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Auqust 30 - Kentycl{/Chocolocco (Sunday) on riding We are planning Kentuck and meeting at the Olive Gardenlocationat Eastwood 8:30 am. lf it is raining,we will change our plan and go to Chocolocco. of the heat Future Plans Because Stone we have been experiencing. Trailsin and the Olympic Mountain for Conyers, GA arebeingdiscussed ride. an October

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Aug.30 Sept.2 Sept.5 Sept6 Sept12 Kentuck Ride Meeting Hoover Library WorkDayOakMountain - Anniston NEABC Race BBCCentury

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Meetfor workdaysat the South Trailhead at the new BUMP shed. Time to meet is 9:00 a.m. Call the hotlinefor any possible changes. Workdays subject to weather canceltation. September5 - Saturday October11 - Sunday - SaturdaY NovemberT 6 SundaY December

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'98 MTN IRONLEGSCHALLENGE BIKE RACE is scheduled for 6' 1998 at Choccolocco September AL. The in WhitePlains, StateForest NORBA Sanctioned event will with a feature 21 raceclassifications cash purse of $4000 and merchandise over $3500. All categoriespay at least five deep fewerthanfive riders. unless lap will equalabout7.8 miles, Each 'and is considered by the organizers thanlastyear.The to be muchbetter NortheastAlabama Bicycle Club (NEABC) has improved the parking, stagingarea,and entire event. For piekup a brochure moreinformation, at yourlocalshop.

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Our next scheduled woi'kday is Saturday September sth at Oak Mountain. Our past few workdays have been great successes,and please continue the appreciated wcrk. Tne July 12th workday at Oak Mountain repaired low spotsr':ear the RC track with the help of several you misseci mem'pers. the vrorkciay, it-. you probablyhave seen the great improvements that were madeon the trail. Thanks to CahabaCyclesfor donatingthe door prize,a new Oak Trail T-shirt. Mtn. / Red to David Passmore for Congratulations winning on hisfirsttrailday! Last Sunday,a work-dayat Elmore BridgeTrail was County/ Swayback another success. Nearly a dozen membersheadedsouthto assistthe Elmore County Trail Association (ECIA)in side-hilling of their a section newtrail.ln all,over20 people worked for several hoursto improve morethan 100 yardsof trail.Following the work, the ECTA showedtheir appreciation and hospitality witha cookout. All work and no play makesfor a longtrip, so, several membersenduredthe heat trail.And,if and rodethe newlyworked you missed the fun, it is feature<l it is a great inside. Ridethe Swayback, trail.
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Everridedowntown and thought, it wouldbe nice to park my bike somewhere other than next to a parking mete/'. Or maybeif was a beautiful day and you wanted to ride your bike to the localstoreor mall but didn'tbecause Hoover Cahaba Heights Oak Mountain you knewtherewas not a parking placefor yourbike. Well, 822-66N 967-2W3 987-4M3 here is your chance! There are bicycleparking racks available throughthe BicycleParkingProgram sponsored CAHABA CYCLES' SWAP MEET by the Birmingham (BRPC). Regional Planning Commission Got any old parts that you would like to swap for some To give.yoursuggestions, write,call or fax Meg Scullyat betterold parts? 211211'n Avenue South, Suite22O,Birmingham, AL 35205 Now you will have your chance! On October 4, CahabaCycles' phone: 251-8139fax 328-3304, BIKERS UNITE! They Oak Mountain location will be having their parts swap meet from wantyoursuggestions.
1-5 p.m. For further info, call any CahabaCycles location.

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The Place: The place of this month'sfeatureis ElmoreCounty'sSwayback Bridge Trail. Located near Wetumpka, it is a short drive from Birrningham. BUMP recently assisted Elmore Ccunty Trail Association with maintenance. They greatly appreciated our help, and we enjoyedthe trail. Thanksto Johan, Chris, and all the othersfor tiie hospitality. To reach thetrail from Birmingham, takeI-65 south ic eait i.91.Go left towards Wetumpka on Route14 East.After 6.5 miles,makea right to relriainon 14 East.After another 4 miles or so, a left is required to stayon 14. When you intersect with US 231 (3 miles),turn North anddrive for another 3 milesto a signfor CampChandler, turn left. After 3 milesor so a sign for the Boat Ramp directsyou left. Just parkingarea. afterthis turn is a smalltriangular The trail headis at the gravelroadto the north.You will exit the fire roadto the south. The Trails: The trails are very new and are tight single track with a few fire road sections.The climbsare strenuous, but short.Be prepared for a toughride of 7 milesor so.This may be a southern trail, but it will soon gain your respect as a mountainbike trail. The ride starts with a fun downhill, and winds aroundLake Jordan.Several technicalsectionsand obstacles make for a very enjoyable ride. Make the trip and "Ride the Swayback". Thanks to Chris Snyderfor his contribution of the map. This is one map featuredin his new boo( Mountain Biking Alabama, The Skinny on the Stcte's Best Fat Tire Destinations. The book features 14 ridesaroundthe stateand is soonto be suppliedto local cycle shops.Ask for it at your favoriteshop.

