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Flagler Area Biking Joins IMBA-SORBA

Like many IMBA-SORBA chapters, Flagler Area Biking came into
being over concern for losing a local trail, The Swamp. Flagler Area Biking organized
a meeting with the group who had been maintaining the trail and representatives
from Flagler County and St. Johns River Water Management.  During the meeting the land owners
provided a more definitive outline for the permissive use and maintenance of
the trail.  As a result of the
meeting, Flagler Area Biking’s concern that the trail would be closed had been,
at least temporarily, resolved.  But,
our work had just begun…

IMBA Trail Care Crew to visit Anniston, Nov 11-14

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care CrewThe Trail Care Crew is IMBA's grassroots educational program and an authority on sustainable trail building practices. Since 1997 The Trail Care Crew program has inspired great volunteer trail work across the U.S. and abroad - a big help to government agencies and land managers who have limited funding for trail construction and upkeep. As a direct result, there are now thousands of new and improved trails in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and several European countries.

Each crew visit is anchored around IMBA's highly-respected, one-day Trail Building School, during which the crews teach sustainable trail construction and maintenance practices via a classroom session and hands-on trail work.

Any local citizen, including state or Federal land managers with an interest in sustainable trail design and construction and/or an interest in the Coldwater Mountain mountain bike trail and other local trail projects should plan to attend this FREE seminar. The training is conducted by professionals from IMBA and hosted by NEABA-SORBA.

Success with First Georgia Bike Summit


by Robin
Allen

IMBA-SORBA
staff Tom Sauret, Robin Allen and Walt Bready are proud to have been part of
the first-ever Georgia Bike Summit,
held at the Georgia Coastal Center in Savannah, GA October 8-10. The Summit,
hosted by the Georgia Bikes Alliance, brought
together over 90 advocates,
business leaders, on-road and off-road recreational cyclists and commuters,
elected officials and staff from across Georgia in a state-wide forum, setting
the stage for bicycling gains. Attendees networked, collaborated, learned, and
became empowered through the Summit, identifying common issues in their local
communities, and setting priorities for Georgia Bikes in 2011. Andy Clarke,
President of the League of American Bicyclists, gave the keynote address, and
Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation, participated via a video message.

Off-Road Riding Debuts in Coastal South Carolina

Normally, you would not put mountain biking or trail riding in the same sentence as Myrtle Beach or Conway, South Carolina, because no trails existed to ride on. But, we're happy to report, you can
now put them together. The Waccamaw Trail Blazers have teamed up with the Waccamaw National
Wildlife Refuge, and they are building sustainable trails, even as you read this.

Introducing BUMP and NEABC—Our Newest IMBA-SORBA Chapters!

Please welcome two Alabama bike clubs, Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) and the Northeast Alabama Bicycle Club (NEABC) as the newest IMBA-SORBA chapters. BUMP, formed in 1991 and currently led by President Mitch Moses, serves over 100 members in the Birmingham metropolitan area. These enthusiastic riders oversee and enjoy over 30 miles of singletrack, including Oak Mountain State Park's trails in Pelham, home of the annual BUMP n' Grind Race. They're busily working to add more trail at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park in McCalla AL, as well as develop new trails at Red Mountain Park.

NEABC formed in 1988, and currently serves 126 cyclists in Calhoun, Cleburne, St. Clair, Talladega, Etowah, & Cherokee Counties. Curtis Cupp is the current President, and steers the club as they steward over 35 miles of trail, from the Cheaha Mountain Express trails to the Choccolocco State Forest trails. The Chapter hosts several annual events, on and off road, such as the Cheaha Challenge, Sunny King Criterium, Noble Street Festival, and the Cheaha Mountain Expresss. Their next big project is to turn Coldwater Mountain, which borders Anniston and Oxford, AL, into a mountain biking destination. This 4,000-acre tract of land, full of mature hardwoods and challenging mountain terrain, will boast over 80 miles of singletrack when all construction phases are complete.

