Most, if not all, of you have heard of and probably ridden at Tsali. The original Right and Left loops were built in the early 80’s by a local Backcountry Horseman’s Association in conjunction with the Forest Service. Then came the Thompson and Mouse Branch loops spearheaded by a dedicated group of off-road bike enthusiasts from NOC. Over the ensuing years, thousands of people have enjoyed the remote experience that Tsali has to offer. It’s time to return the love and come help maintain the trails at Tsali.
As many of you are aware, Tsali is located in a remote corner of WNC with a small population base, most of whom are not mountain bikers. We need your help to keep Tsali a great place ride and recreate. The Forest Service has hinted that they are getting out of the trail maintenance business and are relying on us to pick up the slack. We need your help. Although NAS is doing some trail work on a regular basis, we can’t generate the numbers to keep up with the work that needs to be done. That’s where you come in.
Nantahala Area SORBA (NAS) is organizing a festival we are calling Tsali’bration. Come celebrate with us all the things we love about Tsali and give something back in return. Tsali’bration will be a once-a-year event held in the fall. We want to bring in as many people from the mountain biking community as possible to celebrate Tsali and to do some much-needed trail work.
Tsali’bration will be an opportunity for the biking community to give back to Tsali. And, as with most mountain biking events, we plan on having a good time doing it. This years Tsali’bration will be October 11 – 12. Help us get the word out. You can also keep up with NAS by liking us on Facebook at Nantahala Area SORBA or going to our website at www.nantahalaareasorba.org.