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IMBA and SORBA Board of Directors Convene in Gainesville, GA

The Board of Directors Meetings for the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) will be in Gainesville, GA on November 9th and 10th at the Elachee Science Nature Center. IMBA’s Board chose Gainesville as their meeting site in recognition of the contributions that the Southeastern Region has made to mountain bicycling advocacy. The IMBA meeting is attended by its eight-member Board and four staff members from Boulder, CO. The SORBA Executive Board will join the meeting for the afternoon session.

SORBA’s Board, which consists of its Executive Board and 34 chapter presidents, chose Gainesville as its meeting location because it’s geographically central to the membership, and offers trails, lodging, and meeting facilities to host a meeting expected to draw over 100 mountain bike advocates from the seven southeastern states that comprise SORBA. Gainesville has been the headquarters of SORBA since 2000 and the IMBA southeastern regional office since 2008.  The IMBA Board will attend SORBA’s meeting on Saturday. All members are invited to attend the SORBA meeting, and guests are asked for a $25 contribution to defray the cost of meals. Attendees and guests should register online.

The SORBA Board meeting begins at 8 a.m., and includes an address from Mike Van Abel, IMBA’s Executive Director, as well as workshops on working with the US Forest Service and local land managers, as well as using Social Media, led by Mallie Dean, Creative Director at Media Barista. The meeting then moves outdoors for a guided ride at Chicopee Woods Mountain Bike Trails. The meeting concludes with a post-ride BBQ dinner served at Elachee.   For more information contact Tom Sauret, at 770-654-3291 or Robin Allen at 404-819-4655.

Lodging for the event is provided by Hampton Inn & Suites, 4660 Holland Dam Road Flowery Branch, GA. Rooms are $89 per night on November 8-10th. Call 770-965-0357 to make a reservation and mention IMBA to obtain the special rate. Rooms must be booked before 10/25/12.