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05/01/2020 - Meck Parks open

Mecklenburg County has ended more restrictive stay at home orders and transitioned to NC state-wide restrictions. Parking for Mecklenburg parks has reopened..... more

04/08/2020 - Trails Update

4/8/20: Mecklenburg County P&R has closed all park gates. Mecklenburg parks and greenways are available for walk-in and bicycle use only. .... more

02/26/2020 - March Meeting: South Main Cycles

March Meeting: South Main Cycles 3/5
6:00pm ride from South Main Cycles to Rocky Branch for some laps
7:30pm short meeting at South Main to catch up on all the Trailblazer news
8:00pm memb.... more

02/03/2020 - February Meeting

February Meeting: Dilworth Grille
UPDATE: meeting is 2/13 at Dilworth, not 4001!
Come join us for the first meeting of 2020 at Dilworth Grille. We'll be outlining major projects for the year a.... more

01/02/2020 - Happy New Year

Happy New Year!
No Trailblazer meeting in January. We'll post the meeting schedule soon and see you in February..... more

12/05/2019 - December Meeting

December Meeting: Ultimate Bicycle
12/5 7:30pm
Last meeting of the year. Come join us at Ultimate Bicycle as we look back on 2019 accomplishments and start making plans for Tarheel Trailblazer.... more

10/29/2019 - Spokesfest

Spokesfest at North Meck Park 11/3/19

A special Demo/Trail work day event benefiting North Meck Park!

Family fun for everyone! Demo the latest and greatest mountain bikes starting a.... more

09/25/2019 - October Trailblazer Meeting

October Trailblazer Meeting
10/3 7:30 PM
South Main Cycles in Belmont

All are welcome to attend! Come hear about our Uwharrie weekend, the evolution of our year end party, and more.more

04/22/2019 - May Club Meeting

Come join us at 7:30 at The Cycle Path for our May meeting. Bring $5 for pizza, and the Cycle Path will have beer for sale.

Pre-ride at Fisher Farm, 6pm. Come get an early preview of the new .... more

11/03/2010 - IMBA TCC visits LNSP!

The IMBA Trail Care Crew will be visiting Lake Norman State Park on Saturday and Sunday Nov. 20 and 21. If you have never attended at TCC visit, you're in for a special treat. All of you fledgling t.... more

10/29/2010 - Trail Running Event at LNSP

On Saturday, November 13th, Team Triumph of Charlotte will host a cross-country running event (5K and 10K)on the Itusi from 9 am until about 11 am if the Itusi is open. The Hawk, Hicks Creek and Norwo.... more

10/26/2010 - The Wounded Warrior Trail Run/Mtn Bike Ride Event

The Wounded Warrior Trail Run
Mountain Bike Ride Event

When: November 13, 2010
Where: Woodrun Trail System, Uwharrie National Forest
Why: To support our local veterans

.... more

10/05/2010 - Important Recommendation by the THTB

The Executive Board of the Tarheel Trailblazers (THTB) has made a recommendation that should be shared with the membership. Please take some time to follow this link and read the explanation to better.... more

09/29/2010 - October Trailblazer Meeting!

October Trailblazer Meeting!

It's right around the corner folks. Details of place and time as always on the home page.

The next two meetings are some of the most important meetings d.... more

09/14/2010 - Take A Kid Mountain Biking!

Take A Kid Mountain Biking!

It's that time of year again where we celebrate IMBA's Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day. Last year we had a tremendous turnout, so we are hoping to have another suc.... more

08/28/2010 - New Website

Surprise! The Trailblazers have launched a new website! And while it is still a work in progress, we figured we go ahead and roll it out, kick the tires, see what you think.

The new site of.... more

08/25/2010 - XTERRA Run at Fisher Farm Park

Sunday, September 5th, Fisher Farm Park will be hosting race #4 in the XTERRA Trail Run Series. Registration and packet pick-up is 7am-8am. Race starts at 8:30am SHARP! If you would like to volunte.... more

08/16/2010 - 2010 Cackalacky Cup

Are you looking for something a little different and super fun to do in the dirt?
Look no further.........

Saturday, August 21
Cackalacky Cup Mountain Bike Time Trial
Lake Norman .... more

08/13/2010 - Trailblazers Awarded $10K Grant From REI

The Trailblazers have recently been awarded a $10,000 grant from Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) for the expansion of the Itusi Trail System at Lake Norman State Park. Chip, the Pineville store ma.... more

06/07/2010 - 2010 Anniversary Jersey on sale now

Get you 20th anniversary jersey in before the cut off date. June 25. See Trailblazer club news on the forum for more details..... more

05/10/2010 - 2010 Catawba Riverfront Classic

Sunday, May 23 is the 2010 Catawba Riverfront Classic hosted by the Tarheel Trailblazers and Charlotte Sports Cycling!
The 2010 CRC is set to take place at the US National Whitewater Center. .... more

05/10/2010 - Volunteers Needed for Riverfront

Greetings Tarheel Trailblazers

We are a week and half away from our biggest fundraiser event of the year, the Catawba Riverfront Classic, Sunday May 23 at the US National Whitewater Center. .... more


Just in case you've been waiting, there are trail work days going on this weekend at Uwharrie, Springs, Fisher Farm and Renaissance. Check the Down and Dirty Trailwork forum for details. We'd l.... more


The Tarheel Trailblazers' monthly meeting that would normally take place on April 1st has been CANCELLED. Please check this website and its forums for updates throughout April. The next scheduled mo.... more

03/30/2010 - Dog Training Classes at Fisher Farm Park

Davidson Park & Rec is putting on a Dog Training Class every Tuesday evening (including today) from 5:45pm to 7:45pm through May 4th. Please keep this in mind if you plan on riding there during these.... more

01/15/2010 - Trailblazer Annual Report 2009


Its that time of year again when we ask all of our members to renew their memberships and to encourage the rest of the local mountain.... more

01/14/2010 - Annual Report continued

Fisher Farm. The club negotiated a contract with the adjacent landowner (Mr. Fisher himself!) to access additional acreage to expand this trail by over a mile. REI provided a $7,000 grant (yea, them a.... more


We will be skipping the monthly meeting at Fuel Pizza in Park Rd. Shopping Center this Thursday, Jan 7th. Be sure the check the website and forums for the most recent info about the trails, riding.... more

10/29/2009 - Dirt Divas/Trailblazer Year End Party

Come Join Us

Dirt Diva/Tarheel Trailblazer Year End Party
When: Sat Nov 7
Where: Anne Springs Field Trial Barn
Ride: 2 pm
Eats: 5 pm
.... more

10/08/2009 - IMBA - SORBA at Tsali!

IMBA is coming to Tsali, NC, Oct. 15-18, and you're invited to join in the special events. Kelly and Collins Bishop of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew are teaming with the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NO.... more

09/29/2009 - SWDP Work Day and Grand Opening

For those of you who are interested in getting a sneak-peek of the new Southwest District Park Trail, here's your chance on Oct 10th.... Come on out and help finish some last minute tasks and ride th.... more

08/11/2009 - Cackalacky Cup, Aug 21-23

Saturday, August 21 - 23
2009 Cackalacky Cup
Lake Norman State Park, Troutman, NC
Benefiting Bob Kariker and Family

Charlotte Sports Cycling is joining forces with the gang from F.... more

07/08/2009 - SWDP Bridge Construction

For all of you who would rather swing a hammer instead of a pulaski, here is the project for you...

We are calling on volunteers to help move two 30 foot utility poles into place and to help .... more

06/17/2009 - July Club Meeting Canceled

Due to the July 4th holiday, we will NOT be having a our regulaly sceduled club meeting.

ThTb.... more

06/10/2009 - June 14th Kids Ride!

We are on for a kids ride this Sunday at Beatty Park

Ride time is 1 PM

Meet at the Tennis court parking lot

We are alternating between Beatty and Sherman every other ride to.... more

06/04/2009 - NC Mountain Bike Summit

On Saturday, May 30, 2009, a group of NC-based mountain bike clubs (including the host Trailblazers) got together at Lake Norman State Park to exchange ideas and promote a "united front" to land manag.... more

05/22/2009 - New Green Trail at USNWC!

Starting Saturday May 21 come help break in the first beginner loop at the USNWC. Over the past 6 months the USNWC has worked with a neighboring landowner and the Tarheel Trailblazers to create the f.... more

05/20/2009 - TFK Charlotte on CBS News!

Trips For Kids Charlotte

Mark Stresemann, a correspondent with CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, and several of his colleagues visited Trips for Kids.... more

05/19/2009 - Rescheduled! May 23rd Kids Ride!

Our Kids social ride this week is on Sunday May 23rd at 1 PM, at Sherman Branch

We are alternating between Col. Beatty and Sherman every month for the rides to give those that live on the Ea.... more

05/18/2009 - Trailwork At Southwest District Park

Come on out and see the newest single track in town!!! WaterbOb Karriker has done an incredible job with the machinery on this trail that has been a year and a half in the making. The work will cons.... more

05/06/2009 - May 6th Race at Reni Postponed!

Due to the massive amount of rain Renaissance Park received last night and the current overcast conditions now not drying the trails at all, we will postpone the Charlotte Mountain Bike Series race to.... more

04/29/2009 - May 3 Cookout and Social at Col. Beatty

Date: Sunday MAY 3rd
Time: 10 AM - 2 PM
Location: Colonel Francis Beatty Park (tennis court parking area)
Address: 4330 Weddington Road
What to bring: Your bike, a chair and riding pa.... more

04/24/2009 - Trailblazers May Meeting and Social Ride Thursday May 7, 2009

Instead of a normal monthly meeting at Fuel Pizza, on Thursday May 7 the Trailblazers will combine a social ride at Sherman Branch Park with their May meeting at the nearby Bradfield Farms Community c.... more

04/24/2009 - CRANK IT UP!

BIKE! Charlotte
Rolls Into Southend for the inaugural


An Evening of Live Music & Cycling Advocacy
with live performances by:
Bryon McMurry Trio
F.... more

04/24/2009 - Charlotte Mountain Bike Series Kickoff

April 29- Charlotte Mountain Bike Series Kickoff
The Summer Series is held every Wednesday evening with registration opening at 5PM and the race starting at 6:15PM. Racers will start with their re.... more

04/24/2009 - 2009 BIKE! Charlotte

May 1 - 10
2009 BIKE! Charlotte - Wheels of Opportunity
The theme for the 2009 edition of BIKE! Charlotte, “Wheels of Opportunity”, was developed to promote the many opportunities the citizens.... more

04/24/2009 - Cycle Charlotte and Crank It Up!

Saturday May 9
Cycle Charlotte and Crank it Up Music Festival
Experience Charlotte Without a Windshield
Cycle Charlotte is a bicycle festival promoting a friendly and safer environment for.... more

04/23/2009 - May 3rd Kids Ride!

The next scheduled Trailblazer kids ride is set for May 3rd.... first Sunday in May.

This is during bike week and will be combined with the Trailblazer cook out and social ride being held f.... more

03/20/2009 - A Perfect Day for Some Trailwork

The weather looks sunny and cool for this Saturday, March 21st, so we are going to work on the new Green Trail at USNWC from 9am to 12noon. I know it's short notice, but this is the first of se.... more

03/03/2009 - LNSP 3/7/09 Trail Day Canceled!

Due to the current conditions, the upcoming 3/7 Dirt Diva sponsored Trailwork day at LNSP has been canceled...

The park received about 4" of rain and 5" of snow so it is very gooey right now.... more

01/12/2009 - THTB News Update Part 3

So in closing, I would like to thank you, our members for your hard work, dedication, donations of time and money as we together are making a difference, a HUGE difference in our community. Our econo.... more

01/12/2009 - THTB News Update Part 2

At Southwest District Park, club member Brian Malec has laid out a beautiful 3 mile trail in a distressed neighborhood off of West Blvd. Recent moves by the Charlotte Housing Authority call for the r.... more

01/12/2009 - THTB News Update Part 1

One of the biggest problems that we face as a club of volunteers, is dissemination of information to our members. While our website serves us well, especially in the forums, it seems that we come up .... more

01/09/2009 - Membership Drive! New Incentives!

It’s time to renew your Tarheel Trailblazer membership!

Many of you know that over the last few years we have encouraged our members to renew at the first of the new year. This is basically .... more

01/07/2009 - Winter Short Track Races Start Sunday, Jan. 18th

**Come check out the newly expanded Short Track at Rennie

2009 Nothing but Noodles Winter Short Track Mountain Bike Series pr.... more

01/06/2009 - SWDP Corridor Clearing - Saturday, Jan. 10th

Anyone want a sneak peek of the soon to be newest trail in town? Here's you chance, but there is a catch.... eat a hearty breakfast, wear some work clothes and bring gloves because we will be clearin.... more

12/18/2008 - No Jan Meeting @ Fuel Pizza! 1/1 Ride at LNSP!

Because our normal first Thursday of the month meeting date falls on New Years day, WE WILL NOT HAVE A MEETING AT FUEL PIZZA on January 1.

WE WILL HOWEVER have a club ride at Lake Norman Sta.... more


After having a very productive day on Saturday, we have decided NOT to work on Sunday, Nov. 23rd. Hoping to go ride instead! 14 volunteers came out and worked h.... more


Don't forget, the monthly meeting for the Tarheel Trailblazers is this
Thursday, Nov 6th, at 7:30 pm at Fuel Pizza in Park Road Shopping
Center. Come join us to get up to date on all the upc.... more



When: Saturday November 8, 2008 10:30 am sharp.
Where: REI’s new store at Northlake Mall, 9755 Northlake Center Parkway at exit 18 on Interstate 77.

C.... more

10/21/2008 - Trailwork this Saturday - Southwest District Park

Come join Brian and the Trailblazers this Saturday, Oct. 25th at 9:00am

Google Map:,+charlotte,+nc&ie=UTF8&ll=35.2464.... more

10/17/2008 - NEW MTB Trails Opening Oct. 24th - Carolina Adventure World

Check out their website for more info: more

10/15/2008 - Year End Party - Sunday, Nov. 2nd at Springs

Year-End Party for Current Tarheel Trailblazer and Dirt Diva Members

When: Sunday, November 2, 1:00PM
Where: Anne Springs Greenway at the Field Trials Barn

Please join us on .... more

10/15/2008 - Trailwork Sat. Oct. 18th at Harrisburg Half

See details at the bottom right corner of the Home page.... more

10/14/2008 - Oct. 24,25 & 26th at Fisher Farm - National MTB Oktoberfest

Oct. 24,25 & 26th at Fisher Farm
National MTB Oktoberfest
Three Days of Mountain Bike Events! more

09/30/2008 - Take a kid Mountain Biking Day - October 4th

The IMBA and the Tarheel Trailblazers are proud to bring you the "Take a kid mountain biking day" on Saturday, October 4th, at North Mecklenburg Park, from 10AM until 1PM.

