Re-opening trails @ Hickory Knob State Park

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Re-opening trails @ Hickory Knob State Park

Postby dgaddis1 » Wed May 15, 2013 12:57 pm

The Lakeview Loop at Hickory Knob State Park (in SC) was recently trashed during an XTERRA event held in the pouring down rain. The trail was so badly damaged that the park closed the trail until it can be repaired. Original estimates put the repair effort at approximately 400 man hours, however, a professional trail builder recently checked out the trail and estimated closer to 800-1,000 hours. Virtually every foot of the seven mile loop needs work.

SORBA-CSRA is working with the park to create new trail use policies to prevent this from happening again, and is hosting a series of work parties to repair the trail. The first one will be on June 1st, National Trails Day. There will be a cookout afterwards, and lots of really great prizes will be awarded to the volunteers.

One of those prizes: Southern Wheelworks is partnering with Industry Nine to give one lucky volunteer a pair of custom MTB wheels built around I9's new Torch Classic hubs, valued at approx. $900. These will be fully custom, with the best rims, spokes, etc choosen to fit whoever wins. The winner is limited to alloy rims, but can upgrade to carbon if they can pay the price difference. To be eligible for the wheels, and some of the other top prizes, you must attend more than one work party.

Get the full details on the SORBA-CSRA forum RIGHT HERE, and be sure and sign up via SurveyMonkey to make sure there is enough food and tools.
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Re: Re-opening trails @ Hickory Knob State Park

Postby steveinathens » Mon May 20, 2013 10:42 am

wow, that is terrible that such a beautiful trail had to be destroyed.

I will try to attend one of the work party's! Thanks for the info!
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Re: Re-opening trails @ Hickory Knob State Park

Postby k2biker » Tue May 21, 2013 8:32 am

Is the race director pitching in at all on this rehab effort? Just curious...
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Re: Re-opening trails @ Hickory Knob State Park

Postby dgaddis1 » Tue May 21, 2013 8:41 am

k2biker wrote:Is the race director pitching in at all on this rehab effort? Just curious...


Yes. He's donating a few entries to future events, and I think he's helping with food at the cookout afterwards as well.

More prizes:

-Maxxis Tires and SORBA have donated a box full of Ignitor 29er tires.
-SORBA-CSRA is giving away several entries to the 2013 Baker's Dozen
-Rudy Project has donated a gift certificate (~$200 value) that can be redeemed for one free Rudy Gift: Your choices include sunglasses (team racing edition, performance, or causal), helmets, apparel, and bags. Also, this certificate entitles the holder to a one-time offer of 50% off up to three additional Rudy products.

More to come!

We have 40 people signed up right now, we'd love to double that number. Don't live in the area? Come anyways, do some trail work on Saturday, camp at Petersburg, and ride on Sunday. There's about 150 miles of singletrack in the area to choose from, including several long routes over 100k.
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