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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 CHAT_superintendent@nps.gov.

Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew Visits SORBA-Tallahassee

SORBA-Tallahassee hosted a weekend with the Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew on March 28-29, 2009. IMBA’s Kelly and Collins Bishop were on hand to assist SORBA-Tallahassee members with several trail projects, ranging from trail maintenance to the construction of a completely new section of the Redbug Trail. After meeting up on Saturday with Ken Foster (SORBA-Tallahassee president), Chuck Goodheart (Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department Trail Supervisor) and a group of dedicated SORBA-Tallahassee volunteers, everyone headed out onto the trails at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park.

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