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TRAIL TALK The BUMP-HASH Joint Socialat the Red Bud Pavilion
By Amy Hunterand staff
The second BUMP Social of the year rolled merrilyalong Sunday July 26th at Oak Mountain State Park. Members of the BUMP club were most pleased Social ll. Also making respectableshowings in the log pull event were Colleen, Margo, Dan, and Chris. The winners received a BUMP jersey and the other places are now the proud owners of BUMP t-shirts.The big log has been retrofittedfor the next event, so start working

to be joined in the merrymaking by the (MCH3 MagicCityHashHouseHarriers the drinkers

A little mountainbiking, a little running,a lot of eating, a spot of polo for the chaps, and an average quaffing were topped off with a challenginglog pull. Congratulations to Chris and Mickieour victorious logpullers for the BUMP
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The polo matches saw intense competition and fierce battles, but did the score matter? Not really, everyone just played for fun. lf you didn't play, get ready for the next match. We enjoyed a fine summer afternoon. Thanks to everyone who participated.Special thanks go out to the Hashers, Jon Kirchoff for the music, Derrick Seys and Anne Traeger for outstanding food preparation; and Mark Richman for his cooking skills. Without him, we would have received a raw deal. And, BUMP wishes to thank the Hashers for their contribution of the "beverages". Anyone lookingforwardto Social lll ? Interestedin the MCH3 Club? They can be contactedon the Hash hotlineat (205) 942-MCH3

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By Doug Daughhetee The 25th Annual BBC Century is rapidly approaching worker {9/1Zggi,and the time has cometo firn up volunteer assignmentsfor the big day. Beyond trte sbviqrs reward the pleasureof spending receive{i.e. experiencing volunteers a nie we hope day outdoorshelpingfolks have fun on a t-shirtand a mealticket theirbikes),BBCwill also present provide significantassistancein who volunteer workers to puttingon this event. (Note:We are always glad for any helping hand our membersor others give us, but if you waddleout of Wingsat 6:00 pm and stopby to helpus fold up tablesand drairs,thanks,but don'texpecta free shirt). note that it lf you are tom betweenriding and volunteering, you coulddo the to do both. For example, mightbe possible 31 or 50 mile routesand still have plentyof time to get back and eat a nicefree lunch beforegoing out to take over secondshift at the GrantsMill rest stop, where you could kick back and enjoy watching pooped-out and doublemetricriderscomingthrough. century We havejust begunto fill in the slots,so if you act eady you can get your clroiceof jobs. Call BBC CenturyChairperson Doug Daughhetee at 992-5436 {days) or 995-2013 Afrer we ve got and get dibs on an assignment. {evenings) our worker bees lined up, we'll likely have a little preeventmeetingto go over usefulinfo,suchas rider anticipated 1) sa$'routesand rest stop locations; passing times 2) food, drink, and equipmentBBC will provideand suggestedstuff of your own to bring along (e.g. lawn chairs) by Southern of the digitalradios(provided 3) operation will be assignedto each sag vehicleand LINC)vyhich we'll rest stop Evenif you can't make it to this meeting, get up with you and makesure you knowwhat'sneeded for yourjob. is opento anyonewho'dliketo helpout This opportunity - BBC members, members of other bike dubs, significant others, insignificant others, unwary coworkers,etc. - ifs not just an unpaid job - it's an unpaid Remember adventure! call,write,or tmaif For race informatioft PO Box55283,B'HamAL 35255 or 664*3669 {205)991154,995-2013, ng.com indspri captai niack@m

