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!

Bull and Jake Mountain Trails Need YOU!

Over the past four years, we've seen many improvements to
the Jake & Bull Mountain trail system outside of Dahlonega, GA. These
improvements are due, in part, to a partnership between IMBA-SORBA, the Chattahoochee
Trail Horse Association (CTHA), and the U. S. Forest Service’s Blue Ridge District.
CTHA and IMBA-SORBA have worked on this trail system for years, building two of
the best trails out there. Our partnership continues, and much work is yet to
be done.

UPSTATE SORBA Hosts Oyster Roast

On November 20th, the Upstate Chapter (SC) held an oyster roast to raise
funds for on-going chapter Image initiatives.  Almost 100 participants attended–
eating oysters and chili, and listening to a local bluegrass band, Grass
Backwards.  Kegs of beer were generously donated by RJ Rockers,
Spartanburg SC.  The roast was held in The Bonfire Field”\ behind Sunrift
Adventures – one of UPSTATE SORBA’s most active supporters.

Thomson Goes SociaL...Media, That Is

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There's a new fan page in town and it belongs to the local stem and
seatpost gurus at L.H. Thomson Company down in Macon, GA. Long known for our
quality components and the factory tour and bike festival which took place for
years on founder Ronnie Thomson's birthday, we were not so well known for our
web and digital presence.

Greenville Alley Cat Is Back!

By Jeff Papenfus ([email protected])

It didn’t start out as a traditional SORBA event, but with
the support of Upstate SORBA and local cyclists of all types, the first
Greenville Alley Cat race went very well—so well that we’re bringing back the
series in January 2011. Alley Cat races started when big city bike messengers
organized impromptu races to test their bike handling and street navigation
skills. Alley Cats are traditionally raced on fixed-gear, single-speed bikes,
and Andy Davis of Greenville won our inaugural Alley Cat in September 2010 on
just such a bike. However, Greenville’s Alley Cat series is meant as a way to
enjoy cycling with friends around our beautiful city on pleasant evenings. All
levels of cyclists on any type of bicycles are encouraged to join the ride.

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