|Georgia mountain bike pioneers Alex and Kim Nutt were honored Saturday, September 27th for their extraordinary contributions to the sport of mountain biking. At the grand opening event for the new trails at Blankets Creek, SORBA's Walt Bready, Director of Membership and Events, presented Alex and Kim with the coveted SORBIE Award. This award, SORBA's highest award for volunteerism, is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have selflessly promoted the sport of mountain biking and trail care.
Alex served as president of SORBA from 1998-2000. His wife Kim spent countless volunteer hours attending meetings, working on trails, addressing and mailing newsletters and membership info, and providing moral support.
In 1998 Alex approached the U.S. Corps of Engineers (USCOE) and Cherokee County with the idea to create mountain bike trails on the USCOE-owned property along the banks of Lake Allatoona. He orchestrated the cost-sharing agreement between the USCOE and the Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Agency (CRPA) and paved the way for the many volunteers who followed and built the Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trails.
Alex is also the author of Mountain Biking Georgia, an authoritative guide to mountain biking trails across the state. He owns MTBTandems.com, a worldwide source for tandem mountain bikes and parts. Alex and Kim live in Canton, GA, and are often seen at Blankets Creek riding their tandem mountain bike.
"Kim and I are honored to receive this award. I was surprised and a bit overwhelmed at the presentation." says Nutt.
"It's been a wonderful experience watching this project grow from an idea to a 20-mile mountain bike trail system. The outstanding success of the project is the direct result of a passionate commitment by so many people who volunteered their time, labor and financial support to the project. It shows what great things can happen when members of the mountain biking community get involved.
While Kim and I are grateful for the recognition, the part we played was relatively small in the overall scheme of things. With that in mind, we'd like to dedicate this award to the many volunteers who contributed so much to make Blankets Creek Trails a reality. Those folks are my heroes!"
The Sorbie is the highest honor that SORBA gives to recognize outstanding volunteers. Members nominate their deserving peers, and the SORBA staff selects each year's winner. Past SORBIE honorees are Freddy and Sherry Walker (Ellijay Mountain Biking Association), Bill and Liz Victor (Central Savannah River Association), and James and Barbara Stankowitz (Northwest Georgia SORBA). Nominations for the Sorbie are accepted from January 1 through May 1 each year. Nominations can be emailed to the SORBA staff.
IMBA-SORBA is a nonprofit organization that promotes mountain biking in the southeast through advocacy, education, and recreation. SORBA serves over 4000 members throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. SORBA chapters build and maintain hundreds of miles of singletrack mountain bike trails throughout its service area.