For more informatio.... more

08/06/2008 - October 4 Tree Shaker 12 HR MTB Race

The Tree Shaker will be held at the Field Trial Barn at Anne Springs Close Greenway on October 4 from 9AM-9PM. For more info and registration go to more

08/06/2008 - September 7 Rivers Edge Mtn Bike Marathon

The Rivers Edge Mountain Bike Marathon will be held on September 7 at the US National Whitewater Center. This event is a 50 mile mountain bike race and 12 winners will be crowned the Southeast Mounta.... more

08/06/2008 - August 23 Cackalacky Cup Mtn Bike Time Trials

The Cackalacky Cup will be held on August 23 at the Lake Norman State Park. The Cup is made up of a technical time trial on the Itusi trail and a regular time trial on the Monbo trail. For more info.... more

07/23/2008 - Monthly Meeting August 7, 7:30 pm

Our next meeting will be August 7 at 7:30 pm at Fuel Pizza located in Park Road Shopping Center.... more

06/11/2008 - NO MEETING IN JULY

Since the first Thursday in July is on the 3rd, and that is so close to Independence Day, there will be NO MEETING of the regular Trailblazers Club at Fuel Pizza in Park Road Shopping Center during.... more

05/30/2008 - IMBA Coming to Asheville!

IMBA is coming to Asheville, NC, May 30 - June 8, and you're invited to join in the special events. Kelly and Collins Bishop of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew are teaming with Pisgah Area SORBA for t.... more

05/06/2008 - USNWC Trail Maintenance May 17 & 31 *Free Parking for Volunteers*

WHAT: 3-Hour Trail Building Event @ USNWC
WHEN: 9:00 am-12:00pm –Saturday May 17th / Saturday May 31st
WHERE: Meet at the Trailhead in the back of the parking lot.... more

05/06/2008 - Riverfront Classic XC MTB RACE June 1 at USNWC-VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

This race is part of the Southern Classic Series. It is a fundraiser for the Club so we need lots of volunteers! Come out and race and then volunteer your time. More info available at www.charlottem.... more

03/31/2008 - Jetton Beginner / Adaptive Trail Dedication!

Greetings Fellow Mountain Bikers!

The Tarheel Trailblazers would like to invite each and every mountain biker to attend the grand opening of our newest mountain bike trail at Jetton Park (1.... more

03/20/2008 - Mtn Trikes Arrive!

The two hand powered mountain trikes arrived at The Cycle Path yesterday and Mark has already put 'em together and they are ready to go! We have planned an outing at the Jetton Park trail this Saturda.... more

03/14/2008 - Mountain Trikes Grand Opening 4/5/08

The mountain trikes grand opening will be held at Jetton Park on April 5, 2008, at 10:00 AM. Please join the Trailblazers and Parks and Rec in celebrating the addition of these trikes!.... more

03/14/2008 - IMBA Trail School is Coming to NC

There are now 3 weekends available over the next few months for you to learn trail building techniques from the best in the business, the IMBA Trail Care Crew. Here are the dates:

April 5-.... more

02/22/2008 - May 2 BIKE!Charlotte Begins-Mayor's Ride

BIKE!Charlotte Begins with Mayor's Ride from Dowd Y to Wachovia.... more

02/22/2008 - April 19 6 HR Race Anne Springs

6 HR Grind at the Greenway at Anne Springs Close Greenway, 11 AM-5 PM. Fast, fun singletrack racing! Go to for details..... more

01/31/2008 - 9th Annual CSC Winter Training Ride 2/9/08 NEW LOCATION

30, 55 & 70 mile routes
10:00 AM Hickory Ridge High School
Fundraiser for the Giordana-Clif Bar Cycling Team. For more info go to more

12/30/2007 - Winter Short Track Races 1/27, 2/2, 2/3, 2/10, 2/16

E Blvd Bar & Grill and Heartwood Tree Service presents the Winter Short Track race series beginning January 19 at Renaissance Park. Go to for details..... more

12/29/2007 - 2008 Polar Bear Metric Century Date Set!

Please join the Rocky River Road Club for the 10th Annual RRRC Polar Bear Metric Century on Saturday, January 12th, 2008!

Please note: This years ride will start at Bailey Middle School in .... more

12/29/2007 - Polar Bear Cyclo Cross Race

This is Race #3 in the Winter Cup Cyclo Cross Series. And this will be the first race at Fisher Farm Park in Davidson.
See NC cyclo cross at
for registration an.... more

11/15/2007 - USNWC Trail Review -TONIGHT - 6 to 8pm

The US National Whitewater Center will have a meeting on December 4th from 6-8pm at the USNWC conference center. The USNWC will share some info about the trail system and listen to input attend.... more

10/24/2007 - DD and THTB Year End PARTY!

Friends, trails, yummy BBQ, cool raffle items…oh, and a big cake!

Let’s CELEBRATE another successful and productive year for our Clubs at the Dirt Divas and Tarheel Trailblazers Year-End Par.... more

10/24/2007 - Fall Short Track Series Race No. 1


The first of the 5 race series kicks off at the Harrisburg Town Park @ 10:00 am. The trail will be marked and op.... more

10/11/2007 - November Meeting NEW LOCATION

The monthly meeting on November 1 will be held at Fuel Pizza in the Park Road Shopping Center..... more

10/01/2007 - Harrisburg Half Trail Work Day

The Bank of NC Short Track Series kicks off at the Harrisburg Half on Saturday, October 27th. Rick Hoffarth has scheduled a workday for Saturday, October 6th from 9:00-Noon. The trail is very good s.... more

09/20/2007 - 5th Annual Big Stampede and Southside Spanker Road Ride November 11

The Big Stampede and Southside Spanker Road Ride will be held at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Sunday, November 11. This is a fundraiser for the Tarheel Trailblazers so we will need volunteers to assist w.... more

09/19/2007 - 2nd Annual Treeshaker 12 HR MTB Race November 3

Presented by Heartwood Tree Service and BikeSource, the event will be held on November 3 from 9 AM - 9 PM at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. Check out all the details on more

09/19/2007 - Season Finale Charlotte Mountain Bike Series This Saturday Sept 22

The race will be a N Meck Park beginning at 9:00 AM. For more information go to more

09/18/2007 - 2007 Fall Short Track Series!

The Bank of North Carolina, Tarheel Trailblazers and a host of other present the 2007 Fall Short Track race series at The Harrisburg Half!

Race Dates: Oct 27, Nov 10* and 17, Dec 1* and .... more

08/25/2007 - 2007 Fall Classic Century

Tarheel Cyclists 2007 Fall Classic Century

Come on out for this fall classic! For those of you riding the MS150 it will be a great warm up. The proceeds help support The Spokes Group (www.t.... more

08/17/2007 - Car Break-ins at USNWC

Please be advised - DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES VISIBLE IN YOUR CAR - at the US National Whitewater Center trailhead parking lot. Several cars were reported broken into on Friday, Aug. 17th in addition t.... more

08/15/2007 - Tour de Jetton

On Monday, August 20th, officials with Charlotte Mecklenburg Park and Rec will be in attendance to ride the new trail at Jetton park. Jim Garges, the new Director of CMP&R will be on hand to ride wit.... more

08/15/2007 - Help Needed For Riverfront Race!

Yo Trailblazers!!!! HELP...HELP......HELP!!!

It's that time of the year again, the Catawba Riverfront Classic is this weekend at the US National Whitewater Park. The Riverfront is a fundrai.... more

08/14/2007 - Tour de Tots for Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital 9/8/07

Tour de Tots at NE Medical Center for Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital - For 2007, Charlotte Sports Cycling, the Tarheel Cyclists and the crew from NE Medical Center are teaming up to host an event tha.... more

07/30/2007 - 7th Annual Giordana Crossroads Classic August 1-5

The event this year will feature a $30k+ purse and five exciting races over
five days in five different NC Cities:
Aug 1 - Mocksville
Aug 2 - Salisbury
Aug 3 - Statesville
Aug 4 -.... more

07/29/2007 - Southern Classic Race Series is coming to USNWC

Be sure and make plans to attend the Southern Classic MTB Race Series at USNWC on Sunday, August 19th, 2007! This is the first time that the series race has been held at the new venue and it is sure .... more

07/25/2007 - The Cackalacky Cup August 25, 2007

The Cackalacky Cup (formerly Crossroads Festival) presented by First Flight Bikes will be at the Lake Norman State Park on August 25, 2007. The event will include a time trial on the Monbo loop and a.... more

07/24/2007 - Dirt Divas Road Ride August 25, 2007

Dirt Divas 3rd annual Road Ride - Pedaling for Patricia August 25, 2007 at Waxhaw Elementary, Waxhaw, NC. This year's fundraiser will not only benefit the Club, but the National MS Society and the Clu.... more

06/29/2007 - USNWC TV Documentary

A new documentary about the US National Whitewater Center entitled "Take it Outside" will air this Sunday, July 1 at 2pm and 6pm. Catch the film on your local PBS (WTVI) station. We hope you enjoy t.... more

06/26/2007 - Trailblazers Awarded REI Grant

The Trailblazers will be receiving a check for $5,000 from Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) as benefactors in their grant program. The money is earmarked for the future trail system in Mt. Holly.more

06/25/2007 - Final Jetton Push!

Our final push to complete the trails at Jetton Park will be this Saturday, June 30, 9:00 – 12:00…In addition to the Trailblazer faithful, the Dirt Divas AND Trips for Kids will be joining us…

06/12/2007 - Lake Norman Excursion

Fundraising for the American Red Cross Lake Norman Office

Saturday, July 21, 2007

40, 65, and 100 mile Routes

12 Mile Family Fun Ride

The Lake Norman Excursion Ride.... more

05/23/2007 - IMBA Trail Care Crew Coming to Tsali

IMBA is coming to Tsali, NC, June 2-3, and you're invited to join in the special events. Anna Laxague and Jason Wells of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew are teaming with SORBA and the United States Fo.... more

05/14/2007 - THTB Lake Norman Chapter...

Yup...that's right. The TTB LKNM/JR. chapters will have it's first official meeting on Thursday May 24 at Sho Mars in Mooresville. That's exit 33 close to Cool Breeze Cyclery. Meeting starts around.... more

05/08/2007 - Trailblazers Release First Official Map

The Trailblazers have received their fist shipment of our USNWC trail map! We hope this will be the first of an inclusive library of all of our trails. We will be selling the maps ($2 each) through .... more

05/07/2007 - Fat Tire Music Festival June 16th

The Fat Tire Music Festival will be on Saturday, June 16th, 2007 in east Charlotte. It will be a day of great LIVE MUSIC from local bands including The Moonshine Racers and The Accentrix to name a few.... more

05/01/2007 - BIKE! Charlotte 2007

BIKE! Charlotte 2007 is set to begin this Friday, May 4 with the Mayor's Ride/Bike to Breakfast. Please help us spread the word about this important event. While the Mayor's Ride/Bike to Breakfast ma.... more

05/01/2007 - Sherman Branch Grand Opening Celebration!

Saturday, May 5

The Tarheel Trailblazers will hold a grand opening celebration at Sherman Branch on Saturday, May 5th, in conjunction with BIKE! Charlotte...

We will offer guided ri.... more

05/01/2007 - Mayor's Ride to Breakfast

BIKE! Charlotte is set to begin this Friday, May 4 with the Mayor’s Ride/Bike to Breakfast. Please help us spread the word about this important event. While the Mayor’s Ride/Bike to Breakfast may be .... more

05/01/2007 - May Trailblazer Meeting!

May 3, 7:30 PM
Dilworth Neighborhood Café

Join us as we kick off BIKE! Charlotte 2007, with the monthly Trailblazer meeting. Come meet and greet your mountain biking brothers and sisters.... more

04/26/2007 - USNWC Trails Closed after 3pm Monday 30-April

On Monday, April 30th we have a large group booking the entire facility from 5-11pm. In preparation we had been considering full closure to the public on that day in preparation for the evening arriv.... more

04/23/2007 - Road to USNWC IS NOW PAVED!

The long and dusty road to the Whitewater Center is now as smooth as asphalt. It was apparently done in one day on Tuesday, April 17th. Now we can all breath a little easier on our way to the long .... more

04/19/2007 - Cycle Charlotte 2007

* A Safe Streets Bicycle Celebration *

Experience Charlotte without a windshield! Be a part of the 2nd annual one-of-a-kind urban cycling adventure on Saturday, May 12, .... more

04/19/2007 - Summer Race Series

One week and counting……until the start of the seventh annual Christenbury Eye Center Charlotte Summer Mountain Bike Series. The 2007 series is proudly presented by the Tarheel Trailblazers and will k.... more

03/30/2007 - Opening of "Figure 8" Completes USNWC Trail

I wanted to thank all who came out to help over the last several months on the Figure 8 trail. Over this week several people have volunteered time and my staff have put in some long days doing final .... more

03/30/2007 - Figure 8 Loop and Restaurant/BAR Opening Sat. March 31st at USNWC

The long-awaited openings of the Figure 8 Trail Loop and the Restaurant/BAR at USNWC are finally here! The Figure 8 Trail Loop is opening 1 day ahead of schedule and the restaurant/BAR will be open.... more

03/28/2007 - Monbo Opens at LNSP!

From Ranger Casey Reinhardt:

The MONBO LOOP (Phase III) of the ITUSI trail opened today a little after 8 am.

TRAIL CLOSES AT 6:30 PM during March. It will stay open until 7:30 pm du.... more

03/14/2007 - New Itusi Trail Hours

Currently the Itusi trail at LNSP closes at 6:30 PM, through the month of March.

Starting April 1 and through May, the trail will stay open until 7:30 PM.
.... more

03/07/2007 - Final Monbo Workday!

bOb and Jeff have completed the machine work this past weekend in preperation for our 3/10 work day.

For this weekend, we have 2 projects to complete.
1) Finish the tread work on t.... more

03/02/2007 - Workday At USNWC this Saturday, March 3rd 9am-1pm

We will be working hard on completing preparation of the Figure 8 for opening by April 1st. Come out, lend a hand and have some fun. The trail will probably be too wet to ride on Saturday, so come out.... more

02/28/2007 - New Meeting Location!

This is a reminder that the March 1st meeting of the Tarheel Trailblazers will take place this Thursday (7:30 PM) at Dilworth Neighborhood Grill, 911 E. Morehead St.

We will be holding a “S.... more

02/21/2007 - Feb 24th LNSP Workday!

From Jeff Archer:

bOb and I have been working hard for the past month to make sure we have plenty of work for ya'll next Saturday (Feb 24th)! We were hoping to have all of the machine work d.... more

02/14/2007 - Trailwork Day at USNWC

WHAT: 3-Hour Trail Building Event
WHEN: Sunday Feb 18th from 9:00 am-12:00pm
WHERE: Meet at the USNWC River Center of the @ 9:00 am (Main Building)
HOW TO G.... more

02/12/2007 - MT. Holly Meeting POSTPONED!

