Northwest North Carolina
Mountain Bike Alliance
a SORBA Chapter promoting land access, trail preservation and new trail development on the federal, state, and local lands of Northwestern North Carolina.
Boone Area Cyclists and The Alliance are hosting a joint Community Trail Day at Rocky Knob Park. Volunteers will work to update and improve a trail system that has becoming recognized throughout the region.
Pack water and snacks to take with you on the trail. Sturdy footwear and work gloves recommended. Tools will be provided, and work will end around noon. This will be the day before the Women’s MTB Kick-off event at Rocky Knob as well.
Race the Dark Side on May 5th
The Southern Classic Mountain Bike Series is returning to Kerr Scott on May 5 for the Dark Grind. In cooperation with the USACE, the Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club (BMCC), and the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League (NCICL), the Alliance is excited to promote this long-standing race. The 2018 edition will include NEW TRAIL that has been completed at Dark Mountain. We are also excited to be hosting this race the day before the NCICL Dark Mountain event. It is going to be a great weekend of mountain biking at Dark Mountain. Proceeds from this event benefit the chapter trail fund.
All the dirt on the series can be found at southernclassic.bike This is a USA Cycling Sanctioned Race and an annual racing license is required. One-Day MTB Licenses will be available onsite, and can also be purchased online.
Register now: usacycling.org
Seven-mile loop that uses upper Fish Dam Creek and a combination of all the smaller trails at Dark Mountain, aka the “Burn” lap. There are some great changes to Dark Mountain that will be featured in the 2018 edition, including new trail and excellently reworked downhill sections. Come on out and race the Dark Side and be the first to race the new changes to the course!
Number of laps varies by category, and will be outlined on the registration site and event flyer.
Local Directions to Dark Mountain: Take N.C. 268 west from Wilkesboro. Three miles past U.S. 421, turn right at the large W. Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir sign onto Reservoir Road. Follow Reservoir Road across W. Kerr Scott Dam and turn left at the flagpole. The parking area is at the end of the driveway down the dam. For detailed directions visit BMCC’s Website.
If you’d like to signup as a volunteer for this event, please visit https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2210417/false#/invitation
The Alliance is proud to be working with the Tarheel Trailblazers for some work on Holly Springs (aka Sinkhole), a classic Pisgah trail. This day will be a work party and group ride and also part of a full camping weekend for those interested in more.
Work will be focusing on Lower Holly Springs trail. Duties include corridor trimming, drainage, and tread armoring. If you have hand saws or pruners please bring them. Other tools will be provided by the Alliance and Trailblazers
On Saturday, work will begin at 10am, and wrap up no later than 4pm. Ride afterward will be led by local riders.
If planning on eating at group dinner on Saturday, please bring some cash to help with the food.
Sunday will involve riding more trails in the area as desired. Bring your bike and a smile; it will be a good time.
Meeting location will be at the lower trailhead at the intersection of FSR 982 Mortimer Piedmont Rd. and the gated FSR 986 Piedmont Springs Rd. Coordinates: 35.920592,-81.792411. Down to Volunteer? Signup here