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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:

Recruit 29 New Chapter Members in One Evening!

TimeTrial logoThat's what the Roswell/Alpharetta Mountain Bike Organization (RAMBO) did on June 12th with their first time trial in the Big Creek TT-13 Time Trial Series sponsored by Alpha Bikes. Because racers must be IMBA-SORBA members to participate, 29 out of the 62 racers signed up with new memberships at the event.

Successful 2013 Southern Mountain Bike Summit

Over 150 land managers and mountain biking advocates gathered in Woodstock, GA for two days of education and networking at the 2nd Southern Mountain Bike Summit, hosted by the SORBA Woodstock chapter and the City of Woodstock. The Summit was housed at Woodstock's Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in downtown Woodstock. On Friday, March 22nd, the Summit focused on our land managers.

Volunteer Leaders Needed for Sope Creek Trail on Friday, May 31st

National Trails Day at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is Friday, May 31st, and they need Volunteer Leaders

150 volunteers are scheduled to work on the Sope Creek Trail in the CRNRA on Friday, May 31st. Dave Thomas, the Park Volunteer Coordinator, has asked SORBA to supply leaders for this large group of volunteers. The volunteers will be installing new maps at intersections, and blocking off paths that go around the new bike weirs in the park (pedestrians are to go through the weirs, not around them).

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