Tonight's meeting at Mt. Holly has been postponed to allow us to
schedule a better meeting where we will have more time to discuss the

Hopefully, cooler heads with an eye t.... more

02/12/2007 - POSTPONED: A Call To Action For Mountain Bikers!

This meeting has been postponed to give us more time to present the issues. Stay tuned!

Thank You!

The Trailblazers have been working on plans to develop about 15 miles of mountain .... more

02/10/2007 - Uwharrie Land Management Plan

Uwharrie National Forest Proposed Land Management Plan Available for Public Review and Comment The Uwharrie National Forest Proposed Land Management Plan is now available for public review and comment.... more

02/06/2007 - Winter Short Track MTB Series

Final two races of the series – Saturday, Feb 10 and Sunday, 11 2007 Weather looks great for the two races this weekend. Check out the photos of the previous events a.... more

02/01/2007 - Trailblazer Meeting Postponed!

Due to inclement weather, the February Trailblazer meeting has been postponed until Thursday, Feb 8th, 7:30 PM at Jack's on 7th Street...

Please pass the word........ more

01/31/2007 - Trail Work at the USNWC

Join us this Saturday, February 3 as we work toward the completion of remaining 1.5 mile section of the “Figure 8”. This construction will consist of clearing new trail, bridge construction, and armo.... more

01/31/2007 - Trail Work at LNSP

The Trailblazers and Dirt Divas have a huge trail work day at Lake Norman State Park, scheduled for February 24th in conjunction with REI. We’ll meet at the Itusi trail head parking lot and shuttle t.... more

01/04/2007 - Winter Short Track Series!

Kick off for the 5th Annual East Blvd Bar & Grill Winter Short Track Series This year, the event is presented by Heartwood Tree Service, the Dirt Divas and Charlotte Sports Cycling. The series will c.... more

01/03/2007 - Doin' The Monbo!

From Jeff Archer...See y'all on Saturday morning?

Did anyone out there make a New Year's Resolution to get more involved in the community and get some volunteer hours in???.......boy, are you.... more

12/20/2006 - LNSP Closed on Christmas Day!

Merry Christmas to everyone, especially our trail volunteers.


Lake Norman State Park and the Itusi Trail will be closed on Christmas Day.

Entry by foot, bicycle or any o.... more

12/12/2006 - Trips for Kids Clean Up!

All of you have been especially invited to get your hands dirty for a couple of hours next Saturday December 16th.

Trips for Kids Charlotte will need help in our annual bike clean-up & repai.... more

12/11/2006 - Car Break-in at USNWC

Forwarded from a fellow rider...Heed his warning...

I thought I would spread this disturbing news to you and you may decide to send this out to the trailblazers as a warning. Last Thursday 1.... more

12/05/2006 - December Trailblazer Meeting

The December meeting of the Trailblazers is scheduled for this Thursday (12/7) at Jack's on 7th Street...We have plenty of interesting news to discuss, the club continues to grow and expand, with some.... more

11/02/2006 - New Directions to DD/THTB Party!

Due to ongoing development and construction in the Fort Mill / ASG area, the directions to the Field Trial Barn have changed!! Hope it'll be a beautiful fall day again, just like last years' Year End .... more

10/20/2006 - DD & THTB End of Year Party!

Dirt Divas & Trailblazer's Year End Party -- and Ride !!!

Host: Dirt Divas & Tarheel Trailblazers
Location: Anne Springs Greenway FIELD TRIAL BARN
Springfield Parkway, Fort Mill,.... more

10/19/2006 - IMBA News!

IMBA Board Election and Report Card Voting is Underway

We need your participation in two important online voting campaigns. Make your voice heard!

Board Elections

IMBA is pl.... more

10/19/2006 - Hiking Event at Col. Beatty, Oct 21st

Mike Daly, our contact at Park and Rec (Col. Beatty), has requested that mountain bikers refrain from riding at Col. Beatty, this Saturday, Oct. 21st between the hours of 8:30 and 9:45 am, as there wi.... more

10/18/2006 - More Racing @ the Half

Hey, Everyone!

Last Saturday's races were great. Everybody had a great time. The turn out was probably normal for the first race in a new series at a new trail, but a little smaller than we.... more

10/18/2006 - Tree Shaker 12 Hr Mtb Race

The Tree Shaker 12 Hour MTB Challenge is this Saturday, October 21st! Don't miss out the most exciting event of the fall. We've had people all over the southeast contacting us about the event. Snai.... more

10/13/2006 - Southside Spanker on the Northside!

The Southside Spanker on the Northside will be held on November 12 in conjunction with the Big Stampede at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Last year, the club cleared a nice chunk of change from the event.... more

10/10/2006 - Short Track Racing at Harrisburg

The new Bank of North Carolina Short Track Series is scheduled to begin this coming Saturday, October 14th. Registration opens for all categories at 9:00 am. The first wave goes off at 10:00 am. Ev.... more

09/28/2006 - Trailwork at USNWC Oct. 7th

Please come and join members of the Trailblazers and the USNWC on Saturday, Oct. 7th from 9:00am to 12:00 noon. Meet at the new trailhead off of Hawfield Rd.
We will be working to get.... more

09/05/2006 - September Meeting Agenda

Trailblazer Agenda – 07 SEPTEMBER 06


Visitor Introductions

Minutes of the July Meeting – Available Online

Treasury Report – Frankie

Membership –.... more

09/05/2006 - Final 3 Summer Races!

The Charlotte Mountain Bike Series will visit the US National Whitewater Center this Wednesday(Sept 6) for the first of three summer series make up races. The trail is officially open and in great sha.... more

09/01/2006 - Lake Norman Adventure Race & Clinic

Imagine combining mountain biking, trail running, orienteering, and paddling into one continuous adventure. All you need are sneakers and a bicycle. We’ll provide the expertise so that you can learn.... more

08/31/2006 - Mt. Holly Grant Approval

Jeff Smith is happy to report that our 2006 Adopt-A-Trail application has been approved by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The $50K grant is to be used for constru.... more

08/26/2006 - USNWC Trails Set To Open 8/27!!!

It’s been 18 months in coming, but the mountain bike trails at the USNWC are set to reopen on Sunday, August 27th! We will be utilizing the southern +/-6 miles of the park, until which time we comple.... more

08/16/2006 - Group Ride at Fisher Farm Park

There will be a group ride at Fisher Farm Park in Davidson on Thursday, Aug. 17th at 6:30 PM. All age groups and skill levels are welcome. This ride is sponsored by Davidson Park & Rec. and the Tarhe.... more

08/09/2006 - Development of the Coliseum Property

Information on the Development of the Coliseum Property

Guest Speaker this Thursday, 8/10/06 7:30PM at Dilworth Neighborhood Grill (911 Morehead Rd, Charlotte, NC) **All Are Welcome - Free**<.... more

08/04/2006 - Cane Creek Cup Series Comes to Catawba!

The Cane Creek Cup Series stops at Catawba Riverfront Park, home of the US National Whitewater Center on August 20, 2006.

As the largest fundraiser of the year for the Trailblazers, we.... more

08/01/2006 - Limited Edition Tarheel Trailblazer Jerseys!

You've asked and we've responded! A special edition THTB jersey, this time in a RED to BLACK fade...

We are offering the m.... more

07/31/2006 - NO August Meeting!

Just a reminder that due to the many conflicting events scheduled for August 3rd, there will be NO August Trailblazer meeting...See y'all on Sept. 7th, 7:30 PM at Jack's on 7th Street!.... more

07/31/2006 - REI Grand Opening Rides and Events

The Tarheel Trailblazers and Dirt Divas have been invited to a Community Bike Ride hosted by REI, the outdoor clothing and gear company, to celebrate the Grand Opening of their first store in the Char.... more

07/28/2006 - EnduranceFest!

EnduranceFest Sports Event and Music Festival Hosted by City Park September 2nd, 2006 at the Coliseum.

What makes EnduranceFest different? It's a full day of excitement for athletes from ma.... more

07/28/2006 - Catawba Workday!

WHAT: 3-Hour Trail Building Event
WHEN: Sunday August 6th, 2006 / 8:00am-11:00am
WHERE: Meet at NALL or at the back of the USNWC Parking Lot at 8:00am.
HO.... more

07/20/2006 - Bill Austin Donations

Please make donations payable to:

The Tarheel Trailblazers
3611 Woody Grove Ln.
Charlotte, NC 28210.... more

07/14/2006 - Test

test.... more

07/11/2006 - Update from Booty Headquarters!

24 Hours of Booty is almost here! Thank you for all you are doing - fundraising, spreading the word about the event, and offering to volunteer. We are planning another amazing event for you this yea.... more

07/04/2006 - July Trailblazer Meeting

Yes, it's that time again! The July Tarheel Trailblazer meeting will be THIS THURSDAY, July 6 at 7:30 at Jackalope Jack's. Come early for some food/drink/socializing....... more

06/26/2006 - 9th Annual TFL Mountain Bike Challenge

On Saturday, September 30, 2006, the 9th Annual TFL Mountain Bike Challenge Ride will be held at pristine DuPont State Forest in Henderson and Transylvania Counties, NC. All proceeds go towards Hender.... more

06/22/2006 - Final Cowbell Update

Cowbell Challenge – June 24th

You have probably seen the updates be here are a few points about this years race you need to know:

Last Call For Regstration Without A.... more

06/19/2006 - Itusi Trail Work

Hey guys
It is time for a little Itusi lovin'. The park staff has been trying to leave the trail open a little more often and it is beginning to take its toll. Bob has marked quite a few areas th.... more

06/13/2006 - Uwharrie Trail Maintenance

What - Uwharrie Trail Maintenance and prep for trail creation.
When - Sat 06/17/06 @ 10:00am - Running late (Catch up with us on Supertree)
Where - Uwharrie Wood Run Trail - (Meet in parking.... more

06/11/2006 - IMBA Defense Fund

Can you believe mountain biking is still attacked as an illegitimate use of trails? First, we were accused of speeding erosion. Then, we were labeled a “dangerous menace.” IMBA is dispelling these fal.... more

06/11/2006 - Cannonballs RIDE FOR PRIDE

Join the members of the Cannonballs Cycling Team for the 11th annual RIDE FOR PRIDE. This supported ride is designed for all levels of cycling enthusiast - from families and recreational riders to exp.... more

06/06/2006 - Collier Lilly Ride for Life

This Saturday, the 3rd Annual Collier Lilly Ride for Life will take place at Davidson College in Davidson, NC. Last year, we had close to 450 people attend the event. We will have three well marked ro.... more

06/06/2006 - Clt Mtn Bike Series

This Wednesday, the Charlotte Mountain Bike Series will visit Col Fancis Beatty Park. Beatty is a great place to bring out beginners, yet challanging enough to wear out the experts. Come on out, the w.... more

06/06/2006 - Cowbell Challenge

12 Hour Cowbell Challenge - June 24, 2006
June 24th is just around the corner, and you know what that means, the arrival of summer and the Cowbell Challenge! Join us from 10 am to 10 pm at the U.... more

06/02/2006 - Charges Against Bus Driver Dismissed

The following account of the June 1 trial of the bus driver charged in the cycling death of Todd Weaver, is by Martin Zimmerman of B.I.K.E.S.

Hello all. I just got back into my emails after.... more

06/01/2006 - USNWC Road Dispute

The Trailblazers have and continue to support the WW Park. It is a most unfortunate issue for both parties that has recently come about. We as a club look forward to the reopening of the Mtb trails .... more

05/31/2006 - Trial of Bus Driver

Hello Cycling Friends...

Todd's brother, Mark Weaver, shared some important information with me and I want to pass it along to the club members.

Peter Gilchrist, Charlotte- Mec.... more

05/31/2006 - Trailblazer Meeting This Thursday

Don't forget! Tarheel Trailblazer meeting is this Thursday, June 1 at 7:30 at Jackalope Jack's on 7th street.

Come on out and learn about our local trails!.... more

05/08/2006 - Charlotte Adventure Sports Festival May 13

U.S. National Whitewater Center Hosts
Charlotte Adventure Sports Festival May 13

Charlotte, NC – The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) hosts the Charlotte Adventure Sports Fest.... more

05/08/2006 - Charlotte Adventure Sports Festival May 13

U.S. National Whitewater Center Hosts
Charlotte Adventure Sports Festival May 13

Charlotte, NC – The U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) hosts the Charlotte Adventure Sports Fest.... more

05/01/2006 - USNWC Update

Trail Coordinator, Frankie Pietras has been busy laying out the route for the new connector trails at the USNWC. Sounds like Frankie is excited to be back out in the woods at Catawba…Look for more up.... more

05/01/2006 - Charlotte Mountain Bike Series

It's time, the Charlotte Mountain Bike Series is set to kick off this Wednesday at the US National Whitewater Center. We will still use the south entrance off Heavy Equipment School Rd until the park .... more

05/01/2006 - Beginner Women's Mountain Bike Clinic

Saturday, May 6, 9:30 – 12:00 at Colonel Francis Beatty Park
For women only, by women only

* Have you wanted to start riding on the trail, but don’t know where to beg.... more

05/01/2006 - Cycle Charlotte!

Todd Weaver was an avid cyclist with bicycle commuting as an important part of his life. After his untimely death in a traffic accident, his family and friends wanted to be sure that he was not forgot.... more

05/01/2006 - Charlotte Rat Ride

Saturday, May 20th 2006

Are you a mileage junkie? Are you interested in a new challenge on your bike? Have you ever thought about riding all the trails in Charlotte in one day? Well, here.... more

05/01/2006 - Mayor's Ride!

BIKE! Charlotte starts this Friday with the Mayor's Ride/Bike to Breakfast. We hope everyone plans to attend the annual Mayors Ride. The ride starts at the Dowd YMCA on Morehead St and ends, with br.... more

05/01/2006 - Summer Race Series

Kick-off, take two! The Charlotte Summer Mountain Bike Series will get rolling this Wednesday, May 3 at Col Francis Beatty Park. The weather is looking great for the event. The event will start prom.... more

05/01/2006 - Bash at Beatty!

Join your fellow Trailblazers as we grill out from Noon to 2:00PM and ride the park. This event is used as a member recruitment tool so by all means, invite a friend to the park and introduce them to.... more

04/10/2006 - Bike! Charlotte

The City of Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte Area Transit System and Charlotte Sports Cycling are once again joining forces to host one of Charlotte's most healthy and inspiring event.... more

04/10/2006 - Charlotte Mountain Bike Series

Charlotte Mountain Bike Series Kick Off April 26
The Charlotte Mountain Bike Series is set to kick off on April 26 at the US National Whitewater Center, see below for info on the park. We will s.... more

04/10/2006 - U.S. National Whitewater Center

The U.S. National Whitewater Center, an adult size playground in the form of a 300-acre outdoor adventure center with the restless soul of Catawba River at its core to wake us all from remote control.... more

04/01/2006 - Mountain Bike Summit!

