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!

By the Light of the Tennessee Moon...Well, Sort of

by Colin Davidson

ImageBy 6:00 p.m. on November 9th, a large group of riders had
assembled for New Moon Fandango at the Lock 4 Mountain Bike Trail in Gallatin,
Tennessee, just outside Nashville. At 6:30pm, an LED-lit snake of over 50
mountain bikers started winding through nine miles of wooded singletrack by Old
Hickory Lake, gliding at any and all paces. There was no competition, no time
to beat, no smack to talk… just a fun ride--an everyone-invited ride, a no-drop
ride. I’m not sure which was brighter, the rider’s lights or the smiles on
their faces, but I am certain that you couldn’t have asked for better weather,
better trail conditions or a better group of people to ride with that night.

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club has much to Celebrate

After weeks of preparation and days of rain, on November 6th
the Knoxville IMBA-SORBA chapter put on an event that will not soon be
forgotten. The day began at the newly built Ross Marble Quarry Trail System.  Ijams Nature Center held a ribbon
cutting ceremony where President Brian Hann and, Past President Randy Conner
were recognized for their efforts in coordinating the completion of Phase 1 of
the Ross Marble Quarry Trail System. 
Phase 1 consists of 3.5 miles of machine and hand-built trail constructed
by AMBC. Notables in attendance for the Ribbon Cutting were, County Mayor Tim
Burchett, Former Mayor and park contributor Victor Ashe, City Councilman Nick
Pavlis, Legacy Parks Foundation Executive Director Carol Evans and, many other
city council men and women that helped make the park a reality.  After the Ribbon Cutting, the party
moved south to another node on the ever-expanding Dirty South Trail Network for
the AMBC Fall Festival.

Flagler Area Biking Joins IMBA-SORBA

Like many IMBA-SORBA chapters, Flagler Area Biking came into
being over concern for losing a local trail, The Swamp. Flagler Area Biking organized
a meeting with the group who had been maintaining the trail and representatives
from Flagler County and St. Johns River Water Management.  During the meeting the land owners
provided a more definitive outline for the permissive use and maintenance of
the trail.  As a result of the
meeting, Flagler Area Biking’s concern that the trail would be closed had been,
at least temporarily, resolved.  But,
our work had just begun…

IMBA Trail Care Crew to visit Anniston, Nov 11-14

Subaru/IMBA Trail Care CrewThe Trail Care Crew is IMBA's grassroots educational program and an authority on sustainable trail building practices. Since 1997 The Trail Care Crew program has inspired great volunteer trail work across the U.S. and abroad - a big help to government agencies and land managers who have limited funding for trail construction and upkeep. As a direct result, there are now thousands of new and improved trails in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and several European countries.

Each crew visit is anchored around IMBA's highly-respected, one-day Trail Building School, during which the crews teach sustainable trail construction and maintenance practices via a classroom session and hands-on trail work.

Any local citizen, including state or Federal land managers with an interest in sustainable trail design and construction and/or an interest in the Coldwater Mountain mountain bike trail and other local trail projects should plan to attend this FREE seminar. The training is conducted by professionals from IMBA and hosted by NEABA-SORBA.


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