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!

National Parks Service Seeks Public Input on Chattahoochee National Recreation Area

ImageThe National Parks Service is soliciting public input on their Supplemental Draft General Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for the Chattahoochee NRA. SORBA has been very involved in this process, and will remain involved as the plan is adopted and implemented in the years to come. A public input meeting held on October 30th drew 40 participants; half of those present were SORBA members.

The current preferred plan is Alternative F. Alternative F has delineated zones in the park, and assigns appropriate recreational activities for the zones. Off-road cycling is allowed in all but two zones in this plan. Although SORBA generally supports Alternative F as the preferred alternative, we continue to stand behind our long-term objection to the exclusion of bicycling from certain management categories. In particular, this exclusion precludes any possible development of bicycle trails (paved or un-paved) within the Bowmans Island unit of the CRNRA. Bowmans Island is located in a rapidly growing area of Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties where the need for mixed-use, trail-based and dispersed recreation opportunities are great.

Keeping Bowmans Island closed to bicycling inhibits any potential development of long-distance cycling trails along the Chattahoochee River corridor connecting Lake Lanier (and Army Corps of Engineers property) to the downstream units of the CRNRA. Such a connection would be a very important and sought-after recreation opportunity that would greatly enhance the quality of life in the neighboring communities. This prohibition also seems to conflict with the NPS’s own initiatives through the Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) and the management mission of a National Recreation Area.

Upper Chattahoochee Cycling Club Hosts Trips for Kids Ride

Yellow River Mountain Bike Festival Invites Trips for Kids

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.

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