Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association

Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association News:

Murphy Elementary School "Who Let the Dogs Out?" 5K slated for
Saturday May 9th, 2015 - 8:00 AM

MES Bulldog

Volunteers & Participants Needed!

SABA is supporting this inaugural community event that introduces elementary school kids to the sport of running along with building confidence and self esteem.

We need volunteers to help in all aspects of the event including support runners who will run along with a child. For additional details contact Tristan Hamby at Murphy Elementary School (828) 837-2424.

The event is open to all competitive and fun runners as well. Come out and support the kids!

Event Details:


  • Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on race day and runners may pre-register by mail by April 23, 2015. Registration Form Here.


  • Starts and Finishes at Hiwassee Valley Pool and Wellness Center - 695 Connehetta Street Murphy, NC 28906


  • The Murphy Elementary School Running Club is working hard to prepare for this first annual 5K. Select student in grades 3-5 are training, building confidence and self
    esteem to be able to compete in this 5K as an end goal to all their hard work.

Registration forms and money can be mailed or delivered to

MES Running Club,
315 Valley River Avenue
Murphy, NC 28906.

Please make checks payable to MES Running Club.

Georgia Mountain Metric Century set for May 16, 2015

Georgia Mountain Metric Century

This Inaugural Epic metric century road ride scheduled for May 16th, 2015 in the majestic North Georgia mountains. This will be an awesome Spring tune up ride to get ready for the Six Gap Century in the Fall.

The ride will roll through the country side of Union County, GA, then over the big 3 Gaps - Hog Pen, Unicoi & Jacks Gap, riding them in reverse. There will also be to other shorter routes. A large chunk of the processed are going into the local community for cycling & outdoor youth programs. More info to follow as the ride is still in the planning stages.

Visit the event Facebook page here.

Coming to Jackrabbit in 2015!


6 Hour Big Ring Challenge presented by Maxxis - September 26, 2015

Chainbuster at Jackrabbit

Chain Buster will once again hold the 6th Annual Southeastern Endurance Cup Big Ring Challenge presented by Maxxis 6-hour endurance mountain bike race on the Jackrabbit Trail system.

Registration is now open for both events.

For additional details and registration visit Chainbuster Productions Here

Weekly Group Rides!

SABA hosts several weekly group rides each week. The schedule is as follows:

Road Rides:

STARTS TUESDAY MARCH 31, 2015 - Tuesday Nights: 6:00 PM - leaves from Hayesville Square in Downtown Hayesville. Approximately 20 miles out and back through the Tusquittee area.

STARTS THURSDAY APRIL 2, 2015 - Thursday Nights: 6:00 PM - meet at Appalachian Outfitters at 104C Tennessee Street, Murphy NC 28906. Route varies weekly

Mountain Bike Rides:

Wednesday Nights: 5:30 PM - Blairsville Bikes & Hikes is doing a Wednesday night mountain bike ride at Jack Rabbit. Everyone is welcome. We meet in parking lot of Jack Rabbit at 5:30 pm, the ride starts at 6:00 pm. Bring lights and for now warm clothes. This is a fun ride and we meet afterwards at Café Portafino for food and refreshments.

Monday Nights: 6:00 PM - Weekly group ride at The Hanging Dog Trail System in Murphy. This trail requires an intermediate skill level rider. We generally pedal as much as the group would like, around 8 to 10 miles. The ride begins at the Trailhead. Come ride the Dog with us.

Pedal Hanging Dog

Let's go Pedal the "Dog"!

Hanging Dog

Another Beautiful Day on the Trails at Hanging Dog!

SABA Membership Dues

You can now pay your membership dues online at for additional details view our membership page here

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Jackrabbit Trail News:

Close to 15 miles of machine constructed singletrack trails have been completed and are based on a stacked-loop design. The 3.1 mile Central Loop is the "core" trail that all other optional trails are connected. Many of the trails border Lake Chatuge, while others meander through the woods or ridge-top. These trails were specifically designed to appeal to all skill levels, beginner to advanced. It remains a work-in-progress, with signage, maps, parking lot facilities (pavillion/restrooms/information board) being planned, along with optional technical trail features (TTF's) our interviews here with Mike Riter of Trail Design Specialists.

Piney Knob Trail News:

The town of Murphy, North Carolina plans to construct 22.3 miles of recreational hiking and mountain biking trails on the 700+ acre Murphy Watershed property off of Piney Knob Hill Road and opening in Spring more here.

Trail Traffic Counter by

The Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association (SABA) is using two TRAFx Counters to assess both mountain biking and hiking trail usage. To learn more about TRAFx mountain bike and hiking trail counters please visit . To get a closer look on how the TRAFx system works on mountain biking trails click here.

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Upcoming Trail Work Days:

  • To Be Announced

Next SABA Meeting:

The meetings will be held the last Friday of the month unless otherwise notified

  • Friday, April 24th, 6:30PM - Our Next SABA Meeting will be held Friday, April 24th, 6:30 pm at Asiano in Hiawassee, GA.

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Blairsville Bikes and Hikes

SABA Members get 10% off at Blairsville Bikes & Hikes in Blairsville, GA!

Appalachian Outfitters

SABA Members get 10% off at Appalachian Outfitters in Murphy, NC!


Clay County Chamber of Commerce

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SABA is a member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce



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