Then, hop on over to Latta Park in Dilworth for the Charlotte Adventure Sports Festival from 2:00 – 8:00 pm. The first of what is slated to become an annual event, the festival brings together athletes, outdoor outfitters, and gear vendors for a celebration of outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, and healthy, active living in keeping with the mission of the new USNWC facility scheduled to open in Charlotte on June 15. On the concert stage, performances throughout the day will include Americana artist Dave Childers and the Modern Don Juans, rock and roll newcomers The Sammies, and local bluegrass favorites the Moonshine Racers. Local restaurants including Mac’s Speed Shop and Dilworth Neighborhood Grill will be serving their specialties all day. Tickets are on sale now through www.bandtastic.com/USNWC and local retailers Jesse Brown and Bicycle Sport. Adult admission is $20 in advance (www.bandtastic.com/USNWC) and $25 at the door and includes beer, wine, food, and entertainment.
What a Day!
A big THANK YOU to everyone that turned out to fill Pepperoni's Pizza last night as we held our 1st Annual Mountain Bike!
The Summer Mountain Bike Race Series moves to
I just want to repeat the words of Jeff W.: There is no plan to charge for access to the trails at USNWC, now or in the future. There will be a pro shop with bike parts for sale, a store/machines at which one can buy drinks and snacks, and a restaurant. With those facilities, the USNWC expects to be able to get income from trail users by providing products and services that would otherwise not be available without driving several miles.
Since last post here on April 11th, I have put in about 20 hours of ground time in laying out the reconnection trails in a manner that is consistent with the existing trails at the park. The plan is to meet with Michael and Jeff this Tuesday to show them the work and get their approval on the trail corridors. Work has been done to clear the existing trails of debris in anticipation of the Charlotte Mountain Bike Series.
I personally have a tremendous amount of time invested in the trails at USNWC over the last 15 years and I see the task of reconnecting the trails as an opportunity to further improve one of the finest trail systems in the region. In fact, it is conceivable that the new loop, once completed, will be even more challenging and enjoyable than before. I think it will be much like Beatty Park where we were all suprised to end up with a better trail system after the construction was done.
Get ready folks. We will have a large task on our hands once we get the go-ahead to get started. There are sections that will be much like the New Point Trail with dramatic side slopes and huge Beech trees. I'm glad that we will have the opportunity to build these trails ourselves as true single-track and not have to follow the course of a D-9 that someone drove through the woods.
Thanks to all who came out to the Colonel on Saturday! We had a great turnout, as did the Dirt Divas with their Beginner Skills Clinics. The trail drained really well and the conditions were tacky fast. A great credit to Vasco, Super Dave and Company who have contributed so much to keep the trail in such good riding condition. And Vinnie, your log crossing repair was a blast!
A quick reminder concerning the Mountain Bike!
The much needed rain decides to come just hours before the Beatty Bash...I talked to Vasco and there was significant rain in the Matthews/Weddington area Friday night, but that's no reason not to wander out to the Colonel for hot dogs and hamburgers, courtesy of the Trailblazers...Donking called tonight and informed me that he has purchased enough food to feed a small army...Bart at Southpark Cycles will have Kona on site to provide demo bikes to interested riders...Check our forums page in the morning for details concerning the Dirt Divas Beginner Women's Skills Clinic...I'm sure that mtbchk will be updating us on the status of the clinic...S'posed to be a pretty day, c'mon out for the festivities!
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A good time was had by all who attended the Mayor's Ride this morning as we kicked off Bike!
Tuesday is the 1st Annual Mountain Bike!
At long last, a dream of mine, a way to communicate with the mountain bike riding community, has finally come true! Out IT department (aka, Eric Troutman) has supplied me with this forum to keep you up to date on the activities of the Tarheel Trailblazers. And active, we are. As Bike!
To coincide with Bike!
And don’t forget Beatty Bash! This coming Saturday at Col. Francis Beatty Park. The Dirt Divas have scheduled a Beginner Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic at the Colonel to start in the tennis court parking lot at . In the – time frame, come grab a hot dog or hamburger, courtesy of your favorite mountain bike club. Yep, the Trailblazers will be manning the grills to feed your body and take you for a tour of the Colonel. Everyone is welcome, bring a friend, see what Francis Beatty has to offer and help the Trailblazers to celebrate Bike!