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IMBA-SORBA Welcomes Two Mississippi Chapters

By Robin Allen

NMTAIMBA-SORBA has granted provisional chapter status to North Mississippi Trail Alliance (NMTA) and Tri County Mountain Bike Association (TCMBA). These are the first two chapters to form in Mississippi. 

NMTA serves a large swath of Northern MS from Clarksdale to Iuka. The chapter has around 12 miles of existing trails, with ambitious plans to build more on US Army Corps of Engineers land at Arkabutla Lake and in the City of Olive Branch.

“We look forward to building the mountain biking culture in North Mississippi, and creating desirable destinations for mountain bikers, from all over the region, to visit and enjoy.  Becoming part of IMBA-SORBA is an integral part of this goal,” says acting President Timothy Phelps. “We were able to establish very good relationships within the community very early and have become respected advocates for trail development and sustainability. We are in the early phases of several trail construction projects in our region, and openly welcome the chance to use the vast knowledge and experience IMBA-SORBA has to offer.”

TCMBA serves middle Mississippi with their core around the Metro Jackson area. To date their focus has been on 9.5 miles of trails built on landtricounty leased from the City of Ridgeland, but they also have an agreement to manage 3 miles of trails on land managed by Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.

President Jeremy Polk says, “In the future we will continue building and maintaining trails, and promoting off road cycling in the central MS area. We are currently opening a new trail system on the Ross Barnett Reservoir at Browns Landing. This is a beautiful piece of property situated on a hillside overlooking the water. We will also partner with other trail builders in the area to help with labor and layout as needed. This is an exciting time to be a part of mountain biking in Mississippi!”

These new chapters bring SORBA’s total to 40 chapters in our seven-state region. It is indeed an exciting time to be part of mountain biking in the Southeast!