IMBA SORBA Take a Kid MTB Day!

Take a Kid MTB DayOn Saturday, Oct. 3, Bryson City Bicycles will host young riders, ages 6 to 16, for a FREE youth mountain biking event. The ride is part of a nationwide celebration known as Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, supported by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). More info:
Riders Welcome. There is a maximum of 25 spaces available, so participation will be on a first come first serve basis. Pre-registration is required.
Bryson City Bicycles welcomes all local riders who want to have a fun day on their bikes. Here’s everything you need to know:
• Register in advance at Bryson City Bicycles at 157 Everett St., Bryson City or by calling BCB at 828-488-1988.
• Meeting place is at the Deep Creek Picnic area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Look for directional signs in the park to the gathering area.
• Start time: Arrive at the gathering area at 9:00am. Riding starts at 9:30. Ride will conclude by 12:30pm.
• Bryson City Bicycles has kid’s bikes (in limited quantities) to rent for $15 for the event. Reservations will be taken on a first come first serve basis.
• Helmets are required. BCB has helmets for sale and rent if you do not have one.
• Waiver form is required and will be available at pre-registration at the shop or on-site the day of the event for those registering by phone.
This event will highlight bicycle safety and proper trail etiquette. Rangers from the National Park Service will participate and will share information about Park highlights. The ride will be led on Deep Creek Trail and Indian Creek Trail by Andy Zivinsky, co-owner of Bryson City Bicycles with other adult volunteers.

Tsali Trail — IMBA-SORBA Club Care Weekend

Mountain biking advocates quiz.
Please respond to following question with a YES or NO response.

1. Are you new to mountain biking and want to help open up new trails and create awesome single track?

2. Do you want to learn about how you may be able to contribute to your local trail community?

3. Are you tired, burned out, and disillusioned with mountain advocacy or you local club?

4. Would you like to spend a fall weekend in the colorful North Carolina Mountains with other like-minded mountain bikers having fun riding your bike, sharing mountain bike success stories, and socializing and learning with fellow mountain bikers?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then the IMBA-SORBA Club Care weekend is for you!

IMBA, the NOC, and the USFS have partnenered to bring you a weekend of just what you need. If you want to exchange ideas about mountain biking organizations and their importance in creating sustainable trails, get some National Mountain Bike Patrol training, receive USFS chainsaw certification, and ride your bike in the autumn color s of North Carolina, this is the weekend you have been waiting for.
Cost for the weekend is $25.00, which includes Lunch and dinner on Saturday. NOC will offer a 10% discount on all other meals for registered participants. Participants are welcome to bring their own food and prepare their own meals at the Base Camp kitchen.
Register on-line at
Lodging is available at the Nantahala Outdoor Center and you can reserve space at
The USFS Chainsaw certification is limited to six (6) participants and all participants must have proof of current First Aid and CPR certifications.

IMBA-SORBA Club Care Weekend at Nantahala Outdoor Center
October 15 – 18, 2009
Sponsored by the United States Forest Service
Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 15
9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. USFS Chain Certification—limited to 6 preregistered participants.
Friday, October 16
9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. USFS Chain Certification Part 2—limited to 6 preregistered participants.
3:00 – 7:00 Registration and Welcome: Rivers End Restaurant, NOC
4:00 – Ride with the IMBA Trail Care Crew
7:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. Welcome at NOC and overview of weekend activities/instructions, Kleinrath Hall.
7: 30 – 9:00 Club Care Workshop, Kleinrath Hall.
Saturday, October 17
8:00 AM: Breakfast—on your own
9:00 – 11:00: National Mountain Bike Patrol training
Lunch—provided by NOC, Slow Joe’s Pourover Pub.
2:00 Poker Ride at NOC
6:00 Spaghetti Supper provided by NOC, Slow Joe’s Pourover Pub
7:00 Team IMBA/Summit Promo/Tsali plans update, Kleinrath Hall.
8:30 Poker Rewards and Raffle, Kleinrath Hall.
Movie to follow
Sunday, October 18
Tsali or Jackrabbit Mountain rides—on your own