Athletic Brewing, creators of non-alcoholic craft beers, supports six SORBA chapters through their Two For The Trails program in 2022. Named after its founder’s family tradition of taking two beers to toast post-trail adventures, the program uses 2% of all its sales to support trail projects across the country. In SORBA-land, chapters received $78,500 collectively, which is a huge catalyst for change in the region. Thank you Athletic Brewing for your support. For more information about the program and to keep track of when funding becomes available in 2023 check out the Two For The Trails website. Read on to hear how each chapter will be using the funding for their projects.
Huntsville Area Mountainbike Riders (HAMR)
HAMR was awarded $28,000 and will use the money to help fund an advanced ride area that will include a reroute and improvement to the Sinks Trail in Monte Sano State Park. The estimated cost for the entire project is $125,000 and will be built by professional trail builder Barry Smith. HAMR plans to use the funding provided by Athletic Brewing as leverage to receive additional grants/sponsorships in order to fully fund the project.
Pisgah Area SORBA
This is the second year in a row that Pisgah Area SORBA has received a grant from Athletic Brewing, with $5,000 in support for 2022. Last year’s funds are currently being put to use, with work being done to Lower Sidehill in the Bent Creek Demonstration Forest. The funding received for this year will be put towards future trail projects in the area. We are excited to see the impact this funding has on the Pisgah Forest!
Northwest North Carolina Mountain Bike Alliance
NWNC MTB Alliance is thrilled to receive $5,500 in funding from Athletic Brewing and the Two For The Trails program. Their portion of funds will be used for maintenance on trails at the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir in Wilkesboro, NC – specifically on the Overmountain Victory Trail and Dark Mountain Trail.
Shoals MTB in Florence, AL, has received $10,000 towards their Green Trails For All! fundraiser. This fundraiser is raising money to help build fun, easy trails at Wildwood Park in Florence. Adding fun, entry-level trails to the park will be a welcome addition to Wildwood Park, a site where IMBA Trail Solutions helped with a masterplan funded by a Trail Accelerator Grant.
The Tarheel Trailblazers in Charlotte, NC, were awarded $15,000 Col. F Beatty Park. This is one of the oldest trail systems in the area and has gone through a lot of change in the past few years to get it back on track. They have done almost everything the volunteers can with the tools and knowledge we have. In order to bring it back to its early glory, the Trailblazers need additional basic tools and a professional maintenance plan. The plan is to use this grant fund exactly for that and to continue to allow such a diverse user base to enjoy the trails. The maintenance plan and additional tools will allow them to take back some of the trail system that was cut off due to erosion and organic movement of the ground and build a sustainability plan that will help them plan the volunteer workdays for the year.
Central Savannah River Area SORBA
SORBA-CSRA was awarded $5,000 from Athletic Brewing’s Two For The Trails grant. The funds will be used towards the Augusta Canal Singletrack Revival project.
This project is a group effort between Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Warehouse, SORBA-CSRA, & the Augusta Canal Authority.
The existing Canal Singletrack Trail is located at the Augusta Canal Heritage Area in the city of Augusta, Georgia. A city-ran dredging project irreparably damaged a very large portion of the 2.8-mile Canal Singletrack Trail. Essentially, trees were removed and a service road was placed over a large segment of the trail.
The goal is to redevelop and connect the broken segment of the trail with approximately 4,000 feet of the new trail using modern and sustainable trail building standards.
The trail is designed to be appropriate for youth and new riders, as well as experienced mountain bikers. The desired outcome is to create a premier trail in an urban setting that is easily accessible for all users.
SORBA Jax is excited to announce that we have been granted $10,000 from Athletic Brewing Co Two For The Trails program for a new trail system at Aterro Recreational Park. This partnership with Athletic Brewing is the kickstart to fundraising that will help us build
mountain bike, running, and walking trails on the approx. 100-acre site of the former landfill at Sunbeam Road and Craven Road. This grant will be added to the $2200 that @SORBA Jax has already committed to getting the planning and design completed. The project will be designed and built in partnership with Natural Trail Building LLC and the volunteers of SORBA Jax. SORBA Jax looks forward to getting shovels in the ground and want to thank Athletic Brewing Co for helping to make this happen.