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Alex and Kim Nutt Honored with the 2008 SORBIE Award

ImageGeorgia mountain bike pioneers Alex and Kim Nutt were honored Saturday, September 27th for their extraordinary contributions to the sport of mountain biking. At the grand opening event for the new trails at Blankets Creek, SORBA's Walt Bready, Director of Membership and Events, presented Alex and Kim with the coveted SORBIE Award. This award, SORBA's highest award for volunteerism, is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have selflessly promoted the sport of mountain biking and trail care.

Alex served as president of SORBA from 1998-2000. His wife Kim spent countless volunteer hours attending meetings, working on trails, addressing and mailing newsletters and membership info, and providing moral support.

In 1998 Alex approached the U.S. Corps of Engineers (USCOE) and Cherokee County with the idea to create mountain bike trails on the USCOE-owned property along the banks of Lake Allatoona. He orchestrated the cost-sharing agreement between the USCOE and the Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Agency (CRPA) and paved the way for the many volunteers who followed and built the Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trails.

SORBA Attends Interbike 2008

ImageThe International Bicycle Exposition, Interbike, 2008 has come and gone, and SORBA had a successful trip this year. Tom Sauret, Walt Bready, and I flew out to Vegas to spend the week to thank current sponsors and recruit new ones. Yes, we rode bikes at the outdoor demo, but that was a small part of the trip. We go to Interbike each year to connect the industry to SORBA's mission and our members. This connection helps makes SORBA a success.

Tom collects t-shirts throughout the year from our events. Each t-shirt has our sponsors' logos emblazoned on the back, and we distribute these t-shirts to our sponsors at Interbike. As we present each t-shirt, we thank our sponsors for past contributions, and we ask for their continued support. Each sponsor that we thanked this year promised to continue support, and many added that they'd like to do more.

Annual Fund

Dear IMBA-SORBA Supporter,

ImageYou know you want to ride--so do we. IMBA and SORBA, the organizations that help create, preserve and enhance mountain biking trails, are grateful for your support. Your contribution to the 2008 Annual Fund will allow us to continue to work together to achieve our goals this year and in the year ahead.

Some examples of how Annual Fund donations were used in your backyard include:

  • Ten fully supported Trips for Kids Rides in the SORBA Service area
  • Tools for the Fat of the Land Chapter in Tallahassee, Florida; Appalachian Mountain Bike Association SORBA in Knoxville, Tennessee; and Paulding SORBA in Paulding County, Georgia
  • The National Trails Day weekend at Bent Creek in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Tool trailer support for the Triangle Off-Road Cyclists chapter in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
  • 34 additional trail projects implemented by SORBA clubs in 2007

National Parks Service Seeks Public Input on Master Plan for Chattahoochee National Recreation Area

ImageThe National Parks Service has released the Supplemental Draft General Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement, which evaluates six alternatives for the future management of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. It defines the strategies that will allow for diverse visitor use of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, protect park resources, and provide for the enjoyment of the people. SORBA supports the preferred Alternative F, as it allows for increased off-road trail riding in the park. Review the plan documents and register your input at http://parkplanning.nps.gov. Under the "Choose a Park" drop-down window, find Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and then click "Go".

Public input meetings are scheduled, and we ask that you attend one of these meetings, if possible. Let's get mountain bikes riding throughout the park!

SORBA Uhwarrie Moves Forward on Ride Center

ImageCity Lake Park in Albemarle, NC will be home to the first trail built for the Uhwarrie Ride Center project. City Lake Park is a passive-recreation park that opened in 2006. The 70-acre park has a wonderful small lake as a backdrop, and currently includes three picnic shelters, two floating boat docks, approximately one-half mile of paved walking trail and one mile of non-paved trails, a playground, and an amphitheatre. On October 5th, the park will officially open a two-and-a-quarter-mile, beginner-level mountain bike trail.

Brian Bristol, President of SORBA Uhwarrie, sees this project as the perfect opportunity to make mountain biking prevalent in the community, and demonstrate, on a smaller scale, the Ride Center to be built around Uhwarrie National Forest. "This mountain bike trail enhances the recreational opportunities available at the park, and will introduce more people to off-road riding. Mountain biking will become a community activity. This project began locally, inspired by the Adventure Girl Program, which encourages girls to be active runners, and now, bikers."

Funding for the mountain bike trail is possible through an RPT grant awarded to Albemarle Parks and Recreation, along with donations to SORBA Uwharrie through local businesses and organizations. "This funding model, bringing government, businesses, and volunteers together to create a community resource is the cornerstone of the Ride Center concept," says Bristol.

Georgia's White County Works to Enhance Mountain Biking in Their Area

The White County Department of Economic Development is working with IMBA/SORBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association and Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) to outline proposals for off-road biking and multi-use trails throughout various locations in White County.

The project is progressing very well with the support of many volunteers, businesses, and other governmental personnel.

Woody at Woody's Mountain Bikes in Helen (706-868-3715) is very active in putting together a bike club which will help to design, implement and promote this project for our community and the region.

Natalie Culp of the White County Government Economic Development Office says, "Many people do not realize that having fun and staying healthy in the outdoors is essential to the continued growth of our economy. This portion of the tourism industry is often overlooked and needs to be recognized, stimulated, and supported. This project is just one more step which helps jumpstart economic development and benefit our community."

Night Riding

ImageEastern Daylight Savings Time ends on the first Sunday in November, 2008, and that is when night riding cranks up full time. It's dark out by the time most folks get out of work. But, suit up, bring out the lights, and hit these local trails listed after the break.

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