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Upstate SORBA Completes New Trail


By Chip Batson

After holding a successful State Championship Downhill Race in 2011, Upstate SORBA elected to donate some of the profit to Paris Mountain State Park to help complete new trail. This donation, combined with funds from the local outfitting store REI, made $8,000 available to hire a professional trail building company to build just over one mile of new trail. Two volunteer work days attracted around 90 volunteers each, with some volunteers traveling from as far away as North Carolina and Georgia.

SORBA Jax Receives Memorial Donation for Hannah Park


by Dan Zaffuto

SORBA Jax recently received a generous donation of $2,500 from Lula Esposito to enhance off-road bicycling in Jacksonville, Florida, specifically at Hanna Park. The donation came from the Jeff Esposito Memorial Fund. Jeff and Lula were married before a tragic bicycle accident took Jeff’s life. He was riding his bike home on the evening of September 29, 2005 when he was struck by an automobile.

Tarheels Tackle Uwharrie

by Jim Grover

IMBA-SORBA Forges Partnership with Georgia’s State Parks

On the heels of a decision to implement a $2 user fee for mountain bike trails in Ft. Yargo, Hard Labor Creek, and Unicoi State Parks, The Georgia Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Historic Sites Division is creating a partnership with IMBA-SORBA to maintain existing trails and create new, model trails, ushering in a new era of quality mountain biking in Georgia’s State Parks. The partnership will benefit mountain bikers who visit Georgia’s State Parks and volunteers who maintain the mountain biking trails in those parks.

CoTrails Announces Strategic Planning Events

After our successful CoTrails Strategic Plan launch meeting and Trails 101 weekend at Unicoi State Park last month, the implementation phase of the strategic plan now begins in earnest.  
We hope you have some or all of the following events on your calendars:
CoTrails Inventory Workshops
February 11 - 9:00am - 4:00pm – Conasauga Ranger District
Keown Falls near The Pocket Campground--see below for details.
February 18 - 9:00am - 4:00pm – Blue Ridge Ranger District*
February 25 - 9:00am - 4:00pm – Chatooga River Ranger District*