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!

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.

Paynes Creek Trail Opens on the Shores of Lake Hartwell

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with IMBA-SORBA opened a newly-constructed 7.6-mile multi-purpose trail at the Paynes Creek Campground area during a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 29. Speakers at the event included the Corps' Hartwell Project Manager Virgil Hobbs, as well as representatives from IMBA-SORBA and Long Cane Trails, the Carolina-based contractor that constructed the trail.

IMBA-SORBA Immersed in Recreation Trails Collaborative Management Project

The USDA Forest Service began a collaborative process with the public to develop a strategy to better manage the trails in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. The main goal of this effort is to provide a diverse, quality trail system that is maintainable and ecologically sustainable. IMBA-SORBA has joined hikers, anglers, four-wheelers, equestrians, and other forest users to make sure this project is a success and enhances the recreational experience of all the forest’s users. Three principles have been adopted to guide the process.

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