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Welcome Terry Palmeri, IMBA's New Associate Regional Director

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and the Southern Off-Road Mountain Bicycle Association (SORBA), IMBA’s Southeast Region, have jointly hired a full-time professional advocate in the role of IMBA's Associate Regional Director.  Terry Palmeri will work closely with Tom Sauret, IMBA Regional Director and SORBA Executive Director, helping serve the 38 SORBA chapters in his territory of Alabama, Florida, Georgia,  Mississippi , North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee.

Terry is the President of the Ellijay Mountain Bike Association, one of the oldest SORBA Chapters, and the Office Manager for the Cartecay River Bicycle Shop.  Her mountain biking career started in 2004 when she met her future husband, Mike Palmeri.  After 12 years of being a roadie, she was introduced to mountain biking on a trip to Wales, England.  Touring the premier mountain biking trail systems in Wales inspired her to help her adopted community of Ellijay to become a mountain biking destination. Terry has successfully worked with the US Forest Service on mountain bike projects in the Chattahoochee-Oconee, the army Corps of Engineers on the Carters Lake trail system, and with Georgia State Parks.  Paul Farrow, SORBA President says, with her years of experience in both bicycle advocacy and bicycle retail worlds, Terry will contribute enormously in IMBA-SORBA’s efforts to accomplish its mission.   

Subaru’s Tour De SORBA Keeps Rolling Through the Southeast!

SORBA staff have kept the Outbacks on the road in March and spent the last two weeks showing off to bicycle enthusiasts and others at the Southeastern Bike EXPO in Conyers, Georgia and to the IMBA-SORBA Southeastern Mountain Bike Summit in Anniston, AL.

The Outbacks greeted Expo attendees at the entrance gate on March 15th and those who stopped by the IMBA-SORBA tent were given a chance to win a TREK Gary Fisher Excalibur provided by Atlanta Bicycling and FreeFlite Bicycles!  Attendees spent thee day at the Olympic horse Park racing, riding new bikes, socializing, and hanging out with IMBA-SORBA members.  The weather was great on Saturday and everyone seemed to have a great time testing all the cool new bike gear for 2014. One of those lucky SORBA members who stopped by to renew (or join) or just to chat about their latest amazing mountain bike ride, will be in a drawing for the bike this June.  

Jake and Bull Mountain Poker Ride May 17, 2014

View the flyer and registration for the Jake and Bull Mountain Poker ride on May 17th. 


Poker ride registration

Volunteer Training Dates Announced for the Chattahoochee Oconee National Forest

2014 Volunteer Training Calendar





Volunteer Rewards for Jake and Bull Mountain Work

SORBA and CTHA are teaming up to offer some incentives for trail volunteers this year.  Below are the details for each incentive.  The more trail workdays you attend, the better your chances to win.  The schedule of trail workdays for 2014 is attached.

Alabama's Governor Bentley Awards Grant to Expand Coldwater Mountain

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Register to Attend the 2014 Southern Mountain Bike Summit

Registration for the 2014 Southern Mountain Bike Summit is now open!

NEABA SORBA will host the Summit March 21-23in 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.

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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