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Weekly Group Road Rides!

SABA hosts several weekly group rides each week. The schedule is as follows:

Road Rides 2018:

Tuesday Nights: 6:00 PM – Leaves from Hayesville Square in Downtown Hayesville, NC. Approximately 20 miles out and back through the Tusquittee area.

Thursday Nights: 6:00 PM. Meet at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. Park in gravel lot at intersection of Harshaw and Brasstown Roads. 15 mile loop.

Other Rides:

Saturday Morning – Please check our Facebook page to see if there are any unscheduled rides.

 

Volunteers Needed for Event at Jackrabbit Sunday, May 20th

Go Nuts Bike Racing at Jackrabbit Mountain Biking Trails - Hayesville, NCThe Go Nuts sprint mountain bike race will be held at Jackrabbit on Sunday, May 20th. Volunteers are needed from 7:00 am until approximately 3:00 pm to assist with registration, course marshal’s, etc.

SABA will receive a portion of the proceeds based on the number of participants. We hope that many of you will actually be a participant in the race, but if not please consider helping out that day. Please contact Joanna (828-361-2088) if you are available.

Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo Discount for SORBA Members

On Sat/Sun May 5 & 6, 2018, Helen, Georgia welcomes Tour of Georgia Gran Fondo. SORBA members are offered special pricing to participate; details below. Come join the fun!

Per Event Promoter Reuben Kline:

We offer a discount to all SORBA members who would like to ride the event on Sunday/May 6. I’ve created a coupon code for a 20% discount. the code is: SORBAridesGFNS. On Saturday/May 5 we have a time trial, I’d be happy to extend an invitation to all SORBA members to ride the TT on Saturday for FREE. If they are interested, all they need to do is check in for it in person at the registration / check-in at Unicoi State Park on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm.

13 projects that will impact riding in the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest – Take the Survey

The USFS has developed 13 projects that will impact riding in the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest, and the Pisgah Ranger District has released a scoping letter identifying suggested changes to the trail system in the National Forest. Many of our members have at least some knowledge of the trails in the Pisgah area, we thought we would take this opportunity to ask for broader input. In order to help Pisgah Area SORBA, NAS, and SORBA main prioritize advocacy efforts, we ask that you complete the following survey. It is important to read the scoping letter before taking the survey  and then only make constructive comments for only the trails that are familiar to you.

The suggestions range from creating connector trails to removing access to mountain bikers on some trails.

Comments are due to the Forest Service by April 27th and we want your input.

Please take our survey by April 10th if possible! Please SHARE! We need as many responses as possible. Thank you!

What else can you do?

The Forest Service is holding an open house on Tuesday, April 10th from 5-7 pm at Pisgah Station Visitor’s Center. We encourage all to attend, but please note that this is an open house, not a public comment event, this is an opportunity to learn what the FS is trying to achieve. You are free to let them know what you think, but please be respectful.

PAS will be hosting a meeting on Wednesday, April 11th at Oskar Blues Brewery North Carolina at 6 pm. We will review the proposed changes along with the maps and we will share the results of the survey at that point in time.

We Need Your Input!

The long range plan for Clay County has a bike lane suggested with the widening of Myers Chapel Road. This is something we have been pushing for at the DOT and SW Commission planning meetings. It would be great, even if you don’t reside in Clay County, to do the survey and have input into this recommendation. Remember, if the public does not comment and make recommendations, they consider that as if the public does not want it.

About the Survey:

The Southwestern Rural Planning Organization (RPO) provides transportation planning services for the Southwestern Commission Council Governments. We are conducting a public input survey on transportation priorities in the six far western counties of NC – Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain.

Please take a few minutes to offer your opinion on transportation projects that are being considered for funding through NCDOT. We would also appreciate you sharing this opportunity with your contacts throughout the region. Please respond by April 30. Thank you!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WNCTransportationPriorities