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!

2nd Annual IMBA-SORBA RLAC Meets at Elachee Science and Nature Center

ImageThe IMBA-SORBA Regional Leadership Advisory Committee held its second annual meeting on August 21, 2010 at the Elachee Science and Nature Center in Gainesville, GA. The RLAC is composed of leaders from advocacy, business, government, and politics in IMBA-SORBA's southeastern region. Their goal is further the cause of off-road cyclists and increase riding opportunities in the region.

Attending the meeting were Tom Sauret. Stephen Mullins, Robin Allen, Darryl Glascock, Angela Allen, Dan Allen, Walt Bready, Rob Grant, Jim Schmid, Sig Hutchinson, David Parrett, and Keith Owen. Debbie Caffin of the US Forest Service was the honored guest.

Riding in Knoxville Keeps Getting Better

ImageThanks to AMBC's efforts, cycling opportunities in Knoxville are expanding. The chapter has partnered with the City Of Knoxville, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Ijams Nature Center, and private landowners to develop The Urban Wilderness and Historic Corridor, a semi-urban trail system project of the Legacy Parks Foundation. AMBC has raised over $3,000 in private donations for the project, including $3,000 from and $60,000 from a Recreational Trails Program grant.

AMBC President Brian Hann says, “The support by local residents has been amazing. There are parts of the trail system that go directly through people's backyards, and they're excited to see it there. Presently, there is a 15-mile loop that AMBC hosts a popular group ride on every Tuesday. We hope to add over eight miles to that loop by this time next year. The RTP grant money we received will go towards five brand-spankin'-new miles of mixed-use trails at the newly acquired Georgia Marble Quarry.”

Cape Fear SORBA and Girl Scout Cadettes Improve Trail at Blue Clay Park

Girl Scouts Troop 43 at Blue ClayBlue Clay Bike Park in Wilmington, NC has gone through some big changes over the last few months, as we have reworked sections of trail, reclaimed sections that were eroding, and built re-routes and new bridges. Cape Fear SORBA is proud to steward this trail system, and the community is enthusiastically supporting our efforts.

Buy Blue, Give Green

ImageBlue Competition Cycles and IMBA-SORBA, Building Trails for the Future

For 2010 Blue Competition cycles has partnered with the International Mountain Bicycling Association-Southern Off RoadBicycle Association (IMBA-SORBA) to promote land access, trail preservation, and new trail development with the goal of enhancing mountain bike touring, racing, fun, and fellowship for all mountain bicyclists in the southeastern United States. While Blue is devoted to making great quality bicycles, they also understand that cyclists of all ages need places to ride their bikes, and committing to help non-profitgroups such as IMBA-SORBA is a great way to not only help promote the sport of cycling, but to ensure it has a bright future.

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