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!

Success with First Georgia Bike Summit

by Robin

staff Tom Sauret, Robin Allen and Walt Bready are proud to have been part of
the first-ever Georgia Bike Summit,
held at the Georgia Coastal Center in Savannah, GA October 8-10. The Summit,
hosted by the Georgia Bikes Alliance, brought
together over 90 advocates,
business leaders, on-road and off-road recreational cyclists and commuters,
elected officials and staff from across Georgia in a state-wide forum, setting
the stage for bicycling gains. Attendees networked, collaborated, learned, and
became empowered through the Summit, identifying common issues in their local
communities, and setting priorities for Georgia Bikes in 2011. Andy Clarke,
President of the League of American Bicyclists, gave the keynote address, and
Ray LaHood, Secretary of Transportation, participated via a video message.

Off-Road Riding Debuts in Coastal South Carolina

Normally, you would not put mountain biking or trail riding in the same sentence as Myrtle Beach or Conway, South Carolina, because no trails existed to ride on. But, we're happy to report, you can
now put them together. The Waccamaw Trail Blazers have teamed up with the Waccamaw National
Wildlife Refuge, and they are building sustainable trails, even as you read this.

Introducing BUMP and NEABC—Our Newest IMBA-SORBA Chapters!

Please welcome two Alabama bike clubs, Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP) and the Northeast Alabama Bicycle Club (NEABC) as the newest IMBA-SORBA chapters. BUMP, formed in 1991 and currently led by President Mitch Moses, serves over 100 members in the Birmingham metropolitan area. These enthusiastic riders oversee and enjoy over 30 miles of singletrack, including Oak Mountain State Park's trails in Pelham, home of the annual BUMP n' Grind Race. They're busily working to add more trail at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park in McCalla AL, as well as develop new trails at Red Mountain Park.

NEABC formed in 1988, and currently serves 126 cyclists in Calhoun, Cleburne, St. Clair, Talladega, Etowah, & Cherokee Counties. Curtis Cupp is the current President, and steers the club as they steward over 35 miles of trail, from the Cheaha Mountain Express trails to the Choccolocco State Forest trails. The Chapter hosts several annual events, on and off road, such as the Cheaha Challenge, Sunny King Criterium, Noble Street Festival, and the Cheaha Mountain Expresss. Their next big project is to turn Coldwater Mountain, which borders Anniston and Oxford, AL, into a mountain biking destination. This 4,000-acre tract of land, full of mature hardwoods and challenging mountain terrain, will boast over 80 miles of singletrack when all construction phases are complete.

Blue Ridge Adventures Supports IMBA-SORBA , Local Community, through the Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage

ImageThe Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race, put on by Blue Ridge Adventures, is a big production. For five days, September 14-18, elite riders from all over the world traverse 175 miles of Pisgah singletrack, climbing over 40,000 feet. It is a true test of riders’ endurance. From a Director’s standpoint, “It’s like running five ORAMMS in a row,” said Todd Branham, in reference to the Off Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell, an event that draws 400 participants yearly to the town of Old Fort, NC.
That means a lot of work and a lot of volunteers, with some of them in remote locations on the course. Last year Blue Ridge Adventures partnered with IMBA-SORBA to provide volunteers that in some cases ended up bikepacking to get to their course position on time. In return for the volunteers, Blue Ridge Adventures donated $3,000 to the Pisgah Area SORBA Chapter in appreciation for their efforts for three days on the course. This year they’re teaming up again to supply the 25+ volunteer positions needed each day.

The Pisgah Stage Race encourages community involvement, and is hosting several events open to the public and geared toward kids. To promote health and wellness, Olympic Track Racer Colby Pearce and National Champion Mountain Bikers Jeremiah Bishop and Sue Haywood, and Pro Mountain Bikers Evan Plews and Robert Marion will share their stories with kids at Brevard Academy on the Monday preceding the Pisgah Stage Race. Students will learn about perseverance and dedication and also how to balance work, family and fitness to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Riders will also show off some tricks on their bikes.


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