Upcoming rides, meetings, work parties and more!
Come help us give the trails at Lake James State Park some love!
All Work Parties will begin at 9am. 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. Group ride will follow at 1pm, so don’t forget your bike!
Dates and work detail subject to change; this post may be revised. Any day-of cancellations will be posted on Facebook site, so check there if weather looks questionable.
Conference call this month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details if interested in participating in the call.
Join us for a workday at Warrior Creek! We will be meeting near the pump track at the Warrior Creek back gate (map above). From there we will divide into groups and cover maintenance tasks at several locations. Bring sturdy footwear, a lunch, and work gloves. Tools will be provided. A ride is scheduled shortly after lunch.
The trails surrounding Old Fort are some of the best in WNC. Each year we like to show them some love. The OF Trail Work Weekend is a biannual event to improve Kitsuma, Heartbreak Ridge, Star Gap, and many other trails in the Old Fort area. Volunteers can commit to one day or the whole weekend. We welcome any amount of time volunteers can contribute.
Work starts in the morning and we leave plenty of time in the afternoon for a ride or a run. Shuttles are provided for laps on Kitsuma. Camp Grier provides free camping and lodging as well as dinner on Saturday night.
Volunteers need to bring: gloves, closed toed shoes, breakfast, lunch and water bottles, clothing appropriate to be working outside, and camping equipment.
SIGN UP HERE: https://form.jotform.com/51165222753955
Friday Evening- 5pm-9pm Arrive Check In
Saturday- 8am-9am Arrive Check In
9am-2pm Trail Work
2pm until 5pm Shuttles Ride/Run
6:30 Complementary Dinner
Sunday 8am-9am Arrive Check In
9am-2pm Trail Work
2pm-5pm Shuttle Ride/Run
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a NC Forest Service Wildland Fire Chainsaw Safety course at W. Kerr Scott on Saturday, April 13. This safety course will be a full-day commitment from 8am-5pm, with classroom session inside followed by and practical session outside. Pre-registration is required: registration link. Space is limited for this event, and priority will be given to those who work on the trails at Kerr Scott. Participants need to have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): chaps, hearing and eye protection, and helmet. If any of these items are needed, please indicate on registration form.
Race the Dark Side on May 5th
The Southern Classic Mountain Bike Series is returning to Kerr Scott on May 4 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. It is going to be a great day of racing at Dark Mountain. Proceeds from this event benefit the chapter trail fund. Race sponsor, Bald Guy Brew, will be providing a special Dark Grind coffee blend to all podium finishers.
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.
Join the Alliance for National Trails Day at Kerr Scott. We will be meeting at the Visitors Assistance Center at the main OVT trailhead. From there we will divide into groups and cover several maintenance items along the OVT and adjacent trails. Bring sturdy footwear, work gloves and a lunch. Tools will be provided. A ride is scheduled shortly after lunch. Down to volunteer? Sign up here.