The Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) is the largest nonprofit mountain biking organization in the Southeast. Our members work with land managers in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee to create trails and trail systems for mountain bikers and other users to enjoy. Through advocacy, education, and recreational opportunities, SORBA carries out its mission to promote land access, trail preservation, and new trail development in order to enhance mountain bike touring, racing, fun, and fellowship for all mountain bicyclists in the southeastern United States.

We have partnered with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and now represent over 4,000 members who help steward miles and miles of great trails in a seven-state area. The best riding in the Southeast is found on trails maintained by our volunteers. Our members love singletrack, rocks, roots, and logs, and we employ IMBA's trailbuilding practices to ensure that our trails are sustainable and challenging.

IMBA-SORBA relies on our wonderful members to carry out our mission. Our volunteers donate thousands of hours each year to advocate for trail access, build trails, and maintain trails. Join IMBA-SORBA today!

Exemplary Encore for Pedalpalooza

On May 7th, SORBA Woodstock’s Pedalpalooza Festival returned with a full-day celebration of bike demos, competitions, group rides, prizes, and the grand opening of Quehl Holler, Blankets Creek’s newest attraction. Over 200 riders of all ages came out to enjoy the sunshine and festivities. Demos were offered by Out Spokin’ Bicycles, Free Flite Bicycles, Reality Bikes, and Unicycle.com. A raffle, benefitting the Woodstock chapter, sent participants home with gift certificates from Thompson, REI, and Van Michael Salon, plus helmets, cyclocomputers, multitools, and pumps from Specialized. Good food was on hand, everyone enjoyed the festival, but the star of the day was Quehl Holler.

SORBA-Jax Signs Historic Agreement

Jacksonville, Florida mountain bikers recently enjoyed a historic day, signing the first agreement between area mountain bikers and the City of Jacksonville. On Monday, May 23 SORBA-Jax signed a Friends of Hanna Park agreement that allows the chapter to work on several projects with the City.

North Carolina's Trails Receive RTP Funding

At a recent meeting the North Carolina Trails Committee recommended funding trails projects across the state. The funding comes from over $1.8 million dollars in Federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) money that is available to North Carolina this year. The recommendations have been forwarded to the Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and are awaiting final approval. This year's awards recognized the growing need for more mountain bike trails across the state.

BUMP Supports Women's MTB Clinic

In May, Birmingham, Alabama's Magic City Cycle Chix sold out their first big event, a 2-day women's mountain bike clinic held at Oak Mountain State Park. In partnership with the Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP), an IMBA-SORBA chapter, and Trek WSD, the clinic covered fundamental skills such as high-speed cornering, controlled braking, and maneuvering over and under obstacles. With the goal of building skills and confidence, the clinic started with skills drills in a low-risk environment--a flat, grassy field--then let riders practice those skills on the trail.

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