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GATR Recognized at Harbins Park Ground Breaking Ceremony

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, Dacula, GA; Gwinnett Area Trail Riders ( GATR ) were among the park advocacy groups recognized at this historic groundbreaking of what will become Gwinnett county’s largest park. The 1900 acre facility will feature green space, open fields, pedestrian trials, equestrian trails, mixed use trails, and 8+ miles of pristine mountain bike single track. Construction at Harbins Park is slated to begin Fall 08 and GATR will play a significant role in trail construction through member volunteer efforts

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club to Build Trail at Hastie Park in Knoxville, TN

AMBC has received permission to start laying out trail at Hastie Park in Knoxville, TN, according to AMBC President, Randy Conner. Hastie is an 80-acre City of Knoxville park located in South Knoxville. AMBC worked with the City Parks and Recreation department to make the deal. Says, Conner, ³Fortunately, City Parks and Rec recognizes the MTB community as good land stewards, and they are eager to work with us on this project.² AMBC has also worked with the Lake Forest Home Owners Association on this project. Both the City and the Home Owners Association are eager to turn the park into a positive piece of the community instead of a place to dump or hang out and get into bad stuff.

SORBA-Woodstock's Dirty Duathlon

ImageJoin SORBA-Woodstock on March 22, 2008 for the first ever Blankets Creek
Dirty Duathlon! All proceeds for this event will go towards trail
construction costs of the new North Loop Trail at Blankets Creek. Please
show your support and come get dirty at the Dirty Duathlon!

The race will consist of a 5 mile trail run, followed by a 12 mile
mountain bike loop. The course follows rolling singletrack near Lake
Allatoona and is forgiving enough to be completed by a first timer, but
will also be challenging to experienced racers. Individuals will race
the entire course, while the two person relay teams will have one person
run and the other will bike.

SORBA’s 20th Anniversary

ImageSORBA will be 20 years old in 2008! Help us celebrate! We’re planning a Fat Tire Times commemorative issue, and we need your help! Are you a mountain biking veteran or know one? Do you have a story or two to share about what it was like “back when...”? How about a picture of that first mountain bike you had?

Please, send me names and contact info for people you’d like us to look up. Send us your stories of the good ole’ days of mountain biking. Send us your stories about how your chapter got started, no matter when that happened. And, send us your pictures, please!

SORBA Woodstock Builds New Trail at Blankets Creek

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Mosquito Bite bridge

After breaking ground on new trail projects on Monday, September 10, the Woodstock chapter is ahead of schedule. These trail projects are set to expand the existing beginners’ trail, Mosquito Flats, and add an advanced trail, The Van Michael Express. The first phase of the project, the Mosquito Flats extension, is already complete, with one mile of new trail that includes a bridge with handrails. Construction has begun on phase 2, The Van Michael Express, and is currently ahead of schedule, with about 1.5 miles of trail machine-cut and .7 miles of cut trail finished. A bridge has also been installed on the Express.

The chapter intends to build five miles of trail in six months, bringing the total miles at Blankets to 14.5. SORBA Woodstock has teamed with SORBA Pro Trails and veteran trailbuilder Stephen Mullins to meet this ambitious goal. Under this arrangement, SORBA Pro Trails does the major trail building, and volunteers prepare and finish the trail by clearing the ground, bench cutting, and building bridges.

RAMBO Breaks ground on new trail in Forsyth County, GA

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Brad Wender tackles Charleston Park with a leaf blower and a chainsaw.

The Roswell/Alpharetta Mountain Bike Organization (RAMBO) chapter teams up with the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation department once again to build a trail in a Forsyth County Park. RAMBO already has four miles of trail at the county’s Central Park, also home of the SORBA Freeride Alliance (SoFA) chapter’s freeride park. That venture has proven so successful that the county has signed off on six miles of trail to be built at Charleston Park, on the shores of Lake Lanier.

“The trail terrain at Charleston Park will be fairly varied. There will be trail similar to Left and Right Loop at Tsali, Huff'n Puff at Dauset, and a little Fats thrown in as well. Although there will be ride-arounds for any technical features, just because of the nature of the climbs, it'll be tough on beginners.” says Stephen Mullins, RAMBO President.

RAMBO’s Neil Wagner designed the trail, and RAMBO volunteers will clear the trail and do the finishing work. Forsyth County Parks and Recreation employees are cutting the trail using a Ditch Witch.

North Carolina Passes Law that Favors Trail Development by Mountain Bike Clubs on State Lands

In 2005, only two properties in the entire state park system in North Carolina allowed singletrack bike trails. Today, a framework exists for mountain bike clubs, such as SORBA chapters, to create mountain bike trails on state-owned lands, due to the legislature passing S.L. 2007-449. The law states “Any land held in fee simple by this State, any agency of this State, or any land purchased or leased with funds provided by this State may be open and available for use by bicyclists upon establishment of a usage agreement. The usage agreement shall be established between the land manager and any local cycling group or organization intending to use the land and shall specify the terms and conditions for use of the land. The land manager shall designate a representative with knowledge of off‑road bicycle trail building to negotiate the agreement. Upon establishment of the usage agreement, any bicyclist may use the land pursuant to the agreement. “ The law doesn’t guarantee mountain bike trails, but if a club presents a proposal to build such, the land manager must present a valid reason for denying that the trails be built on the land.

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