Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association

Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association News:

Calling all Cyclists to Participate in a National Bike Tourism Survey

In conjunction with IMBA, Richard Buning (University of Florida Department of Tourism Recreation and Sport Management) is conducting research on how cyclists create lifestyles based on travel to participate in sport events for his doctoral dissertation. The results of the study will enhance our understanding of cyclists’ event related travel experiences and allow event managers, tourism boards, and advocacy groups to improve the organization and planning of future cycling events.

These results may not directly help you today, but may benefit your future cycling participation. Participation in this study involves completing a brief 10-20 minute online questionnaire containing questions about cycling travel and participation patterns.

To participate in the survey, go here.

Nantahala Area SORBA hosts group ride at Jackrabbit on Easter Sunday, April 20th

Sunday, APRIL 20th (Easter) - Jackrabbit (Where the Easter bunny rides, of course). 10:00am - Lots of riding options, Well marked trails. Optional picnic afterwards.

For additional information contact Nantahala Area SORBA here.

Criterium Racing - NASCAR on 2 Wheels!

Now in its eighth year, the USA CRITS Championship Series is the premiere cycling series in the United States. USA CRITS was developed to feature criterium riders and to offer venues, teams and riders the ability to excel in a unique discipline of cycling. The races that form the USA CRITS series represent more than 100 years of criterium racing and have the ideals that have made criterium racing an American legacy: challenging courses that showcase arts and entertainment districts; a large and growing base of spectators; broad community support; and strong marketing opportunities for partners.

This year's Speed Week kicks off with Athens Orthopedic Clinic Twilight Criterium on Saturday, April 26 in downtown Athens, GA.

For additional Speed Week Events, visit USA Crits Here

Coming to Jackrabbit in 2014!

12 Hours of Insomnia
August 23, 2014

6 Hour Big Ring Challenge presented by Maxxis
Sept. 27, 2014

Chainbuster at Jackrabbit

Teaming up with NiteRider in 2014, Chain Buster Productions has scheduled its 2nd race of the "The Dark Night Series" "12 Hours of Insomnia"  at Jackrabbit in Hayesville, NC on August 23, 2014. NiteRider will have their complete 2014 line available for rent at the race for $40.00 per system on a First come First serve basis. The race will begin at 9:00 PM.

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

Registration is now open for both events.

For additional details and registration visit Chainbuster Productions Here

Inside Look at the Athens Twilight Crit

Take a bird's eye look into the peloton via one riders's GoPro Camera...

Weekly Group Rides!

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

Road Rides:

ENDED FOR SEASON - Tuesday Nights: 6:00 PM - leaves from Hayesville Square in Downtown Hayesville. Approximately 20 miles out and back through the Tusquittee area.

ENDED FOR SEASON - Wednesdays Nights: 6:00 PM - Leaves from Blairsville Bikes & Hikes. Route varies. Call for more details (706) 745-8141.

ENDED FOR SEASON - Thursday Nights: 6:00 PM - Leaves from John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. 15 mile loop or 2 times around for 30 miles.

ENDED FOR SEASON - Saturday Morning: 8:00 AM - Meet at Moschetto's Continental Cuisine parking lot in Young Harris, Ga. ready to ride at 8:00 AM.

Mountain Bike Rides:

Ongoing - Monday Nights: 5:30 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. For more information, contact Eddie Sylvester at (828) 361-0097.


Chainsaw Class at Jackrabbit

SABA Membership Dues

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

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Facebook friends, sometimes known as "Fans" are eligible for special offers from SABA. We encourage you to "Like Us Now" and help spread the word!

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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.

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:

  •  Volunteer trail work has resumed on both Jackrabbit and Hanging Dog

Next SABA Meeting:

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

  • Friday, April 25th- 6:30 PM:  Our next club meeting will be Friday April 25th, 6:30 pm at Monte Alban Mexican Restaurant 581 N. Main street Hiawassee Ga. (across from McDonalds). We are trying to keep the meeting consistently on the last Friday of the month.

For additional details contact Randy Denniston, President at (706) 745-8141.

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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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