6/3 Hour Big Ring
Challenge Mountain Bike Race - SEC #4 September
The Jackrabbit Trail system is a roller-coaster of machine-cut trail that leaps and bounds through the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina, just over the state line from Georgia. The single track winds through a peninsula surrounded by Lake Chatuge, offering stunning views around every turn. The fun-to-pain ratio is excellent on this fast, flat course—there’s less than 700 feet of climbing in every 10-mile lap. “That’s why we call it the Big-Ring Challenge,” says race director Kenny Griffin. “You can go as fast as you want.”
Lap distance: 10 miles
Elevation per lap: 700 feet
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Another RAGBRAI in the Bag...
SABA member Pat Turner and his 18 year old grandson Mark traveled to Iowa again this year to participate in RAGBRAI, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.
Here are a few notes that Pat put together about
This ride is an annual seven day bicycle ride that is the oldest, largest, and longest multi-day bicycle tour in the country. It is the premier event by which all other multi-day bicycle tours are measured.
The ride started in 1973 when two columnists from the Des Moines Register invited people to ride across the state of Iowa. That first year about 120 people made it. That number grew steadily and now attracts 10,000 registered riders. Another 10,000 unregistered riders show up and ride also.
The RAGBRAI bicycle ride always begins on the western border of Iowa at the Missouri River and always ends on the eastern border at the Mississippi River. The theory is that winds usually blow from the west but that is not always true.
The route varies each year as Iowa communities lobby for the opportunity to be on the RAGBRAI route. The local townspeople get organized to show riders how friendly Iowans can be.
Citizens of the pass through and overnight towns earn a hefty income from hungry and thirsty riders. One estimate said that outsiders spent in excess of $8 million during the week. This is Iowa's biggest annual tourism event.
This is not a trivial exercise.
This year the seven-day ride will cover 420 miles or an average of about 60 miles per day. The biggest RAGBRAI health challenge is caused by a few overconfident riders who do not train for the heat usually found on this strenuous July ride. One 60 year old had a heart attack and died this year.
I had heard so much about this RAGBRAI ride for decades but I decided to do it in 2008 and 2016 was my fourth. We had perfect weather with no rain.
For more information and professional photos, see the following website.
Weekly Group Rides!
SABA hosts several weekly
group rides each week. The schedule is as
Road Rides 2016:
Tuesday Nights: 6:00 PM
- leaves from Hayesville Square in Downtown
Hayesville, NC. Approximately 20 miles out and back
through the Tusquittee area.
Wednesday Nights: 6 :00 PM - Wednesday night group road ride leaves at 6:00 PM from the big rocking chair at
Owltown Market on
Hwy. 129 in Blairsville, GA. The route varies through the Trackrock Valley. Mileage approx. 12 to 25 with A & B groups.
For more info contact Blairsville Bikes & Hikes
Thursday Nights: 6:00 PM
- Meets at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC 28902
at the intersection of Brasstown Road and
15-30 miles, route varies weekly.
check our Facebook page to see if there are
any unscheduled rides.
Mountain Bike Rides 2016:
Wednesday Nights: 6:00 PM -
Meet at Hanging Dog trailhead.
The Hanging Dog
Recreation Area is located on Hiwassee Lake about 5 miles north of Murphy on SR 1326/
Joe Brown Hwy.
Thursday Nights: 6:15 PM -
Thursday evening at Jack Rabbit Trails. Leaves the parking lot at 6:15 PM. Usually involves getting a bite to eat afterwards. Blairsville Bikes & Hikes 706 745 8141
SABA Membership Dues
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at active.com for additional details view our
membership page here
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