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!

IMBA-SORBA Board Meeting November 21, 2009

ImageIMBA-SORBA convened its board meeting at the Elachee Science and Nature Center on Saturday, November 21 for a full day of business, workshops, socializing, and, of course, bike riding. Tom Sauret, IMBA-SORBA Executive Director, and Bob Grieco, President, co-chaired the meeting, which was attended by chapter leaders, staff, and several members.

On the business side, IMBA-SORBA granted provisional chapter status to Cape Fear SORBA, a dedicated group of mountain bikers based in Wilmington, North Carolina. The newest IMBA-SORBA chapter will enjoy the benefits of chapter status, except that they will not have voting powers until they achieve full chapter status, possibly at the next board meeting in March 2010. The chapter will spend the next few months growing their membership, creating by-laws, electing their officers, and growing their relationships with local land managers. Join IMBA-SORBA in offering a warm welcome to our newest chapter!

The 2009 Executive Board was re-elected to serve in 2010. The following officers will serve in their current capacities: Bob Grieco, President, Darryl Glascock, Vice President, Angela Allen, Treasurer, and , Secretary. Our board graces us with sound leadership, and I urge you to show your appreciation to them for volunteering their time and guidance to make mountain biking better for us all.

In an effort to make chapters stronger and more vital, the Board voted to change the minimum number of members required for a new chapter. Instead of 15 members, new chapters will have to recruit 50 members before receiving chapter status. Experience has taught us that the more members a chapter has, the more stable and effective the chapter, so this change puts our chapters in a better position to further IMBA-SORBA’s mission.

The Legendary Snake Creek Gap Time Trial Series Returns for Its Sixth Season

ImageThe Sixth Annual Snake Creek Gap Time Trial series takes place on the first Saturday of January, February and March 2010. The grand finale on March 6, 2010 will end the series with an awards party and features thousands of dollars of prizes, donated by race sponsors and given away to riders and volunteers. Medals will be awarded to the top three riders in each category. Also, prize money totaling $3,900.00 will be given to the top five male and female riders in the money class. The awards ceremony also includes great food and beverages.

The race series is hosted every year by the Northwest Georgia chapter of IMBA-SORBA. This epic mountain bike race takes riders through 34 miles of the Pinhoti Trail System. Riders start out at Dry Creek near Subligna, Georgia for the 34-mile option. There is a shorter option of 17 miles starting at Snake Creek Gap in Villanow, Georgia. The riders first goal is to finish in Dalton, Ga., and their second is to do the ride in the shortest possible time. A new cumulative score category has been added to this year’s event. If you ride all three races, you can qualify for the lowest average time for the three events. However, you must ride all three races in the same distance category. If you’ve ever been on the Pinhoti Trail, you will appreciate the challenges the riders face.

Paulding Weather May Be Cooling, but Not Trail Development

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The bridge constructed by Eagle Scout Jesse Priest

Paulding SORBA welcomed a diverse group on Nov. 14 to the Grand Opening of the
first of three trail loops at Mt. Tabor Park. Both young and old mountain
bikers showed up for a chance to ride the newly-constructed trails, and the
event coincided with the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew visit where IMBA
(International Mountain Biking Association) had dispatched Kelly and Collins
Bishop to assess the trails being built by Paulding SORBA. Walt Bready, Tails
Education Specialist for the state of Georgia, was also present for the ribbon
cutting. Paulding Commission Chairman David Austin and Executive Assistant Pat
Tibbitts, Parks & Recreation Director Michael Justus, Lee Ann Shaffer of the
Paulding Chamber of Commerce and Mark Cleveland of Hiram's Jim-n-Nick's
Restaurant, a generous supporter of Paulding SORBA, were also present at the
event.

New Mountain Bike and Hiking Trails Coming to Augusta, Georgia

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