Lake Norman Bike-A-Thon Fundraiser @ Lake Norman State Park Visitors Center PVA
Mar 24 all-day


As many know, the great family that is the Tarheel Trailblazers maintain many miles of epic trails all within our riding and driving range. With that in mind, sometimes specific locations need a bit of help. This rad place, known as Lake Norman State Park is having a sweet Bike-A-Thon that’s NOT A RACE! Check it out & we hope to see you there. If wanting to roll as a family or friends, let us know and we will be glad to help you along the way.

This event aims to raise the necessary funds to complete substantial trail rehabilitation and strategic re-routes on the Hawk, Hicks Creek, and Norwood Loops, to ensure these trails provide thousands more riders with smiles ear to ear. Register for the ride, then share our fundraiser with your friends. We have prizes for the riders (and teams) who raise the most money in our fund riaser!!!!!!

Fund Raising Goal and Intention

Fundraising goal for this event: $10,000

Funds raised through this event will serve as matching funds for a 2018 REI grant that the Trailblazers are applying for to benefit the trails at Lake Norman State Park. Our goal is that the funds raised through this event combined with the funds from the 2018 REI grant will meet or exceed $20,000.

The first phase of the LKN State Park trail improvements project is to complete an assessment of the ~6 miles of trail to be improved that will identify all projects to be implemented. That assessment will determine cost estimates for project implementation. If the cost to implement all projects at LKN State Park is less than the total funds raised, then the remaining funds will be used to support other trail development projects within THTB trail systems

Mechanics of the Fundraiser

Date: March 24th, 2018 Rain date: March 25th, 2018

Timeline, including setup and tear down: 6:30am-7pm Ride time: 9am-4pm

THS IS NOT A RACE! Individual and Duo participants will ride as many miles as they can (or choose to) between the hours of 9am and 4pm. All riders will begin at 9am and riders must be back at the parking lot by 4pm. You may take as many breaks during the course of the day as you would like. There is no course, riders may start on any trail and they may ride as many different loop configurations as they choose. If you would like to lap Monbo all day, do it!

We are asking that each participant use the fundraising page to help raise at least $50 toward the cause! You can ask family and friends to donate to you specifically, or create a team and join up with others to raise money.

On-site registration will be available but on-line registration is strongly encouraged.

Ride Registration

Individual: $25

Duo: $50

We will recognize riders who ride the most miles throughout the day

  • Male Individual
  • Female Individual
  • Junior Men 14 under
  • Junior Women 14 under
  • Duo Parent/Child (14 under)
  • Duo Co-ed
  • Duo Male
  • Duo Female

Event Timeline

o 6:30-7:30am registration setup

o 7:30am-8:30am registration/packet pick up (registration will be open until 10 for late comers)

o 8:45am riders meeting

o 9am riders begin

o 4pm all riders must report to the parking lot

o 4pm-5pm mileage reported and results calculated

o 5pm-6pm raffle prizes and awards given

o 6pm event wraps up!

o After party at the Cedar Stump in Downtown Troutman

The Ride

THS IS NOT A RACE! Individual and Duo participants will ride as many miles as they can (or choose to) between the hours of 9am and 4pm. All riders will begin at 9am and riders must be back at the parking lot by 4pm. You may take as many breaks during the course of the day as you would like. There is no course, riders may start on any trail and they may ride as many different loop configurations as they choose. If you would like to lap Monbo all day, do it! If you want to complete full circuits of the park multiple times, do it!

Reporting miles ridden

Each participant is responsible for tracking the number of miles they ride throughout the day. There will be superlatives and small prizes given for the recognized classes listed in this document. Again, this is not a race, and determining exactly who rode the most miles is secondary to having fun and raising money. All forms of tracking your ride will be accepted including:

  • Smart phone apps (Strava, Map my ride, etc.)
  • GPS watches
  • Bike mounted GPS
  • Hand tracking by naming loops ridden and number of times

o We will have a standard mileage to use for those who cannot track their mileage electronically

Pages, Pedals & a Pint Tour @ Birdsong Brewing Company
Apr 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us and our pals at Birdsong Brewing Co. as we co-host round 2 of our Pages, Pedals & a Pint Tour! From now through the end of the school year, Bikin’ Dads Adventures will be co-hosting this tour across several areas with our efforts aimed at collecting new or gently used Kids Bikes & Books. Monetary donations will also be accepted, plus our pals will be donating a $1 of every pint sold during the time frame listed during the event to dedicate to this effort.

This is part of a new segment by the crew, titled, “Tools for Adventure”, in which we firmly believe that both Bikes & Books can be used to take us and area youth on the most epic journeys, be it physically or imaginatively.

