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!

Blue Competition Cycles to Provide Funds to IMBA-SORBA for Trail Development

NORCROSS, GA – September 8, 2009. Blue Competition Cycles, a leading manufacturer of high-performance bicycles, announced today they will donate $100 to the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) and the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) for each Blue mountain bike sold during the next year. The funds will primarily be used to create and maintain riding trails.

“We are pleased to get such generous support from Blue,” said IMBA-SORBA Executive Director and IMBA regional director Tom Sauret. “Their commitment goes far beyond building great mountain bikes. They are mountain bikers themselves and have been involved in our sport for many years. This money will be put to good use, primarily to establish new trails to support the growth of mountain biking.”

“We love mountain biking and I can think of no better way to show it than by supporting IMBA-SORBA in their efforts to open new trails,” said Chance Regina of Blue Competition Cycles. “The timing is perfect because we just introduced a new all-carbon-fiber, hard tail mountain bike called the XC2 to go along with the Ryno, our full-suspension bike launched in 2009. We are proud to work with such a great organization on such an important project,” Regina continued. “Their hard work has created a great environment for mountain bikers and we want to be sure that work continues.”

The program begins immediately and will continue for the next 12 months.

IMBA-SORBA Club Care Weekend at the Nantahala Outdoor Center

IMBA, the NOC, and the USFS have partnered to bring you a weekend of just what you need. If you want to exchange ideas about mountain biking organizations and their importance in creating sustainable trails, get some National Mountain Bike Patrol training, receive USFS chainsaw certification, and ride your bike in the autumn colors of North Carolina. This is the weekend you have been waiting for.

Cost for the weekend is $25.00, which includes Lunch and dinner on Saturday. NOC will offer a 10% discount on all other meals for registered participants. Participants are welcome to bring their own food and prepare their own meals at the Base Camp kitchen.

Register on-line at IMBA.com.

Lodging is available at the Nantahala Outdoor Center and you can reserve space at http://www.noc.com/index.php/lodging-and-dining.html. The USFS Chainsaw certification is limited to six (6) participants and all participants must have proof of current First Aid and CPR certifications.

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The Art of Letter Writing

"Mountain bikers, take action! Make your voice heard!"
"Voice your support for better singletrack!"
"Help open new trails to mountain biking!"
We’ve all heard these pleas—making these pleas is what we do at IMBA-SORBA. Most public agencies have a process they must follow before implementing a trail opening or closure, and that process includes getting input from the public. Land managers need to gauge public sentiment towards an issue, to help them decide how to act. Responding during a public comment period makes a difference, especially if people are opposed to your position. Be assured that those on the other side of the issue will be sending in their comments. So, please respond when you’re asked to comment, and mind how you respond, as that makes a difference, as well. Follow these guidelines, and rest assured that your voice is heard.

NPS Hosts Sope Creek Mountain Bike Trail Ribbon Cutting

ImageThe National Parks Service Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area hosted a Ribbon Cutting on August 1, 2009 to honor the volunteers and supporters that made the Sope Creek Mountian Bike Trail improvements possible. SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association), Crossroads Alternative School, and 3 REI stores contributed much time on multiple work days to work on the mountain bike trail to implement the improvements. Over 4000 volunteer hours were donated on this project, with SORBA alone donating 1100 hours. Coca-Cola Scholars and 5 local businesses and organizations were also involved. Thanks to their efforts, the CRNRA now has 4 new sustainable trail sections that have by-passed problem areas that had major resource damage and were safety hazards for park users. Although the work was completed and the new sections were opened in June, the Ribbon Cutting ceremony officially opened the new trail re-alignments to the public.

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