Chapter Meeting Minutes 9/15/08

SORBA Woodstock Chapter Meeting Minutes

John Hicks opened the meeting with thanks to Free Flite Bicycles for the delicious chicken dinner they provided for tonight’s meeting. Dan Thornton’s son, Daniel, was the host.

The Grand Opening Festival for the VMT is ready to go. We have bike shop demos provided by OutSpokin’, Free Flite, Cycleworks, and Yeti. MTB Fellowship will provide hydration drinks and trail side photos.

Bill Blount continues to do a great job with graphics for this event and other chapter needs.

Lisa Randall has agreed to be the race director again for the Second Annual Dirty Duathlon. She asked for volunteers and said she needs help with sponsors.

On October 4th Alan and Marcia Gibson will conduct and Intermediate/Advanced Skills Clinic. A $20 fee for each participant will be donated to SORBA Woodstock. This will
be done the same day as Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, but there should be no conflict.

We are still looking for a group ride coordinator to help with our plan to alternate work parties and group rides from month to month.

John Hicks gave an update on the Greenprints Project. A four mile loop of mountain bike trails is planned for the south side of Little River at Rope Mill Park. When the money is available the City will hire Pro Trails. There are also plans to build a bridge across the river and eventually connect those trails with Blankets Creek at the South Loop.

We continue to target next spring for building the South Loop extension—technical lines and some downhill, probably a one way trail.

The Reinhardt MOU will be signed soon. The College wants to keep the trail challenging.

Election of officers will be coming soon.

Chapter Meeting Minutes 8/11/08

SORBA Woodstock Chapter Meeting Minutes

John Hicks opened the meeting with thanks to Kevin Poske and OutSpokin’ for the great BBQ dinner they provided for the meeting. He also thanked Charlie Shultz and Tom Learman for taking care of a dozen trees down on the trails due to the recent storm.

The Reinhardt MOU will be executed very soon.

The USACOE has authorized Cherokee County to cross jurisdictonal lines to pursue horse and ATV riders who are using USACOE property illegally. This is an important development that will allow local law enforcement to assist in controlling these illegal users that are damaging our mountain bike trails.

Five SORBA Woodstock volunteers helped with the work on the new Flying Squirrel trial at Chicopee.

Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Agency will be installing the new sign at the entrance over the next week. They will also fix the drop off at the entrance from the pavement to the gravel lot. The rules sign will be up soon at the trailhead.

Thanks to Bill Blount for the many creative contributions he has made to help us present a consistent and attractive image for our chapter. He has produced a new trail map, a flyer for the Grand Opening, improved our web site and created a great donor recognition plaque that will be erected at the trailhead in the near future.

Combining the SORBA member database with the IMBA database has lost the connection of members to chapters. This issue is being worked on and will be resolved.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking day is on for the first Saturday in October. Also, the new Trail Ambassador program will be rolled out this fall.

We are looking for a group ride coordinator—any volunteers? Our plan is to alternate each month between work parties and group rides.

The next work party is Saturday, August 16th. We will continue to work on the rerouted switchback.

John Hicks provided an updated on the Greensprints Project which was passed by the City of Woodstock Council members. The SPLOST vote in November will determine funding for this project. If passed it will provide $80 million in funds, some of which will go toward building 60 miles of trails. The long range plans include building a bridge over the Little River at Rope Mill Park and connecting trails there with the South Loop at Blankets Creek.

Discussions continue with the USACOE about our building more mountain bike trails on their property.

SORBA Paulding is doing a great job building new trails. They have helped us in the past and we need to return the favor.

We are exploring building new trails on the other side of Blankets Creek from the parking lot. It will be accessed from the South Loop trailhead and will be an advanced section hopefully with some challenging downhill sections.

The Grand Opening for the VMT is on course for the last Saturday in September. Bill Blount has created an awesome poster that you can see on our web site. We need volunteers to help lead group rides. Cherokee High School will be cooking burgers and dogs. OutSpokin’ and Free Flite will have bike demos that day and REI will have a tent and will be helping with volunteer rewards.

