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June 24, 2010

July 1 Trailblazer Meeting Cancelled

Due to the holiday weekend AND because so many officers and regulars will be out of town, we are cancelling the Thursday July 1 meeting. Please let others know and we'll see you in August. I expect there will be a lot of news and trail opportunities discussed in August.

Have a happy and safe 4th ya'll.

Jim Grover, President                                                                                                                                                                       Tarheel Trailblazers

October 30, 2009

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events

I. Thursday November 5th; Monthy Meeting At Fuel Pizza (bring extra folding money!)

  1. Buy the Executive Officers a Beer Night! (just kidding,...sort of )

  2. Vote for the 2010 Executive Officers (no cash needed to vote, but we will accept donations!)

  3. Win Gramp's Race Bike! Last chance to buy raffle tickets to win this sweet ride. The winning ticket will be pulled at the meeting. Who will go home with a new bike? (This is a Trailblazer fundraiser.)

  4. Purchase the BRAND NEW TRAILBLAZERS SOCKS! Fresh off the presses, these are MUSTadditions to your trail wardrobe. Be the first on your block - get them while they last! (This is a Trialblazer fundraiser.)



Black on Grey and Grey on Black! (Man, can we do color or what!) Proposed pricing is $10 for a pair, $18 for 2, $24 for 3,  ..... depending on how many beers get purchased for the Executive Officers.

  5. Lots of news and trail updates. Come on out and say howdy.

II. Saturday November 7th; The Dirt Divas and Tarheel Trailblazers Year End Party at Ann Springs (Ride and dinner times subject to change)

When:  Saturday, November 7, 1:00PM

Please join us on November 7th as we CELEBRATE another successful and productive year for our clubs at the Dirt Divas and Tarheel Trailblazers Year-End Party!

1:30PM       Coordinated trail ride(s) for all skill levels*
4:00PM       Delicious dinner and refreshments (catered by Sweet Peppers)

*Trail ride groups will depart from the Field Trial Barn promptly at 1:30.

Bring a camp chair, if you wish, for the bonfire.  And please bring extra cash for the big raffle to benefit Project Angel, the Dirt Diva initiative that provides bicycles and safety gear to underprivileged kids. (You can't go wrong with this raffle! - Prizes Galore!)

The Trailblazers request that their members and guests pay $10.00 for dinner. We do not expend funds on the party.

R.S.V.P. required by November 2, 2008, but it really helps with headcounts for catering if you can respond sooner.

Questions? Post 'em up on the Forums!

Jim Grover

October 15, 2009

Southwest District Park Trail Grand Opening Saturday October 17 10:00 AM

The SWDP grand opening/ribbon cutting will be taking place Saturday Oct. 17th at 10:00 AM.  This media event will be a great opportunity for the club to shine in the spot light after a year and a half of planning and hard work.  We will give kudos to those responsible including our grant sponsor REI. Hopefully there will be a big turnout especially with riders in Tarheel Trailblazer and Dirt Diva jerseys. Weather permitting (which looks good), a planned ride with Trips for Kids will happen immediately after the ribbon cutting ceremony.  It should be a great day to celebrate and welcome yet another trail addition to our region.

Come out and lets show some numbers from both the Trailblazers and the Divas. Bring you bike for a ride - the trail is in great shape.

When: Saturday, October 10th at 9:00 AM
Where: Parking lot of Southview Recreation Center (1720 Vilma Street)
What to bring:  Trailblazer or Diva jersey if you have one and a bike for a ride.


October 8, 2009

IMBA Comes to Tsali

IMBA is coming to Tsali, NC, Oct. 15-18, and you're invited to join in the special events. Kelly and Collins Bishop of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew are teaming with the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) and SORBA for a weekend dedicated to improving local trails and having fun.

The visit features several unique activities including USFS chainsaw certification, a Club Care Workshop, National Mountain Bike Patrol training, a poker ride and lots of other fun events! This is your opportunity to rub shoulders with the IMBA Crew while learning all about trailbuilding. Check out the details below and come join in the fun.

Please use the "Tell a friend" button below to send this invitation to other area mountain bikers, land managers and trail users. The more the merrier!

