I plan on attending the first ever Southern Mountain Bike Summit will be held in Brevard, NC March 25-27. The SMBS will bring riders, land managers, industry leaders, and politicians together to “teach, learn, meet, greet, ride, and grow the sport of mountain biking in the Southeast.”
The summit will have sessions about a wide range of topics, including some specifically for land managers. The topics include:
-Working with the USDA Forest Service
-Creating Great Trails and Trail Communities
-National Mountain Bike Patrol Training
-Growing Healthy Chapters and Clubs
-Success Stories: Model Trail Systems in the South
There will also be a movie screening, silent auction, the SORBA Board of Directors meeting, and awards for volunteers. And of course, there will be riding! Friday the ride will leave from Poppies Gourmet Farmers Market, Saturday’s ride will be somewhere in Pisgah National Forest (home to some of the gnarliest singletrack in the country), and Sunday’s rides will be at DuPont State Forest (home to the most slickrock riding this side of Moab). There will also be bike demos available for Sunday.
I’m stoked for the summit and will post a summary afterward. It’ll be a good chance to learn some new things about advocacy, and it’ll be my first time riding Pisgah and DuPont.
Head over the Pisgah Area SORBA webpage for more details and registration information. At only $65 for the whole weekend registration is very reasonable and one and two day passes are also available. The price does go up if you register after March 10th, so sign up early!