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NPS Hosts Sope Creek Mountain Bike Trail Ribbon Cutting

ImageThe National Parks Service Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area hosted a Ribbon Cutting on August 1, 2009 to honor the volunteers and supporters that made the Sope Creek Mountian Bike Trail improvements possible. SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association), Crossroads Alternative School, and 3 REI stores contributed much time on multiple work days to work on the mountain bike trail to implement the improvements. Over 4000 volunteer hours were donated on this project, with SORBA alone donating 1100 hours. Coca-Cola Scholars and 5 local businesses and organizations were also involved. Thanks to their efforts, the CRNRA now has 4 new sustainable trail sections that have by-passed problem areas that had major resource damage and were safety hazards for park users. Although the work was completed and the new sections were opened in June, the Ribbon Cutting ceremony officially opened the new trail re-alignments to the public.

Paulding SORBA Lives Their Motto of Dig - Ride - Smile

ImageFor digging, Paulding SORBA partnered with Engage Atlanta ( for the Community Makeover ( at Mount Tabor Park over the weekend of July 31- August 2. In the span of that weekend, 1624 volunteer hours were amassed, with 132 volunteers working on Saturday and 100 on Sunday. These hard-working volunteers opened up a 1.3 mile loop and completed approximately a mile on another loop. Amazing effort from everyone involved! On Sunday, the volunteers were offered a special treat--authentic Mexican food for a $4 donation. The food was expertly and lovingly prepared by Alicia Ruiz and several ladies from her church, Iglesia Evangelica Christina Espirtual. The $465 raised will help to replace their church building, which was lost in a fire in 2007.

das Goldschprintz

ImageIMBA-SORBA attended the das Goldschprintz evening on June, 15th, sponsored by Ergon, hosted by Eddie and Namrita O-Dea of 55nineperformance, and held at the Sweetwater Brewery in Atlanta. Product demos were held on Sweetwater’s patio, where we cruised around on a couple of cool bikes, enjoying Ergon’s incomparable grips. Free beer, cyclists, and a friendly competition—a recipe for a good time.

Just what is a Goldschprintz? It’s a 2-bike sprint competition using stationery bikes, in this case singlespeed fixies, on modified rollers. A computer tracks your time and your speed. The first to reach the finish line wins and advances to the next level. Sprinters were chewed up until there was one winner, Lam, who bested the likes of Eddie O’Dea and Thomas Turner. He was awarded a pair of Ergon grips for his effort. Way to go, Lam!

Thanks to Ergon and 55nineperformance for a great evening of cycling fun.

Augusta to Host 2010 IMBA World Mountain Bike Summit

ImageWe’ve always know that SOBA CSRA rocked, and now the world knows it, too! The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) has announced that Augusta, Georgia, will host the 2010 IMBA World Summit (May 5-8). Mayor Deke Copenhaver proclaimed, “It is truly an honor to host the IMBA gathering in Augusta. Our city continues to grow in its reputation as a bicycling destination, and this event will showcase our region to a worldwide audience of trail enthusiasts.”

The event, expected to be the largest yet in IMBA's history of hosting international summits, is open to the public. Topics will include destination and urban trail networks, land conservation and sustainable trails, youth outreach and new programs designed to grow local capacity for the 700+ clubs and patrols in IMBA’s global network. In addition to informative seminars and networking, the gathering will feature great parties and plenty of riding -- including a catered tour of the Forks Area Trail System (FATS), an IMBA Epic.

“The Augusta summit will serve as an essential clearinghouse to advance information on everything to do with mountain biking and trail-based recreation,” states IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel. “We will bring leaders in trail design together with land managers, the bicycle industry and IMBA’s thriving grassroots clubs. These are the key influencers that shape the sport, and only an IMBA summit can connect them all in the same place, at the same time.” Attendees will receive copious educational materials, while connecting with mountain biking enthusiasts from around the globe.

Paulding SORBA Keeps Paulding Beautiful at Mount Tabor Mountain Bike Park

ImageOn April 25th, Paulding SORBA partnered with Comcast Cable for Keep Paulding Beautiful, a community-wide volunteer effort. 50 volunteers from Comcast joined Paulding SORBA to build the Mount Tabor Gateway Trail project, logging an impressive 141 hours of trail work that day! Thanks to their effort, the first loop is now 90% complete. After a hard morning of work the crew and volunteers were treated to a Chick-Fil-A lunch.

Paulding SORBA Trail Crew Leaders Dave Senecal, Scott Martin, TJ Jacobs, Tom Hutchinson, John Miller, Steve Houghton and Cres Summers led the volunteers in their work, while Peggy Grimes & Derek Boyd manned the registration and communication tent. SORBA Woodstock pitched in by loaning their tools. Although the crew from Comcast was new, not only to trail building, but to the sport of mountain biking, they dug right in, and enjoyed creating this asset for their community.


NPS Seeks Input on Proposed Bridge at Morgan Falls

The National Parks Service Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area has begun the Environmental Assessment for a proposed bridge across the Chattahoochee River at the Morgan Falls Dam at the Cobb and Fulton County borders. The bridge would be constructed as a free span bridge over the Chattahoochee River and would connect visitors to the Sandy Springs' Great Park at Morgan Falls with National Park Service land in Cobb County below Hyde Farm. This bridge would link into existing and proposed trails that might one day make it possible for walkers and cyclists to go from Cobb County to Forsythe County on a network of dirt and paved trails. The NPS is accepting comments on the proposed bridge through May 27, 2009. You can email comments to