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
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!
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.
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: http://go.imba.com/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=105122&autologin=true
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 -
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!
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…
The 1st Annual Fat Tire Music Festival will be held on June 16, 2007 in the parking lot of the
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!
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!