monitoring North Carolina Senate Bill 486, which we refer to as the trails bill.  Within the bill is a land swap proposal that could impact the trail at Lake Crabtree, and even possibly lead to more and better mountain biking in the Raleigh-Durham area. TORC and SORBA will continue to communicate with area mountain bicyclists on developments.