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The Forbidden Forest

Advocacy in Action in Nashville, TN

By Carolyn Heichel

For as long as I can remember
I’ve looked at the trails in Percy Warner Park while riding by on the road and
dreamt of the day I could drop in and experience the sweet single track I’ve
only experienced on foot. I was told mountain biking was actually allowed at
one time, and mountain bikers built many of the trails in the park before they
were outlawed (well before my riding days in Nashville), and now only allow
hiking and equestrian use. As tensions grew between the different user groups,
the mere mention of the words “mountain bike trails” and “Percy Warner” in the
same sentence often started a huge debate between nature lovers, equestrians,
and mountain bikers. Percy Warner Park was no place for mountain bikes!

Thanks to our Volunteers, 2010 Was a Great Year for CSRA Trails

By Susan Messick  

SORBA-CSRA would like to thank all of the members and volunteers who
helped maintain the local trails in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) in
2010, and who helped us kick off 2011 with trails in great shape. Sixty-five
SOBRA-CSRA members and volunteers worked over 1020 hours maintaining our local

Go, Dawg! SORBA-Athens Turns it on in Athens-Clarke County

by John Wares

SORBA Athens is turning it
on and making big moves in 2011. We’ve started a campaign to raise membership
and awareness of our cause by reaching out to the community to gain access to trails
in Athens-Clarke County. We’ll host traditional events, such as time trials, as
well as Trailgating events where we set
up a tent at trailheads and supply information and cold water (or hot tea,
weather depending) to riders and other trail users who may not know about us
and our mission. 

Mt. Tabor Trail System Boasts 30,000 Visitors Annually!

by Wes Allen

Paulding SORBA, assisted by
Paulding County’s Department of Transportation, has been tracking visitor
traffic to the Mt. Tabor Park trailhead parking lots. Data analyzed from 2010
and 2011 show that the trails receive over 30,000 visitors annually. This is a
tremendous sign of appreciation from the public and for all the volunteer
effort put into these trails since the project began in November 2009.

Bull and Jake Mountain Trails Need YOU!

Over the past four years, we've seen many improvements to
the Jake & Bull Mountain trail system outside of Dahlonega, GA. These
improvements are due, in part, to a partnership between IMBA-SORBA, the Chattahoochee
Trail Horse Association (CTHA), and the U. S. Forest Service’s Blue Ridge District.
CTHA and IMBA-SORBA have worked on this trail system for years, building two of
the best trails out there. Our partnership continues, and much work is yet to
be done.

UPSTATE SORBA Hosts Oyster Roast

On November 20th, the Upstate Chapter (SC) held an oyster roast to raise
funds for on-going chapter Image initiatives.  Almost 100 participants attended–
eating oysters and chili, and listening to a local bluegrass band, Grass
Backwards.  Kegs of beer were generously donated by RJ Rockers,
Spartanburg SC.  The roast was held in The Bonfire Field”\ behind Sunrift
Adventures – one of UPSTATE SORBA’s most active supporters.

Thomson Goes SociaL...Media, That Is


There's a new fan page in town and it belongs to the local stem and
seatpost gurus at L.H. Thomson Company down in Macon, GA. Long known for our
quality components and the factory tour and bike festival which took place for
years on founder Ronnie Thomson's birthday, we were not so well known for our
web and digital presence.

Greenville Alley Cat Is Back!

By Jeff Papenfus (

It didn’t start out as a traditional SORBA event, but with
the support of Upstate SORBA and local cyclists of all types, the first
Greenville Alley Cat race went very well—so well that we’re bringing back the
series in January 2011. Alley Cat races started when big city bike messengers
organized impromptu races to test their bike handling and street navigation
skills. Alley Cats are traditionally raced on fixed-gear, single-speed bikes,
and Andy Davis of Greenville won our inaugural Alley Cat in September 2010 on
just such a bike. However, Greenville’s Alley Cat series is meant as a way to
enjoy cycling with friends around our beautiful city on pleasant evenings. All
levels of cyclists on any type of bicycles are encouraged to join the ride.

By the Light of the Tennessee Moon...Well, Sort of

by Colin Davidson

ImageBy 6:00 p.m. on November 9th, a large group of riders had
assembled for New Moon Fandango at the Lock 4 Mountain Bike Trail in Gallatin,
Tennessee, just outside Nashville. At 6:30pm, an LED-lit snake of over 50
mountain bikers started winding through nine miles of wooded singletrack by Old
Hickory Lake, gliding at any and all paces. There was no competition, no time
to beat, no smack to talk… just a fun ride--an everyone-invited ride, a no-drop
ride. I’m not sure which was brighter, the rider’s lights or the smiles on
their faces, but I am certain that you couldn’t have asked for better weather,
better trail conditions or a better group of people to ride with that night.

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club has much to Celebrate

After weeks of preparation and days of rain, on November 6th
the Knoxville IMBA-SORBA chapter put on an event that will not soon be
forgotten. The day began at the newly built Ross Marble Quarry Trail System.  Ijams Nature Center held a ribbon
cutting ceremony where President Brian Hann and, Past President Randy Conner
were recognized for their efforts in coordinating the completion of Phase 1 of
the Ross Marble Quarry Trail System. 
Phase 1 consists of 3.5 miles of machine and hand-built trail constructed
by AMBC. Notables in attendance for the Ribbon Cutting were, County Mayor Tim
Burchett, Former Mayor and park contributor Victor Ashe, City Councilman Nick
Pavlis, Legacy Parks Foundation Executive Director Carol Evans and, many other
city council men and women that helped make the park a reality.  After the Ribbon Cutting, the party
moved south to another node on the ever-expanding Dirty South Trail Network for
the AMBC Fall Festival.