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!

Tuscaloosa SORBA’s Trails Enriched by Adoption

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Alec Wheeler (left) and Michael Cornwell shingling the slippery bridge on Five Bridges loop

"I'm not sure who originally suggested our Adopt-A-Trail program, but it has been a great success," says Richard Russell, chapter President, "There are about 12 miles of trail at Munny Sokol Park, and the idea came about for individuals or groups to adopt one or more of the 20-plus named trails at Sokol." The adopters do light trail maintenance, raking, and trash pickup. This regular maintenance gives the trails a nice cared-for look, and frees up workdays for more major projects.

Many of Munny Sokol's trails have been adopted by chapter members and volunteers. Adopters choose parts or loops of a trail or trails to care for and agree to keep up their adopted section. Richard has his name down for Antique Creek, although he unofficially adopted the entire trail system years ago. "At this time of year," says Richard, "we concentrate on raking the trails, and someone, not necessarily the same person, comes out several times a week. There is a friendly competition to see whose trail looks the best".

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club Pitches in for Windrock Fall Festival

The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club helped out with the Windrock Fall Festival, held November 18th and 19th, outside of Oliver Springs, TN. The festival is primarily a downhill festival, but because we built cross country trails on the property this summer, we were able to host a cross country ride, led by our president, Randy Conner. Vice President Brian Hann loaned a truck owned by his construction company, Dewhirst Construction, for a shuttle. The truck allowed up to 30 riders and bikes to be shuttled up the mountain at one time.

The conditions were cold and rainy (snowy on top the mountain), but that didn't stop over 80 people from traveling from as far away as Arizona to participate. The folks from cane creek, I-9, Morewood, Specialized, Sick Lines and Maxis all came out to donate goods for a raffle. Local Pro down hill rider and AMBC board member Doug Ferguson was the key organizer for the event, and did a great job getting the word out. DH National Champion Geritt Beytagh was out with his sponsor Morewood Bicycles. The folks at Coal Creek allowed us to use over 2,000 feet of vertical drop to build the trails, and the Mayor of Oliver Springs, Chris Hepler, drove the shuttle truck. We had many volunteers involved, and they were real troopers, braving the imperfect elements to pull off this excellent event.

Paulding SORBA set to build second Gateway trail

SORBA Board of Directors Conducts Fall Meeting

ImageSORBA's Board of Directors met on November 22nd, at the Elachee Nature Center in Gainesville, Georgia. We had a full house, too, with a record-breaking 23 chapters represented! The meeting began at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast and coffee and didn't break up til after 8 p.m. and pizza. In between was a full day of speakers, discussions, and votes.

Tom Sauret, SORBA Executive Director, started with a meeting overview and agenda review. After Secretary Renee Martinez took roll, Tom discussed the realingnment of existing chapters, which was brought on by insurance costs. The Macon and Rabun Counties chapter has been dissolved, and Macon County members have been moved to At Large memberships, pending the creation of a new chapter in their area. Rabun County members are now part of the Upper Chattahoochee Cycling Club chapter. SoFA has been disbanded, and their members have been reassigned to their geographically-closest chapter. The Board then voted to accept Tuscaloosa SORBA as a full chapter. With a new president at the table, the Board then set the date and location for the next meeting as February 28th at FATS, with the Central Savannah River Area chapter hosting. The November 2009 meeting will possibly be hosted by Uwharrie, with the details to be set at the February meeting.

Bob Grieco, acting SORBA President upon the relocation of Eric Hunter to Portland, Oregon, then spoke, turning his focus on the presidents, asking the chapter representatives what their most pressing concerns were. Some of the responses included access to community resources, and that land managers were demanding better organization. Grieco said the focus of the Executive Board is to support the chapters, and he hopes to get to know them better, and address their individual concerns directly, in the coming year

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