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Tsali'bration Debuts October 11-12

Most, if not all, of you have heard of and probably ridden at Tsali.  The original Right and Left loops were built in the early 80’s by a local Backcountry Horseman’s Association in conjunction with the Forest Service.  Then came the Thompson and Mouse Branch loops spearheaded by a dedicated group of off-road bike enthusiasts from NOC.  Over the ensuing years, thousands of people have enjoyed the remote experience that Tsali has to offer.  It’s time to return the love and come help maintain the trails at Tsali.

A Tale of Two Chapters

Changes for the Atlanta & Paulding Chapters of Georgia

by Annabeth Purcell

Premier international MTB tour guide to ride with SORBA in Highland Rides series, Plus Mexico and Scotland tours for members only

BikeToursDirect has partnered with SORBA to offer two overseas MTB tours in 2014 available exclusively to SORBA members. Details are below for tours in Scotland and Mexico next year, offered through BikeToursDirect and operated by H&I Adventures. To help educate SORBA members on this exciting travel program, BikeToursDirect staff and H&I Adventures owner and premier worldwide mountain bike tour guide Euan Wilson will be hosting a group ride series with several SORBA chapters.

SORBA Trail Love is Open for Business

Nine chapters have started using SORBA Trail Love, our new program for tracking trails and volunteer hours. The last two training sessions are scheduled for 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 28th and Thursday, September 5th. Email colin.sorba@gmail.com to register a chapter representative for training on this great new tool.

Here’s a list of the volunteer hours entered for 2013. Upstate SORBA is on FIRE!

Cape Fear

It’s Been a Soggy Spring and Summer

You know we’ve had a lot of rain in the Southeast when the Seattle forecast is consistently drier than ours. Georgia’s summer is the 4th wettest on record, looking back 135 years. And, the long range outlook for the fall shows that the wet trend will continue. Our trails have been rode hard and put up wet, so Erik Rippon, President of SORBA Chattanooga offers some advice for riders, and it applies whether you’re riding in Chattanooga or elsewhere.

Please remember our trails must dry prior to use to avoid long-term damage.

CAMP-SORBA signs MOU with Tuskegee National Forest

Tuskegee NFOn July 10th, CAMP President, Mack Story signed an MOU with Tuskegee National Forest (TNF) in Tuskegee, AL located just a few miles off of I-85, near Montgomery and Auburn. Auburn is home to Chewacla State Park, where CAMP has already constructed nearly 16 miles of single track, and plans to construct a top notch skills area and 8 to 10 additional miles of mostly hand-cut single track flow trail.

Blankets Creek Receives Fantastic Facilities Upgrade!

by Bill BlountRibbon Cutting

This day has been a long time coming. The construction of the new parking lot at Blankets Creek has been completed! The official ribbon cutting ceremony was held on June 25th.

Ride Worldwide with New Member Benefits from BikeToursDirect

Ride WorldwideIMBA-SORBA is excited to announce a new partnership with BikeToursDirect to offer our members discounts on bicycle tours worldwide and access to IMBA-SORBA-member-exclusive departures of world-class mountain biking trips across the globe. Information just for SORBA members is available at biketoursdirect.com/sorba.

SORBA Trail Love Debuts in July

Volunteers are the lifeblood, the backbone, of our organization, and we want them to know their work is appreciated. We also want our land managers to know how hard our trailbuildervolunteers work to build and maintain their trails.

It's time for Change. Announcing Specialty Bike Expo!

Specialty Bike Expo is an innovative new bicycle industry trade show and conference designed to increase independent bicycle retailer's growth and success.  It's an exciting time in the bicycle industry with new riding segments developing combined with the growth of new products and services targeted to these new riders.  Specialty Bike Expo innovations include:

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