July 2009 Newsletter Jul 13, 2009 7:36:40 GMT -5
Post by imnav8r on Jul 13, 2009 7:36:40 GMT -5
2009 SORBA-CSRA Officers
Paul Farrow – President firstname.lastname@example.org
Alice Hale - Vice-President
Susan Collins – Secretary email@example.com
Barbara Drawdy – Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
July 11th - Graduated 10 students from the National Mountain Bike Patrol Bike Patroller training class! We have now tripled the number of Patrollers that will soon be patrolling our trails. The role of the Bike Patroller is to Assist, Educate, and Inform those who enjoy riding our trails. The graduates are: Daniel Allen, Barbara Drawdy, Michael Drawdy, Chris Gonzales, Alice Hale, Russell Hale, Susan Messick, Chuck Messick, Jon Taylor, and David Thibodeau. Please show your support and appreciation to these wonderful folks next time you see them!
July 12th - The next Ladies Ride will meet at the Petersburg Campground end of the Bartram Trail at 9:00 a.m.
From Augusta take Washington Road to Pollards Corner and Turn right on Hwy 221. Follow Hwy 221 for a few miles and turn left at the Petersburg Campground sign. Look for trail head parking on right before entering campground.
If you have any questions, email Barbara at email@example.com.
July 14th - Monthly Chapter Meeting - Tuesday July 14th at 7:00 for dinner – the meeting starts at 7:30pm, upstairs at Nacho Mama's on Broad Street
July 2nd & 23rd + August 6th & 27th - The Canal Crown Time Trail Series
Do you have what it takes to be crowned King/Queen of the Canal MTB Trail? It's just you against the clock in this 4 race time trial series. You'll have to give it all you've got for one grueling 3 mile lap where riding with speed and precision can be the difference in 1st and 2nd place. Get ready to set the canal woods on fire! (Not literally). This time trail series is being sponsored by Andy Jordan Bicycle Warehouse and SORBA-CSRA. Go to the below link for more info: andyjordans.com/page.cfm?pageId=257
Continue to access the SORBA-CSRA website at sorbacsra.org for the most up to date information on trails and SORBA happenings around the CSRA!
The storms that continue to develop in the late afternoons have definitely impacted the trails with trees down periodically. The trails are drying much more quickly this time of year but please be conscious of trail conditions and ride responsibly so we can preserve our trails. Checking the sorbacsra.org website and forum will keep you up-to-date on most trail conditions in the area!
Trail tip: A full-blown work party takes time to plan, organize and implement (and can be difficult this time of year when the heat makes even riding a challenge at times and so many folks are on vacation). However, by taking a pair of hand-held loppers in your pack you can help by stopping once or twice on your ride to cut back that sticker frond that has been bloodying your arm or leg every time you ride a particular section. It's amazing what can be done if quite a few folks do this just every other ride or so.
FATS – Trails are in good condition – there are still a couple of trees down here and there. One is located at the Skinny & Great Wall connector intersection. It's high enough above the trail you can ride under but be careful until it is removed. We've had some folks in (two known are Jon Taylor and Marco White) doing some lopping on some of the loops. Badly needed in some areas with the stickers growing wildly.
Turkey Creek – Trail in good shape but there are some trees down.
Wine Creek- Good condition but there are trees down.
Horn Creek/Lick Fork - Trail in great shape but there are trees down.
Hickory Knob – Trail in great condition – Lake Loop is clear, Turkey Ridge has a couple of trees down and no report on Beaver Run.
Canal Off-Road - Trail is in good condition but there is a report of a very large tree down near the river – there is also a section of trail that is eroded and essentially unrideable – will need assessment to determine course of action.
Modoc – In good condition at last report – several trees removed off the trail.
Long Cane – Great condition at last report.
Baker Creek – Unknown
Keg Creek – Great all trees have been removed.
Bartram Trail (Lake) – Trail in good condition – Boy Scout Eagle Project underway to armor chronic wet spots.
ORA Trail - Good condition
If you do work on the trails please let us know, all work is greatly appreciated and we want to recognize your efforts! Please print your name whenever possible on the volunteer forms – cursive writing is hard to decipher at times.
Thanks to some folks we personally know have been out there working on the trails without an official work party - Michael and Barbara Drawdy (chainsaw work and clearing on various trails, Dale Parrot and crew on Keg Creek and the Bartram Lake Trail - Jon Taylor, Luke, John Liebe, and Mark Yarbrough on Modoc, Keg Creek and FATS, Marco White on FATS, Lowell Dorn on FATS, Gavin Winship and crew on the ORA ...............We know there are plenty others of you out there that are just seeing what needs to be done and just doing it. Thank you so much - please let us know as you are doing trail work - it helps us as we are gathering trail information and gives us a chance to thank you for the unofficial work you are doing!
And again thanks to all the folks who routinely do work on the trails we ride. Whether it is stopping for a moment to remove obstacles on the trail or an unscheduled work party with chainsaws, etc and everything in between, your work is appreciated!