Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association

Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association News:

Discovery Summer Program for Kids Kicks Off Friday, June 27 at Jackrabbit

Discovery Summer Program at Jackrabbit

The Discovery Summer Program (formerly know as Pathways) in Hayesville will be taking students mountain biking again this summer at the Jackrabbit Trails. The students vary in their skill levels from very beginner to base riders, so we need volunteers to help that share in all skill levels.

The first planned outing will be Friday, June 27th (July's dates will be announced toward the end of June). We meet at the trail around 9am to unload bicycles, and begin riding between 9:45-10am and do a few miles before lunch and then another lap after lunch.

The majority of these students are being introduced to mountain biking for the first time, The Discovery Program appreciates anyone who is available to help volunteer on this day.

For additional details or to volunteer, please call (706) 745-8141.

Georgia Mountain Metric Century set for May 2015

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 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

Raisin Woods - It's a Wrap

Former SABA President, Joanna Atkisson finished in 2nd place overall and 1st place age category and SABA Member Tom Bzotte placed 3rd in his division at the recent Chain Buster Promotions' 3 Hours of Raisin Woods, part of the Terrapin Hi-5 3 Hour Mountain Bike Series.

SABA Represents at Raisin Woods

Tom Bzotte - Raisin Woods

Weekly Group Rides!

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

Road Rides:

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

Wednesdays Nights: 6:00 PM - meet at Owltown market on the corner of HWY 129 & Town School Road, by the big rocking chair. We have permission to park our vehicles in their gravel parking lot. The ride leaves the parking lot at 6:00 pm sharp. With A & B groups. Call for more details (706) 745-8141.

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.

Mountain Bike Rides:

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.

Softride Shuttle Pads 

Softride shuttle pads are in stock at Blairsville Bikes & Hikes
and can accommodate up to 6 bikes!

SABA Membership Dues

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

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For those of you not familiar with facebook, it is a social networking site which allows us to share news, events, photos, and more amongst the masses.

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, July 25th- 6:30 PM:  Our next club meeting will be Friday July 25th, 6:30PM at the pavilion at The Jackrabbit swimming area. It is a pot luck dinner so dazzle us with on of your favorite pot luck goodies. Please come out and socialize and bring a friend, all cyclists welcome.

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

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