This is all the more exciting for us given recent uptick in the awareness of NC MTB-ing in general. Bike Magazine have just released their annual Gear Guide Bible and christened NC's Transylvania County and Pisgah Forest "America's Best Kept Secret".
Now we find ourselves just a rung down the ladder from such epic trails as Farlow Gap in Brevard. Without a doubt, western NC has a TON more great trails than we do, but we're off to a good start. That good start comes from 25 years of mountain biking on my part, knowing a bit about how to build a trail, a great desire to raise the level of recreational opportunities here in the Sauratown's, a great host and land owner in the form of Camp Sertoma, and the hard work and dedication of a wonderful group of volunteers and supporters.
We are well on our way and we're nowhere near done. We've just had our first big event 'The Doubleshot' that went down with rave reviews for the passion and hard work of the combined autodrop and MST crews! Teamwork, partnerships, passion and progress, is what makes it all happen. Through our continuing events and outreach we'll strive to bring more good things home. We've already established a great cast of state and local sponsors who support MST as a great place to ride and race. Much thanks to the local bike shops, including Mock Orange Bikes, Doc Wheelies, Clemmons Bike Shop and Cycle Therapy. Thanks to local business support from Krankies Coffee, Foothills Brewing, Great Outdoor Provisions, Danbury General Store and Singletree Inn. Thanks to our great NC sponsors DeFeet and Cane Creek Components and to all the others along the way, like Chamois Buttr' and Sufferfest who have chipped in to make The Sauratown Mountains and Triad NC a better place to bike. Last but certainly not least, a big thanks to Novant Health and Forsyth Medical Center for their dedication and commitment to community wellness and fitness. Their support of outreach programs and clinics programed in conjunction with MST will bring more and more NEW people to the trails and onto bikes. As time goes by we'll build on our current success to make THIS place America's next best kept secret.