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SORBA-CSRA Fetes South Carolina Chapters

On Saturday, June 6th, SORBA's Central Savannah River Area chapter hosted the South Carolina SORBA chapters at a regional National Trails Day ride and picnic at the Long Cane Ho

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Bull and Jake Mountain Mega Work Party August 6th

IMBA-SORBA and the Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association are hosting a trail work party at the Jake & Bull Mountain trail system in North Georgia, near Dahlonega. Over the past four years the U.S Forest Service, CTHA, and IMBA-SORBA have partnered to upgrade and improve this IMBA Epic Ride.

Dry Creek Trail System Grand Opening

by Conrad Fernandez

Please join Northwest Georgia SORBA and the United States Forest Service—Conasauga Ranger District for the Grand Opening of the Dry Creek Trail System on Saturday, June 25, starting at 11:00 a.m. The trail system provides 25 miles of shared-use trails for equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers. The multiple loop system also connects to the Pinhoti Trail on Johns Mountain and near the East Armuchee trailhead.

SORBA MidTN Gets Approval for Cane Ridge Trail System, Responds to Montgomery Bell Storm Damage

Metro Nashville Parks is collaborating with the SORBA Middle Tennessee chapter, for a new trail system at Cane Ridge, Park. SORBA Middle Tennessee helped design the trails, and will assist in the construction and the maintenance of the trails. Phase 1 construction, slated to begin this summer, creates two miles of trail. Once all phases are complete, the park will boast nine miles of mountain bike trails for riders of all skill levels.

Exemplary Encore for Pedalpalooza

On May 7th, SORBA Woodstock’s Pedalpalooza Festival returned with a full-day celebration of bike demos, competitions, group rides, prizes, and the grand opening of Quehl Holler, Blankets Creek’s newest attraction. Over 200 riders of all ages came out to enjoy the sunshine and festivities. Demos were offered by Out Spokin’ Bicycles, Free Flite Bicycles, Reality Bikes, and Unicycle.com. A raffle, benefitting the Woodstock chapter, sent participants home with gift certificates from Thompson, REI, and Van Michael Salon, plus helmets, cyclocomputers, multitools, and pumps from Specialized. Good food was on hand, everyone enjoyed the festival, but the star of the day was Quehl Holler.

SORBA-Jax Signs Historic Agreement

Jacksonville, Florida mountain bikers recently enjoyed a historic day, signing the first agreement between area mountain bikers and the City of Jacksonville. On Monday, May 23 SORBA-Jax signed a Friends of Hanna Park agreement that allows the chapter to work on several projects with the City.

North Carolina's Trails Receive RTP Funding

At a recent meeting the North Carolina Trails Committee recommended funding trails projects across the state. The funding comes from over $1.8 million dollars in Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) money that is available to North Carolina this year. The recommendations have been forwarded to the Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and are awaiting final approval. This year's awards recognized the growing need for more mountain bike trails across the state.

BUMP Supports Women's MTB Clinic

In May, Birmingham, Alabama's Magic City Cycle Chix sold out their first big event, a 2-day women's mountain bike clinic held at Oak Mountain State Park. In partnership with the Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP), an IMBA-SORBA chapter, and Trek WSD, the clinic covered fundamental skills such as high-speed cornering, controlled braking, and maneuvering over and under obstacles. With the goal of building skills and confidence, the clinic started with skills drills in a low-risk environment--a flat, grassy field--then let riders practice those skills on the trail.

Trailbuilding Workshop at Tsali

The Tsali Trails workshop presented by Woody Keen was an overwhelming success!  Woody and Valerie Naylor, both from Trail Dynamics came to Tsali with two pieces of mechanized equipment on Friday, April 15th, and Saturday April 16th.  The Nantahala Area SORBA chapter was represented by 20 members on Friday, and an additional 15 on Saturday to learn about trail mechanics and perform some magic on the trails.  The biggest and best surprise was the amount of USFS personnel at our event!  The USFS had 7 folks in attendance, from outgoing District Ranger Steve Lohr to Trails Director Eric Crews.

Paynes Creek Trail Opens on the Shores of Lake Hartwell

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with IMBA-SORBA opened a newly-constructed 7.6-mile multi-purpose trail at the Paynes Creek Campground area during a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 29. Speakers at the event included the Corps' Hartwell Project Manager Virgil Hobbs, as well as representatives from IMBA-SORBA and Long Cane Trails, the Carolina-based contractor that constructed the trail.

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