Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association

Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association News:

Volunteers needed for Chain Buster's 12 Hours of Insomnia Race at Jackrabbit Saturday Night, August 23rd

Chain Buster Racing contacted SABA and they will be using the field for a transition site during the upcoming night race at Jackrabbit on August 23. This means traffic control from 9pm until 9am. It will be difficult to obtain volunteers during this time, but please consider helping if at all possible. Even though traffic will be minimal, the campground is still open and teenagers still go to the boat ramp area during the summer and safety of the cyclists will be of major concern. If we have any night owls out there, we need you!

Notify Joanna at if you are able and available for any amount of time during that time frame.

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

Chainsaw Class set for Sat, August 16th

Jeremy Waite with the USFS will be offering another chainsaw class on Saturday, August 16th and will be open to 2-3 volunteers from each of the surrounding clubs. We need to determine if those who did not get into the last class are still interested. CPR/First Aid is required.

The training will start at 9:00 at the Cheoah Workcenter in Robbinsville. There will be a short classroom presentation followed by the field certification. Each volunteer group will be allotted 3-4 slots depending on the number of responses we get, and Jeremy will only be able to certify up to 24. Once we know who will be in the class,  Jeremy will send an e-mail with what equipment is needed. Only people who have used a chainsaw before will be allowed to participate, as he will be able to tell if they are uncomfortable and will not certify them. Also, anyone who attends the training will need to be current in first-aid/CPR and bring a copy of their certificate with them. If you show up without a current certificate they will not be allowed to participate.

Please respond by August 1st.

Contact Joanna at if you are interested in attending.

SABA Chainsaw Certification

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.

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Joanna and Bobke, Tour de Georgia

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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. September 19th, 6:30PM - Our end of season gathering will be a pot luck dinner at the pavilion at Jackrabbit campground on Friday Sept. 19th. at 6:30 PM. Please bring your favorite dish and a friend. Bring your own beverage of your choice, and your own paper plates, forks & spoons.

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

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