Here's a reminder that in celebration of Bike! Charlotte, the Tarheel Trailblazers May meeting has been moved to Tuesday, May 9th, at Pepperoni’s Pizza in the Park Road Shopping Center! (There will b.... more

03/14/2006 - USNWC Trail Reconnect

Representatives of the USNWC, the Trailblazers, Charlotte Sports Cycling, and Liquid Design (the USNWC architectural firm) met Tuesday afternoon (3/14/06) to discuss the trail re-connect at the Whitew.... more

03/09/2006 - Duke Power Awards Grant

Duke Energy Volunteer Grant "paves the way" at Lake Norman State Park!

A $1000 grant has been awarded to the Tarheel Trailblazers by Duke Energy (the former owners of Lake Norman State Par.... more

03/01/2006 - C-DOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity Workshop

Charlotte Department of Transportation

Are you just a passenger? Or will you help steer Charlotte’s transportation future?

· Do you get frustrated sitting in traffic?
·.... more

03/01/2006 - March THTB Meeting and More!

Join us this Thursday evening, 7:30 PM at Jack’s on 7th Street, for the March Trailblazer meeting! As usual, we have a load of items to discuss to enrich your trail riding experience. So plan on join.... more

02/14/2006 - IMBA Coming to Clarks Hill, SC, March 25

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.... more

01/30/2006 - New Trails At Sherman Branch

From the Charlotte Observer, 26jan06

Club Wants To Create Bike Trails On Site Of Future Park


Someday, a swath of land.... more

01/30/2006 - Feb Meeting Agenda

Trailblazer Agenda – 02 FEB 06


Visitor Introductions

Minutes of the Dec. Meeting – see the website

Executive Board Meeting – Frankie Pietras House.... more

01/25/2006 - Share the Road Campaign

From Bart Stetler of South Park Cycles

For those of you who may not know, I have been working with Martin Zimmerman of BIKES on a share the road campaign wit.... more

01/03/2006 - 3rd Annual Short Track Series

Charlotte Sports Cycling and the Dirt Divas are teaming up once again to host the most exciting event of the new year, the Sir Edmond Halley's Cup presented by Heartwood Tree Service. If you haven't .... more

12/23/2005 - LNSP Closed for Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone, especially our trail volunteers.


Lake Norman State Park and the Itusi Trail will be closed all
Christmas Day.

Entry by foot, bic.... more

12/15/2005 - Harrisburg Short Track Workday!

Calling All Trailblazers!

An official Tarheel Trailblazers workday at the Harrisburg Park is scheduled for Saturday, January 7, 2006. Meet at the pavilion at 9:00 am. We have four major b.... more

12/05/2005 - Dirt Diva's Descend on Fisher Farm Park

Dirt Diva Trail Work Day at Fisher Farm Park (December 10 @ 8:30am-12:00pm)
You have another opportunity to get involved in working on the trails. Mark Sullivan of the Tarheel Trailblazers has be.... more

11/10/2005 - UMBA Trail Days

Hi everyone!

Thanks for your past interest in and support of UMBA's trail development efforts in the Uwharries. Just wanted to drop you a quick note to invite you to join us for a trail car.... more

11/08/2005 - Volunteers at the Southside Spanker


We are in need of volunteers this weekend at the 2nd Annual Southside Spanker. All of the proceeds for this weekend will go towards future trail building projects.

.... more

11/04/2005 - IMBA Singletrack Update: RTP Grants

In case you missed the big news, the 109th Congress has dedicated $370 million to the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). The RTP legislation mandat.... more

11/02/2005 - November Meeting Agenda

Trailblazer Agenda – 03 NOV 05

Welcome – Tom M
Visitor Introductions
Minutes of the Sept. Meeting - Nikki
Treasury Report – Frankie
Membership - Update of membership.... more

10/27/2005 - Dirt Divas/Trailblazers Holiday Party!

Sunday, November 6, 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Anne Springs Greenway
Field Trial Barn, Fort Mill, SC

It's time to celebrate!! The Dirt Divas and the Tarheel Trailblazers are co-hostin.... more

10/27/2005 - Southside Spanker Heads North!


Bring your bike, old bike parts, and a little cash to Lowe's Motor Speedway on November 13. Spencer Lueders, Charlotte S.... more

10/24/2005 - Ride To Read


Of last year’s Ride to Read participants, 97 percent said they would do it again!

We hope to see you out this ye.... more

10/17/2005 - Farewell To A Fallen Rider

My sincerest condolences go out to Todd Weaver’s family and friends. Todd was a friend and frequent visitor to SouthPark Cycles. I sold him his first road bike and talked to him frequently about com.... more

10/14/2005 - US National Whitewater Center

The US National Whitewater Center under construction off I-85 on the Meck/Gaston County line is opening in the spring of 2006. If you want to know more about this project, they are hosting a happy hou.... more

10/13/2005 - The Big Stampede is Coming!

The "Big Stampede" Southeast Bike Expo and Swap meet is coming to Lowe's Motor Speedway, Sunday, November 13.

The Expo and Swap opens at 9:00 am AND, the Trailblazers are sponsoring 25 an.... more

10/13/2005 - Jersey Reorder - Just Around the Corner!

That's right! We will be accepting preorders for our second round of jerseys in the next couple of days! We will be offering the following:

Men's Standard Jerseys - $50.00
Women's Mi.... more

10/10/2005 - A Word From the 2006 Presidential Nominee

I feel that the Trailblazers currently stand at a crossroads. We need a new infusion of strong leadership. New blood. We need strong guidance and direction to keep the club gaining momentum, stayin.... more

10/10/2005 - 2006 Board Members Nominated

The following individuals names were placed into nomination for the year 2006:

Treasurer - Frankie Pietras
Secretary - Jennifer Dilworth
Vice President - Jerry Adams
Presiden.... more

10/03/2005 - Tsali Named IMBA Epic Ride!

From Tsali to the Seven Summits: 2005 Epic Rides Unveiled
The latest additions to IMBA's Epic Rides program have been unveiled:
- Left and Right Trails, Tsali, North Carolina
- Syllamo .... more

09/21/2005 - IMBA Report Card Voting

IMBA's online report card voting is underway. The evaluations are done by U.S. State, Canadian Provinces and a nation-by-nation analysis. It only takes a few clicks to register your vote, so make your.... more

09/18/2005 - Oct 22 - 12 Rounds of Renni Endurance Mtn Bike Race

We are still working on the details for the 12 Rounds of Renni but wanted to send out a little detail. This races stands to be an event of epic proportions. The will start at 10AM and complete at 10.... more

09/16/2005 - IMBA Trailbuilding Schools in WVa

Henlawson, WV September 22-23
Saulsville, WV September 24-25
Davis, WV October 6-9

Dear IMBA friend,

The International Mountain Bicycling Association is c.... more

09/15/2005 - Sept 17 - Charlotte Mtn Bike Series Season Finale

This Saturday (9/17) will host the season finale for the Summer Mountain Bike Series. The event will be held at Renaissance Park and is open to everyone. $10 for NOBA licensed riders and $13 for thos.... more

09/14/2005 - Free Bikes! Take a Kid Riding on Oct. 1

It's not too late to register for Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Oct. 1.

Did you know that IMBA clubs and individual members who register for the Oct. 1 celebration are eligible to win $.... more

09/08/2005 - IMBA Singletrack Update - Sept 2005


* Bush Rides IMBA-Built Singletrack in Idaho
President George W. Bush spent a vacation day mountain biking at the new Tamarack Resort in central Idaho in late Augu.... more

09/08/2005 - Nominees for 2006 Executive Board

The Trailblazers Executive Board met on September 7, 2005 and has started the process of gathering nominees for election for 2006. The nominating committee will present their list to the membership a.... more

09/08/2005 - Cane Creek Cup Series Race

The Cane Creek Cup Race Series finale is coming to Historic Tuckaseegee Ford Park (formerly Catawba Riverfront Park) on Sunday October 2. Teh race flyer in now available on our homepage...

.... more

08/21/2005 - Itusi Trail Run

On Saturday, August 27, 2005 from 8:30 AM until approximately 10:30 AM, Lake Norman State Park will host a trail run. The event will be held on the Itusi Mountain Bicycle trail if it is open. If the.... more

08/21/2005 - Phase III at LNSP

Trail building is scheduled to begin in PH III Sat 17 Sept , 9:00 am. The first task will be to clear the ground ( rake & blow ), tweak flag lines and remove any downed trees / debris. If all goes.... more

08/17/2005 - Dirt Divas Skill Clinic with Jackie Phelan

Hello Fellow Mountainbikers…

The Dirt Divas have exciting news to share with all of you!!!

Jacquie Phelan, a pro mountain bike racer, a founder of NORBA and founder of WO.... more

07/27/2005 - Beatty Race Posponed!

WOW, The heat is on!

After riding at Orr Rd Business Park tonight in the amazingly hot weather, I came home to found out tomorrow is supposed to be even hotter and more humid. I called sev.... more

07/24/2005 - TTB Jerseys Have Arrived!

The brand new 2005 Tarheel Trailblazer Jerseys have arrived and they were definitely worth the wait. Special thanks go out to Neal Boyd for assisting in the design and placing the order, to Ben Rhode.... more

07/20/2005 - IMBA Singletrack Update

* IMBA Testifies in Congress on CA Wilderness
For the second time in a nine-month period, IMBA was asked to testify before the U.S. Congress regarding proposed Wilderne.... more

07/11/2005 - Suspicious Person on LNSP Bike Trail

Lake Norman State Park staff received a report that there was a white
male, about 6 feet tall, with a baseball cap, located in the woods
near the trail about 1/2 way through Phase I on Wedne.... more

06/28/2005 - Gaston Gazzette, Mt. Holly Trails

Mount Holly may get new biking trails

BY DANA HAYDOCK Gazette Staff Reporter

MOUNT HOLLY — Mountain biking enthusiasts could ride a new set of trails in Mount Holly as earl.... more

06/28/2005 - Lake Norman Times: Fisher Farm Park

Phase I trail complete at Fisher Farm
By Emily Chaffin

Tom Mathews takes the option of riding over a boulder and a log descent at the new two-mile bike trail at Fisher Farm Park.... more

06/26/2005 - MT. Holly Agreement

Charlotte Observer 6/26/05

Volunteers to start work on long-rumored Mount Holly trail this fall

Staff Writer

Forget the bike rack and len.... more

06/16/2005 - The Future Is Bright!

Jeff Smith informs us that the City of Mount Holly has agreed to a lease for the property owned by the City of Gastonia and Managed by the Forestry Service (6/13). Part of the agreement is to have the.... more

06/10/2005 - TTB Presentation to Park & Rec

The Trailblazers will be making a presentation to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Park and Rec Commissioners on Tuesday, June 14th. The Commissioners start their meeting at 6:00 pm and most attendees will .... more

06/02/2005 - Vance Price - Ride for Recovery

Date: Sunday, July 10th, 2005
Ride: 37 and 62-mile options, SAG vehicles provided
Pre-Registration: Go to more

06/01/2005 - June 1st Race PPD Due to Rain!

Well folks, looks like we will have to postpone the June 1, Renaissance Park Mountain Bike Race. It has rained all morning at the park and based on the local radar, doesn't look like its going to let.... more

05/17/2005 - TTB Jerseys For Sale at Catawba Race!

We will again be pre-selling the TrailBlazer jerseys at this weeks race, Catawba, 6:15 PM...Please bring a check or cash for your purchase...

For more details on pricing, sizing and orderin.... more

05/16/2005 - IMBA Singletrack Update

If you've been enjoying the fine spring weather, you might have missed big news out of Washington, D.C. IMBA and the Nation.... more

05/16/2005 - You think we have trail building issues?

Hiked up there this past weekend. Lot's of difficult trail relocation has been done there in the past years. Interesting read on red tape and procedures to accomplish this difficult job. Just hiking .... more

05/04/2005 - Rough and Tough Biker Social!

It's Bike Week and the Tarheel Trailblazers are hosting a Rough and Tough Biker Social at Jack's on 7th St. at 7:30pm this Thursday, May 5th.

Don't be scared. There will be appetizers serv.... more

05/03/2005 - Charlotte Mommies Bike & Skate Sale

Accepting gently used adult and children's: bikes, skates, scooters, bike trailers, jogging strollers, cleats, safety pads, Other sporting and safety equipment.

Bring tagged items to the re.... more

05/02/2005 - IMBA Signs Breakthrough Agreement

IMBA Signs Breakthrough Agreement with National Park Service
For Immediate Release
Contact: Pete Webber, IMBA communications director
.... more

04/26/2005 - Mayor's Ride

Mayor's Ride/Bike To Breakfast And BICYCLING Magazine's BIKE TOWN Award of 50 Bicycles

Everyone is encouraged to attend the Mayor's Ride/Bike to Breakfast on Friday, April 29. This year's .... more

04/26/2005 - LNSP Trail Maintenance Day

Saturday, May 7 will be our trail maintenance day. There are a couple of
trouble spots that will be fixed. Meet @ 8:30 in the trail head parking
lot. Please remember that the trail will.... more

04/26/2005 - Mt. Holly Trail Update

From Jeff Smith, Trail Coordinator at Mt. Holly:

The City of Gastonia and the City of Mt. Holly are currently negotiating an agreement to allow Mt. Holly to use the Gastonia property for re.... more

04/19/2005 - 2005 Summer Race Series

Looks like the 5th Annual Charlotte Mountain Bike Series is going to start out with beautiful weather on Wednesday, April 20. The series will kick off at Historic Tuckaseegee Ford Park(Catawba), futu.... more

04/19/2005 - 2005 Bike! Charlotte

Right around the corner, 2005 Bike! Charlotte, April 29 - May 8. The theme for the 2005 event is "Cycling is For Everybody". The ten-day event is set to kick off on Friday morning, April 29 with the.... more

04/16/2005 - Official Position of the Trailblazers

Recent television and print media stories have presented individuals as representatives of the Tarheel Trailblazers and our board of directors. In what has been a very emotional period of time for mo.... more

04/15/2005 - 2005 Summer Race Series

Hope everyone is gearing up for another great year of mountain bike racing with the Charlotte Mountain Bike Series, now entering our fifth season. The Charlotte Mountain Bike Series is set to kick of.... more

04/15/2005 - IMBA Trail Grants Available

In 2005, a variety of IMBA cash grants are available to groups seeking to
jump-start their trail improvement projects (listed below). Visit for details.<.... more

04/14/2005 - Davidson Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day the Davidson Way

Come to the Davidson Town Green Saturday, April 23 for Earth Day-vidson, a festival celebrating our community’s active role in protecting natural resour.... more

04/13/2005 - Vance Price Seriously Injured in Motorcycle Accident

From and email received this morning:

Hi all, 4:30 am here and I just left Vance Price in the ICU at CMC. Janet's sister and dad had just arrived and we had a hard night as Vance had a mot.... more

03/23/2005 - Kona/IMBA Freeriding Grants Available

Mountain bike groups looking to develop technical riding will again benefit
from a grant program focused on building challenging trails. In 2005, Kona
Bicycle Company and the Internati.... more

03/02/2005 - March Meeting!

