When: Thursday, June 13th 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Terrapin Brewery, Athens GA (Driving Directions)
We have lots to discuss (See below).
30/30 Mission (a.k.a. The Dirty 30!):
When: However long it takes
Where: Within 30 miles of Athens
SORBA-Athens has a new long term goal. We want to build 30 miles of new trail within 30 miles of Athens. Here's what we have so far in 2013:
EACP/Trail Creek - 1.6 miles officially open with another 2 to 2.5 miles on the way.
Hard Labor Creek - 3.25 miles officially open with another 4.5 miles on the way. We recently opened a 1.75 mile addition to the Red Trail and a 1.5 mile addition to the Blue Trail. We also have another 4.5 miles of Blue Trail flagged and approved and are currently working on flagging a new Green Trail. Huge thanks to Bill Pfleuger for all of his hard work at Hard Labor Creek. Stay tuned...we are thinking of having a work party/cookout/ride/campout there in July. In the meantime, there is a normal work party at Hard Labor in June (see below). Info on these trails including directions and a trail map can be found on our Trails Page.
We plan to continue to work with ACC and other local governments to get access to more land to build more trails. We know 30 miles is ambitious, but so are we. With your help we can make it happen.
Work Parties/Swap Meet/Volunteer Appreciation Day:
Heritage Park Work Party/Group Ride/Swap Meet/Volunteer Appreciation Cookout:
When: Saturday, June 1st, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Heritage Park, Watkinsville, GA (Driving Directions)
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June 1st is National Trails Day. We plan to make some improvements to the Heritage Park trail system including fixing the drainage situation in some low lying areas. It should be a fairly short and easy workday. We will have a Volunteer Appreciation Cookout and Group Ride after we finish working. SORBA-Athens will provide the food (burgers and dogs and a vegetarian option). We are also having a Swap Meet. Got some spare parts or bikes laying around that you want to sell? Bring 'em out to Heritage on June 1st. Swap meet spots are free for all volunteers/$5 suggested donation for everyone else. Bring gloves, water, and your bikes. Huge thanks to Jamie Wiedeman for helping organize this workday and for all of his trail work at Heritage over the years.
Hard Labor Creek Work Party
When: Saturday, June 8th, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Hard Labor Creek State Park, 5 Hard Labor Creek Road, Rutledge , GA 30663 (Driving Directions)
Free trail passes for the day are included. We will ride when we finish working. Here's a trail map. Work could include cutting back brush, raking, helping construct bridges or putting up directional signs. If you need additional info, call 706-557-3001. Bring gloves and water.
Firkin Fridays at The Royal Peasant in Five Points
When: Every Friday in May at 5 p.m..
Where: The Royal Peasant, 675 S. Lumpkin Street Athens, GA (Driving Directions)
This Friday is the last Firkin Friday. Terrapin Beer Company donated five firkin casks to help us raise money to build trails at Trail Creek/East Athens Community Park (EACP). The cask for this Friday May 31st will be the Maggie's Peach Farmhouse Ale. 100% of the proceeds from the cask will go to SORBA-Athens. There will also be raffle prizes including SORBA-Athens merchandise. The first three Fridays have been a huge success and a ton of fun. It's just one big party for the local mountain bike community. Raising money for trails doesn't get much easier than this...all you have to do is drink beer!
Five Points Growler Tree Hugger Percentage Month
When: All month long in May.
Where: Five Points Growlers, Athens, GA (Driving Directions)
For the entire month of May, Five Points Growlers will donate 25% of every Terrapin Tree Hugger Growler purchase to SORBA-Athens.
You can find out more about SORBA-Athens including info on how to join SORBA/IMBA on our club info page. Membership comes with several benefits including a dvd, a magazine subscription, and discounts from many top biking companies. Membership is as low as $20 for youth/students under 24, $30 for individuals, and $50 for families. A big chunk of your membership fee goes right back into building trails in the Athens area. You can also show your support and help us raise money by purchasing SORBA-Athens Merchandise. We are selling our own special blend of Jittery Joe's Coffee (Singletrack Mind): $12 each or $10 for SORBA-Athens members. We just got in new dri-fit styleSORBA-Athens tshirts: $15 each or $12 for SORBA-Athens members. We also have a few custom SORBA-Athens pint glasses left: $8 each.
Many local businesses have contributed to SORBA-Athens in the last six months including: Sunshine Cycles, Krimson Kafe, Ben's Bikes, The Hub, Mama's Boy, New Balance Shoes, Steak and Shake, Keba, Barberitos, Athens Bagel Co, Fuzzy's Taco Shop, Home Depot, Trader Joe's, The Royal Peasant, Tifosi, Five Points Growlers, Chain Buster Racing, Weevil, and Pro Gold. We appreciate the support. We want to send a special thank you to The Grill and Terrapin Brewing Company, who have made very generous donations. Please show your appreciation by patronizing these businesses and thank them on behalf of SORBA-Athens. As always, huge thanks to our volunteers. We would not have trails to ride on if it were not for you.
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