Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Cyclebration

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Friday 3/28

Saturday 3/29

  • 8am 70 miles Northern Greenville County (fully stocked rest stops)
    bike type: road bike
  • 9am 40 miles Northern Greenville County (fully stocked rest stops)
    bike type: road bike
  • 10am 10 miles to Swamp Rabbit Station on GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail
    bike type: any bike

$35 Entry Fee [$40 After March 1, 2014] Gets you detailed queue sheets and route maps, a ride t-shirt, lunch and post event celebration.

* Prize Drawings: Register before march 1, 2014 and get entered into a drawing for some valuable prizes. Only Pre-Registered riders will be eligible for prizes so register now to have a chance.

https://book-events.com/cyclebration/ (Morning Registration)

  • 11:30-2:30 Youth Race at Gateway Park – $15**
    bike type: mountain bike
  • 4pm-6pm Cyclecross Race at Gatway Park – $15**
    bike type: cross or mountain bike
  • 7pm-Until… Bike Drag Races and Bon Fire – Free
    bike type: cross or mountain bike

http://go-greenevents.com/gatewaymtb (Afternoon Registration)

Sunday 3/30

  • 10am Skills De Quatro @ Sunrift Adventures – $15**
    Come test your mountain bike skill with local riders in a true test of overall bike handling and fitness. On Sunday there will be four events that are on a point system. The most points at the end of the day determines winners in each class. You can use different bikes for different events. 
  1. Cross Country [Short Track Race] Time Trial.
  2. Pump Track Time Trail. [Fastest Lap Times Wins. Penalties for pedaling]
  3. Jumps Time Trail and Style Competition [Points awarded by volunteer judges]
  4. Trials Skills Course “TIMED.” [Fastest lap time wins. Penalties for dabs]

http://go-greenevents.com/gatwaymtb

** Gateway MTB Weekend Pass $30.00

Upstate SORBA Update

Been a while since we changed anything on this webpage. So here goes.

We have been busy getting ready for Upstate Cranksgiving  Weekend.

Dates Are November 22nd-24th.

Friday Night Alley Cat, Saturday Suspension Experts State Champ Super D and Post/Pre Race Party, and Sunday Wild Turkey Enduro.

Register at www.go-greenevents.com/upstatecranksgiving

Come join the fun.

All the money we raise will be going back to trails in our area.

SRT / Gateway Park News

From today’s Greenville News:

1-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail expansion may be done by summer

The Swamp Rabbit Trail on March 21, 2013. / MYKAL McELDOWNEY/Greenville News

TRAVELERS REST — There’s no doubt that Greenville County residents and visitors love the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail.

And soon, there will be more to love.

By summer, the current 17-mile trail from Travelers Rest south to Lake Conestee Nature Park will expand at least a mile northward, said Ty Houck, director of Greenways, Natural and Historic Resources at Greenville County Recreation District.

Houck made the announcement Thursday at the grand opening of the mountain bike skills course, a loop around the 15-acre Gateway Park in Travelers Rest. The park will serve as headquarters for the inaugural Swamp Rabbit Cyclebration on April 6.

Houck said right-of-way is already secured for the new section of trail. “Everyone has been really good about easements,” he said.

With future expansions, the Swamp Rabbit Trail could continue north toward Heritage Elementary School and Northwest Middle School, Houck said.

Mountain bike trails at Gateway Park officially opened Thursday morning. Also at the park is a youth skills development course, jumps, boulder sections and various other dirt features.

Jarret Peek, the president of Upstate SORBA, which volunteered labor and money to help build the park trails, said these type of skills parks are becoming increasingly popular.

“These are popping up all over,” Peek said. “Around here, it definitely helps relieve congestion at Paris Mountain State Park.”

The terrain and features make the park suitable for both advanced riders and beginners.

“There were more than 120 people out here riding Sunday,” Peek said. “It’s great for kids. It’s definitely a safer place to ride.”

Travelers Rest Mayor Wayne McCall said trails such as the Swamp Rabbit and those at Gateway Park have been an economic incubator for his city.

“The Swamp Rabbit Trail has been phenomenal for the whole county,” McCall said. “But more so for us in Travelers Rest. I can’t begin to tell you how much of an economic boost it’s been to this town.

“It’s been a perfect partnership for everyone involved.”

Travelers Rest will build a spur trail from the Swamp Rabbit Trail to the site of the old Travelers Rest High School, where constructionon a 700-seat amphitheater is set to begin shortly.

Other amenities at the old high school site, which still includes the school’s gym, are an open-air farmer’s market and a new fire station. That station will replace a smaller, out-of-date facility dating to 1958, said City Administrator Dianna Turner.

This latest expansion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail is only the beginning, said County Councilman Joe Dill, who represents District 17 in the northern part of Greenville County.

“We have plans to take the trail even farther,” Dill said, “all the way to River Falls.”

The inaugural Swamp Rabbit Cyclebration in April will include road rides of 40 and 70 miles, a 10-mile family ride on the Swamp Rabbit, as well as mountain bike and BMX events within the park on the mountain bike trails.

The all-day event is a fund-raiser for the Greater Greenville Parks Foundation, and it also includes a “Pump Track Jam,” dirt demos, a mountain bike skills camp, lunch and a post-even celebration behind Sunrift Adventures.

