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Busy spring and summer in Middle Tennessee

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SORBA-IMBA Middle Tennessee's 1st annual RUMBLE at the ROCK cross country race finished off the 6th annual Fat Tire Fest at Hamilton Creek in Nashville. The 6.5 mile course was a bit damp for the first lap or two, but by the end of the Sport race, the trail was back to its rocky self. This 1st annual romp offered up 92 TBRA (Tennessee Bicycle Racer's Association) racers on top of the 150+ on site for Saturday's skills course, Pinnacle hill climb time trial, skid contest and kids events. The weekend was a huge hit, and we look forward to next year.

Our August 2nd Ride/ social at Lock 4 in Gallatin, TN had a great turnout. We challenged our mountain bike community to come out and ride one of our favorite trails, bring a friend and just have some fun in the dirt. We had several ride leaders that made the day a success along with our membership directors Amy and Scott Walvoord. Thanks again to Kelly Benward and all the ride leaders, Chris Cooper, Reed Lilly, and Tim Spencer. We had a large rider turnout on a perfect day on the trail.

Best of all, we had the opportunity to show several new members what we are all about. Yep, the day is always a success when we grow our membership and see so many trail and advocacy stewards out RIDING on the trails we maintain. Su-weet!

Tool fund
On July 2nd this year we started a tool fund to add some key professional-grade tools to our trail work arsenal. Within only a few weeks we exceeded $900 to add to the $500 from the Maverick Bicycle silent auction at the 2008 Dirt, Sweat and Gears 12 hour race. We have already purchased one mac-daddy Stihl brush cutter and are scheming for the next addition. Please help us grow this fund by hitting the DONATE link at www.sorbamidtn.org or email president@sorbamidtn.org.

Trails and advocacy:

This just in from our trails committee member Bob Slayden:

On July 1st the Nashville/Davidson County Metro Park board passed a planning budget that includes $2.5 million for mountain biking county wide. This is a county wide line item amendment to the budget, so we need to continue to make our voices heard.

Thanks to all that turned out for the Metro planning meetings and wrote letters. I am sure that is the reason this is in the new budget.

Folks, I don't have to tell you how many trails and facilities can be built for $2.5 million, particularly with the assistance of SORBA-IMBA volunteers

And those who have not joined SORBA, we need the numbers to make as big of an impression with Metro as we can. Please join. We are much greater when organized. Tell your friends about these successes and incredible opportunity.

Special thanks to one of our mountain bike community veterans, David Broemel for getting this information form the park board.

by Darryl Glascock