Rope Mill Dirty Duathlon - Oct. 27th- presented by OutSpokin' Bicycles

Mountain Goat Adventures and SORBA Woodstock are at it again, along with the sponsorship of OutSpokin' Bicycles.  Our next event is an off-road duathlon on October 27th, 2012 at Rope Mill Park in Woodstock. The course features 6 miles of mountain biking, 3 miles of trail running, and 6 miles of mountain biking - in bike, run, bike format. This is THE duathlon for mountain bikers (plenty of time to work on that run or find a teammate). We have solo, 2 person, and 3 person divisions available. New this year we have added an under 18 two person division, and restructured the categories to reflect ability level, rather than age groups. This will allow for improved flow and less congestion on the bike portion of the course. Register before October 6th to guarantee your shirt size in one of our sweet wicking tees. Medals and prizes three deep in all categories. You may register online here, by mail, or in-store at OutSpokin' Bicycles in Woodstock, GA. All participants who register in-store will be entered into a raffle for a basket of goodies from Mountain Goat Adventures and our sponsors. Limit of 250 racers due to small venue size, so sign up soon!  For more details, visit www.mountaingoatadventures.com.  All trails at Rope Mill will be closed to non-participants on this date. 

Events hosted by REI and Performance

REI is holding two Introduction to Mountain Biking classes at Blankets Creek, with one on July 1st and the other on July 8th.  The registration and information is through REI.  Click here for more information and a link to registration.   

Performance is hosting intermediate group rides at Rope Mill on Wednesdays at 6pm.  In order to sign up and get more information email lewin.author@gmail.com.

 

Rope Mill Dirty Duathlon on Saturday, October 29th

Trails at Rope Mill will be closed during this event.  Details and registration information are available at Mountain Goat Adventures

 

Blankets Creek Races Big Successes for Racers and SORBA-Woodstock

Two races this year at Blankets Creek were huge hits with race participants and provided much needed funds for building and maintaining trails at one of the country’s most popular mountain biking trail systems. Both events were expertly directed by Lisa Randall and her company Mountain Goat Adventures LLC. Over $6,000 were raised for SORBA-Woodstock from sponsor donations and race participant fees. SORBA-Woodstock volunteers build and maintain trails in partnership with Cherokee County at Blankets Creek and the City of Woodstock at Olde Rope Mill Park.

The Dirty Duathlon, held on April 8th, was a return of the event that started at Blankets Creek in 2008. Just over 260 participants were challenged this year by a 5 mile run and a 12 mile singletrack mountain bike course in a race whose title sponsor was Mike the Mechanic, a local Woodstock, GA business and avid mountain bike supporter. Other donors included Monte Hewett Homes, Bridge Mill Dentistry, Taylor Stukes, Northside Cherokee Hospital, Maximum Nutrition, REI and Peak Fitness Fusion. Product donors were Outspokin' Bicycles, Van Michael Salon, Mix1, Hammer Nutrition, Sixes Road Starbucks, Big Peach Running Company, Integra Chiropractic, Swiftwick and Jersey Mikes (Old Hwy 5).

The first ever Six Hour Race at Blankets Creek was held August 13th. Solo, two, and three person teams competed over a 9.4 mile course that covered a portion of the Van Michael Trail, the entire Dwelling Loop, and part of the South Loop. The title sponsor for this event was Hunter Ramsey, Jr., an associate with Prudential Financial and the first President of SORBA-Woodstock when the chapter was formed in 2000. Product sponsors were OutSpokin' Bicycles, Van Michael Salon, Hammer Nutrition, Mix1, Chick-Fil-A Towne Lake, Cascadian Farm, Larabar, Kinesys, Tifosi and Swiftwick.

These two events showcased the outstanding mountain biking trail system at Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trails on Sixes Road in Canton, GA. These trails grew from a vision in the late 1990’s by some determined mountain bikers and became a model partnership between this group of volunteers in search of trails, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Agency. The dream grew into 17 miles of singletrack trails that draw visitors from all across the U.S. Blankets Creek was recently listed among the top ten trail systems in the country by www.Singletracks.com.

SORBA-Woodstock’s latest partnership with the City of Woodstock has created 6.5 miles of singletrack trails at Olde Rope Mill Park. By the end of 2012 this project will grow to 9 miles on the north and south banks of the Little River. The Taylor Randahl Memorial Mountain Bike Trails at Olde Rope Mill Park opened just over one year ago and will be the site of another race and fundraising event on October 29th. The Rope Mill Dirty Duathlon will be another joint effort between Mountain Goat Adventures and SORBA-Woodstock, and once again a portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit SORBA-Woodstock for the construction of new trails and the continued maintenance of the Blankets Creek and Olde Rope Mill Park trails.

Bridge Building Party at Rope Mill on Sept. 10th at 9am

If you enjoy having new trails to ride, then come join us for a bridge building party to help build new trails at Rope Mill park in our effort to expand the Taylor Randahl Memorial Trail System.  Tools will be provided, but volunteers need to wear closed toe shoes, wear gloves, bring water, and bring an epi pen if you are allergic to bees.  Lunch will be provided for volunteers.  The bridge building party will begin at 9am and usually lasts until about 1pm. 

2011 Georgia State Games at Rope Mill on July 23rd and 24th

The 2011 Georgia State Games will hold its Trail Run Championships on Saturday, July 23rd, and its Mountain Bike Championships on Sunday, July 24th, at Rope Mill Park.  This event is being organized and conducted by the Georgia Games organization, and more information about these events can be found at www.georgiagames.org.  Rope Mill Park and Taylor Randahl Memorial Trails will be closed during the event on Saturday until 1pm and on Sunday until 3pm.