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-Huntsville's Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew Visit

ImageOver the Halloween weekend, SORBA-Huntsville was graced by a visit from Kelly and Collins Bishop of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew (TCC). We started off on a cold Thursday night, gathered in the Monte Sano State Park Lodge. A crackling fire, plenty of food, and camaraderie kept us nice and warm. We discussed and brainstormed ways to improve our club from its origins as a trail building group to a well-rounded group equally divided between advocacy, socializing, and trail work. Adding to the mix, and broadening the discussion, were the folks from the Southeastern Climbing Coalition (SCC), and private bike parks.

On Saturday, forty-plus people attended the TCC’s trail building school. Representatives from diverse user groups attended, including hikers, and bikers, as well as land managers. Attendees came from Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, and, of course, Sweet Home Alabama. This great event was co-hosted by the Land Trust of Huntsville & North Alabama and SORBA-Huntsville.

During the first four hours of the school we learned sustainable trail construction and maintenance. Our hosts from the Land Trust kept us well-fed and awake with Starbucks coffee, donuts, fruit, veggies, crackers & cheese, and water. The thrill factor kept us going, too, with several hundred dollars in door prizes given away. We won hats, water bottles, t-shirts, gloves, sweatshirts, lunch boxes, gift certificates, and more. We cannot thank our sponsors enough--Fleet Feet Huntsville, Bicycle Etc., Trailhead, Inc., 1st Place Athletic, ClifBar, Mountain High Outfitters, and the SCC.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day 2008

2009 SORBA Calendar

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Why Join SORBA

Image"Why should I join SORBA? All I get is a newsletter", is a question that I've heard many times over the years. The number one reason in my book is because you love mountain biking. Joining SORBA ensures that you have great places to ride and great people to ride with. But, of course, that isn't the only reason.

Public officials prefer to deal with organizations, and the bigger and stronger your organization, the better. Land managers do not wake up in the morning and say to themselves, "I think I'll put a mountain bike trail in my park today." You have to ask for them, and, like as not, you will have to build and maintain them. Land managers want to know that you are serious, and that you will follow through on what you promise.

Belonging to SORBA, an organization with a 20-year track record, gives you clout. Part of that clout comes from being able to say that SORBA has 4,000 members. We are not new, we are not fly-by-night, and we have support from mountain bikers who show their support through membership. Even if you never attend an event or pick up a shovel, you enhance mountain biking opportunities in your area by being a member.

Members build trails. No, you don't have to be a SORBA member to help build a trail, but it's the members who keep coming back, week after week, month after month, year after year, to get it done. If you're riding on a SORBA trail, like as not, it was built by members. If you want more trail, join SORBA.

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