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Bills Target Leading National Role For Alabama Recreational Trails

Mountain Biking in Huntsville, ALCompanion bills filed in
the Alabama legislature (SB 258, HB 376) would create an Alabama Trails
Commission to foster widespread development and link-up of green and blue-water
trails throughout the state. Focused on health, family, economic and tourism
incentives, the bills call for the proposed commission to coordinate local
needs, goals and leadership in trail design, operation, build-up and
maintenance for hiking, biking, running, horseback riding, motorized
off-highway vehicles, and water sport.

Alabama Mountain Bikers to Hold Summit

Calling all Alabama Mountain Bikers and club leaders! Spend a day immersed in mountain biking.

Coldwater Mountain
Colwater Mountain, viewed from Mount Cheaha

Get organized, focused, and energized about the opportunities in your state. Hear from land managers, government decision-makers, and your peers in the world of mountain biking advocacy. It's your sport, your trails, your voice--make it heard, and make a difference!


Taylor Randahl Memorial Mountain Bike Trails Get the Green Light

Trailbuilder T-shirtThe wait is over! SORBA Woodstock received approval from the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACOE) to start building the Taylor Randahl Memorial Trails at Olde Rope Mill Park in Woodstock, GA. The City of Woodstock, working with the Greenprints Alliance, has secured $150,000 in funding to build the proposed 10-mile trail system. 

Stephen Mullins Joins IMBA Trail Solutions


Stephen Mullins of SORBA Pro Trails joins IMBA Trail
Solutions as a Trails Specialist. Stephen will build trails in the Southeast,
as well as travel the country to further his knowledge of the art and science
of building sustainable trails. Stephen’s first assignment is Phase 1 of the
Uwharrie Ride Center on the Wood Run Mountain Bike Trail in the Uwharrie
National Forest
, located in North Carolina’s piedmont region.


Join Us at the IMBA-SORBA Spring Festival and Board Meeting!


All are invited to join the IMBA-SORBA Regional Leadership Advisory
Committee (RLAC), Board of Directors, staff, and the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care
Crew for a weekend of learning, digging, riding, and fun at the Nantahala
Outdoor Center March 19-21, 2010. 


Join your friends, and immerse yourself in the beauty of Western
North Carolina’s Nantahala River gorge while learning about advocacy and trail
building from the Southeast’s most experienced advocates and the Trail Care
Crew. Put your trail-building know-how to work at a hands-on workshop at the
Tsali trail system. But, don't forget to bring your bike, because we'll have rides on Saturday and Sunday. Have a seat, relax and catch your breath on Saturday night at the TCC Club Care presentation and swag party. 


IMBA-SORBA Board Meeting November 21, 2009

ImageIMBA-SORBA convened its board meeting at the Elachee Science and Nature Center on Saturday, November 21 for a full day of business, workshops, socializing, and, of course, bike riding. Tom Sauret, IMBA-SORBA Executive Director, and Bob Grieco, President, co-chaired the meeting, which was attended by chapter leaders, staff, and several members.

On the business side, IMBA-SORBA granted provisional chapter status to Cape Fear SORBA, a dedicated group of mountain bikers based in Wilmington, North Carolina. The newest IMBA-SORBA chapter will enjoy the benefits of chapter status, except that they will not have voting powers until they achieve full chapter status, possibly at the next board meeting in March 2010. The chapter will spend the next few months growing their membership, creating by-laws, electing their officers, and growing their relationships with local land managers. Join IMBA-SORBA in offering a warm welcome to our newest chapter!

The 2009 Executive Board was re-elected to serve in 2010. The following officers will serve in their current capacities: Bob Grieco, President, Darryl Glascock, Vice President, Angela Allen, Treasurer, and , Secretary. Our board graces us with sound leadership, and I urge you to show your appreciation to them for volunteering their time and guidance to make mountain biking better for us all.

In an effort to make chapters stronger and more vital, the Board voted to change the minimum number of members required for a new chapter. Instead of 15 members, new chapters will have to recruit 50 members before receiving chapter status. Experience has taught us that the more members a chapter has, the more stable and effective the chapter, so this change puts our chapters in a better position to further IMBA-SORBA’s mission.

The Legendary Snake Creek Gap Time Trial Series Returns for Its Sixth Season

ImageThe Sixth Annual Snake Creek Gap Time Trial series takes place on the first Saturday of January, February and March 2010. The grand finale on March 6, 2010 will end the series with an awards party and features thousands of dollars of prizes, donated by race sponsors and given away to riders and volunteers. Medals will be awarded to the top three riders in each category. Also, prize money totaling $3,900.00 will be given to the top five male and female riders in the money class. The awards ceremony also includes great food and beverages.

The race series is hosted every year by the Northwest Georgia chapter of IMBA-SORBA. This epic mountain bike race takes riders through 34 miles of the Pinhoti Trail System. Riders start out at Dry Creek near Subligna, Georgia for the 34-mile option. There is a shorter option of 17 miles starting at Snake Creek Gap in Villanow, Georgia. The riders first goal is to finish in Dalton, Ga., and their second is to do the ride in the shortest possible time. A new cumulative score category has been added to this year’s event. If you ride all three races, you can qualify for the lowest average time for the three events. However, you must ride all three races in the same distance category. If you’ve ever been on the Pinhoti Trail, you will appreciate the challenges the riders face.

Paulding Weather May Be Cooling, but Not Trail Development

The bridge constructed by Eagle Scout Jesse Priest

Paulding SORBA welcomed a diverse group on Nov. 14 to the Grand Opening of the
first of three trail loops at Mt. Tabor Park. Both young and old mountain
bikers showed up for a chance to ride the newly-constructed trails, and the
event coincided with the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit where IMBA
(International Mountain Biking Association) had dispatched Kelly and Collins
Bishop to assess the trails being built by Paulding SORBA. Walt Bready, Tails
Education Specialist for the state of Georgia, was also present for the ribbon
cutting. Paulding Commission Chairman David Austin and Executive Assistant Pat
Tibbitts, Parks & Recreation Director Michael Justus, Lee Ann Shaffer of the
Paulding Chamber of Commerce and Mark Cleveland of Hiram's Jim-n-Nick's
Restaurant, a generous supporter of Paulding SORBA, were also present at the