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Northeast Alabama Biking & Trail Survey - 2014

The Center for Economic Development at Jacksonville State University is surveying bikers to prepare an Economic and Usage Analysis for the following:

- Enhancement and expansion of Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail (currently 25 miles with an estimated 10-12 additional miles anticipated to be completed by the end of 2014;
- Expansion of the Chief Ladiga Trail (currently a 33 mile rail trail which connects to the Silver Comet Trail in Georgia);
- Potential of a 4-day “Stage Race” to include time trials, road racing; Criterium, and a circuit race.

IMBA-SORBA West Georgia Announces Mountain Bike Patrol

by Wes Allen

IMBA-SORBA West Georgia is proud to announce its new bike patrol. The patrol was originally started in 2013 with only the Patrol Director, Wes Allen, and has quickly grown to six patrollers with more expected to join.

Flagler Area Biking Blazes Ahead

by Kevin Phelps

FAB logoFlagler Area Biking has been busy! During the last few months they've signed an MOU with a state park, officially incorporated two trails into our SORBA chapter, been approved to build a jump park and skills area at Chuck Lennon Park, and hosted a very successful race that brought roadies and mountain bikers together, and they have been awarded Florida's Off-Road Bicycle Club of the Year!

SAMBA Receives IMBA/Osprey “Let’s Build Trails” Grant

SAMBA, serving the Mobile, AL area, is excited to announce that they received their first grant since forming as an IMBA-SORBA chapter.  The chapter was awarded an IMBA/Osprey “Let’s Build Trails” grant of $400.  The money will be used to buy tools and dirt.  SAMBA is looking forward re-building and re-routing some trails that have been heavily damaged throughout the years from storms and neglect.
 

SORBA Woodstock Hosts Six Hour Race to Sunset

Teams and individuals will descend upon Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trail System in Woodstock, GA to compete at one of the most popular races, The Six Hour Race to Sunset, on one of the most popular tral systems, Blankets Creek, on Saturday, August 9th. The race is a collaboration between the title sponsor, Outspokin' Bicycles, the promoter, Mountain Goat Adventures, and the local IMBA-SORBA chapter, SORBA Woodstock. Pre-registration is advised, as the racer limit is set at 375.

The Helen Rotary Donates $500 for Trails in White County, GA

A $500 contribution from the Helen, GA Rotary Club kicks off the funding to build 20 miles of natural-surface trail as Helen Rotarypart of the 1,000 acre Outdoor Recreation Area planned by the White County Commission.

TORC and Trek Host Women’s Skills Clinic

On Saturday, April 26th, TORC hosted a women's only skills clinic at Lake Crabtree County Park led by Melinda Bowen, a Trek Factory Demo Rep. This free event was sponsored by Trek, Cycling Spoken Here, a local bike shop, Skills Clinicand TORC.

SEGA-SORBA and JCB Inc. Forge Partnrship--Host First Mud Run and MTB Race

SEGA SORBARUHow do you triple your chapter membership in one week?  You partner  with JCB Inc. – the largest construction and agricultural equipment manufacturer in the world and third-largest in the United States.  JCB was hosting the 2014 Mud Run June 21, and five weeks out they decided to add the Dig the Ride mountain bike race and ride!

New Class: Advance Trail Building Techniques

Advance Trail Building Techniques

June 14th & 15th
Haw Creek Park

Trail Management Institute
This 1 or 2 day training is designed to enhance the knowledge base of a trail crew volunteer, trail coordinator or land manager who interested in mechanized and advance trail building techniques. Topics inlcude, machine overview, preventive maintenance schedule and field repairs demo, basic concepts of mechanized trail work, “Working in Pairs”, Technical Trail Features: bridges, jumps, climbing turn and switch berms.

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