The message was sent out that whoever is tearing out the log crossing at the beginning of the CCW entrance to the VMT—please stop! It is an intentional filter to discourage riders who lack the skills to ride the VMT from entering that trail.

Chapter Meeting Minutes 3-12-08




Written by Ellis Alexander




Wednesday, 12 March 2008 22:07




SORBA Woodstock Chapter Meeting Minutes

John Hicks opened the meeting with word that the spring SORBA Board meeting will be this Saturday, March 15. IMBA/SORBA database issues have been resolved. We will soon be one organization. Tom Sauret will be full time with SORBA in about 60 days.

Ellis Alexander reported that we have raised $48,430 in cash contributions for the Blankets Creek New Trail Construction Campaign and that gross receipts for the Dirty Duathlon are approximately $11,000 before expenses for the event. Lisa Randall estimates that net cash generated by the event for the new trails will be $7-8,000. This does not include recognition for in kind contributions from sponsors for the event.

Dan Thornton spoke about the Georgia Ride to the Capitol on Tuesday, March 11. Free-Flite will be providing the sound system. Last year eight mayors participated, this year hopefully fifteen will ride. Approximately 1,500 riders are expected. Dan encourages riders this year and for future years. Georgia’s Lt. Governor will speak, Mayor Shirley Franklin and other mayors. The Metro Atlanta Mayors Association are behind this event—60 plus mayors. The Mayors of Woodstock and Ball Ground are planning to participate. John encouraged individual notes to mayors thanking them for support.

The Bicycle Summit was held in Washington, DC this past week—500 biking supporters lobbying politicians. Dan participated in this important event that draws attention to biking issues and funding for members of Congress.

John Hicks spoke about the City of Woodstock Greenprints Project. Scott Gordon and John Hicks are members of the Project Steering Committee. The committee will see draft plan in two weeks. Open houses will be held on April 1, 2, and 3 for interested parties to listen, learn, ask questions and provide feedback. Go to for more information about the open house locations and times.

The April SORBA Woodstock chapter meeting will be held at Blankets Creek, April 14. We will have a very special guest speaker. The reigning female endurance mountain bike champion, Monique “Pua” Sawicki, will attend our meeting and speak to us about her experience as a professional mountain biker. Thanks to Bruce Dickman for arranging this visit from a world class athlete.

Dan Thornton will sponsor an event with Gary Fisher at the Free-Flite store in Marietta no Saturday, May 17. Gary Fisher will be in town for the 24 hours of Conyers. Dan will hold an event at his store Saturday night as a fundraiser for the new trails at Blankets Creek. Regardless of what money is raised at this event, Dan commits to an additional $5,000 contribution to our new trails fund. Gary will be there from 7:00-9:00 pm—do a talk and answer questions. Dan plans to have a silent auction with equipment donated by suppliers.

As reported earlier in the meeting, gross cash receipts for the Dirty Duathlon are up to $11,000. The event should generate $7-8,000 for the new trail fund. Lisa is chasing down last prizes for the event. If you have volunteered and have a conflict, let Lisa know. She has others who are available to volunteer. 215 riders have registered. We need to post the trail closing times on our chapter web site. Van Michael will have a Cut-a-Thon that day providing hair cuts for contributions. Proceeds will be donated to the new trail fund.

We will have work parties this weekend. Saturday morning, 9 am to 1 pm and Sunday afternoon, 1 pm to 5 pm. We need all the volunteers we can muster to attack the hand finishing of the Van Michael Trail that remains. If you are available during the week, coordinate with Charlie Schulz or Jay Wilkes so we can identify what work needs to be done.

A large pile of mulch is available from a builder adjacent to the trails. We will use it as ground cover on some sections of the trail.

Pedalpalooza is May 3, which will serve as the grand opening of the Van Michael and Mosquito Bite Trials