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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.

IMBA-SORBA Immersed in Recreation Trails Collaborative Management Project

The USDA Forest Service began a collaborative process with the public to develop a strategy to better manage the trails in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. The main goal of this effort is to provide a diverse, quality trail system that is maintainable and ecologically sustainable. IMBA-SORBA has joined hikers, anglers, four-wheelers, equestrians, and other forest users to make sure this project is a success and enhances the recreational experience of all the forest’s users. Three principles have been adopted to guide the process.

SORBA Woodstock Spring Cleans Blankets Creek Trailhead

ImageSpring is in full bloom in Georgia, and the Blankets Creek trailhead got some loving attention from the Blankets Creek Garden Club. Volunteers spruced up the donation box with a fresh coat of paint, pulled weeds, and spread mulch over the native plant garden that surrounds the trailhead’s fundraising donor plaques.

"The trailhead is our visitor's first impression of trail, and it's important to make a good first impression. Fortunately we have volunteers who recognize that, and who are willing to put in the time to make sure it happens," explains Scott Stewart, Trail Coordinator for Blankets Creek.

Charlotte’s Tarheel Trailblazers Are in Full Swing!

ImageAs the
Trailblazers patiently await the finishing touches to be placed on their
official affiliation with IMBA-SORBA, the club is moving full steam ahead on a
4.5 mile expansion of the Laurel Loop at Lake Norman State Park.  Completion of the loop will up the mileage at the park to approximately 22, with the promise (through a 2009 RTP grant of
$75K and an REI grant of $10K) to add yet another 8 to 9 miles.  The club mantra is 30 in ‘13–30 miles by the end of 2013! 

IMBA-SORBA Donates to Bracken Mountain Trail Project

IMBA-SORBA donated proceeds of $1,643.00 from the Southern Mountain Bike Summit Silent riding in Pisgah National ForestAuction to the Community Focus Foundation of Brevard, NC. The donation will help fund the Bracken Mountain Trail Project , a six-mile singletrack trail connecting downtown Brevard, NC to Pisgah National Forest.  


Flagler Area Biking Signs MOU with Flagler County

By Eric Epley

Flagler County singletrackFlagler Area
Biking SORBA is very happy to report that we have signed a Memorandum of
Understanding for the Mala Compra Greenway Trail with Flagler County. Mala Compra, Spanish for bad bargain,
refers to the land’s rich history, which includes Seminole Indian settlement
and a cotton plantation.  Despite the negative name, Flagler Area Biking’s
efforts have resulted in a cause for celebration among area mountain bikers, as
the IMBA-SORBA chapter will officially maintain the existing 5.5 miles of
singletrack in the park.