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Ice Damage Leads to Trail Closures for CSRA Trails

The recent ice storm hit the Augusta, GA and Aiken, SC area hard. If you live out of town and were planning on visiting FATS in the next few weeks, you should reschedule your trip. Not only is FATS wet from the recent ice storm, but the downed trees and branches have made a majority of the loops impassable. This is true for most of the other trails in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) as well.

Most residents in the CSRA, and our local volunteers, have had their power restored, but they will be taking care of damage to their homes and yards first.

Hank Albritton of CAMP Wins Subaru--IMBA-SORBA Trek Bike Give-Away

Hank Albritton, a member of the Centrail Alabama Mountain Pedalers, is the proud new owner of a 2013 Trek Stashe, courtesy of Subaru and Free-Flite Bicycles of Marietta. Twice a year Subaru, IMBA-SORBA,  Atlanta Cycling and Free-Flite Bicycles hold a drawing to give away a new Trek bike to a SORBA member. All current IMBA-SORBA members are eligible to win. You can sign up for the drawing at an event where the IMBA-SORBA Subaru is present.

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Jake and Bull Mountain Poker Ride Returns

The Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association and the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association are hosting the second annual Collaborative Poker Ride fundraiser on Saturday, May 17, 2014 on the Jake and Bull Mountain Trail System outside of Dahlonega, GA. The price of admission is $25 for riders and $15 for non-riders, and includes one poker hand, one raffle ticket, and lunch. Extra poker hands can be purchased for $5 each. A t-shirt is included for those who pre-register, or can be purchased during the event for $12. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each or 11 for $10.

A Message from Mike Van Abel Regarding Cancellation of Chapter Insurance

IMBA's national insurance policy for chapters and supporting organizations will cease coverage at the end of this month.

We are in the process of negotiating replacement insurance.

IMBA's current general liability insurance program is no longer viable and will cease to operate after February 28, 2014.

A Message from Tom Sauret Regarding Cancellation of Chapter Insurance

The following post is a message to our Chapter Presidents from Tom Sauret, regarding insurance for SORBA chapters.


You will be receiving an email from IMBA's Boulder Office today or tomorrow outlying the recent developments in the search for affordable insurance. The developments are not good. The IMBA BOD decided last weekend not to renew the national liability program. IMBA's reasons will be outlined in the communication that I expect you will receive shortly.

Alabama Becoming Mountain Bike Mecca of the Southeast

In 2013, the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) designated the Forever Wild Land Trust’s Coldwater Mountain tract near Anniston as a Bronze Level Ride Center, a large-scale mountain bike facility that offers a wide variety of ride options for riders of all skill levels. The IMBA has also inducted Oak Mountain State Park’s mountain bike trails into its Epic Ride Hall of Fame.
That makes Greg Lein very happy. Lein, former administrator with Forever Wild, is currently the director of the Alabama State Parks Division.

2014 Southern Mountain Bike Summit Slated for March 21-23 in Anniston, AL

NEABA SORBA will host the Summit March 20-22nd in Anniston, AL. Advocates, enthusiasts, industry representatives, public officials and public servants will gather in Alabama’s scenic piedmont area to present, learn, network, socialize, and, of course, ride bicycles. The Bridge in downtown Anniston, owned and operated by the First United Methodist Church, will house Summit meetings. On Friday, the focus will be on educating those who manage our public lands about how to effectively create, expand, and manage mountain bicycling opportunities in their parks and forests.

Don’t miss the trip of a lifetime with SORBA and BikeToursDirect

BikeToursDirect has partnered with SORBA to offer two one-of-a-kind MTB tours to Scotland and Mexico in 2014. Both the Scotland tour in Cairngorms National Park, and the MTB Adventure and Food Tour to Oaxaca Mexico were designed for and available exclusively to SORBA members.

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CAMP-SORBA RFP for Trail Design

Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers (CAMP-SORBA) invites proposals for the design of additional multi-use trails in Chewacla State Park. In addition to the base design proposal, we also request  proposals for additional design options, and mechanized trail construction workshop as alternates to the base proposal. Please see this document for additional details on the submission and review process.

SORBA Seeks Associate Regional Director

Associate Regional Director: SORBA
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) are seeking candidates for a full-time, exempt position as Associate-level Regional Director to work in the southeastern United States. This Associate-level Director will work under the supervision of the SORBA Executive Director/IMBA Regional Director.

An applicant who resides in the Atlanta, GA, area or is willing to travel to that area frequently is highly desired.