If this event is too far away for you to attend, we understand. We sent you this email to not just invite you but also let you know about the important work IMBA is doing in your area.

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

Sign up here:

May 5, 2007

BIKE! Charlotte 2007 and More

BIKE! Charlotte, 2007, got off to an early start on Thursday night, as the Trailblazers hosted their monthly meeting at Dilworth Neighborhood Café.  With 45 attendees, it was a great way to kick off a week of celebration of the bicycle!  And if the truth be know, many of us were fortunate enough to kick things off a week early, as we celebrated the union of Dirt Diva (ok, she’s a Trailblazer too) Jennifer Dilworth, and Trailblazer Brian Hines just outside of Tsali.  Without a doubt this was the most fun that I have had in ages!  They did it up right, from the beautiful wedding setting and ceremony to multiple group rides through the singletrack of Tsali!  Congratulations Jen and Brian!

The Mayor’s Ride was held Friday morning (Friday, May 4th) and the dreary skies didn’t keep many away as there looked to be several hundred riders representing many different riding groups from the Metro-Charlotte area.  More symbolic than strenuous, the show of support for the bicycle as an alternate form of transportation and fitness was on display.

Sherman Branch, the handy work of Trailblazer VP - Jerry Adams and a core group of volunteers kicks off with a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday morning that includes, rides and food…Grey skies may play a role, but the trails could use a little moisture…10.6 miles of sweet singletrack, Jerry, we really appreciate your talents!

And while we’re on the subject of Sherman Branch, the need for rest facilities has been handled with the placement of a Port-Jon by CMP&R!  Greg Jackson of P&R saw to it that our needs were met and we certainly appreciate it, Greg!

A year in the making, our Tarheel Trailblazers / Dirt Divas brochure has finally been printed and is being distributed to bike shops all over town…AND, we have gone to the printer with the THTB/USNCW map, which will be hitting the shops next week!  Sponsored by Christenbury Eye Care, the maps will be a great means of cash flow for the club…Dan Burns is to be commended for his artwork and layout, Ivan Konermann for his GPS knowledge and managing the project and to Cathie Docherty whose image of Patty Smith was used on the cover…Thanks to everyone involved.  It looks as if Col. Beatty is on deck as the next map.

The 1st Annual Fat Tire Music Festival will be held on June 16, 2007 in the parking lot of the Coliseum Shopping Center.  The Trailblazers and Dirt Divas will be the benefactors of the festival not only financially, but also in allowing us to raise awareness of mountain biking in the Metro-Charlotte community…Bands include the Moonshine Racers, The Accentrix, Carmona, Lindy Dobbins and the Velvet Minx, and Audioform.  More to be announced soon…Tickets will be $5 and coolers are allowed.  Stay tuned for more details!

We currently have over 350 paying members in the club.  We’re on a roll folks and I’d like to thank each and every one of you for your contributions.  No matter how large or small, each donation of time, money, or advocacy goes a long way.  We couldn't do it without you!

See ya on the trail!


September 5, 2006

Whew! Good Things Are Brewin'!