Come out to Jack's Bar and Grill on 7th St. this Thursday, March 3rd
at 7:30pm for the Tarheel Tailblazers' monthly meeting. There has been a
lot happening lately, so we'll have a lot to t.... more

02/25/2005 - Catawba News

Frank and Bart,
The decision has been made jointly by Char. Whitewater Park and this dept. to close the park to public bike riding effective Sunday, March 20th. The exception would be approved, .... more

02/17/2005 - Trouble Brewing at Huntersville Business Park

From Jim Mead, President of the Rocky River Road Club:

Following this past Tuesdays ride at the Huntersville Business Park, Steve Dallas (see Steve's note below) from the RRRC and Neal Boyd.... more

02/03/2005 - February Meeting Agenda

Trailblazer Agenda – 03feb05

Welcome – Tom M

Visitor Introductions

Minutes of the January Meeting - Nikki

Treasury Report – Frankie

Membe.... more

01/24/2005 - IMBA Trail School Weekend/LNSP

Well...I don't know about y'all, but I had a blast this weekend at the IMBA Trail School at LNSP. Many thanks to Bob Karriker, Jeff Archer and Larry Hyde (THE park ranger) for hosting and coordinatin.... more

01/24/2005 - IMBA Weekend!

(From LANO)

Boy it sure was nice to see a great group at the IMBA weekend. I was a real
morale boost to spend the weekend with like-minded people and talk about
trails. It is .... more

01/21/2005 - IMBA TCC Has Arrived!

(From LANO)

The IMBA TCC arrived Thurs afternoon. Today Fri 21 Jan will be a split day. Starting with a short classroom session at the Park Community Bldg and then a mechanized demo w.... more

01/11/2005 - Charlotte Whitewater Park Update

Here are the main points from the update from Jeff Wise of the Charlotte Whitewater Park:

There will be no fees to mountain bike, hike or park.

It is yet to be determined wether .... more

01/10/2005 - New Tool Trailer Put to Work!

The Trailblazers were busy at Renaissance Park on Friday, Jan 7th and at Col. Francis J. Beatty Park on Sunday, Jan 9th. The shiny new black tool trailer got a little dirt on it, and it definitely mad.... more

01/03/2005 - New Trailer and Blower!

I am happy to say that the club just picked up a new trailer for hauling the quad and all the tools! Also a Stihl commercial blower that I tested out on the short track at Rennie yesterday. It works .... more

01/03/2005 - January Trailblazer Meeting

The January meeting of the Tarheel Trailblazers will be held Thursday, Jan. 6th at 7:30 pm at Jack's on 7th St.

This month we will be planning a few workdays at a few different parks for t.... more

12/23/2004 - Happy Holidays

I hope everyone has a great holiday season! The club has been wonderfully active this year. Thanks to everyone who helped with all of our projects and a special thanks to leaving president, Frank Pi.... more

12/20/2004 - Meeting a Legend

You was just one of those normal Saturday mornings. Ed, Mike and I were working out a couple of turns at Fisher Farm trying to get them to flow right and then there was a light on the h.... more

12/17/2004 - Fisher Farm Photos

I’ve been getting many requests for pictures of Fisher Farm Park so here’s the moment y’all have been waiting for....... more

12/16/2004 - Winter Short Track Series

Charlotte Sports Cycling and the Dirt Divas are teaming to host the Sir Edmond Halley's Cup this January and February. The event is set to kick-off on January 15 on Renaissance Park's infamous short .... more

12/10/2004 - Trail Work Weekend

Well everyone...

It looks like the trail gnomes are going to be a little busy this weekend! We encourage everyone who is able and has the free time to come out and help. There are t.... more

12/10/2004 - Col Beatty Workday

December 12, 2004, 10:00 AM

Bring shovels, loppers and water. We will be building a trail across the field and laying down gravel to re-connect the main loop now that the construction clear.... more

12/07/2004 - Man of La Ruta

Those of you that attended the December Trailblazer meeting met Rich Dillen, a local bike messanger...But Rich is so much more, as his journey in the world's toughest mountain bike race (aboard a sing.... more

12/07/2004 - Garrett Wonders Memorial Fund

For those of you that may have known him, Garrett Wonders was a rider on the SouthPark Cycles sponsored Carolina VW Team. He was an excellent cyclist and individual who was killed by a mo.... more

12/07/2004 - New Park Offers Mountain Bike Trails

The Herald-Sun
November 25, 2004 10:37 am

DURHAM -- Residents of Durham and Orange counties are about to enjoy a new park at half the usual price. That's because the new Little River R.... more

12/04/2004 - Beatty Park Workday Report

Thanks to the efforts of about 30 generous volunteers on Sunday, Dec. 12th, Beatty Park is now back in full swing as a complete loop, including a new connection to the Valley Trail. About 1/4 mile of.... more

12/04/2004 - IMBA Singletrack Update - December 2004

(Paraphrased from the IMBA Singletrack Update)

Here in the Rocky Mountains winter has arrived, with sub-freezing
temperatures and enough snow that local mountain bikers have stored th.... more

12/01/2004 - New Forums Added!

Two new forums have been added:

"They Only Come Out At Night" will be devoted to all aspects of night riding. Post your upcoming rides, questions about how to get started with lighting and.... more

12/01/2004 - December Meeting Agenda

Trailblazers Agenda
December 2, 2004

1) Welcome

2) Old Business

3) November Minutes

4) Treasurers Report

5) Catawba / Whitewater Park – B.... more

11/30/2004 - Turn and Burn Off-Road Duathlon

Burn off those extra pounds you picked up over Thanksgiving at the Turn and Burn Off-Road Duathlon this Saturday, December 4th. Great event for people of all abilities. The event is being held at Re.... more

11/29/2004 - Riders Wanted for Video

Have you always wanted to be on film? This Saturday, if it is not raining, we will be filming for a video for the Tarheel Trailblazers. You do not have to possess any particular riding skills. We a.... more

11/29/2004 - The Trailblazers Holiday Social

The December meeting of the Tarheel Trailblazers at Jack's on 7th St. will also be our Holiday social! So come on out this Thursday, Dec. 2nd at 7:00 pm. We promise to keep the agenda short so we can.... more

11/29/2004 - 2004 Saucony Duathalon Series at Renaissance Park

Saturday November 20 was the first event of the 2-Race 2004 Saucony Duathalon Series at Renaissance Park. The races start with a 5K run (~3 miles), followed by a 10K bike (~6 miles), and finish with .... more

11/28/2004 - Moving Bridges (And Trail) at North Meck

What an accomplishment! Last Saturday, 10 Trailblazers and 2 Dirt Divas gathered at North Meck Park to work on an ongoing safety issue: A bridge, constructed last March was in danger of collapse due.... more

11/22/2004 - N. Meck Trail Daze...

We're planning on finishing up the trail re-route around the "new" bridge this Sat and Sun, 11/27 and 11/28...Planning on getting started at 9:00 am on both days (if necessary)...Corridors have been c.... more

11/21/2004 - Itusi Night Rides and Trail Construction

Hey guys

We finally had our first night ride at the Itusi Trail last Tuesday. It
really is a fantastic trail at night and as a bonus we rode one lap
backwards which changes it.... more

11/15/2004 - Weekend update at Fisher Farm Park

Well...we had another successful weekend of trail work at Fisher Farm Park. With a total of 10 people on Sunday we were able to completely finish corridor clearing and actually begin grubbing the ent.... more

11/12/2004 - Riding at the Business Parks

As the weather turns colder and the nights are darker more people turn to business parks to ride with a group. Please remember some basic rules so we can continue to enjoy these privileges:

.... more

11/11/2004 - 3rd Annual Saucony Off-Road Duathlon Series

Two great events you don’t want to miss, the 3rd Annual Saucony Off-Road Duathlons in Charlotte, NC. The Off-Road Duathlons are set to kick off with the Tread and Shred on November 20 and the Turn a.... more

11/08/2004 - Weekly Night Ride Scheduled at Poplar Tent

Lack of daylight got ya down? A weekly night ride at Poplar Tent starts this Thursday - 11/11/04. Come test your skills on one of the areas most technical courses at night.

Bike Line of C.... more

11/08/2004 - And Now a Word From Our New President...

It was the passing of the torch at the THTB meeting at Jacks on 7th Street last Thursday night when a new board was voted into office. For those of you that didn’t attend the meeting, I will be the f.... more

11/08/2004 - Temporary Itusi Closings

Sections of the Itusi trail will be closed due to tree felling operations on Tuesday, Nov 9. Please look for signs showing which sections are closed.

LANO Park Staff
.... more

11/04/2004 - November Meeting Agenda

Trailblazers Agenda
November 4, 2004

1) Welcome

2) Old Business

3) October Minutes

4) Treasurers Report

5) PR Committee Report

.... more

11/04/2004 - Election of Officers for 2005 – 2006

Election of new Executive Board officers for 2005 – 2006 will take place tonight at the November meeting of the Trailblazers. The following names have been placed in nomination for Executive Bo.... more

10/28/2004 - Fisher Farm Park Training

Hello everyone.

Well...the moment we've all been waiting for has arrived. I have been given the "Green Light" to start the trail at Fisher Farm Park. In preperation I'm inviting anyone .... more

10/27/2004 - Night Riding and Itusi Phase III

Calling all Volunteers:

Hey everybody!

It is getting to be that time of year again. The trail corridor for Phase III has been approved and it is time to commence construction. more

10/24/2004 - Southside Spanker: 1st Year is a Success!

Approximately 115 riders participated in the 1st annual Southside Spanker, on Saturday October 23. A fundraiser for the Tarheel Trailblazers, the ride originated at 521 District Park (formerly Elon C.... more

10/21/2004 - Rate Your Riding for the 2004 IMBA Report Card

Voting is Open

Get out and vote...for the IMBA Report Card, that is. IMBA is asking mountain bikers everywhere to get into the spirit of this election year, visit and rate your .... more

10/21/2004 - Dirt Diva Racing 2004 Season Recap

What a year it’s been for Dirt Divas’ racing! Winter 2004 brought a new form of racing to Charlotte – Short Track Racing – and brought several new Divas into the racing fold. While the Wheelie Wild .... more

10/20/2004 - Congress Honors Mountain Biking

In an effort to get kids more active and help fight childhood obesity, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution officially declaring "National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day." The leg.... more

10/20/2004 - Fall Southside Spanker this Saturday the 23rd

Looks like we are going to have beautiful weather this Saturday, the 23rd, for
the Fall Southside Spanker. The Fall Southside Spanker is a supported road ride
designed to raise money for .... more

10/20/2004 - Huffy files for Bankruptcy

Huffy Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday, as the 76-year-old bicycle and sporting goods company struggles with mounting losses and a heavy debt load.

Huffy has tota.... more

10/19/2004 - Reality Check Part II

What I really wanted to touch on was something that I’ve seen in other lengthy discussions here and in other forums and trailside talk over the last couple of years. We all need to remember that when .... more

10/19/2004 - Reality Check Part 1

G’day all. Don’t know who some of you are by your web/e-mail names, Paul Bellin checking in here. My post on all of this is longer than others (not as colorful though), but those of you who know me we.... more

10/19/2004 - Southside Spanker Volunteers Needed!

The Tarheel Trailblazers are looking for club members to help out this
weekend at the Fall Southside Spanker. The Fall Southside Spanker is a
fundraiser for the club. We need a couple of.... more

10/15/2004 - Final Race of the Clt Mtn. Bike Series

The weather is going to incredible for this weekends mountain bike race, 68 degrees
and sunny. Perfect mountain biking weather.

The final Charlotte Mountain Bike Race will be held thi.... more

10/14/2004 - Renaissance Trailwork/Conditions

Renaissance is in the best shape of the year. Through the efforts of Jon "Machette Man" Wannemuehler, most of the wisteria roots, on the entrance to the tennis court loop, have been removed. This sec.... more

10/13/2004 - A Note of Encouragement From Our Friends at SORBA

I am the chapter president for the Athens chapter of SORBA, the Southern
Off-Road Bicycling Assn. My parents live in Charlotte, so I visit there
about five times a year, and each time I visi.... more

10/13/2004 - $200,000 Buys Name for Trails

Mount Holly sells naming rights to its greenway system

Charlotte Observer
Staff Writer

MOUNT HOLLY - The city that wants to be laced with parks took .... more

10/13/2004 - Rank Riders win National MS Society award

The Rank Riders cycling team (the majority of which are members and active volunteers of the Tarheel Trailblazers) recently were voted to receive the award for the "2004 Outstanding Service to the Org.... more

10/12/2004 - $20 Million to Flow Into White Water Park Page II

Governments bet on success

The financing for the project is as unusual as the idea itself.Instead of asking local governments to pay for the park, which will be built on public land, backer.... more

10/12/2004 - $20 Million to Flow Into White Water Park Page I

(from the Charlotte Observer, Scott Dodd, Staff Writer)

The people working to build an Olympic-quality whitewater park near the Catawba River have faced two big challenges since first doodl.... more

10/12/2004 - Ribbonwalk: An Excercise We Could Learn From

(from the Charlotte Observer, Michelle Crouch, staff reporter)

Paul Eich is executive director of RibbonWalk forest, which opened a new trail over the weekend. A developer wanted to build .... more

10/12/2004 - Tsali Trail work recap

This past weekend found 8 Boy Scouts from Troop 99 Selwyn Presbyterian Church along with 7 adults (4 of them Trail Blazers) giving back time to the Tsali trail system with 2 days of trail work.
.... more

10/11/2004 - Fall Southside Spanker Road Fundraiser

The Fall Southside Spanker is a supported road ride used as a fundraiser to support the Tarheel Trailblazers and their efforts in building and maintaining mountain bike trails in the Charlotte Metro a.... more

10/11/2004 - Flint Ridge Trail

The Nantahala Outdoor Center, in conjunction with IMBA, has built a tremendous, (although fairly short) trail on the mountain behind the NOC, called Flint Ridge.

And who doesn’t visit the .... more

10/08/2004 - Squirrel Conspiracy

Well, I thought I would share this bizarre story with people who appreciate this type of thing.

I’m working on a big project at work that is really irritating because it involves budgets .... more

10/07/2004 - New Feature

Webmeister Eric has created a new tab for the homepage that will allow us to post the trail situation at LNSP's Itusi Trail.

