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The Tennessee Mountain Bike Summit
Fall Creek Falls State Park
November 7th - 9th



Mountain biking enthusiasts from across Tennessee will gather at Fall Creek Falls State Park, in Pikeville, November 7 - 9 for the 2008 Tennessee Mountain Bike Summit.

The summit will bring mountain biking advocates, land managers, and trail builders, together for collaboration, planning and riding. One of the main topics to be discussed will include how existing mountain biking organizations and local advocates can work together to improve advocacy at a state-wide level.

The summit will be based at the Fall Creek Falls State Park lnn. Festivities will be kicked off on Friday evening with a meet and greet event at the lodge. In addition to workshops and a panel discussion, we will make sure you get plenty of time on the bike to experience the amazing local trail system in the park.

Registration & Updates:

We will be sending updates out to all registered participants regarding news about speakers, panels and other exciting event announcements, but you can also check back on the Tennessee Mountain Bike thread on National Mountain Bike Message Board as the event approaches. Please make sure to register if you plan to attend, as we will need a fairly accurate count for food/beer. To register, please click link below:

Registrater on line for the TN Mountain Bike Summit by clicking here! (Links to IMBA's Registration Page) Registration closes November 5, 2008.

Please note: While several Tennessee SORBA chapters will be in attendance, rest assured there will be no pitch to have independent organizations affiliate with SORBA. The purpose of this event is to discuss mountain advocacy issues in Tennessee and to discuss how Tennessee mountain bikers, regardless of affiliation, can work together to protect and promote mountain biking in Tennessee.

Accommodations:

The Summit, itself, will be free, however attendees will be responsible for their own travel expenses (if you are in a local club, you may be able to get reimbursed for this, or, alternatively, get your local bike shop to sponsor you). We plan to provide lunch Saturday, and beer and snacks Friday and Saturday evening, but all other meals will be on your own. There is a restaurant in the lodge that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Camping is available at the park, as well as rooms at the Fall Creek Falls Park Inn. Inn rooms start at $68 and camping is $20. To reserve a room, please call 1-800-250-8610 and let them know you are with the TN State Summit. For camping, call 1-800-250-8611.

If you are looking for a roommate, please visit the National Mountain Bike Message Board and click on the TN State Summit Forum.

If you have any other questions, please contact Shana Culberson, the IMBA TN State Representative at [email protected] or 615-364-4628

We will be updating the details regularly with news about speakers, panels and other exciting event announcement, so be sure to check back frequently to learn more.


(1) Addressing state-wide advocacy issues. Do we need a informal state-wide coalition of autonomous organizations to address mountain bike advocacy at a state-wide level?

(2) Supporting our rights to continued access to Tennessee's state forests.

(3) Increase mountain bike access at Tennessee State Parks. Increased access during the off-season (Pisgah Policy) or low traffic days (Big South Fork Policy)?

(4) Mountain bike trail impacts in Tennessee. Discussing a recent study conducted, by Dr. Jeffrey L. Marion of Virginia Tech University, which noted minimal mountain impact in Big South Fork National Recreation Area.

(5) Cherokee National Forest, Southern District - Wilderness Proposals.

The schedule of events have been set:​

FRIDAY:
Optional ride
8 pm - Welcome event/social (beer and snacks provided).

SATURDAY:
9 am - Mtb impacts in Tennessee
10 am - Threats to mtb access in Tennessee
11 am - Opportunities for new mountain bike access in Tennessee
12 pm - Lunch
1 pm - (Panel Discussion) - Forming an alliance of autonomous mtb organizations to address state-wide mtb issues.
3 pm - Ride
6 pm - Dinner on your own
8 pm - Social (beer and snacks provided).

SUNDAY
9 am - Ride

Registration: Click here!

There is no cost* to attend the Summit, however we need all attendees to register so that we can get a head count and can plan accordingly. On line registration will remain open until Wednesday, November 5, 2008. Please register on the IMBA site by clicking here.
 

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As of last week we have people registered from four of Tennessee's mountain bike clubs. I expect this to increase as IMBA just sent out (10-6-08) an email publicizing the event.

The park has three mountain bike trails. The main one is nearly all singletrack, the others are double track. We are hoping to get premission from the park manager to allow us to ride on some of the trails reserved to hikers on this weekend. The park is basically deserted after Oct. 1 through March 1 of each year so it should pose no user conflicts.

For a map, see: http://sorbachattanooga.org/trails/trail_guide.php?state=TN&trail=3
 

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TN Mountain Bike Summit Update:

Attendance:

We have representatives from seven of the existing mtb organizations in TN already registered. It also appears that a few people from other mountain bike organizations are considering attending, and I expect we will see them registered at the event draws nearer.

Additionally, we have some land managers who have either registered or expressed interest in attending. Already registered is Bob Richards, head of the State of Tennessee Greenways and Trails Commission. It also looks like Jeff Duncan from the NPS will be attending as well as Phil Pugliese, Chattanooga Bicycle Coordinator.

Saturday's Lunch

SORBA-Mid Tn has agreed to provide lunch to all attendees on Saturday.

Oskar Blues Brewery to Sponsor Summit


The Oskar Blues Brewery will be sponsoring the Tennessee Mountain Bike Summit. They have agreed to provide the frosty beverages for our receptions on Friday and Saturday night.

This microbrewery has been making major gains in market share with its Dale's Pale and Chubb brews, which are sold exclusively in cans. Go to their website and view the video on their unique canning process which helps make this one of the freshest beers one can purchase.

See you at the Summit,

Jeffrey Schaarschmidt
 
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