Blue Ridge Adventures Supports IMBA-SORBA , Local Community, through the Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage

ImageThe Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race, put on by Blue Ridge Adventures, is a big production. For five days, September 14-18, elite riders from all over the world traverse 175 miles of Pisgah singletrack, climbing over 40,000 feet. It is a true test of riders’ endurance. From a Director’s standpoint, “It’s like running five ORAMMS in a row,” said Todd Branham, in reference to the Off Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell, an event that draws 400 participants yearly to the town of Old Fort, NC.
That means a lot of work and a lot of volunteers, with some of them in remote locations on the course. Last year Blue Ridge Adventures partnered with IMBA-SORBA to provide volunteers that in some cases ended up bikepacking to get to their course position on time. In return for the volunteers, Blue Ridge Adventures donated $3,000 to the Pisgah Area SORBA Chapter in appreciation for their efforts for three days on the course. This year they’re teaming up again to supply the 25+ volunteer positions needed each day.

The Pisgah Stage Race encourages community involvement, and is hosting several events open to the public and geared toward kids. To promote health and wellness, Olympic Track Racer Colby Pearce and National Champion Mountain Bikers Jeremiah Bishop and Sue Haywood, and Pro Mountain Bikers Evan Plews and Robert Marion will share their stories with kids at Brevard Academy on the Monday preceding the Pisgah Stage Race. Students will learn about perseverance and dedication and also how to balance work, family and fitness to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Riders will also show off some tricks on their bikes.

2nd Annual IMBA-SORBA RLAC Meets at Elachee Science and Nature Center

ImageThe IMBA-SORBA Regional Leadership Advisory Committee held its second annual meeting on August 21, 2010 at the Elachee Science and Nature Center in Gainesville, GA. The RLAC is composed of leaders from advocacy, business, government, and politics in IMBA-SORBA's southeastern region. Their goal is further the cause of off-road cyclists and increase riding opportunities in the region.

Attending the meeting were Tom Sauret. Stephen Mullins, Robin Allen, Darryl Glascock, Angela Allen, Dan Allen, Walt Bready, Rob Grant, Jim Schmid, Sig Hutchinson, David Parrett, and Keith Owen. Debbie Caffin of the US Forest Service was the honored guest.

Riding in Knoxville Keeps Getting Better

ImageThanks to AMBC's efforts, cycling opportunities in Knoxville are expanding. The chapter has partnered with the City Of Knoxville, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Ijams Nature Center, and private landowners to develop The Urban Wilderness and Historic Corridor, a semi-urban trail system project of the Legacy Parks Foundation. AMBC has raised over $3,000 in private donations for the project, including $3,000 from and $60,000 from a Recreational Trails Program grant.

AMBC President Brian Hann says, “The support by local residents has been amazing. There are parts of the trail system that go directly through people's backyards, and they're excited to see it there. Presently, there is a 15-mile loop that AMBC hosts a popular group ride on every Tuesday. We hope to add over eight miles to that loop by this time next year. The RTP grant money we received will go towards five brand-spankin'-new miles of mixed-use trails at the newly acquired Georgia Marble Quarry.”

Cape Fear SORBA and Girl Scout Cadettes Improve Trail at Blue Clay Park

Girl Scouts Troop 43 at Blue ClayBlue Clay Bike Park in Wilmington, NC has gone through some big changes over the last few months, as we have reworked sections of trail, reclaimed sections that were eroding, and built re-routes and new bridges. Cape Fear SORBA is proud to steward this trail system, and the community is enthusiastically supporting our efforts.

Buy Blue, Give Green

ImageBlue Competition Cycles and IMBA-SORBA, Building Trails for the Future

For 2010 Blue Competition cycles has partnered with the International Mountain Bicycling Association-Southern Off RoadBicycle Association (IMBA-SORBA) to promote land access, trail preservation, and new trail development with the goal of enhancing mountain bike touring, racing, fun, and fellowship for all mountain bicyclists in the southeastern United States. While Blue is devoted to making great quality bicycles, they also understand that cyclists of all ages need places to ride their bikes, and committing to help non-profitgroups such as IMBA-SORBA is a great way to not only help promote the sport of cycling, but to ensure it has a bright future.

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