The staff at the park has recently been overwhelmed with calls.... more

10/07/2004 - October Meeting Agenda

Trailblazers Agenda
October 7, 2004

1) Welcome

2) Old Business

3) September Minutes

4) Treasurers Report

5) PR Committee Report – Flyers?.... more

10/05/2004 - Catawba Race Weekend Page 2

Regional Mountain Bike Racers Celebrate the Swan Song of Catawba Riverfront Park

(continued from Page 1)

Sunday was dedicated to the cross-country contingent, with their nimble, .... more

10/05/2004 - Catawba Race Weekend Page 1

Regional Mountain Bike Racers Celebrate the Swan Song of Catawba Riverfront Park

In what may be the last time the current configuration of the cross-country mountain bike course is raced, r.... more

10/05/2004 - Cyclists Blazing a Trail in Harrisburg

From the Cabarrus Neighbors Section of the Charlotte Observer, September 30th, 2004

Biking Group Volunteers to Build Path in Town Park

By Lena Warmack, Staff Writer

A .... more

10/04/2004 - State of the Trails in Charlotte NC

Mountain biking in Charlotte is changing. The trails that some of us have been riding for years are now changing. While mountain biking has made the parks more valuable to the Charlotte commun.... more

10/02/2004 - Armstrong 'consultant' given 12-month suspended sentence

An Italian doctor who treated leading cyclists, including six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, received a 12-month suspended jail sentence for sports fraud and malpractice.

Mich.... more

10/01/2004 - Mike Van Abel Hired as IMBA Executive Director

Mike Van Abel, a former national vice president for the American Diabetes
Association, has been selected to head the International Mountain Bicycling
Association (IMBA). Mike was picked from.... more

10/01/2004 - Mount Holly Update

Our first meeting with town officials from Mt. Holly on Monday, Sept. 27th went very well. The Trailblazers met with the mayor and city manager of Mt. Holly and city attorneys from Gastonia to discuss.... more

10/01/2004 - Joe Gibbs Racing Employees Contribute To N. Meck Bridge Fund

Employees and fellow riders/Trailblazers from Joe Gibbs Racing have made a personal contribution of $175 toward the purchase of materials for the construction of a new bridge at the end of the North M.... more

10/01/2004 - IMBA/SORBA Epic Celebration, Nov. 13- 14

You're invited to join IMBA and the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association Chattanooga
Chapter (SORBA) for an IMBA Epic Celebration. Join us Nov. 13- 14 at the Tanasi
trails near the Ocoee W.... more

09/30/2004 - LNSP: Phase III Overview

Lake Norman State Park's Phase III will be a separate loop that should be in the 4-5 mile range. Total LNSP mountain bike trail mileage will increase to approximately 11 - 12 miles.

.... more

09/29/2004 - Volunteer Mountain Bikers Rally to Support National Public Lands Day

Nearly 900 volunteers from 32 IMBA affiliated clubs in 26 states participated
in the IMBA/BOB Trailers Trailwork Challenge on National Public Lands Day,
Sept. 18. BOB Trailers encour.... more

09/28/2004 - New Forums Added!

Two new forums have just been added! "That's Racin" will be a clearinghouse of race information and "Chicks Dig Dirt" will be an open forum for the Dirt Divas and all intereseted female (or male) par.... more

09/28/2004 - Fall Southside Spanker Road Fundraiser

The Fall Southside Spanker is a supported road ride used as a fundraiser to support the Tarheel Trailblazers and their efforts in building and maintaining mountain bike trails in the Charlotte Metro a.... more

09/28/2004 - MS 150, Recap

Well now,

Anyone who pooh-poohed the hurricane infused panic in the streets weather reports and headed out to do the 2 day MS 150 Breakaway To The Beach anyhow was rewarded with the best w.... more

09/27/2004 - LNSP Phase III

From bOb Karriker, trailbuilding guru of LNSP

Chainsaw Cert class will be rescheduled for Oct 9, 10, 30 or 31. The folks who were ok'd for the class please respond with your preferred date.... more

09/27/2004 - Catawba Sendoff Recap

Catawba has been “sent off” with a final bash to remember one of our finest trails. The Catawba Send-Off was the brainchild of our local mountain biking clubs, The Tarheel Trailblazers and the Dirt Di.... more

09/24/2004 - Farewell to Catawba as we know it...

Saturday, Sept. 25th Noon to 4pm.

The Tarheel Trailblazers and Dirt Divas invite you to celebrate the passing of some trails at Catawba prior to construction of the new Whitewater Park. Thi.... more

09/23/2004 - Volunteers Needed for Riverfront Classic

The Tarheel Trailblazers, Dirt Divas, and Charlotte Sports Cycling are now seeking volunteers for the Catawba Riverfront Classic on October 2 and 3, 2004. The Catawba Riverfront Classic is a dynamic .... more

09/21/2004 - Hamilton Tests Positive


The Vuelta a España has been rocked this morning by news that Tyler Hamilton (Phonak), has returned two positive blood tests that showed evidence of a homologous bloo.... more

09/20/2004 - Charlotte MTB Racers Head to Mammoth CA

Two metro-Charlotte mountain bike racers will be competing in the U.S. National Mountain Bike Championships September 23 – 26.

SouthPark Cycles Kevin Hall and Maxx Miller of the Just Fres.... more

09/19/2004 - LNSP Itusi Trail Reopens

The Itusi trail has re-opened....... more

09/17/2004 - Kryptonite locks picked with a pen

Company says design flaw not limited to bike locks and is working on a replacement plan.

September 17, 2004: 1:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - The U-shaped steel bike locks tha.... more

09/16/2004 - UPDATE! LNSP Closes Indefinately

The Bike trail has been closed. Lake Norman State Park will close at
8 PM tonight, September 16 for an indefinite amount of time due to
Hurricane Ivan.

For everyone'.... more

09/16/2004 - Fisher Farm Video!

Several of you have asked for it, well, here it is! The Southern Discomfort produced, Fisher Farm video, presented to the Davidson Town Council on Sept 14. Special thanks to Michael "Dolby" Lee for .... more

09/15/2004 - Davidson Presentation a Success!

Thank you to all who attended and all who helped make this presentation to the Davidson Board of Commissioners and the Mayor a great success. Frank Pietras, Tom Mathews, Stan Johnson and myself atten.... more

09/14/2004 - IMBA to Testify in Front of Congress Today

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) will testify in front
of Congress today regarding a proposed Oregon Wilderness bill. IMBA board
member Chris Distefano will speak be.... more

09/13/2004 - Sept. 14th Davidson Presentation

The Tarheel Trailblazers will be giving a short Power Point presentation to the Davidson Town Board at the Sept. 14th Town Board meeting. This will also serve as a test run for the Power Point presen.... more

09/12/2004 - Catawba Workday – Recap…

With a turnout of over 20 volunteers, the Trailblazers led a blitz on Catawba this weekend. Three teams 1) bench cut the new bypass trail around the dam, at the beginning of the ride. 2) New conne.... more

09/11/2004 - Catawba Workday 9/11/04

Saturday, Sept. 11th at 9:00 am is the date, and we plan to do a few things to get the race ready for the Oct 2-3 Cane Creek Cup Races. This will also be an opportunity for those participating in that.... more

09/08/2004 - LNSP Itusi Trail Phase III

Chainsaw Cert Class will be Sun Sept 19 at 2 pm ( 2 - 3 Hrs ) Folks attending must have safety glasses and steel toed shoes. The park will provide saws, chaps, and helmets with ear protection. Co.... more

09/08/2004 - USCF Mechanic Answers Your Technical Questions

As a new feature of our website, Cory Slusher a USCF Certified Pro Cycling Mechanic, will be answering your technical questions in our Forums, section. Cory wants this to be an open forum, so all ide.... more

09/02/2004 - Meeting Agenda

Trailblazer Agenda - Sept, 02, 2004


Visitor Introductions

Minutes of the April Meeting

Treasurers Report – Frankie P.

Membership - D.... more

09/02/2004 - Beatty Park Construction Has Started

Phase II of Development at Col. Francis J. Beatty Park started during the week of August 23rd, 2004. Phase II will include clearing and grading for a picnic and hiking area on the nort.... more

08/31/2004 - North Meck Race Ready!

Even a late afternoon downpour couldn't foul the conditions at N. Meck Park. Heavy rains fell in the 4:00 time frame on Tuesday evening, but the trail was in excellent condition by 6:30. On Monday n.... more

08/30/2004 - Sept. TTB meeting/Fisher Farm Park MTB Trail

I would like everyone that can make it to come to the TTB this Thursday at Jack's on 7th St. at 7:30 PM. Steve Fraher, the Director of Davidson Park and Rec., will be giving a presentation on the new.... more

08/29/2004 - Dangerous Driver - Update

For an update with photos of Clover,SC dangerous driver, go here: more

08/28/2004 - France's Absalon Wins Olympic Mountain Biking

Julien Absalon has quite a year going: Married on Valentine's Day, a second straight French national title, and now, Olympic gold. Absalon, whose focus had been on Athens since failing to make France'.... more

08/27/2004 - Mt. Holly Trails Update

The Tarheel Trailblazers made our first site visit on August 26th to the 500 acre property recently offered as a possible mountain bike destination in Mt. Holly. The property borders the southwest sho.... more

08/27/2004 - Charlotte Mountain Bike Series

The last regular season event will be next Wednesday at N Meck Park. The following two Wednesday's will be make up races. The first, Sept 8 at Catawba Riverfront Park and the second at Renaissance P.... more

08/26/2004 - Women's Olympic Mountain Bike Update

Italian mountain biker Paola Pezzo is bidding for a hat-trick of Olympic gold medals in the women's race on Friday.

"I know it won't be easy, particularly in a resistance sport," Pezzo said.... more

08/26/2004 - Men's Olympic Mountain Bike Update

The Olympic men's mountain bike race this weekend has been flung wide open by the positive doping test that has forced world champion Filip Meirhaeghe to quit the sport in disgrace.

The 33-.... more

08/26/2004 - Ballfield Construction at Beatty

A temporary road is in the process of being built within Colonel Beatty Park. This is to allow heavy equipment access to begin construction of two new baseball fields and grading for two future soccer.... more

08/25/2004 - IMBA Announces 2004 Epic Rides

IMBA Epic Rides. The best rides...forever.

Epic rides are why we love mountain biking. They create classic memories and
inspire us to save the trails. To fuel this passion, IMBA has se.... more

08/24/2004 - N. Meck Pipeline Update

As posted on 8/17, clearing of the corridor for sewer pipe construction is complete. A 30 - 40 ft swath has been cut through the forest, crossing the trail at two adjacent locations. Massive tree gn.... more

08/23/2004 - Public Relations Committee Update

The Public Relations Committee was recently formed to fulfill an important mission of the Trailblazers -- to build community awareness of the Trailblazer mission and accomplishments among citizens and.... more

08/22/2004 - Two Great Rides This Coming Weekend!

Ride in Davidson on Saturday. The Ride for Pride hosted by the Cannonball
Ride For Prid.... more

08/20/2004 - Trailblazer Surveys Now Online

If you have not yet filled out a THTB trail survey please do so asap. We will be making a presentation to the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recs using the data from these surveys. We are hoping to he.... more

08/19/2004 - Request for your help - dangerous driver

Fellow Cyclists,

Over the past 2-3 weeks I have encountered a problem driver on Ridge Rd and
Kendrick Rd. which are two of the more popular roads we ride on in South
Carolina. T.... more

08/18/2004 - Fourth Annual Crossroads Bike Swap

August 29, 2004

From Jeff Archer, First Flight Bikes -

We are going to try and make the swap meet the last Sunday in August each year. Our previous swaps have been held in.... more

08/17/2004 - Pipeline Construction Underway at N. Meck (Photo Update 8/18)

Clearing of the corridor for pipeline construction has begun at N. Meck. We dodged a bullet in the pine forest, as the trail was not impacted by the clearing. At one point, the trail touches the cle.... more

08/17/2004 - Davidson Directior of P&R to Address Trailblazers

Steve Fraher (Davidson Director of Park & Rec.) will be attending the September meeting of the Trailblazers (9/3) giving us a brief presentation on Fisher Farm Park.

Plans are moving forwa.... more

08/16/2004 - Gravity Fest Comes To Catawba!

It's coming this weekend, the Catawba Gravity Fest, the 4th stop on the Maxxis Southeast Super Series. This Saturday, August 21st, the southeast's top downhillers will be at Historic Tuckaseegee Park.... more

08/13/2004 - Chainsaw Training

Wanted: 4 to 6 people who can commit to work one day each weekend from
2 Oct thru the last weekend in Nov or early Dec.

Task: Chainsaw work to clear corridor for trail in Phase 3 o.... more

08/10/2004 - IMBA Launches New Logo and Ad Campaign

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) has unveiled a
comprehensive new marketing effort that includes new logos, graphics,
slogans and advertisements.

It's all t.... more

08/09/2004 - Meirhaeghe Tests Positive For EPO, Retires

Meirhaeghe Tests Positive For EPO, Retires
By: Jack Miller, Dirt Rag

Filip Meirhaeghe (pronounced “Meer-Hawga”), the reigning world mountain bike champion and a favorite to win gold at.... more

08/08/2004 - Bank of America Criterium

Dominquez edges 2 others in sprint - Wins invitational by less than wheel length


Special Correspondent
Reprinted from the Charlotte Observer

.... more

08/08/2004 - Fisher Farm Update

The land use agreement with Davidson Park and Rec. has been approved and in the last stage of being signed. Frank Pietras placed his signature on it at the August TTB meeting. Thank you to all who h.... more

08/08/2004 - Trailblazers Welcome Diva Donation

At our August meeting, Dirt Diva Treasurer, Tracey Jones, presented the Trailblazers with a check for $300 for trail maintenance. The Divas encourage their membership to make financial donations abov.... more

08/07/2004 - Bush, Kerry Earn Honorary IMBA Memberships

This year's path to the White House includes singletrack.

Cyclists from Texas and Massachusetts are in the news, and we're not talking
about the rivalry between Lance Armstrong a.... more

08/06/2004 - Jeff Wise Speaks To Trailblazers

Jeff Wise of Charlotte Whitewater addressed the Trailblazers at their August meeting. Jeff discussed the current geotechnical drilling at Catawba and re-emphasized the fact that this phase will be co.... more

08/05/2004 - President's Corner - 'Dozers at Catawba

As reported by some riders this week, there have been bulldozers and drilling rigs on the north end (far end) of the property at Historic Tuckasegee Ford Park.

According to Jeff Wise of.... more

08/04/2004 - Bulldozers at Catawba

What we are currently witnessing at Catawba, is the Geotechnical Investigation. The Geotech, Wright Padget Christopher is on site drilling core samples in the areas that are to be developed by the fut.... more

07/29/2004 - Update on Real Athletes

MIAMI - Retired Dolphins running back Ricky Williams said he failed a third drug test for marijuana use, which would cost him a four-game suspension if he decides to return to the NFL, The Miami Heral.... more

07/29/2004 - IMBA/B.O.B. Trailer Trailwork

2004 National Public Lands Day Features IMBA/B.O.B. Trailer Trailwork

IMBA-affiliated clubs across the U.S. are encouraged to schedule volunteer
projects for National .... more

07/28/2004 - Renaissance Mtn. Bike Race - Posponed!

