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Mid TN Raising Funds to Build New Trail in 3 County Parks

The Middle TN chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association has developed a strong relationship with Nashville Davidson Country Metro Parks to build mountain bike trails in multiple parks throughout the county, particularly in areas that have no beginner or intermediate level trails.  Experienced trail leaders and volunteers have almost completed phase one,  resulting in construction of 1.8 miles of trail at Cane Ridge Park on the southeastern border of Davidson County.  Phase two construction begins this summer with detailed flagging and layout. Once phase two is complete, the trail will offer over four miles of fun, flowing rhythm sections.  Phase three will soon follow, bringing the total to nine miles of new trail at Cane Ridge Park.

Mid TN will also lay out and flag trail at Bells Bend Park this summer to enhance a Gateway Trail that meanders through open space and gentle, sloping woodland. The Bells Bend Outdoor Center staff plans to offer youth programs akin to Trips for Kids on the 4.5-mile trail.

The third Metro Parks project is a real gem, at Percy Warner Park on a beautiful section of land at the northeast corner of the park. IMBA Trails Solutions, along with IMBA-SORBA Mid TN leadership and Warner Park staff, has done a preliminary trail assessment of the Warner site, and we will work on blueprint and layout during the winter of 2012 through the spring of 2013.  Following this timeline will rely on the progress we make with the other two projects. 

IMBA-SORBA Mid TN has applied for an RTP grant and will promote the 2nd Annual Ale for the Trail Craft Brew Tasting to help fund these projects. We’re also proud to announce that Lynskey Performance Titanium Bicycles has donated a Pro 29 titanium frame to help us raise money. Raffle tickets for the frame are only a $10 donation.  Lynskey’s frame donation is a great addition to the 2nd Annual Ale for the Trail event.

Ale for the Trail, happening June 15th at 6pm at Land Rover Nashville, will offer guests flavors from nine different breweries to be enjoyed in a souvenir pint tasting glass.  Swiftwick Socks, ProGold, and Road ID are sponsoring the event, with more sponsorships coming.  Enjoy live music from our mountain biking, country singing/songwriting friend, Keith Anderson, best known for his single Pickin’ Wild Flowers.  A $35 donation gets you an Ale for the Trail ticket.  All registration, brewery, and event information is available online.

For more information please contact IMBA-SORBA Middle TN at