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  1. #1
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    Forks Area Trail System (FATS) Grand Opening

    You're Invited: IMBA Coming to Clarks Hill, SC, March 25

    Dear IMBA Friend,

    The International Mountain Bicycling Association is coming to Clarks Hill,
    SC, and you're invited to join in the special events (schedule below).

    Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew leaders Nat and Rachael Lopes, will partner with
    the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (http://www.sorba.org) and the US
    Forest Service (http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/fms/) for the grand opening of the
    Forks Area Trail System (FATS). Volunteers and guests will arrive at the
    trail at 9 a.m. for a work party where volunteers will finish the final
    portions of the trail. The ceremony will be followed by a bicycle tour of
    the trail.

    IMBA has received funding from the National Forest Foundation
    (http://www.natlforests.org/) to work in 10 National Forests in 2006 to
    promote volunteerism and foster a stronger trails community. Sumter National
    Forest has been chosen for this distinction due to the model trail system
    the FATS represents. Approximately 100 SORBA members from 8 states are
    expected to attend.

    The joint effort between Long Cane Trails, LLC, the South Carolina
    Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, the USFS and the Southern Off
    Road Bicycle Association of the Central Savannah River Area (SORBA-CSRA) has
    resulted in the construction of the longest singletrack trail in South
    Carolina located in Sumter National Forest.

    You are receiving this email as an IMBA member or contact. Please help us
    get the word out and forward this invitation to other area mountain bikers,
    land managers, and trail users!

    If these events are too far away for you to attend, we understand. We sent
    you this email not only to invite you but also to let you know about the
    important work IMBA is doing in your area.

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    Clarks Hill, SC
    March 25, 2006

    SATURDAY, MARCH 25
    9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Volunteer Trailwork
    Fieldwork will be hands-on trailbuilding, so come prepared. You'll probably
    be most comfortable in long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Wear sturdy
    shoes and bring water, snacks, work gloves, sunscreen, and a hat. If you
    have any trailbuilding tools--pulaskis, McLeods, rakes, picks, hoes,
    shovels--please bring them.

    All volunteers will receive a copy of IMBA Trail Solutions
    (http://www.imba.com/resources/trail_...solutions.html),
    normally a $35 retail item!

    Lunch will be provided for all volunteers on site.

    4:00 p.m. Grand Opening Ceremony

    4:30 p.m. Bicycle Tour of the Trail

    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. BBQ Dinner
    Join the celebration!
    Merriweather Community Center (MCC)

    To register, for directions to the trail, or more information on the
    weekend's events, please contact:

    Liz Victor
    Long Cane Trails, LLC
    (803) 278-6177
    (803) 645-4243 Cell


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    It's gonna be cool, I hope!

    We should have enough work for 100+ people on Saturday, followed by a ride and a BBQ/Beer party. I know we are giving away a Kona Kula frame (18") at the party to some lucky sole that did the work party. Also, should have some other SWAG as well.

    Sunday - just riding.

    When FATS is all said and done, it will be 6 loops and 32 miles. We have the funding for phase 2 to build about 6-7 more miles. We plan to apply for phase 3 (final phase) in March 2006.

    Some of the ground FATS sits on is unusually steep for the Piedemont. 60% sideslope and above, in large bowls seperated by ridges. It's cool for land that is 500' above sea level.

    Please come down here for this celebration. We think the Govenror of SC is coming (believe it when I see it), and the USFS is all into it.

    RSVP's would be appreciated so we can plan the lunches, party, beer, work and rides.

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    Dammit Bill, would you consult with me before scheduling these things please?

    (I'll be in Arkansas that weekend)
    When the going gets weird its bedtime.

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    http://www.sorba.org/trailweekend.php

    hit the link above to register.

    We'd love to have ya.

    Come see what the Long Cane Trails crew and SORBA CSRA have been up to since last August. I promise fun trails to ride with big berms, jumps, rock gardens. Beer and BBQ afterwards. A free Kona frame to a lucky volunteer.

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    Here are some pics.



    you roll quite fast into these jumps. and can go big if you want to.



    Cool rock bridge, with optional line fully armored.


    A couple small jumps.

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    So how do I get there? From Macon, GA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrantB
    So how do I get there? From Macon, GA?
    This map is upside down (North is at the bottom as pictured). Coming on Interstate 20 eastbound from GA take the first SC exit (exit 1) and go left (north) at the top of the ramp. That'll put you on 230.



    More info here. Note that the trail is closed until the grand opening on March 25/26.

    http://www.sorbacsra.org/
    When the going gets weird its bedtime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrantB
    So how do I get there? From Macon, GA?
    Get on I-20 East. Take it into S Carolina. Take exit 1. Go left for 5.6 miles. Go left at Sportsman Corner onto Woodlawn. Go 3.8 miles. Turn left onto parking lot.

    Go here to register. We'll be able to plan better that way.


    http://www.sorba.org/trailweekend.php

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    How many of you are signed up for it currently?

    SS_Rider did, I'm pretty sure, and I did too.

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    56 as of yesterday.

    I know of another 8-10 coming.

    I saw your name on the list. Thanks for coming over.

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    Friday mtn bike rides near camping!

    I know of two rides planned Friday in Modoc, SC, where the free camping is, Hamilton Branch Rec Area!

    12 noon, RTR - Wine and Turkey, parking at the steel bridge on Key Rd. 25 miles if you ride both, Wine and Turkey. Wine (north) first, then Turkey (south).

    4:30-5pm, meet at Modoc Trail to ride. 14 miles

    Neal
    ScubaCruz
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