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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!

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.

Alex and Kim Nutt Honored with the 2008 SORBIE Award

ImageGeorgia mountain bike pioneers Alex and Kim Nutt were honored Saturday, September 27th for their extraordinary contributions to the sport of mountain biking. At the grand opening event for the new trails at Blankets Creek, SORBA's Walt Bready, Director of Membership and Events, presented Alex and Kim with the coveted SORBIE Award. This award, SORBA's highest award for volunteerism, is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have selflessly promoted the sport of mountain biking and trail care.

Alex served as president of SORBA from 1998-2000. His wife Kim spent countless volunteer hours attending meetings, working on trails, addressing and mailing newsletters and membership info, and providing moral support.

In 1998 Alex approached the U.S. Corps of Engineers (USCOE) and Cherokee County with the idea to create mountain bike trails on the USCOE-owned property along the banks of Lake Allatoona. He orchestrated the cost-sharing agreement between the USCOE and the Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Agency (CRPA) and paved the way for the many volunteers who followed and built the Blankets Creek Mountain Bike Trails.

SORBA Attends Interbike 2008

ImageThe International Bicycle Exposition, Interbike, 2008 has come and gone, and SORBA had a successful trip this year. Tom Sauret, Walt Bready, and I flew out to Vegas to spend the week to thank current sponsors and recruit new ones. Yes, we rode bikes at the outdoor demo, but that was a small part of the trip. We go to Interbike each year to connect the industry to SORBA's mission and our members. This connection helps makes SORBA a success.

Tom collects t-shirts throughout the year from our events. Each t-shirt has our sponsors' logos emblazoned on the back, and we distribute these t-shirts to our sponsors at Interbike. As we present each t-shirt, we thank our sponsors for past contributions, and we ask for their continued support. Each sponsor that we thanked this year promised to continue support, and many added that they'd like to do more.

Annual Fund

Dear IMBA-SORBA Supporter,

ImageYou know you want to ride--so do we. IMBA and SORBA, the organizations that help create, preserve and enhance mountain biking trails, are grateful for your support. Your contribution to the 2008 Annual Fund will allow us to continue to work together to achieve our goals this year and in the year ahead.

Some examples of how Annual Fund donations were used in your backyard include:

  • Ten fully supported Trips for Kids Rides in the SORBA Service area
  • Tools for the Fat of the Land Chapter in Tallahassee, Florida; Appalachian Mountain Bike Association SORBA in Knoxville, Tennessee; and Paulding SORBA in Paulding County, Georgia
  • The National Trails Day weekend at Bent Creek in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Tool trailer support for the Triangle Off-Road Cyclists chapter in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
  • 34 additional trail projects implemented by SORBA clubs in 2007

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