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SORBA Woodstock Opens Van Michael Trail

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Well folks. It's done.

After nine months of hard work, over 2,600 volunteer man hours, a few surprises and paperwork galore, the newest trails at Blankets Creek are ready to ride!

The fundraising campaign that was vital to completing the Van Michael Trail and Mosquito Bite in such a short time frame has attracted over $60,000 in cash contributions. A lot of generous people have donated money, food and swag to raise the funds to rent the equipment and pay Pro-Trails to cut the trails.

Chicopee Woods Work Party on July 26th, sponsored by Gainesville SORBA and MAXXIS

ImageAnd, boy, do we mean party!! If you're a Crew Leader or volunteer, step up and help finish the newly cut trail at Chicopee Woods! SORBA Pro Trails and Gainesville SORBA have been working hard over the past several months cutting new trail, re-routing existing trails, building bridges, and just making Chicopee Woods a better place to ride. They still have a lot of finish work to do, and they're asking you to help them get it done! The party date is July 26th, 2008, and the location is Chicopee Woods Mountain Bike Trails in Gainesville, GA. We'll get the party started at 9 a.m. and finish up at 1:30 p.m.

If new trails aren't enough motivation to get you to swing a pulaski or lop some limbs, perhaps free stuff will reel you in. Our fantastic sponsors are kicking in for lunch and a schwag raffle for the volunteers! Along with our friends at Maxxis, Trek and CamelBak are throwing in goodies for our worker bees. All volunteers will have a chance to score bike gear-such as new tires, a multi-tool, or maybe a hydration pack. Come on out, and see how lucky you can be!

55nine Performance, Ergon, and Vassago Cycles Join Forces to Support IMBA-SORBA and Historic Trail

Dahlonega, Georgia – The 2008 Fool's Gold Mountain Bike Races & Festival put on by 55nine
Performance is teaming with the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) to create a one-of-a-
kind festival in the Southeastern US.  Both 55nine Performance and IMBA-SORBA are working together
to support improvements of the existing trail system in the Bull Mountain area of Dahlonega, Georgia,
as well as to support development of new trail to an already epic area of the Chattahoochee National
Forest.  55nine Performance will be making a cash donation to IMBA-SORBA's Land Access Fund to
support the Bull & Jake Mountain trails which was the site of IMBA's first Epic ride.  Ergon is helping in
the efforts to grow IMBA-SORBA membership by giving away a limited number of grips to all those that
sign up as a IMBA-SORBA member through the Fool's Gold events.  Vassago Cycles will be present at the
Fool's Gold event to demo their line of bicycles and to raffle one 2008 Optimus Titanium 29er mountain
bike frame valued at over $1600.  Tickets will be sold at www.vassagocycles.com and at the event for
$20.00 each.  Proceeds from the Vassago frame raffle will also go towards the Bull & Jake Mountain area
trail fund. 

Celebrate National Trails Day 2008 with IMBA-SORBA

ImageSaturday, June 7th is National Trails Day, an event sponsored by the American Hiking Society, inspires the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out their favorite trails to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and trail work projects.

NTD also provides an opportunity to thank volunteers, land managing agencies, and outdoor-minded businesses for their support in developing and maintaining trails.

IMBA-SORBA is all about trails, and chapters all over the region are hosting events. Work parties, rides, and festivals are some of the ways that our members will spend NTD.

Join in the fun, and participate in one of the following NTD IMBA-SORBA events.

SORBA Celebrates the 24-Hours of Conyers with Gary Fisher!

ImageMountain biking legend Gary Fisher will be joining the SORBA crew for the 24 Hours of Conyers, at the historic Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA, May 16th-18th.

Gary kicks off his weekend at the Conyers Hawthorn Suites, 1659 Centennial Olympic Parkway for the SORBA Soiree and Volunteer Reward Reception. Come hang with Gary, your friends and fantastic volunteers from SORBA, Granny Gear Productions, and the guys and gals who will be putting themselves to the test in the 2008 24 Hours of Conyers endurance race. The fun starts at 7PM.

Maverick Bikes Steps up to support IMBA-SORBA at SSUSA and Dirt, Sweat and Gears!

Image Maverick Bikes is showing their ongoing support for trail advocacy by offering up a complete Maverick Matic for silent auction at SSUSA and Dirt, Sweat and Gears 12-hour Race on the weekend of May 2nd - 3rd 2008. One lucky bidder stands to walk away with an amazing new ride valued at over $4,000 with all proceeds going to support the trail advocacy efforts of the International Mountain Bicycling Association and the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (IMBA-SORBA).

ImageThe 2008 Maverick Matic is a super fast, lightweight cross country race bike that gives a rider five and a half inches of travel that provides fantastic traction and control and "climbs like a goat," as one of our customers said. The bike will be matched with an SC32 fork also made by Maverick and all of that packaged with an XT level kit to make life fast.

Welcome SORBA Uwharrie

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SORBA Uwharrie is SORBA’s newest chapter, and it’s growing fast. Located in the heart of North Carolina’s Piedmont region, between Charlotte and Raleigh, Uwharrie is bursting with opportunity for mountain bikers, with the Uwharrie National Forest and 60 miles of trails currently open to mountain biking at its doorstep. Designated as one of IMBA’s first ride centers, the Uwharrie area is poised to become a great destination within reach of six million outdoor enthusiasts. Developing the ride center raises the economic outlook of the area, and adds to the choices outdoor enthusiasts have in the Southeast.

The History of MTB Trails at Bull Mountain

Steve Houghton is the man most responsible for opening up Bull Mountain to mountain biking. It’s been almost twenty years since Steve first started searching for trails to ride at Bull Mountain. Here’s his summary about how it all started.

by Steve Houghton

Mountain Bike Capital of Georgia

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Marco Falgiano, David Ralston, Mike Palmari

Just prior to lunch break, this past Wednesday, the Georgia House passed a resolution submitted by Ellijay Mountain Bike Association requesting designation for Gilmer County as the "Mountain Biking Capital of Georgia".

Ellijay is home to 100 pristine miles, 400 miles when including surrounding counties which are also maintained by Ellijay Mountain Bike Association. Marco Falgiano, President of EMBA, expressed his appreciation for accepting the resolution and encouraged all in attendance to come ride Ellijay.

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