1st Annual Town of Murphy
Police Department Bicycle Rodeo set for Postponed Until
Saturday, May 18th
The Town of Murphy Police Department along with Big Lots of Murphy, Steven Aft
State Farm, S.A.B.A. Cycling, Appalachian Outfitters, The Coalition for a Safe
and Drug Free Cherokee County and the McDonald's of Murphy, would like to invite
you to the 1st Annual Town of Murphy Police Department Bicycle Rodeo. This
bicycle rodeo will take place in the Big Lots parking lot on May 11th, 2013,
from 9am to 11am. This bicycle rodeo will teach children the proper way to
signal, turn, brake and most importantly, bicycle safety. The month of May is
Bicycle Safety Month.
There will be three age groups: 5-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Children that are younger
will be given the opportunity to participate as well. Preregistration is
recommended, however it is not required. Although, children that preregister
will receive a free bicycle helmet. We will have a free drawing on six bicycles,
boys and girls, from each age group as well as free snacks, prizes, shirts and
other items donated by our great sponsors listed above. A professional bicycle
mechanic will be on hand to give minor tune-ups to the children's bicycles that
need it. Parents are encouraged to have their child's bicycle "road ready"
Please feel free to contact Chief Justin J. Jacobs at (828) 837-2214, or
firstname.lastname@example.org, for further information. In the event of rain, the
bicycle rodeo will be postponed until May 18th. For further safety tips and
information please visit
Safe Kids North Carolina Here.
"The Power House" Set for May 19
Appalachia Gravel Grinders is four race series on gravel and paved roads using
cross or mountain bikes. This year's series focuses on endurance racing in the
Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina, East Tennessee and North Georgia.
In its inaugural year as a "series" the events are
slated to attract many of the top contenders in the
nation. The Power House start and ends at Smoky Mountain Christian Camp in Tellico Plains, TN.
SABA member Ron Scroggs completed
Samís Ride for Peace, a part of Veterans for
Peace, held April 28 to May 4. The ride started in
Raleigh, NC and ended with a rally for peace in
Washington, DC. Prior to the event, Lake Chatuge Rotary Club
President Cheryl Barrett announced that the Club has
in sponsoring Ron for the journey. The sponsorship is the Clubís way of participating
in Rotary Internationalís current annual theme: PEACE THROUGH SERVICE.
The 350 mile Samís Ride for Peace left Raleigh on April 28 and traveled through
Virginia to end on on May 4 at Lafayette Park in DC. Sam Winstead, an 88 year old World War II
Marine Corp veteran, lead the ride for the second time. He fought with the First Marine
Division in Peleliu and Okinawa, which he found to be horrendous and barbaric. He
comments, ďIn recent years Iíve become so disturbed by the cost of war in lives, money,
and natural resources that I couldnít sit quietly any longer. I had to take a stand.Ē Sam
has been a member of the Roxboro, NC, Rotary Club for 37 years.
Lake Chatuge Rotary Club was represented in Samís Ride for Peace by Ron Scroggs
of Murphy. Ron is retired from public utilities in Florida and heating and air business in
Hayesville. He is a veteran of the US Army, having seen combat duty in Vietnam in
1968. He was a helicopter crew chief and and, when in flight, the door gunner. He
agrees with Sam Winstead that we need to pay more attention to achieving peace and
avoiding war. ďI hope this Ride will call attention to the issue,Ē he comments.
Ron Scroggs is an experienced cyclist, and in
pursuing his hobby, he normally rides 100 miles each
week. He is a member of the Southern Appalachian
Bicycling Association, and has been heavily involved
in the construction and maintenance of the Jackrabbit
Bike Trail. Sam's Ride for Peace is held annually and
is open to all cyclists, not just veterans.
For additional information about Sam's Ride
for Peace, contact
Rev. Dr. Rufus H. Stark II at (828) 389-3683
No SABA Century Ride in
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the SABA Century
Ride, usually scheduled the 3rd Saturday in May,
will not take place in 2013.
