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!

The Art of Letter Writing

"Mountain bikers, take action! Make your voice heard!"
"Voice your support for better singletrack!"
"Help open new trails to mountain biking!"
We’ve all heard these pleas—making these pleas is what we do at IMBA-SORBA. Most public agencies have a process they must follow before implementing a trail opening or closure, and that process includes getting input from the public. Land managers need to gauge public sentiment towards an issue, to help them decide how to act. Responding during a public comment period makes a difference, especially if people are opposed to your position. Be assured that those on the other side of the issue will be sending in their comments. So, please respond when you’re asked to comment, and mind how you respond, as that makes a difference, as well. Follow these guidelines, and rest assured that your voice is heard.

NPS Hosts Sope Creek Mountain Bike Trail Ribbon Cutting

ImageThe National Parks Service Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area hosted a Ribbon Cutting on August 1, 2009 to honor the volunteers and supporters that made the Sope Creek Mountian Bike Trail improvements possible. SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association), Crossroads Alternative School, and 3 REI stores contributed much time on multiple work days to work on the mountain bike trail to implement the improvements. Over 4000 volunteer hours were donated on this project, with SORBA alone donating 1100 hours. Coca-Cola Scholars and 5 local businesses and organizations were also involved. Thanks to their efforts, the CRNRA now has 4 new sustainable trail sections that have by-passed problem areas that had major resource damage and were safety hazards for park users. Although the work was completed and the new sections were opened in June, the Ribbon Cutting ceremony officially opened the new trail re-alignments to the public.

Paulding SORBA Lives Their Motto of Dig - Ride - Smile

ImageFor digging, Paulding SORBA partnered with Engage Atlanta ( for the Community Makeover ( at Mount Tabor Park over the weekend of July 31- August 2. In the span of that weekend, 1624 volunteer hours were amassed, with 132 volunteers working on Saturday and 100 on Sunday. These hard-working volunteers opened up a 1.3 mile loop and completed approximately a mile on another loop. Amazing effort from everyone involved! On Sunday, the volunteers were offered a special treat--authentic Mexican food for a $4 donation. The food was expertly and lovingly prepared by Alicia Ruiz and several ladies from her church, Iglesia Evangelica Christina Espirtual. The $465 raised will help to replace their church building, which was lost in a fire in 2007.

das Goldschprintz

ImageIMBA-SORBA attended the das Goldschprintz evening on June, 15th, sponsored by Ergon, hosted by Eddie and Namrita O-Dea of 55nineperformance, and held at the Sweetwater Brewery in Atlanta. Product demos were held on Sweetwater’s patio, where we cruised around on a couple of cool bikes, enjoying Ergon’s incomparable grips. Free beer, cyclists, and a friendly competition—a recipe for a good time.

Just what is a Goldschprintz? It’s a 2-bike sprint competition using stationery bikes, in this case singlespeed fixies, on modified rollers. A computer tracks your time and your speed. The first to reach the finish line wins and advances to the next level. Sprinters were chewed up until there was one winner, Lam, who bested the likes of Eddie O’Dea and Thomas Turner. He was awarded a pair of Ergon grips for his effort. Way to go, Lam!

Thanks to Ergon and 55nineperformance for a great evening of cycling fun.


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