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!

Triangle Off Road Cyclists Keep Busy During the Dog Days of Summer

ImageGroup Rides, out-of-town trips, new trail construction, and maintenance to existing trails have consumed a good bit of our free time this summer. It's a horrible burden to bear, but somehow I'm sure we'll manage carry on.

We have had good attendance at our scheduled group rides (Monday mornings, Wednesday nights, and the Thursday women's ride). We get to meet old friends and introduce new-comers to the sport. Our local shops continue to give us lots of support with these rides.

For National Trails Day, TORC teamed up with REI, our friends over at Trips for Kids - Triangle (TFK-T), and Wake County Parks and Recreation at Lake Crabtree County Park. We had about 50 folks show up. The Kids from TFK-T rehabbed a short section of closed trail, while other groups performed regular maintenance and built a new rock garden.

Our current trail construction project, Brier Chapel, continues. The project is actually part of a large upscale housing project, and the builder decided to have trails built instead of another golf course. We are getting very close to having enough sections stitched together to actually be able to ride there. Thanks to the hard work of our trail building crew and all the volunteers, when finished we will have a 20+ mile trail system to enjoy.

Our day and overnight trips have been a great success. We've visited the Angler's Ridge trail system in Danville, VA, and the folks from SVMBA have been excellent hosts both times. Our weekend trip to Dupont/Pisgah wouldn't have been the same without the help of some awesome folks from Pisgah Area SORBA. The most recent weekend trip to Tsali was outstanding as usual. All these trips have common themes--great riding, good people and lots of fun.

UpState SORBA Update

ImageUpstateSORBA is growing by leaps and bounds. We have some exciting news to share as our first anniversary approaches. Following are some of the highlights.

We formed a good working relationship with the City of Greenville. The City Parks Manager granted UpstateSORBA the opportunity to expand some of the existing Troop 19 Trail within Cleveland Park, which is in the heart of downtown Greenville. Several workdays have produced nearly a mile of new single-track. We look forward to an on going relationship to expand trail & greenway opportunities within the Greenville area.

This summer a new trail opened at our local State Park. Paris Mountain is boasting about the newly created Kanuga trail that offers another connection to the most remote lake in the park. This new trail, which is a downhill beast or a lung-busting climb, offers a new way to the lake and helps alleviate some of the user conflicts we were having on the Pippsissewa Trail. We are proud of this new trail. UpstateSORBA members gave volunteer hours over the course of several workdays providing assistance to Deno Contos and his crew, Appalachian Landscape Management, with the initial creation and completion of this trail. UpstateSORBA looks forward to working with the park on maintaining this trail as well as many other trails at Paris Mountain.

The park has seen increased traffic during the past several months, due in part to the new trail. Another attraction is the upcoming downhill race www.parismountaindh.com. UpstateSORBA is helping with the promotion of the downhill race at Paris Mountain. UpstateSORBA members will give volunteer hours for trail workdays leading up to the race, as well as volunteer to help in a variety of ways on race day. The profits from this event will benefit UpstateSORBA.

UpstateSORBA has formed a great working relationship with park management. We want to continue to support their efforts to educate local riders (new & veteran) with the park's rules and proper trail etiquette. In an effort to assist, UpstateSORBA provides park info & rules, as well as other educational information on its website www.upstatesorba.org.

Local Bike Shop Support for SORBA-Woodstock is Awesome!

ImageSince its inception in 1999, SORBA-Woodstock has received support from a wide variety of people, businesses and government entities, but some of the most consistent and valuable support has come from our local bike shops.

Over the past year, Dan Thornton of Free-Flite Bicycles and Kevin Poske of Out Spokin' Bicycles have stepped up in significant ways that have made our new trails at Blankets Creek a reality.

In September of 2007 Free-Flite gave our fundraising efforts for the new trails an important boost with a $5,000 cash contribution. But Dan continued to look for ways to help us raise money for this important project. In May this year, Free-Flite sponsored a silent auction featuring one of the icons of our sport, Gary Fisher. The event was a huge success with Free-Flite putting up thousands of dollars of equipment for auction with the proceeds going to our new trail fund. The event generated an additional $7,000 gift from Free-Flite, bringing their total contribution to $12,000.

SORBA-Woodstock member and racer Lisa Randall organized the Dirty Duathlon which was held in March of this year at Blankets Creek. The race was a huge success drawing rave reviews from participants and a groundswell of support for making this an annual event. Out Spokin' Bicycles played a key role in the success of this event when they agreed to be the primary sponsor. They contributed equipment and gear valued at $9,000 which was used to reward winners and participants. When their sponsorship and contribution of prizes were announced registration for the event filled up rapidly. In addition to being a lot of fun for racers and spectators, the event produced $8,000 in cash for our new trail fund.

While their contributions to our new trail fund were vital, their ongoing support of our efforts to build and maintain high quality sustainable mountain bike trails at Blankets Creek has been critical. Both shops take turns cooking dinner for our chapter meetings that are held at the trailhead during the warmer months. And both shops donate tubes and power links for our IMBA Bike Patrol members to use to come to the aid of riders who need assistance on the trails. They sponsor bike demos at the trail throughout the year and are big supporters of our annual Pedalpalooza event.

Gainesville SORBA has been busy this summer!

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First, the machine work for our grant project was completed, leaving us with a new inner loop we've dubbed Flying Squirrel Trail, as well as newly cut reroutes and additions to our Zig-Zag Trail. Because of sustainability issues, the zig-zag in that trail had to go away. Don't fret! The new Copperhead Gap trail that replaces it is even more fun, with undulating rollers, short, steep climbs, and some challenging rock and root sections. This is our most advanced trail at Chicopee. Currently it is closed to riders as we complete the finish work. We need help with that, so if you want to see this section opened, come give us a hand!

We'd like to thank Sorella Cycling for the help they provided on our July 12th work party. The Sorella girls never cease to amaze us with the level of work they put in, and it's much appreciated!

We also want to send a huge thanks to the folks who came out for our Mother of All Work Parties on July 26th! We had folks from all over, including the RAMBO and Woodstock chapters. We got a tremendous amount of mileage completed on the Flying Squirrel Trail. Now we can officially open that section and complete our signage. Folks have already been sampling the trail, and the response has been very positive.

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