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ImageUpstateSORBA is growing by leaps and bounds. We have some exciting news to share as our first anniversary approaches. Following are some of the highlights.

We formed a good working relationship with the City of Greenville. The City Parks Manager granted UpstateSORBA the opportunity to expand some of the existing Troop 19 Trail within Cleveland Park, which is in the heart of downtown Greenville. Several workdays have produced nearly a mile of new single-track. We look forward to an on going relationship to expand trail & greenway opportunities within the Greenville area.

This summer a new trail opened at our local State Park. Paris Mountain is boasting about the newly created Kanuga trail that offers another connection to the most remote lake in the park. This new trail, which is a downhill beast or a lung-busting climb, offers a new way to the lake and helps alleviate some of the user conflicts we were having on the Pippsissewa Trail. We are proud of this new trail. UpstateSORBA members gave volunteer hours over the course of several workdays providing assistance to Deno Contos and his crew, Appalachian Landscape Management, with the initial creation and completion of this trail. UpstateSORBA looks forward to working with the park on maintaining this trail as well as many other trails at Paris Mountain.

The park has seen increased traffic during the past several months, due in part to the new trail. Another attraction is the upcoming downhill race www.parismountaindh.com. UpstateSORBA is helping with the promotion of the downhill race at Paris Mountain. UpstateSORBA members will give volunteer hours for trail workdays leading up to the race, as well as volunteer to help in a variety of ways on race day. The profits from this event will benefit UpstateSORBA.

UpstateSORBA has formed a great working relationship with park management. We want to continue to support their efforts to educate local riders (new & veteran) with the park's rules and proper trail etiquette. In an effort to assist, UpstateSORBA provides park info & rules, as well as other educational information on its website www.upstatesorba.org.

In other trail news, we have had several great turn-outs for trail workdays. There were Camp/Work/Ride weekends at DuPont State Forest, NC. The gatherings were joint efforts with the Pisgah Area SORBA (PAS), along with Woody Keen and his, Trail Dynamics Group. Our first project was rock armoring the lower sections of the Big Rock Trail. This effort consisted of 30 volunteers moving dirt and planting rocks. The second and third weekend projects were spent rock armoring and rerouting major sections of the Burnt Mountain Trail in an effort to get this trail re-opened. Lastly, 32 mountain bikers contributed 200 hours to rerouting the lower section of Airstrip Trail to fix some of the erosion problem areas.

ImageIn June for the National Trail Day, members of UpstateSORBA journeyed to Bent Creek (Asheville) to assist PAS, SORBA & IMBA trail crews in an effort to repair problem trail areas. 130 volunteers joined together on this special day and as a result of combined resources, manpower, and sheer determination the beloved Greens Lick is a more sustainable trail. Sincere thanks to all that came out to be a part of the celebration.

Coming up in October we have partnered with Paris Mountain State Park for a camping weekend inside the park. This is a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy the fruits of our labor. So come out and enjoy the fun. This is one event that we will limit to "SORBA Members Only", so sign up if you haven't already! We will be camping Friday night, having a trail work party on Saturday (since we're not allowed to ride) followed by a Birthday celebration that night. Sunday will be a big group ride where riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

All in all it's been a very productive first year! Now it's time to ride, and enjoy a few cold ones afterward.