The club is utilizing its resources and will be
working to put on a bigger and better event at a new
location in 2014. We hope to have additional
information in the coming months as we meet with our
Sam's Ride for Peace
Sam Winstead is an 88 year old World War II Marine Corp veteran, discover what his ride is all about.
Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships
May 25-27 - Chattanooga, TN
2013 will feature new faces and new scenery at USA Cycling's Pro Road & Time Trial National Championships. The event moves to the "Scenic City" of Chattanooga after several years in Greenville, S.C. In addition, for the first time pro women will ride for Stars-and-Stripes the same weekend as the men!
SABA Member Pat Turner Recaps
Ride Across the Country!
Coming Next Month!
BIG RING CHALLENGE set for
September 28, 2013 at Jackrabbit Trail, Hayeville NC!
Chain Buster Productions is excited to present the fourth annual Big Ring Challenge 6-hour endurance mountain
bike race. The event will be held on the Jackrabbit Trail system in Hayesville, NC. The race course is very fast !
Miles of Single track that never ends. Following the banks of lake Chatuge. If
you liked roller coasters as a kid, then this course
was designed for you. Remember, remain seated at all
times, keep your arms and legs inside the bicycle, and
if you experience motions sickness, turn your head to
SABA hosts several weekly
group rides each week. The schedule is as
7th - Tuesday Nights: 6:00 PM
- leaves from Hayesville Square in Downtown
Hayesville. Approximately 20 miles out and back
through the Tusquittee area.
8th - Wednesdays Nights: 6:00 PM
- Leaves from Blairsville Bikes & Hikes. Route
varies. Call for more details (706) 745-8141.
9th - 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.
11th - Saturday Morning: 8:00 AM
Meet at Moschetto's Continental Cuisine parking
lot in Young Harris, Ga. ready to ride at 8:00
Mountain Bike Rides:
- Saturday Morning at Jackrabbit...Details to
SEASON 11/05/12 - Monday Nights: 5:00 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. For more information,
contact Eddie Sylvester at (828) 361-0097.
Starting them out young at Jackrabbit
SABA Membership Dues
You can now pay your membership dues online
at active.com for additional details view our
membership page here
Now You Can Find
Us on facebook!
SABA has a
profile and we
encourage you to
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
Facebook friends, sometimes known as "Fans" are
eligible for special offers from SABA. We
encourage you to "Like Us Now" and help spread the
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)...read
our interviews here with Mike Riter of Trail Design Specialists.
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
www.trafx.net . To get a
closer look on how the TRAFx system works on mountain biking trails
Hanging Dog Update: There is a total closure of all the roads and bike trails east and south of the paved state highway in the Hanging Dog recreation area. Due to the extensive logging operations to salvage the tornado blowdown and since it involves both sides of the boat ramp road, the Forest Supervisor
has issued an official closure of the area.
Update - The closure order prohibiting biking, hiking, or being on any of the trails south of the paved highway was just re-issued through May 1, 2013. There is a sign
posted stating that a $5000 fine can be imposed for anyone in that area, so
please don't ride or hike in that area.
Next SABA Meeting:
Friday, May 24: Our next meeting will be Friday night May 24th. 6:30 PM at The
Ugly Mug Cafe in Blairsville GA. next the the Blairsville movie theater on
Hwy 515. The food is excellent, affordable and healthy, and the atmosphere is great...And we will have the place to ourselves It is BYOB.
SABA is a Member of:
LOCAL BIKE SHOPS:
SABA Members get 10% off at
Blairsville Bikes & Hikes in Blairsville, GA!
SABA Members get 10% off at
Appalachian Outfitters in Murphy, NC!
LOCAL AREA INFORMATION:
THANKS FOR PROVIDING GENEROUS FUNDING!
JACKRABBIT MOUNTAIN BIKE & HIKING TRAIL PROJECT
GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS: