Category: Newsletter

Cape Fear SORBA Finishes 2012 with BIG WINS

Cape Fear’s Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association had a banner year in 2012.  As we prepare to dream big and plan for 2013, let us first look at the successes of last year’s victories and accomplishments. Big Win #1: Designed, built, and maintained 6 miles of new trails in Brunswick County at the Brunswick Nature Park-Leland,…

Poll: Choose the Look of the first EVER Cape Fear SORBA Jersey!

So for those of you who have been monitoring the Cape Fear SORBA Facebook page you may have noticed I put up a post that said we are working on the first ever club jerseys and a vote would be coming very soon to help us determine what they would look like. First of all for those of you who haven’t “liked” us on Facebook yet, shame on you. Go do that. You back? Ok good. Now then, it is time to reveal to the world the 4 choices for our first ever club jersey!!

Option 1: Blue/ Black

Option 1: Blue/ Black

Option 2: Blue/ Gray

Option 2: Blue/ Gray

Option 3: Red/ Black

Option 3: Red/ Black

Option 4: Red/ Gray

Option 4: Red/ Gray


Here is how this will work. We will post up the pics inside a poll below. All you have to do is pick the one you like best and vote for it!  We will let everyone vote for 1 week and once that week is up the winner will be chosen (though in case the vote is very close the final two will be voted on again eliminating the 2 with the least votes). The color variation with the most votes will be the version that we send off to Hincapie to eventually get made. A couple things to note: no we do not know how much they will cost yet, it depends on how many are ordered. Also, while the versions we have made up are nice the final version after Hincapie gets done with our mockup may not be exactly the same. Thats just part of how this process goes.

So Cape Fear SORBA, what is going to be fashionable this fall in the Port City?? One of these spiffy new jerseys! Choose wisely!


News and Upcoming Events! IMBA Trail Care Crew Coming in the Fall!

Hello Cape Fear SORBA! Sorry for the lack of updates in the past couple of weeks! I promise though, things have been happening! What things? Oh I thought you would never ever ask! With that lets get right into things shall we?

Cape Fear SORBA Awarded Trail Care Crew Visit in Fall
Our big news of the week is that Cape Fear SORBA has been awarded a visit from the International Mountain Bike Associations famous Trail Care Crew! Part of this is a direct result of conversations that took place in Washington DC at the National Bike Summit. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the Trail Care Crew here is a little information, courtesy of IMBA’s website!

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, on the road since 1997, is IMBA’s grassroots educational program and an authority on sustainable trail building practices. Two teams of professional trail experts travel year-round throughout the United States and beyond, leading trail work sessions, meeting with land managers and working with IMBA-affiliated clubs and the communities they serve to improve mountain biking opportunities.

This will be the TCC’s second visit to the Wilmington area. The first was in October of 2009 as Cape Fear SORBA was in the middle of becoming a club. They focused on the Blue Clay Trail and its drainage issues. The redesigned hilly section of Blue Clay is a direct result of the new techniques that founding club members learned during that first visit. This time the visit will focus on the new Brunswick Nature Park! We hope that we will be ready to begin building the next big section of trail by the time the TCC make their way here. A date for their visit has yet to be confirmed but expect their visit to be sometime in November. Additional information will be available as it comes in!

Trail Work Weekend June 4th and 5th at Brunswick
June 4th and 5th will be big days for the Brunswick Nature Park! We are on the verge of completing the next section of trail! However, we need your help to make this a reality! Work will begin both days at 7am and continue on until dark or until everyone is pure wore out! Bring rakes and shovels, additional tools will be provided by the club. Also be sure to bring plenty of food, water, bug spray, and sunscreen! Hope to see you out there!

CFSORBA Wins CCORS Team Championship!
Big congratulations to the Cape Fear SORBA race team for their team victory in the Coastal Carolina Off-Road Race Series last weekend! They claimed the championship with another strong showing at the Piranha Pit in Havelock, NC. Guess we know which club has the strongest riders! On a related note: we are asking people to please fill out a survey about the series so we know how we can improve! The survey can be found here.

June Time Trial Series Begins Next Week
Heads up everyone! Want to test your speed against some of the other riders in the Cape Fear Region? Well why don’t you swing out to the Brunswick Nature Park beginning next Thursday? This will be the first Time Trial in the Summer Time Trial Series! Entry is just $5! Racers begin leaving at 6:30 so be sure to get there early to get signed up! This is strictly for bragging right folks! One lucky racer will walk away at random with half of the entry fee’s as their prize! These Time Trials will be the first 4 Thursday’s of June and all will start at 6:30. If you have any questions you can email club secretary Jay Pearce at Roll out and have some fun at the Park!

Trail-gating Starts Tomorrow!
Last but not least! Our brand new outreach program begins tomorrow with Trail-Gating events at both Blue Clay and the Brunswick Nature Park! Club members will be setting up shop at the trail heads to tell people about the latest goings on in CFSORBA! We also hope that this will influence some non-club members to join up and get involved. At the very least we want to inform people about what we are doing as a club and get them excited about the future. So come visit Secretary Jay at Brunswick or VP Austin (me) and Bike Patrol Director Jamie at Blue Clay tomorrow! We plan on being there from 10am till about 2pm. We will be doing this monthly with additional events as we get deeper into the year!

Thats it for now everyone, have a wonderful Memorial Day! Be safe and enjoy the trails!

Austin Fenwick
Vice President: Cape Fear SORBA

Cape Fear SORBA Update 05/24/10

Hello again Cape Fear SORBA

Your Vice President, Austin Fenwick here with some updates for the club! Its been a busy couple of weeks since you last heard from the board so lets get right to the new information!

First of all I would like to apologize, I did say in the last email update that the website would be up by now, but our wonderful webmaster has had some personal issues as of late and has been unable to complete the website as early as he had expected. Please be patient as we continue to work very hard on getting the site up and running.

June 5th Work day and Race Series Finale information
In a little less than two weeks we will be hosting the finale of the East Carolina MTB Race Series at the Blue Clay Bike Park. With that in mind there are things that need to be done! First of all there will be a work day on JUNE 5TH to help prepare Blue Clay for the following day’s race. We will be raking, trimming and touching up some problem areas with crush and run among other things. CFSORBA members please meet at the parking lot at 9am. We expect that we should be done by no later than 2pm. If you have any questions about the work day please email President Greg Brinson at

In addition, on race day we will also need volunteers for various race day functions. We would like as many as 16 volunteers to help with various jobs throughout the day. These jobs will include: manning the road crossing, registration, trail safety positions during the race, timing, parking, and we will also need a couple of people to help lead the kids race. These volunteers are VERY important to the race and we would love to see as many people as possible come out to help! If you would like to help please email our volunteer coordinator for the event Jamie Champion at

Remember that if you are going to race but you have a friend or family member coming out to the event with you, ask them to help out. We promise that it won’t be hard labor, and everyone gets some great BBQ at the end!

CFSORBA group ride in Raleigh Memorial Day weekend
Cape Fear SORBA’s new ride coordinator Jesse Savage has put together a group ride for membership to take place on Saturday May 29th in the Raleigh area. The ride is expected to start at the Lake Crabtree trails and branch out from there. The plan is to carpool up together and split gas money so that as many people can go as possible. If you are interested in going give Jesse a shout and let him know! His phone number is 264-1465 or you can email him at Please let him know as soon as possible so that he can coordinate rides! Also if you have ride suggestions for this or any other ride, let him know! We want to make being a part of CFSORBA about riding just as much as building trails!

Also, as a reminder, I want to let all CFSORBA members know that if you have any concerns with what is happening within the club we want you to let us know. Please contact the board with any concerns you have and we will get back to you asap. We want to be able to address any issue that comes up, thats what we are here for!

There will be more updates soon, including a likely club meeting sometime after the race at BC on the 6th. Stay tuned! With any luck our website will be up by then!

Austin Fenwick
Vice President
Cape Fear SORBA