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2010 IMBA World Summit—Why Should I Attend?

by Ellis

The 2010 IMBA World Summit in
August, GA from May 5-8, 2010 presents a unique opportunity forEllis Alexander mountain bikers
in the Southeastern U.S. The international organization that advocates for our
sport has chosen to bring their biennial event to our region, which is a great
honor for SORBA and the Central Savannah River Area chapter hosting this summit.  This event is the largest gathering in
the world of mountain biking advocates, land managers, trailbuilders, park
planners, tourism officials and the bike industry.

DSG goes Bass Ackwards in 2010

DSG Bass AckwardsMay 15,2010 is the 4th annual Dirt, Sweat & Gears (DSG) race.  Also known as The Mountain Bike Shindig,Dirt, Sweat & Gears is a weekend of activities for competitors, support crew, family, friends and fans.  DSG is quickly becoming one of the premier endurance mountain bike races in the country, with 412 racers from all over the country competing last year.  This year is setting up to be even bigger and better in Bass-ackwards style! 

NWGA SORBA Completes Snake Creek Gap 2010 Time Trial Series

March 6th, a sunny day
that started off cool and warmed to comfy, was the finale for the 2010 Snake
Creek Gap time trial series hosted by NWGA SORBA. Thanks to the mountain biking
community’s support, we set a new attendance record of 300 riders this year! The
Snake is NWGA SORBA’s fundraising event of the year, and requires many months
of hard work on the part of 40-50 volunteers, but the payoff is big!

RAMBO Ready for 4-Ways Time Trial, Starts New Volunteer Rewards Program

RAMBO will hold their 4-Ways in A Day Time Trial on March 27th at Big Creek Park in Roswell, GA. Push yourself to the limit in this annual event, and see if you have what it takes to become King or Queen of Big Creek. Also, RAMBO volunteers can earn a Trailbuilder t-shirt or jacket for thier efforts. Be sure to sign in at any events you volunteer for, rack up the hours, and earn some stylish duds that show you proudly support RAMBO!



Lake Fontana, TsaliWe're turning the typical SORBA Board of Directors Meeting
into a festival weekend at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, NC! The
Board of Directors, the Regional Leadership Advisory Council, the Subaru-IMBA
Trail Care Crew, and mountain bikers of all stripes will converge for a weekend
of mountain biking, including trail education, riding, a party, and more

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.