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BUMP Adding Accessible Trail at Oak Mountain

by Mark Muro

BUMP and Shelby County Alabama have again partnered to continue executing the master trail plan at Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham, Alabama. With this effort, an accessible trail will provide persons with disabilities a scenic, overlook view and a visit to some of the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) history at Oak Mountain State Park. A new viewing platform is being constructed high on Double Oak ridge and one of the abandoned CCC Fire Pit sites is being improved as an accessible, day use, picnic area.

GATR, Chain Buster and Terrapin Beer Company team up at Harbins Park for 3-Hour Race

Chain Buster Racing and Gwinnett Area Trail Riders (GATR) are teaming up to put on the first-ever mountain bike race at Harbins Park in Ducula, Georgia on May 25th, 2013. The race is sponsored by Terrapin Beer Company of Athens, GA.

The 9th Annual Snake Creek Gap Time Trial is in the History Books

On March 2, 237 racers went home sporting their badge of courage, the 3x34 belt buckle awarded to those who complete each of the 34-mile events at the Snake Creek Gap Time Trial. Over 500 riders raced at least one of the time trials, held the first Saturday of January, February, and March on the IMBA Epic Pinhoti Trail. January's race had a record 437 participants in the mildest conditions of the three months. Snow and sub-freezing temperatures led to frozen chains, derailleurs, and toes in February.

Support Anniston, AL Sunday Beer Sales Referendum

The City of Anniston has a Bill in the Alabama House of Representatives Rules Committee to allow the Anniston City Council to consider and act upon the authorization of Sunday alcohol sales, on and off premises. If the Alabama legislature passes this bill, the City of Anniston can hold a referendum for Sunday alcohol sales. The City sees Coldwater Mountain as a vital economic engine, and they want you to be able to drink a cold one when you come to ride your bike. The City needs YOUR help to get the bill through the legislature.

Jake and Bull Mountain Reroutes are Under Construction

by Debbie Crowe

The USFS has hired a professional trail builder to implement the Jake and Bull Trail Improvement Project which will construct new trail to replace existing poorly located, and impossible to maintain, trails on the Jake and Bull trail system. No mileage will be lost, and the trails will be much safer and easier to ride and MUCH more sustainable.

Cape Fear SORBA Finishes 2012 with Big Wins, Sets Goals High for 2013

 

Cape Fear’s Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association had a banner year in 2012.  As we prepare to dream big and plan for 2013, let us first look at last year’s victories and accomplishments.

REI Awards Grant to SORBA Jax

SORBA Jax was recently awarded a $10,000 Seeding Grant from REI in January.  In March REI is opening it's first Florida location in Jacksonville at the Town Center.  Before moving into the community REI  offered local outdoor based organizations the opportunity to apply for this grant.

The Coldwater Mountain Trail Project Keeps Rolling Along

Sunday, February 3, 2013
The Trail Solutions IMBA trail building team is back on the mountain laying more trail on the ground. In November and December, the crew completed approximately 4 miles of green (easy) trail to attach to the existing 1.5 mile of green trail off the parking lot. This new trail also connects to the existing blue trail, creating an approximate 15 mile loop if you join them all together.

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