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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!

CTHA workday this Saturday, 10/3 at Bull mtn

The Chattahoochee Trail Horse Assoc. will be hosting a work party this Saturday at Bull Mtn. From CTHA:

CTHA will be hosting a trail workday this Saturday, 10/3. We'll meet at the
Jake Mtn. campground at 9:00 then drive to Bull Mtn. We'll walk up the
mountain and work on what used to be the bike trail. We'll re-set a
culvert, deberm, remove downed trees and create water turnouts. We'll stop
at 12:30 and hike back down for lunch - which CTHA will provide. We'll also
have tools and water. So please consider working with us.. Please RSVP to
Debbie Crowe, 404/316-7956 so I can buy enough food for lunch.

Click the Read more link for more CTHA work party dates.

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.

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