Wow, do we have a ton currently going on in the club! And the opening of the trail system at the USNWC on August 27 is just the start. Please be aware that the trails at the USNWC close with inclement weather. Please check our “Trail Condition” box on the homepage of our website for details.
With the coming of fall comes election of officers for calendar year 2007. If you would be interested in being a part of the Nominating Committee, or if you feel called to run for one of the executive board seats (Pres, VP, Treasurer, Secretary), please contact me at:  We’ve had a good year, but change can be good! Let us know your thoughts.
Great news comes to us from former club President, Jeff Smith, as the NCDENR has recommended our request for a grant of $50K for the construction of trails at the Don E. Carmichael Conservancy in Mt. Holly. In addition, the town (Mt. Holly) has pledged an additional $10K toward the project. It seems the last hurdle will be environmental compliance. We have been in touch with Woody Keen of Trail Dynamics (think DuPont) to construct the trail corridor. 
City Park will be “Green” development replacing the Coliseum on Tyvola Road, adjacent to the trails at Renaissance. Mason Zimmerman of Pope and Land is an ally of the club and will be selling green “Loop at City Park” bracelets. The proceeds will be for the Preservation and Enhancement of the Trails at Renaissance Park, with the Trailblazers as benefactor. Unfortunately, we stand to lose approximately 1.5 miles of the softball loop but are hopeful of constructed new trails to replace.
Trail construction continues at our newest park, Sherman Branch, under the watchful eye of club VP, Jerry Adams and his partner, Steve Kiker. The trail now totals approximately 4.5 miles with plenty more to come. Jerry is fortunate to have a new park contact that is behind the plan, and the future is bright in the Mint Hill area.
Construction of a wheelchair accessible trail system begins at Jetton Park in Cornelius fall this fall. A neighborhood trail that Char Meck P&R has asked us to construct, the approximate 2 miles of trail probably won’t be a destination trail for the hardcore mountain bike enthusiast. However, it may very well become a destination for those that are confined to a wheel chair. According to IMBA, we’ll be writing the book on this one.
Construction of Monbo Loop at Lake Norman State Park resumes in late fall. The total trail length will be approximately 13 miles. The latest 6.5 miles of trail will up the ante on skill level. And that’s not all, as a new future phase has been approved for construction of an advanced skill level trail.
I will be meeting with Jacob Burns of PASA and a representative of Huntersville P&R on the construction of an advanced level trail in the H’ville area. Currently referred to as the “Dump Trail”, we are hopeful of affording more options to the big hit set. In addition, we plan to breach the subject of a “Pump Track” at North Meck, as well as a pump track and some jumps at another Char Meck Park. Just gotta get the attorneys to buy in, we’ll keep ya posted. These are the first partnered projects with PASA and we look forward to forging a great working relationship with these guys.
It looks as though our Cane Creek Race on August 20 netted the club a cool $1K! Special thanks to Neal Boyd and the usual faithful who manned registration, timing and scoring, course marshals and of course our sisters, the Dirt Divas for refreshment sales, benefiting their “Project Angel”.
Chris Nixon, who was instrumental in acquiring a Bobcat for the club earlier this year, is at it again, working on procurement of a new blade attachment for the kitty. In addition, the club has located a trailer to transport the mini skid steer ‘dozer to and from work sites. And as you can see above, there is plenty to do!
We recently took orders for ~70 Limited Edition Red/Black Trailblazer jerseys. Delivery is expected to be 6 – 8 weeks.
Mark your calendar now for the Big Stampede Ride at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Nov 12, 11:00 AM. This is a great fundraiser for the club, and volunteers are badly needed! Contact Neal Boyd ( to volunteer.
It looks as if our recent migration to a new ISP has been fruitful. Contribute to the forums, drop us a line and let us know what we can do better to communicate with the mountain bike community!
And now, it’s about time to finish my packing and hit that big bird to Colorado, where I’ll join 8 others as we traverse the Kokopelli Trail from Fruita, CO to Moab UT. Hope to keep everyone abreast of our trip through website updates (if time and computer accessibility permit)…
See ya’ll at the meeting on Thursday night or on the trail!

August 24, 2006

I am constantly amazed... the spirit of the community of mountain bikers that we have in this area. 

Sunday was our Cane Creek Cup Race at the USNWC, our largest fundraiser of the year.  While for the most part, it was the same old guard pulling the race off, it was great to see so many familiar faces and to hear the praise of the riders who have missed riding Catawba so badly.

I had put the race pretty much behind me, when I received this letter from a competitor.  Thinking it was a jersey check (everyone DID send their payment, right?), I tore the envelop open to find the following hand written note:

"Hey Tom -

I want to donate back to the club the cash that I won at the race on Sunday.  I only wish that I had thought of it then and challenged everyone else to do the same.

I appreciate, respect and admire the endless hours of hard work that you guys all do.  Thanks!"

Wrapped in the note was the cash I had awarded him on Sunday.  I don't want to identify the rider, he can do that if he so chooses, but it was one of those things that help make this such a rewarding group to be involved with.  Thanks to everyone who gives, time, money, you name it, each and everyone of us is an important piece of the puzzle that makes this community what it is - the greatest volunteer organization in the country!

March 21, 2006

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