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!

SORBA Atlanta Celebrates NTD at Sope Creek

Augusta to Host 2010 IMBA World Mountain Bike Summit

ImageWe’ve always know that SOBA CSRA rocked, and now the world knows it, too! The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) has announced that Augusta, Georgia, will host the 2010 IMBA World Summit (May 5-8). Mayor Deke Copenhaver proclaimed, “It is truly an honor to host the IMBA gathering in Augusta. Our city continues to grow in its reputation as a bicycling destination, and this event will showcase our region to a worldwide audience of trail enthusiasts.”

The event, expected to be the largest yet in IMBA's history of hosting international summits, is open to the public. Topics will include destination and urban trail networks, land conservation and sustainable trails, youth outreach and new programs designed to grow local capacity for the 700+ clubs and patrols in IMBA’s global network. In addition to informative seminars and networking, the gathering will feature great parties and plenty of riding -- including a catered tour of the Forks Area Trail System (FATS), an IMBA Epic.

“The Augusta summit will serve as an essential clearinghouse to advance information on everything to do with mountain biking and trail-based recreation,” states IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel. “We will bring leaders in trail design together with land managers, the bicycle industry and IMBA’s thriving grassroots clubs. These are the key influencers that shape the sport, and only an IMBA summit can connect them all in the same place, at the same time.” Attendees will receive copious educational materials, while connecting with mountain biking enthusiasts from around the globe.

SORBA-Atlanta and the National Trails Day

Paulding SORBA Keeps Paulding Beautiful at Mount Tabor Mountain Bike Park

ImageOn April 25th, Paulding SORBA partnered with Comcast Cable for Keep Paulding Beautiful, a community-wide volunteer effort. 50 volunteers from Comcast joined Paulding SORBA to build the Mount Tabor Gateway Trail project, logging an impressive 141 hours of trail work that day! Thanks to their effort, the first loop is now 90% complete. After a hard morning of work the crew and volunteers were treated to a Chick-Fil-A lunch.

Paulding SORBA Trail Crew Leaders Dave Senecal, Scott Martin, TJ Jacobs, Tom Hutchinson, John Miller, Steve Houghton and Cres Summers led the volunteers in their work, while Peggy Grimes & Derek Boyd manned the registration and communication tent. SORBA Woodstock pitched in by loaning their tools. Although the crew from Comcast was new, not only to trail building, but to the sport of mountain biking, they dug right in, and enjoyed creating this asset for their community.

 

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