Tsali Area Mountain Bike Association

This is from Ben Thorpe at the NOC bike shop. We have the signup sheet on the counter at BCB!

Tsali needs your help! Tsali Recreation Area was once the mecca of mountain biking in the South. With your help we can return it to its rightful place as “the” mountain biking destination in the South. There are many individuals that have volunteered countless hours to try to maintain this precious resource but these individual efforts often go unnoticed and unsupported. It takes an organized group of like minded people to make a real difference. By creating an organized club we will show the Forest Service as well as IMBA/SORBA that we are serious about the maintenance of our existing trails and that we are worthy of new trails. Yes, new trails are a realistic possibility if we have an organized, committed group that is willing to maintain them.

On Saturday the 21st of November I attended the IMBA/SORBA Board meeting. (If you are not familiar with these groups you can check them out at www.sorba.org) They are interested in starting a chapter in Western North Carolina. In order to do this we must have 50 members that are willing to join TSAMBA as well as IMBA/SORBA. If you want to support our trails a sign up sheet is in the bike shop or you can e-mail me you name, e-mail and street address as well as your phone number and I will add you to the list. On March 19th-21st IMBA/SORBA will be holding its board meeting at Nantahala Outdoor Center and will vote on new chapters. With your help we can become the next chapter in this important mountain biking advocacy group.

Tsali holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many mountain bikers. My hope in starting TSAMBA is that people can come Experience Tsali for the first time, again.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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