There will be food trucks, corn-hole, larger than life jenga & possibly our mini-bike course to test out your awesomeness! So bring your family & friends, grab a pint or two, play some games and be rad, with the Bikin’ Dads crew.

A What & a Why answered…
This is new collaborative effort to provide both books and bikes to area youth in Cabarrus, Mecklenburg & Gaston Counties. By teaming up with local gov’t entities and more, our aim is to collect bikes, books & hopefully helmets to provide to area youth.

Why, you ask, as the school year ends, youth sometimes become less active mentally and physically and our aim is to keep them going by providing these “Tools for Adventure”!

BD Adventures legally named, but you all know us as, Bikin’ Dads Adventures in which we are a 501(c)3 program, aimed at working with area fathers and youth, in “building stronger relationships one adventure at a time”. Curious as to more, be sure to check us out at & we hope to see you sooner than later!

4th Annual Kid’s Safety Fair @ Kohl's
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Join the Gaston County Sheriff’s Department and our crew at Franklin Shopping Center for the 4th annual Kids Safety Fair!

Parents & Kids alike will get better glimpse on a variety of topics that sometimes we all take for granted, plus there will be FREE Hot Dog’s, Kids books collected during our Pages, Pedal & a Pint Tour to help your kids launch into Spring time adventures!

Open Streets 704 @ 4 Mile Route within Plaza-Midwood, NoDa, Belmont, Vila Heights & Optimist Park
Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Stay tuned for our specific location, but……

Open Streets 704 powered by BlueCross Blue Shield of North Carolina is a series of four Charlotte events that will literally open a length of city streets for an afternoon just for people! Taking cues from similar events around the country and the world, Open Streets 704 aims to build a better, healthier, connected community by encouraging Charlotte and Mecklenburg area residents to walk, bicycle, and experience the city together in a way that’s just not possible in a car.

Open Streets 704 powered by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina is made possible by a grant from the Knight Foundation, in partnership with Partners for Parks, Mecklenburg County Government, the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation, the Mecklenburg County Public Health, Charlotte Department of Transportation, and the support of The Charlotte- Mecklenburg Police and Charlotte Fire departments.

Learn To Ride Charlotte @ Martin Luther Middle School
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Just like the photo says…a most rad way to be more awesome for both kids & adults alike, by “Learn to Ride”! 

It’s never too early (or too late!) learn to ride a two-wheeler! Kids of all ages and grown-ups, too, can Learn to Ride a bike using the tried-and-true “balance bike” method. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s a skill that will last a lifetime! Join the fun, and this FREE opportunity to Learn to RideLearn to Ride is a not-for-profit, 100% volunteer series of events to grow Charlotte’s cycling community one new cyclist at a time. Learn to Ride is made possible in partnership with Bicycle Sport and Trips for Kids Charlotte, with support from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Mecklenburg County Public Health, and well-run media + marketing.

Already know how to ride & looking for a most epic VOLUNTEER opportunity? Well, check the link, sign up & do good,

We need volunteers for these role:

  • Fitters – check the fit of bikes and helmets (I know a little about bikes, but not a lot…)
  • Maintenance – remove/replace pedals and training wheels, check air in tires (I can work on a bike!)
  • Instructors – teach kids to ride! (we’ll teach you how!)
  • Support – greet people, assist with sign ins, give directions and water (I will do whatever!)

To sign up, visit our Sign Up Genius page:

For more information, contact


Friends & Family Hoo-Ha @ Oskar Blues ReeB Ranch
Jun 16 – Jun 17 all-day

Spend some extra special time with DAD(or mom) this Fathers day weekend and bring him out to the REEB Ranch to camp, ride bikes, relax, ride bikes, drink beer and repeat.  We are teaming up the the Bikin Dads Adventures to host a weekend of family fun and of course plenty of Mountain biking and other adventures.  We will have demos on site from the local Brevard shops: REEB Cycles, Intense, Specialized, Pivot and more! 

Local rippers and the Bikin’ Dads will lead skill sessions (dual Slalom, pump n jump, bike handling etc) and we’ll send out 2 group rides.   This is a FAMILY function open to ALL, not just dads! Book your campsite now and come out for the weekend and enjoy.  Use the promo code DAD on the REEB Ranch website to receive a special $40 per night price for camping which will automatically enter you into a raffle for prizes from: Industry 9, Cane Creek, Squatch and more.   

We have a limited amount lodging onsite if you don’t want to camp you can stay in the Waterfall Cabin, Barn Apartment or Airstream so book yours today!

Can’t stay the night….no problemo!  Come on out and anyways.  Daily park passes are $10 per person 12 and older and $7 per person 11 and younger.