Alliance Accomplishments 2014

Nov 12, 2014 | Uncategorized

As part of our Chapter Meeting on Nov. 19, we will be planning for 2015, but also celebrating an excellent 2014. Thanks to all of our members, sponsors, land managers, and partner organizations for helping us do great things in our first year.

Northwest NC MTB Alliance – 2014 Accomplishments

-Became an official IMBA-SORBA Chapter

-Established Board of Directors with leadership from diverse backgrounds and representing all of the larger communities in our region

-Have grown to over 75 members

-Organized community “Trail Crews” in our communities along with partner groups, and amassed over 2000 hours of volunteer work at our region’s trails

-Hosted first organized Work Party at Zacks Fork, Jan. 18

-Held well-attended first Chapter Meeting March 26. Meeting included a speaker from the State Parks System

-Partnered with neighboring chapter, SORBA Tri-Cities, and became a national finalist for a Bell Built Grant, April

-Opened Lake James State Park trails system on June 7, National Trails Day

-Hosted IMBA’s Instructor Certification Program at Kerr Scott Trails June 20-22

-Won IMBA/Clif Bar Trail Preservation Grant for a reroute at Warrior Creek, July

-Partnered with Brushy Mtn Cyclists Club for a major Work Party on National Public Lands Day at Kerr Scott,  Sept. 27

-Hosted IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day at Zack’s Fork, October 4

-Hosted Sustainable Trails Workshop put on by the State Trails Program at Lake James State Park, Nov. 8

-Begun working on Volunteer Service Agreements with several agencies including Pisgah NF, USACE, Lake James SP, and several NWNC local govt’s.

-Invested in a large cache of trail tools that are used to maintain and build trails in our region

-Established a website and a strong social media presence to share Alliance news and current trail conditions

-Had great turnouts for eight “Mountain Bike Monday” group rides which were held at four different trailheads

Other News

Photo Gallery: New Zacks Fork Gravity Trails

Photo Gallery: New Zacks Fork Gravity Trails

This past summer, over a year's worth of planning, volunteering, and contracted trail work led to completion of the Gravity Trails expansion at Zacks Fork Trails in Lenoir. The fundraising effort began in 2021, with some grant writing and the establishment of a budget...

Old Becomes New On Yancey Ridge

Old Becomes New On Yancey Ridge

New Reroute of Exit Now Open! The Alliance is pleased to share that the newly constructed exit of Yancey Ridge Trail is now officially OPEN! This 1.2 mile section of new trail reroutes the segment that was on private property onto US Forest Service land. The...