The mountain bike race at Renni has been postponed. The trails are extremely sloppy, not real fun to race on. Two nights of heavy rain have left the trails very wet. Please help spread the word! <.... more

07/27/2004 - Bush travels rugged path with latest hobby

Associated Press
Crawford, Texas - President Bush charged up punishing climbs and down steep dirt paths on his high-performance bike Monday, at one point landing flat on his back.

The.... more

07/27/2004 - Top Athletes Don't Ride Bicycles

Maybe some of you would be interested in dropping ol' Mike an email, or two...

By Mike Imrem
Chicago Daily Herald

How thought-provoking over the .... more

07/19/2004 - Mt. Holly Colors its Future Green

From the Charlotte Observer...

Hurt by a snub in a tourism video, the city pushes hard to create a parkland image

MOUNT HOLLY - A painful moment a few years ago prodded Mou.... more

07/19/2004 - NORBA/IMBA Trail Tune-Up Grants Awarded

Seven $500 NORBA ( Trail Tune-Up Grants have
been awarded to mountain biking groups seeking to create or improve trails
used for mountain bike racing, .... more

07/19/2004 - October 2nd is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Open your calendar and clear a few hours on Saturday, October 2nd, for
National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.

It's pretty simple: find a kid, get them a bike and helmet, select a rou.... more

06/22/2004 - Cowbell Challenge 12 Hour Mountain Bike Race

As both a promoter and participant I can honestly say this years Cowbell Challenge 12 Hour Mountain Bike Race was a huge success. With well over 100 registered racers and sunny skies over Catawba (Hi.... more

06/08/2004 - Local Mountain Bikers head to NORBA Nationals

A good luck wish to all of the Charlotte Mountain Bike racers heading to Snowshoe, West Virginia and Vermont for the NORBA National Mountain bike races. A special shout goes out to Kevin Hall of South.... more

06/08/2004 - North Meck Trail Expansion Opens!

The trail expansion at North Meck moved into high gear this past Monday evening, and the trail has now been opened to all riders. Although an accurate assessment of the actual trail length has not bee.... more

06/03/2004 - USA Women's Olympic Softball Team

On Wed June 16th, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is hosting the USA Women's Olympic Softball Team at Renaissance Park They will be playing an exhibition game that evening. The entire parking .... more

06/01/2004 - 24 Hours of Burn with the Dirt Divas

Congratulations to a successful 24 hour race for the Dirt Diva Team of Sharon Stetler, Edee Roland, Jennifer Dilworth, Sara Kneas and Trina Holt. Two weeks ago, when my wife first informed me, that s.... more

05/29/2004 - My Old Friend

Still in shock after spending $50.06 to fill my gas tank (not to mention another grinding day at work), I opted not to drive to Colonel Francis J. Beatty Park to ride this evening. I needed a little .... more

05/26/2004 - Fed Trail Program & Bike Biz Boost Upcoming IMBA Summit

Next week's IMBA Summit has earned generous sponsorship from a diverse group of supporters. The Federal Highway Administration's Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is the event's leading sponsor. The B.... more

05/25/2004 - From Jeff Archer : Itusi Thanks

I hope everyone enjoys the new section. There is a lot of sweat into it by a bunch of fine volunteers. I think many of the people that like the little more technical stuff will like this section eve.... more

05/25/2004 - Lake Norman's Itusi Trail Expansion!

Thanks to the countless manhours of volunteer labor performed in the last year, the 2 1/2 mile Phase II Itusi trail is now open! Please keep in mind that the first 1/2 mile is two way traffic. Also,.... more

05/24/2004 - Northern Mecklenburg County (Cornelius) Bike Survey

Stand up North Mecklenburg bikers. Cornelius is taking a greenway/trail survey. Make your interest known! Take a minute to fill out their "Greenway / Bikeway System” survey: http://other.cornel.... more

05/18/2004 - North Meck Update

Construction of the trail expansion at North Meck is continuing at a good pace. The corridor has been cut and grooming of the trail has begun. Stump filling and benching is ongoing. It is hopeful t.... more

05/13/2004 - National River Cleanup Week

The Great Outdoor Provision Company will be leading a cleanup day on the Catawba River at HTFP (Catawba Riverfront Park) on May 22nd from 10:00 to 3:00. This is part of National River Cleanup week sp.... more

05/05/2004 - Tarheel Trailblazers Bike! Charlotte Celebration

The Tarheel Trailblazers monthly meeting will be at 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 6th at the usual location, Jack's Bar and Grill on 7th St.
In celebration of Bike! Charlotte 2004, we will be showing .... more

05/04/2004 - Let's Not Forget...

You're looking at my Buddy Tom's latest rig. In civilian life, Tom is a husband and father, rides a beautiful Klein and is a very competitive racquetbal.... more

05/03/2004 - Charlotte SportsLink

Check out the May 2004 issue of Charlotte SportsLink. The article titled "The Charlotte Mountain Bike Race Scene: Get PUMPED Up!" is written by Trailblazer, Dan Alion. The article showcases the Trailb.... more

05/03/2004 - Ride with the Mayor

We want to highly encourage everyone to celebrate Bike! Charlotte by attending Thursday morning's Ride with the Mayor. This is nothing more than a PR event but imagine the impact of 1000 cyclists mee.... more

04/28/2004 - Fisher Farm Update

Mark Sullivan met with Steve Fraher (Dir. /Davidson Parks & Rec.) on Tuesday, April 20th and did a preliminary walk through of the initial flagging of the upper part of the designated trail area. He s.... more

04/22/2004 - North Meck Trail Expansion....

I met this morning with Michael Jaycocks, Operations Manager at Huntersville Parks and Recreation, for a walk through of the trail expansion on the backside of North Meck park. He was very impressed .... more

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04/21/2004 - Trail Day at Crowder's Mtn. May 2nd

Fellow Trailblazer Jack Moore, who also heads up the Gaston County Cyclists, would like to announce a Trail Day at Crowder's Mtn. State Park on Sunday, May 2nd at 8:00 am. Meet at the visitor center .... more

04/20/2004 - Great Turnout for Public Relations Committee Initial Meeting !

Wow! We had 17 people come out for our initial Public Relations Committee meeting. It's great to see that many people want to get involved with the Tarheel Trailblazers. Thanks to Chairman Chris Ferna.... more

04/20/2004 - Reckoning Day...

I’ve seen it coming now for quite some time, so why is it suddenly so humbling?

I got my kids on mountain bikes at an early age, taking Lyn.... more

04/13/2004 - Uwharrie Trail Care Day #2 April 17th

The Tarheel Trailblazers will again be assisting UMBA, the Uwharrie Mountain Bike Association, with maintenance on the outstanding mountain bike trails in Uwharrie National Forest. Please join us Apri.... more

04/05/2004 - Important Community Workshop Meeting April 6th

Tuesday, April 6th at 6:30 pm will be the third and final Community Workshop meeting for the Meck. Co. Park property formerly known as Elon Children's Home. The meeting location is 17025 Lancaster Hwy.... more

04/04/2004 - Catawba Trailwork Report

Saturday, April 3rd was a clear, cool day: perfect trail building weather for the 16 volunteers that helped constuct the new entry trail at HTFP, Historic Tuckasegee Ford Park (Catawba). Many new fac.... more

04/02/2004 - April Meeting Notes

I'd have to say that the biggest thing that came out of our meeting last night was the willingness of our membership and potential members to get on board to further our cause through newly forming co.... more

03/29/2004 - VERY important meeting concerning a load of happenings in our trails system

This Thursday (April 1st) is a VERY important meeting concerning a load of happenings in our trails system...In addition to the ever sizzling future of the Free Ride movement, we have three of our cur.... more

03/28/2004 - Uwharrie Mountain Bike Association Workday

Meet us at the parking lot at 9 AM, work on the trails until 12:30, eat a lunch, and have a ride at 1:00 PM. Check for upd.... more

03/25/2004 - Catawba Trail Work

Hey 'Blazers,
The weather's looking good for riding this weekend, so I hope ya'll can get out for a spin. After the Spring Forward Ride at Lake Wylie, more

03/25/2004 - Where have all the trailbuilders gone?

(By Bob Karriker - LNS Park, Trail Boss)

Actually we are surrounded by trail projects. The Brushy Mountain Cycling Club to our north are hard at work on Corp of Engineer land to produce up.... more

03/25/2004 - Anne Springs Greenway in Ft. Mill is once again "open"

Yes, it’s true, the Anne Springs Greenway in Ft. Mill is once again “open” to mountain bikers on a day-use fee basis ($3.00 per day, per rider). The fee system changed about one month ago, and they ar.... more

03/24/2004 - Great turnout for the UMBA trail care day

What a great turnout for the UMBA trail care day!! I counted 17 people in all, plus one dog. Not only did all of you show up, but everyone put forth a great effort and we got a lot more accomplished t.... more

03/21/2004 - Anne Close Springs Greenway Update

After a year of being virtually locked out of the mountain bike trails at Anne Close Springs Greenway, in Fort Mill, SC, the trails have been opened once again to our favorite sport. The trails are r.... more

03/19/2004 - Dirt Diva and Tarheel Trailblazer Maintenance Clinic & Social

Hey Trailblazers!
All Trailblazer club members are invited to attend a joint Dirt Diva and Tarheel Trailblazer Maintenance Clinic & Social on Friday March 26th hosted by Bart and Crew at SouthPar.... more

03/18/2004 - Wheelie Wild Winter Race Series

I can't believe the Wheelie Wild race series is over. I was looking forward to the final race marking the end of the series, but now that it.... more

03/18/2004 - Fisher Farm Update

Fisher Farm Park Mountain Bike Trails in Davidson will begin being built soon. Last August of 2003 I began talks with Steve Fraher (Director of Davidson Park and Rec) and other Davidson Town Board Me.... more

02/24/2004 - North Mecklenburg Bridge Construction

A huge sinkhole at North Meck has lead to the construction a new structure to replace the existing one. The ground collapsed underneath a pallet run-up to .... more

02/17/2004 - Trail Maintenance Day in the Uwharrie National Forest

The Uwharrie Wheelmen, Pfeiffer Outdoor Programs, and the Uwharrie Mountain Bike Association sponsor Trail Maintenance Day in the Uwharrie National Forest.

he Uwharrie Mountain Bike Associa.... more

02/17/2004 - Senate passes TEA-3 Bill

Last night, the Senate passed S. 1072, the successor to TEA-21 by a vote of 76 to 21. Our bike stuff fared well. Existing programs such as Enhancements, Rec Trails, CMAQ, etc continue. Safe Routes to .... more

02/13/2004 - Rennissance Short Course Update

Utilizing lanterns, headlamps, two 4 wheelers with dump beds, and last but not least, John Wannemuehler's backhoe, upwards of 10 trail gnomes spread 18 tons of gravel on the race course in a little ov.... more

02/01/2004 - Wheelie Wild Winter Race Series II

Wow, what a difference a week makes! Under beautiful skies, over 100 riders took part this past Saturday in the Wheelie Wild Winter Races Series on the ne.... more

01/06/2004 - Lake Norman Phase II - Update

I hope that all of you folks out there had a wonderful Holiday Season with your families and friends. I look forward to seeing you all and hearing your stories as we continue on with trail work in '04.... more

01/01/2004 - Trailblazers Awarded IMBA Grant

Mountain bike groups coast-to-coast (including the Trailblazers) will soon receive a substantial boost for their volunteer trailwork projects, as a result of a $25,000 grant from Recreational Equipmen.... more

01/01/2004 - New Davidson Trails at Fisher Farm

On Saturday, January 17, Mark Sullivan, Frankie Pietras, and Tom Mathews of the Trailblazers met Steve Fraher, Director of Davidson Parks and Recreation, to walk newly acquired park land in Davidson, .... more

01/01/2004 - From A Rider, New To the Area

Dear new best friends:

As a newcomer to the area I wanted to say "Thank You" for all the hard work on the trails and behind the scenes that make mountain bike riding possible in Charlotte..... more

12/02/2003 - Huntersville Business Park Code of Ethics

Since the darkness and cold of winter has descended upon us, a fellowcyclist mentioned that this would be a good time to send out a reminder ofthe expectations for using the Huntersville Business Park.... more

11/15/2003 - Anti-discrimination health insurance bill moving in U.S. Senate

As many of you may know, some health insurance companies discriminate against mountain bike riders by denying benefits to those injured when riding their bikes. Read the article. Respond to your local.... more

11/14/2003 - 6th Annual Rocky River Road Club Polar Bear Metric Century - January 10, 2004

Please plan on joining the Rocky River Road Club for our 6th annual Polar Bear Metric Century, scheduled for Saturday, January 10th, 2004. Details and registration information are available at our web.... more

11/14/2003 - Check out John operating the heavy equipment

Many thanks John!
.... more

11/13/2003 - A Buzy weekend

Catawba & North Meck had a lot of work done this past weekend.

Check out the progress....... more

10/29/2003 - Survey Sez!

An intrepid group met on Saturday at North Meck Park to survey the available park land for trail expansion. Josh Taylor .... more

10/28/2003 - Election Time!

Board Members:
  • President - Frank Pietras
  • Vice-president - Bart Stetler
  • Secretary - Tom Waldron
  • Treasurer - Bryan Katzenmaier


  • 09/29/2003 - The IMBAssociation is coming to Galax, Virginia October 2-5

    You're invited to join in the special events. Scott Linnenburger and Aaryn Kay of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew are teaming
    with the New River Riders B.... more

    09/23/2003 - North Meck Storm Update

    Heavy rains pelted the Charlotte region on Monday night. North Meck park weathered the storm (no pun intended) with flying colors. Repaired trailbed withstood the 1.5 inches of rain, and the trail was.... more

    09/23/2003 - IMBA/CLIF Grant Awarded to Lake Norman State Park

    A Fall 2003 IMBA/CLIF Bar Trail Preservation Grant has been awarded to Crossroads Cycling Club of Statesville, builders of the new Itusi Trail at Lake Norman State Park. Crossroads was one of six club.... more

    09/23/2003 - Lake Norman State Park / Itusi Trail now in the Trail Reviews section

    Have you ridden the Itusi Trail? If so, please write a review for .... more

    09/23/2003 - Road to Bromont

    Becky Smith's diary of the events leading up to her quest for a World Championship.

    Read more....... more

    09/17/2003 - Special Guest at the October Meeting

    Come to the October meeting on October 2, 2003 to see Shannon Sharp from the Catawba Lands Conservancy..... more

    09/13/2003 - A Little Appreciation:

    I rode the N. Meck trail for the first time since late July tonight and I have to say that I am very impressed with the work that your crew has done. Me being skeptical by nature, really saw and enjoy.... more

    09/12/2003 - Where can I ride?

