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May 11, 2006

Cycle Charlotte and Charlotte Adventure Sports Festival

Bike! Charlotte continues with one of teh most important cycling events of teh year as Cycle Charlotte is being held on Saturday from 8:00 - 3:00. Cycle Charlotte is dedicated to promoting a friendlier and safer environment in Charlotte for bicycle transportation, teaching bicycle safety for riders of all ages, and heightening driver awareness of the SHARE THE ROAD concept, and supporting “bike-friendly” changes in the Charlotte Area Transportation Plan. Choose a 2-mile family fun ride, or 10 and 25 mile recreational rides on some of Charlotte's most beautiful streets. Watch unicyclists, acrobatic cyclists, and live music by Gigi Dover and the Amy Broome Trio. Come for all or part of Cycle Charlotte and participate in the finale for the annual BIKE! Charlotte 2006! Visit for all of the details!

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 and local retailers Jesse Brown and Bicycle Sport. Adult admission is $20 in advance ( and $25 at the door and includes beer, wine, food, and entertainment.

What a Day!

May 10, 2006

Summit A Success!

A big THANK YOU to everyone that turned out to fill Pepperoni's Pizza last night as we held our 1st Annual Mountain Bike! Summit! Looks like nobody went away hungry or thirsty. Special thanks to Dirt Diva Co-Presidents, Anna Herrinstein and Cynthia Lipski, and to PASA's Michael Storm for their fine presentations and to Pel Deal for his IT efforts...And especially to you, the mountain biking public who support our clubs and the sport we love!

The Summer Mountain Bike Race Series moves to Renaissance Park tonight at 6:15 and I hope to see a huge turn out for Cycle Charlotte this Saturday, as Bike! Charlotte continues!

May 9, 2006

Mountain Bike! Summit - TODAY!

At long last, the day has arrived! The 1st Annual Mountain Bike! Summit will be held this evening at 7:00 PM at Pepperoni's Pizza in the Park Road Shopping Center. As an officially sanctioned Bike! Charlotte event, free pizza and soft drinks will be offered up by the Trailblazers, with presentations by the Dirt Divas, PASA and the Trailblazers. Bring a friend, get them involved in you club! Join us, it should be a blast!

May 8, 2006

USNWC Trail Coordinator Update

From the desk of Frankie Pietras, Trail Coorinator and club Treasurer:

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.

May 7, 2006

Beatty Bash - A Blast!

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! Summit at Pepperoni's Pizza (Park Road Shopping Center) Tuesday evening, May 9, at 7:00 PM. C'mon out and continue to show your support for mountain biking in the Metro Charlotte area. Bring a friend and enjoy free pizza as the Trailblazers, Divas and PASA share presentations on their clubs.

See ya there!

May 6, 2006

Beatty Bash Update 8:30 AM

Just talked to Enoch and the buzz on the street (OK, at least from mtbchk) is that Beatty is drying fast and should be good to go for an afternoon ride...Diva Skills Clinic is a go, as is the cookout...We have enough hotdogs (50) and hamburgers (100) to keep everyone fat and happy! We want to see a BIG turnout!

May 5, 2006

Rain, Rain, Go Away!


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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Mayor's Ride/Beatty Bash/Mountain Bike Summit

A good time was had by all who attended the Mayor's Ride this morning as we kicked off Bike! Charlotte. Although hardly an epic ride, a huge group of riders (the majority of which were adorning Trailblazer blue or Diva green!) rode with Mayor Pat down Tryon Street to a delicious breakfast courtesy of Bruce Stewart and Lola’s and Just Fresh. Nothing like bacon and eggs on the side walks of downtown Charlotte, while the button downs looked hungrily upon us.

Tomorrow Bike! Charlotte continues with a beginner women’s skills clinic (hosted by the Dirt Divas) at 9:30 in the tennis courts parking lot at Colonel Francis Beatty. Then at noon the Trailblazers will crank up the grills and burn some burgers and hotdogs. All the while, we'll be encouraging new riders to give the Colonel a try. We hope to see a huge crowd and please bring a friend, show them what the Divas and the Trailblazers have to offer.

Tuesday is the 1st Annual Mountain Bike! Summit at Pepperonis Pizza in the Park Road Shopping Center. Festivities kick off at 7:00 and we'll be offering up free pizza and soft drinks to our guests. Presentations by the Dirt Divas, PASA and the Trailblazers will entertain the crowd. Again, bring a friend and get involved!


May 3, 2006

Welcome to the Presidential Blog

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! Charlotte kicks off this Friday morning with the annual “Mayor’s Ride”, the blog couldn’t have gone live at a better time.

To coincide with Bike! Charlotte, we will be celebrating the 10 day event with our First Annual Mountain Bike Summit! We’ve moved our regularly scheduled monthly meeting from Thursday, May 4th, to Tuesday May 9th, along with a location change (this month only) to Pepperoni’s Pizza in the Park Road Shopping Center. We will be joined by our favorite sister club, the Dirt Divas and those big hit boys, the Piedmont Area Singletrack Alliance (PASA). All three clubs will be sharing presentations with the public on their respective club - how they got here, where they are, and where they’re going. Please join us and bring a friend. We’ll be providing pizza and soft drinks for the masses! We’ll get things rolling at 7:00. Hope to see ya there!

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 9:30 AM. In the noon2:00 PM 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! Charlotte, 2006!

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