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2016 Southern Mountain Bike Summit

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A two-day summit for land managers, advocates, and volunteers to network and learn so that SORBA can further its mission of creating, enhancing, and preserving great mountain biking experiences in the Southeast.


Join SORBA's volunteers, land managers, advocates, and members in Bryson City, NC on Friday, March 18th and 19th for the 2016 Southern Mountain Bike Summit. Workshops, presentations, panels, networking, eating and drinking, bike riding, and lots of fun will be had by all. 

"The Southern Mountain Bike Summit is a not-to-be-missed event. Nowhere else will you see such a passionate group of mountain bikers in the Southeast meet and accomplish so much. And, you get to ride your bike on the finest trails in the Southeast." 

New this year! Skillz clinics with Sue Haywood!

Meeting location
Harmony Hall

Land's Creek Log Cabins
3336 Balltown Road
Bryson City, NC 28713


Lands Creek Cabins have been fully booked! Lands Creek Log Cabins

But, do not despair! A new lodging option has emerged!

Watershed Cabins is now offering a reduced rate for Summit attendees at their two locations. The coupon code is “SORBA”, and it can be applied either by calling 888-604-3075 and pressing 2 for Customer Service, or by booking online through one of our websites (, or The more luxurious cabins will be found on the Watershed Cabins and Resort sites, but more affordable options will be on the Smoky Mountain Cabins site. Either way, there are a number of options which are close to the action.

The Everett – Boutique Hotel & Cork and Bean Bistro
Brand new luxury hotel in downtown Bryson City. Features an open air roof-top terrace for guests.  Location of the Thursday evening social.

Nine gorgeously appointed rooms.  Sorry no pets.

Use code SORBA to get special rates for summit attendees: 10% off a two-night minimum stay.  

Sleep Inn
Discount for Summit attendees: Thursday night $54 ($20 savings), Friday and Saturday night $84/night ($15 savings/night).
500 Veterans Blvd.
Bryson CityNC28713US
Phone: (828) 488-0326

The Summit schedule may change as needed. 


Thursday, March 17  
Saint Patrick's Day!!  
Social Registration available
6-9:00 p.m. Pay your own way.
Location Cork and Bean, Bryson City.
Friday, March 18  
Land Managers' Day!  
8:30 a.m-3:00 p.m.  
Location Harmony Hall, Lands Creek
8:30 Coffee reception/registration
9:00 Welcome
9:15 Workshop: Partnership, Sustainable Trail Design, and Trail Operations-Garret Villanueva
10:30 Break
10:45 Workshop: Partnership, Sustainable Trail Design, and Trail Operations-Garret Villanueva
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Workshop: Partnership, Sustainable Trail Design, and Trail Operations-Garret Villanueva
2:15 Break
2:30 Second session-State Parks with Tim Johnson and Greg Lien
3:30 Wrap up
4:00 Group rides and trail tour at Tsali Recreation Area
6:30:00-9:00 Social at Anthony's Pizza, provided by Chamber of Commerce
Saturday, March 19  
Advocates Day!  
7:30 Coffee reception/registration
8:00 Welcome-Angela Gee
8:30 Board meeting--Executive Board
9:30 The Significance of the Women's Market-Robin Bylenga
10:15 Break
10:30 Women in Mountain Biking-Sharon Andersson, Angela Chambers, Lynda Green, and Carrie Johnston
11:30 Lunch-Garrett Villanueva, USFS
12:30 Collaborative process-Julie White, Paul Stahlschmidt, Brent Martin
1:30 Concurrent Sessions
  Soil impact-JP Ganon
  Fund Raising-Matthew Kellog
  Chapter 101-Terry Palmeri
2:30 MTB Patrol-Tim Luxemberger, Kelly Pruitt
2:40 Wrap up/Announcements
3:00 Adjourn
3:45 Group rides at Western Carolina University Trails
6:00 Social at Lands Creek Log Cabins

Skillz clinics with Sue Haywood
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Skillz clinics meet on the grounds of Lands Creek Log Cabins. 

Sue is an IMBA certified mountain bike skills instructor who specializes in mastery of East Coast riding terrain. She has honed her skills on the rocks and roots of West Virginia. She loves seeing her students gain confidence, efficiency and skills. A former National Champion and world cup rider, she still races a little, winning the West Virginia Enduro Series last year.  Sue also is on the board of her local IMBA chapter, Blackwater Bicycle Association, and makes spicy salsa.

Friday, March 18: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Coed Class. Gain confidence, hone your technique, and be ready to conquer your next ride. Advanced, intermediate, and advanced beginners will all benefit from Sue's targeted instruction. 


Saturday, March 19: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Ladies only class. Gain confidence, hone your technique, and be ready to conquer your next ride. Advanced, intermediate, and advanced beginners will all benefit from Sue's targeted instruction.


Junior mtb skills clinc with Stefanie Wilmert

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Junior skills clinic, for middle school and high school students, meets on the grounds of Lands Creek Log Cabins. 

The junior mountain bike clinic addresses how to be a better mountain biker. We will emphasize basic riding and handling skills including bike position, weight distribution, breaking, cornering, and clearing obstacles. Topics will also include getting to know your bike, proper equipment, and gearing. We will discuss the importance of proper nutrition and trail side maintenance. Questions answered like “What do I need to bring with me on a ride?”, “How can I become faster?”, “What if I get a mechanical?” “What do I need to eat as a mountain biker?” You will need to bring your riding gear, helmet, bike and water. Clinic will last about 2 hours.

The clinic will be led by a Stefanie Gore (Wilmert), a certified NICA coach as well as experienced mountain bike racer of 15 years. 




March 18th, 2016 10:00 AM   through   March 19th, 2016 10:00 PM
Full Summit Registration (includes Friday and Saturday sessions, lunches, and socials) $ 85.00
Single Day: Friday, March 18th, discounted 50% for land managers (includes Friday sessions, lunch, and social) $ 25.00
Single Day: Saturday, March 19th (includes Saturday sessions, lunch, and social) $ 50.00
Single Evening: Friday or Saturday Social ONLY (join us after the sessions for rides and hanging out) $ 10.00
Friday and Saturday Evening Socials ONLY (join us after the meetings on Friday and Saturday) $ 10.00
Sue Haywood: Coed Skillz Clinic (Friday only, includes lunch and social) $ 70.00
Sue Haywood: Ladies Only Skillz Clinic (Saturday only, includes lunch and social) $ 70.00
Sue Haywood Skillz Clinic Friday and ONE Day Saturday Summit Summit $ 100.00
One day Summit Friday and Sue Haywood Skillz Clinic Saturday $ 100.00
NICA Junior Skills Clinic with Stefanie Wilmert $ 10.00

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