    That's the most common question I hear from local mountain bike riders.

    If you wanted to ride in Iredell County, Signal Hill trail in Statesville was your only choice. Although it's been t.... more

    09/11/2003 - From Our Trailblazer Feedback Forum

    Question: Does your club have any teenagers involved? My son would be interested and if he is welcome I would join as well.
    (Name withheld)

    Answer: Thanks for writing....... more

    09/11/2003 - New Cane Creek Race Page

    After what has seemed to be the wettest, most frustrating summer in the history of mountain biking in the Queen City, upwards of 300 riders descended on Catawba Riverfront Park (ok, ok, "Historic Tuck.... more

    09/09/2003 - Grand Opening of the Lake Norman State Park Itsui Trail

    The Grand Opening of the Lake Norman State Park Itsui Trail is slated for September 14, 2003 at the park. We will have a covered dish lunch at 1:00 in the park community building, please RSVP with num.... more

    09/08/2003 - How they voted...

    The House of Representatives voted to restore funding for the Transportation Enhancements program in the 2004 Transportation Appropriations bill with over a hundred Republicans voting yes! The bi-part.... more

    09/05/2003 - Biking Bagdad

    One of the more bizarre sights to be seen on Baghdads streets is men in Day-Glo Lycra pounding along the highway on racing cycles in the mid-morning sun. With the searing heat, the heavily potholed c.... more

    09/04/2003 - Maps!

    You asked for 'em, you got 'em! Maps of Catawba and Col. Francis J. Beatty are.... more

    09/01/2003 - Misc. Info

    Please join us for the monthly meeting of the Trailblazers, this Thursday, September 4, 2003, at Jack's Bar and Grill (Jackalopes - the former Jack Straws), 1936 E. 7th Street in Charlotte. As always,.... more

    08/31/2003 - Bike lanes to triple next year

    4-feet-wide sections to be marked on 20 miles of street, out of a goal for 208 total miles.

    Read more....... more

    08/28/2003 - Trailblazing in the Queen City - Charlotte, North Carolina

    Advanced Trailbuilding School Focuses on Rock Armoring
    Continuing a spring foray through the southea.... more

    08/28/2003 - North Meck Update

    Last Saturday, we worked in the upper pine forest, repairing the sharp right handed turn at the bottom of the.... more

    08/28/2003 - Trailwork Stuff

    The turnout at Catawba this past Saturday was again light. 4 people came out and we recruited a fifth from the parking lot. Nevertheless, we got a lot done. (No bee stings!) 2 people walked the river .... more

    08/25/2003 - N.C. Settles with Developer for $12 Million More

    Good news for mountain bikers, sad news for taxpayers...Just goes to show what happens when you elect slow responding officials to office...Nice investment for Mr. Anthony, eh?

    North Carol.... more

    08/22/2003 - Catawba Trailwork

    Trailwork crews last Saturday were very light. 3 people in the am and 2 in the pm. For those of you who were resting up, we'll be meeting at 4:00 pm this Saturday the 23rd with Pel D. and me hopefully.... more

    08/20/2003 - Da Bomb!

    That's what North Meck Park is - right now...The trail has absolutely NO MUD, and if anything, it could use a little water to bed in some of the newly laid gravel...So far, we have spead over 30 tons .... more

    08/18/2003 - Taking One For The Team; The Catawba Battle Rages

    There's still trouble in the land and fear in the air out there-- I have seen the enemy, and it is a bug. .... more

    08/14/2003 - A funny thing happened on the way to the office...

    Here I am, munching on my Quaker Oat Squares, jamming to WNCW, sipping a little coffee, talking on the cell wit.... more

    08/13/2003 - North Meck Update

    Well, it was a pretty small crew by our standards on Monday nite, but none-the-less we worked efficiently...Master trail maintenance guru, Kim Rodden lead a small crew that utilized more armoring tech.... more

    08/12/2003 - A Word of Encouragement

    Thanks for your efforts at North Meck. My son and I were grateful for your hard work to repair and maintain the trail. It made our last Monday night before school in August awesome. I also plan to par.... more

    08/12/2003 - Catawba Update

    The Trailblazers' monthly meeting on Aug. 7th went well and we went out to Catawba on Sat. am as planned to do trailwork. Conditions were wet so we decided to work on the Toilet bowl / Practice loop n.... more

    08/10/2003 - August Meeting Update

    A load of interesting subjects were discussed Thursday nite at the Trailblazers meeting. 38 riders attended the meeting. First and foremost are the current trail conditions and we continue to request.... more

    08/06/2003 - Catawba Trail Maintenance

    Its time to start preparing Catawba for the big event. This Saturday we will have our first big workday at 9:00 AM. Bring your bike and toss your boots in a book bag and ride on the trail to you find.... more

    08/04/2003 - North Meck Update - FLASH! BOOM!

    That's about all I can say about the grand finale to tonight's trail session at N. Meck..But first the good stuff...I picked up the quad and hit the trail around 2:00, Neal joined me around .... more

    07/31/2003 - An Open Letter

    A few weeks ago, Queens College bulldozed (literally) through the Park and Rec meeting, pushing forward a plan to develop $12 million dollars worth of ball fields on 60 acres of land, behind the Mario.... more

    07/29/2003 - LNSP Update

    My name is Casey Rhinehart and I'm the ranger at Lake Norman State Park overseeing the construction/maintennace of the Itusi Trail. Park staff and trail volunteers were concerned about folks driving a.... more

    07/29/2003 - You just never know...

    I was in Asheville this past weekend, to celebrate my girlfriend Cathys birthday, take in music and art at the Bele Chere Festival with Cathy and my daughter Lyndsay, and to get in a ride or two. On .... more

    07/23/2003 - North Meck Update - 21 July, 03

    A workforce of approximately12 volunteers moved 2400 pounds of Sacrete and about the same amount of gravel this past Monday nite at North Meck Park. The effort was to shore up the upper power line cro.... more

    07/21/2003 - Lake Norman State Park  Itusi Trail

    Amid virtually no fanfare, Lake Norman State Park has opened the Itusi mountain bike trail to the public. The 4.25 mile course opened late last week, and is a model of a self-sustaining trail. The t.... more

    07/16/2003 - North Meck Update

    The North Meck maintenance got a big shot in the arm on Wednesday, as Joe Gibbs Racing and their No. 20 Home Depot sponsorship made a $100 contribution for the purchase of needed materials. Special th.... more

    07/10/2003 - Trails Update

    Three out of our four parks got some much needed TLC this past week. The valley trail at Beatty Park had work done on it on Saturday oraganized by Tom W. Neal also led a work group in the rain on Satu.... more

    07/05/2003 - Tsali Trail Report

    Just got back from 3 days of riding in Tsali.

    Right loop was a mud hole, and needs some help. Lots of rain with not so great drainage is a contributing factor. Still fun.

    Left .... more

    07/04/2003 - From the Small Brown Dog forums

    Thought some of you might be interested in helping to improve one of the most popular trail systems in WNC. Those of you who have contact lists please feel free to forward this information to as many .... more

    06/25/2003 - Whitewater park taps contractor

    From the Charlotte Observer June 25, 2003
    Charlotte's RodgersDooley has been selected to build a $21.5 million whitewater park planned for a late 2005 opening in western Mecklenburg County.
    .... more

    06/24/2003 - June 23, 2003 - N. Mecklenburg Trail Update

    Nine Trailblazers, Divas, and trail volunteers, participated in trail maintenance activities on Monday nite at N. Meck Park...The crew moved several hundred pounds of gravel, in an attempt to stabiliz.... more

    06/17/2003 - Trail Info

    On Sunday the 15th, about 10 to 12 Trailblazers returned to Catawba for a good day of trailwork. The main goal was to work on mudholes and get them draining. We worked the trail in reverse and made it.... more

    06/13/2003 - Bent Creek to Leave Trails Alone

    ASHEVILLE - After an outcry from mountain bikers, the U.S. Forest Service is rethinking a plan to alter some popular trails in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest.

    "I'm ecstatic," said Jaso.... more

    06/11/2003 - Trail Work

    The rains last Saturday night caused most of the bridges at Renaissance to wash out. The bridge on the softball side under the power lines is about 150 feet downstream but intact. We need about 12 or .... more

    06/09/2003 - New Freeride Trails Planned?

    Initial discussions have taken place that have laid the groundwork for the construction of future freeride trails at Catawba (Historic Tuckaseegee Ford Park) and Col. Francis Beatty. Details are in th.... more

    06/09/2003 - Trail Maintenance

    Ongoing maintenance of our parks is critical at this time. The weather is affecting not only riding, but important upkeep of the trails. Please check back frequently to stay abreast of future schedule.... more

    06/09/2003 - Trail Conditions

    We have experienced an inordinate amount of rain in the past several months, and our trail system has suffered immensely from continued use, even when wet. I have been riding mountain bikes since 1992.... more

    05/20/2003 - North Meck update

    Thanks to all who pitched in last Monday and Saturday to help make much needed repairs to the bike trails at North Meck Park. We drained many mudholes and moved several tons of gravel to where it was .... more

    05/20/2003 - IMBA visit update

    The Subaru / IMBA Trail Care Crew visit to Charlotte May 3rd and 4th was a big success for the mountain bike trails in the Charlotte area and for the Tarheel Trailblazers who take care of them. About .... more

    05/15/2003 - Trailwork at North Meck Park Sat., May 17th, 10:00

    The Trailblazers will be traveling to North Mecklenburg Park on Saturday, May 17th at 10:00 am to improve drainage and to armour wet areas with gravel. Take I-77 North to exit 23, go right and turn le.... more

    04/14/2003 - IMBA Trail Care Crew is coming to Charlotte!

    The Tarheel Trailblazers and Subaru are proud to sponsor a special visit by the International Mountain Biking Association. They are the folks who wrote the book on mountain bike trail building and mai.... more

    04/11/2003 - Bicycle Swap Meet - Saturday, May 10th 1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Buy, Sell, or Trade bikes, parts, or whatever. $5.00 per table. Click
    here for more info..... more

    04/09/2003 - Anne Springs membership fee?

    The administration of the Anne Springs Close Greenway is attempting to set a $160 non-resident and $60 resident membership fee to ride the mountain bike trail system. The Anne Springs Close Greenway, .... more

    04/08/2003 - 2003 Charlotte Mountain Bike Series

    The dates for the 2003 Charlotte Mountain Bike Series have been posted. This event is a great way to bring new faces into mountain bike racing. Spread the word about the series to all of your friends .... more

    03/24/2003 - Great turnout for the UMBA trail care day

    What a great turnout for the UMBA trail care day!! I counted 17 people in all, plus one dog. Not only did all of you show up, but everyone put forth a great effort and we got a lot more accomplished t.... more

    02/20/2003 - Trailbuilding Session and Appreciation Lunch - Sun

    The Tarheel Trailblazers and the Dirt Divas have joined forces to assemble volunteers for a trailbuilding session at Lake Norman State Park followed by an Appreciation Lunch on Sunday, March 2nd. This.... more

    01/27/2003 - IMBA Strengthens D.C. Leadership

    To ensure that the interests of mountain bikers are fully protected, IMBA has hired a respected Washington, D.C. law firm to represent our organization and sport in the nation's capital.

    Sm.... more

    01/13/2003 - IMBA is coming to Charlotte

    It looks like IMBA is coming to Charlotte for BIKE Week! This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn directly from the experts about how to make our trails better. We will address how to build c.... more

    01/12/2003 - Cane Creek Dates

    For those of us who are attempting to schedule events for 2003, here arethe Cane Creek Series dates:

    • April 12 -13 Knobscorcher AMBC
    • May 17 - 18 Stump Jump in Spartanburg, S.... more

    01/07/2003 - Cedar Rock Trail Repair Project at DuPont State Forest: A Trailblazer's Dream

    This trailwork report is for workdays that took place in Nov 02 on the lower section of Cedar Rock Trail. The work you see in the photos represents over 200 people hours worth of work and this projec.... more

    12/18/2002 - News From DuPont Forest

    Today marks the second anniversary of the opening of the waterfalls at DuPont State Forest. Many of you remember, as I do, those exciting first days--the large crews of volunteers picking at the froz.... more

    12/13/2002 - Jackalope Jack's

    Here's a good write-up on Jackalope's, the venue for the Trailblazer monthly meeting..... more

    12/09/2002 - Trail Disaster Teams

    Hey! I hope everyone is doing ok. I talked to Neal ( and since we can't race Sat., we'd like everyo.... more

    11/18/2002 - New Board Members

    Executive Board
    President - Frankie Pietras
    Vice President - Bart Stetler
    Secretary - Tom Waldron
    Treasurer - Bryan Katzenmaier

    Non - BOD, Executive Positions<.... more

    11/18/2002 - IMBA Pleased With New BLM Mountain Biking Plan

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a final National Mountain Bicycling Strategic Action Plan for the management of mountain biking on the BLM's 262 million acres of public land. The 31-p.... more

    11/18/2002 - Trailwork Report / Schedule

    The Trailblazers kicked off the Fall 2002 trail building season with a bang! About 18 people came out and helped get the new 1/2 mile loop started. Everyone worked hard, and after about 2 1/2 hours, r.... more

    10/25/2002 - Lake Norman State Park

    From Frank Pietras,
    I want to share the good news that gound has been broken at Lake Norman State Park for the mountain bike trails there. On Saturday, Oct. 19th, a crew of about 8 people cleared.... more

    10/11/2002 - Advanced Mountain Biking Techniques: A New Mini-Series

    Over the years, occasionally, fellow cyclists have approached me and asked that I explain to them how to improve their speed on the bicycle. As a rule, the folks who ask this question are technically .... more

    10/07/2002 - Charlotte and Dirt Rag

    Fellow Charlotte Mountain Biker, Rich Davis, has written a tremendous article for Dirt Rag magazine, concerning .... more

    10/05/2002 - Winter Mountain Bike Series

    November 9, the 2nd Annual Winter Mountain Bike Series will kick off. The first race is at Catawba Riverfront Park. Check out www.charlottemtn.... more

    10/02/2002 - Mountain Bikers Up Against Calif. Conservationists

    SUNLAND, Calif. -- Mike Melton would love to support the latest campaign to save wilderness across California. Preserving open space, he says, is a priority. But so is his mountain bike.

    R.... more

    09/25/2002 - Rat Ride III

    The 3rd Rat Ride is now history...Read Chuck Player from Small Brown Dog's take on what it's like to ride 6 of the trails i.... more

    09/24/2002 - Becky Smith's diary from the World Masters Championship

    Charlotte's own Becky Smith kept this diary of the days leading up to her
    attempt at the World Masters Champio.... more

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