“That will truly be a community event,” Houck said. “We’re inviting everyone to come out.

“Biking is a lifetime activity. You get out there, and you’re happy.”

IT’S A GOOD OL’ FASHIONED DIRT THROWDOWN!

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It’s an all-day event at Gateway Park in Travelers Rest as part of CYCLEBRATION on April 6th! Come on down and see what all the fuss is about with the new skills park! There’s riding for all levels. Catch mad air! Get your speed on! Show you have impeccable balance and skill! Hang out behind Sunrift for some beverages by Oskar Blues! You aren’t going to want to miss this!

DuPont Work Weekend Update!

For DuPont this weekend, if you are not camping but want to participate in the work day please meet us at Corn Mill Shoals Saturday morning at 9:00 am. If you would like to camp Saturday night only, Jonathon LaRoy can give you directions after the work day on how to get to camp.

We will work from 9-2. Bring gloves,water and lunch. We will most likely be hand building detoured on Cannon Creek trail.

SIGN UP HERE

New Development Proposed on Paris Mountain

The following is a note we received today about a planned condo project on 50 acres of Paris Mountain. Please read and sign the linked petition!

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Fellow Cyclists:

A resident who owns 50 acres on Paris Mt. is planning a condo project on his land. This is being opposed by other residents and friends of Paris Mountain. The fellow proposing the project already has approval for a 50 home residential neighborhood so he is positioning the condo project as the better of the two choices. Read the article link below for all the info on the situation.

I personally don’t think we can stop development on Paris Mt. It the old situation that you want to move there but you don’t want anyone else to move there and spoil things. At best we can slow and limit development.

I oppose the condo project as I feel this would just be one condo of many on this fellows land. It already sickens me when I look up at Paris Mt. from Furman and see large bald spots popping up with large estates sitting on them.

So I signed this petition the residents have set up. I enjoy cycling over Paris Mt. and would love to see the development be minimal and as slow as possible. Development increases automotive traffic and I’d like to see it kept to a minimum. The residents of Paris Mt. tolerate our continual presence in their neighborhood so here’s a chance to say thank-you.

Sign the petition here:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Prevent_rezoning_of_Paris_Mountain/?kVGDoeb

Ken Drescher, a cyclist

St. Patrick’s Day Cycle Mass

Ride the Rabbit to Travelers Rest and back to Barleys for tasty beverages and food. This will be a good time to enjoy the Swamp Rabbit Trail with friends and family.
Meet us Downtown Greenville on the parking deck above the Greenlink Bust Station, next to Barleys, at 1:30pm Sunday March 17th. Bring your family and friends! Will you have a good time? Does the Pope wear a funny hat and ride his bike with no hands? I think you know the answer to that question…
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Please contact us with any questions!
Map to Parking Garage:

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Volunteer Work Day – Bike Skills Course at Gateway Park – March 9

Come on out this Saturday, March 9 and help work with the Greater Greenville Parks Foundation and Greenville County Recreation District on the Upstate’s premier Bike Skills Course! Gateway Park is in Travelers Rest, SC and is quickly becoming a mountain bikers mecca. Come see for yourself why everyone is raving about it. Get your hands dirty so you can say you were a part of building something awesome!

Sign up here: Volunteer Sign Up

Gateway Park is located in Travelers Rest, behind Sunrift Adventures. MAP


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DUPONT CAMP/Work Day – March 22-24

What: A unique opportunity to camp inside of Dupont at the Barn while giving back to a place we love to ride.

When: March 22 – 24. Friday you can show up to the Gate off of Reasonover Road/Conservation anytime after 4:00 pm to set up your camp. The gate combo will be provided a couple days beforehand for those folks who register. You can register here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044EA4A92EA13-dupont1

You can also show up for the work day which will start at approximately 9:00 from the barn. Depending on the project we will give alternate directions for those wishing to participate in the work day only.

Camping requirements and FAQ: One member of your camping party must participate in Saturday’s work day to be eligible to camp.

What will the work day be like?

Saturday we will work approximately 9 – 2:00. Bring gloves, water, lunch and a positive attitude to showcase Upstate SORBA’s willingness to give back to the places we love. We won’t have an approved project until a few days beforehand. Comment below if you have any questions. Most likely we will be performing maintenance/re-routes on existing trails.

Can I bring my family?

Yes, most certainly. Again one person from the family will be required to work if you want to camp. Children old enough to take direction from an adult are welcome and we will find something useful for them to participate in. A great opportunity to teach children forest stewardship.

Can I bring a camper?

Yes, you only need let us know in the comments section of the sign up for here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044EA4A92EA13-dupont1 so we can regulate the number of campers that will be allowed.

Can we have Beer and Alcohol?

The policy at Dupont is no Alcohol. However, we are mountain bikers… Keep it in a non-descript cup and stay reasonable. We reserve the right to publicly humiliate anyone otherwise.

Showers and Running water available at camp?

If the overnight temperature stays above 32 degrees we will have showers and running water. Otherwise it will be “primitive” camping at the barn.

Can NON-SORBA members camp and participate in the work day?

Yes, I reserve the right to ask you to join 6,352 times during the weekend.

Have more questions or concerns?

Please leave a comment below.