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By Amy Hunter July 25th- a small group of the Saturday, BIIMP faithful journeyed to Monte Sano Park in Huntsvillewith grandvisions State of an "epic dde." We lookedthe part. The trail conditionswere, we thought, a little wet but perfectly acceptable. Our feLings were reinforcedby the sign at the headof the trail reading "Bike Trails Open." us Otherridersjust exitingthe trail assured a greatride wasto come. Offwe went alongan old road bed leading to the single track--right there where the mapsaidit wouldbe. What a fine downhill ride! Mark Richman led the way. Hugh Leader and Derrick skills. admirable Seysfolloweddisplaying Anne Traegerand I kept what we'lI call a social pace at the rear where we chatted about...Well,never mind what we chatted about. Then IIE appeared. Up he jumped from the ground like a troll-in-the-box. He had beenrunning on thesetrails for nine years (andboy was he tired). He demanded that we exit his trails and ceasethe erosion in conditions... these"rain-soaked" Allow me to abbreviatethis story. We the angry person electednot to challenge du jour. (I know what you're thinking and would have had a I'm zureyou personally better plan. You weren't there. Shut up and read) We soughtthe park ranger for an offrcial response. The day really got from this point. Mark got lessremarkable one answerfrom the ranger;Derrick got another. We lost Mark. We found Mark. A rainstormcamealong andthen the trails really were rain soaked. We went home. I think somenice riding is available in the Huntsville ara. Monte Sano and other sites in the area are reputed to offer lots of fun trails. Thanksto Missy for faxing us the greatmaps. Looks like the club in Huntsville is doing some nice the work. I vote that we challenge trolls of the world and return to ride anotherday. Well, maybeI'11stay should home;but I think somebody do it.

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lf you would like to run a classified ad, please submit by the next meetingfor inclusionin next month's newsletter. Wanted: Road Bike - 54 cm Call Mark 665-4944.

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For Sale Rock Shock Indy-C with Dirfworks cartridge. $100 Call David661-9800. For Sale: 1998 Bump and Grind T-shirts.Severalshirtsremainfrom the race. Sizes are limitedto large and XL Contact Ken Hester or one of the board for purchasing at $10 each. For Sale: Pearl lzumi ridingjerseys featuring BUMP artwork.$65.00 only a few are left and sizes are limited.Call Ken Hester 879-8373 to purchase or if you are interestedin ordering a new one. BUMP is consideringhaving more made. We have to order a minimum quantity.So, if you are interestedplease let BUlvlPknow. Wanbd: COOL old bikes 1930's - 1960's Especially Schwinn. Absolutely any condition. CallJoel 252-1612

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Haveyou recently the BUMPsignsoddlypositioned noticed aroundthe area and especially along l-20? lt wouldappear the signsare markingan extension of Oak Mountain's Red Trailor the Cheaha trails. Onecan'thelpbut notice the signs .BUMP'was (inBUMP orange) indicating or is present. Boardhas beenaskedif thiswas the plan,but they BUMP's plan deny any part in the signs.Was this a mysterious discussed at the last meeting, or any prior?Whateverthe planor whomever the organizers, theyappear to havea good approach to makingBUMPa recognized club,but their trail buildingneeds significant improvement. The trails are flat quadruple track interstate, or are we to ride the shoulder? Thewhole thingseems to be morein linewithroadbikes. The highway department simplystatesthe signsare thereto giveindication (sounds of roughterrain or roadconditions like a traifto me!).Eventually we may learnthat secretworkdays have been constructing milesof trails ccnnecting Alabema slmilar te the Robert TrentJonesgolf system. Thatwouldbe veryfine!!!

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BUMPis a notforprofit organization Fresident Joe Cotlin VicePres. JimTyndal Vice Pres. JackBransdorf Treasurer MikeHerring Secretary Hendrik Snow Member JoelRobertson Member Jon Kirchoff Trail Czar Ken Hester Newsletter AnneTraeger 849-e298 879-6255 978-7079 663-6083 879-6255 252-1612 870-9538 879-8373 969-7033

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The lv\0DfLfNffP is published to inform the local mountain biking community of current happenings in the area, and promote safe and responsible use of mountain bicycles. If you would like to submit information of any kind, please let BLIMP know. Your ideas and suggestions will be appreciated. Leave a message on our Hotline at (205) 592-BUMP or send an e-mril fo iBykDoU@aolcom.

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