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!

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SORBA Uhwarrie Moves Forward on Ride Center

ImageCity Lake Park in Albemarle, NC will be home to the first trail built for the Uhwarrie Ride Center project. City Lake Park is a passive-recreation park that opened in 2006. The 70-acre park has a wonderful small lake as a backdrop, and currently includes three picnic shelters, two floating boat docks, approximately one-half mile of paved walking trail and one mile of non-paved trails, a playground, and an amphitheatre. On October 5th, the park will officially open a two-and-a-quarter-mile, beginner-level mountain bike trail.

Brian Bristol, President of SORBA Uhwarrie, sees this project as the perfect opportunity to make mountain biking prevalent in the community, and demonstrate, on a smaller scale, the Ride Center to be built around Uhwarrie National Forest. "This mountain bike trail enhances the recreational opportunities available at the park, and will introduce more people to off-road riding. Mountain biking will become a community activity. This project began locally, inspired by the Adventure Girl Program, which encourages girls to be active runners, and now, bikers."

Funding for the mountain bike trail is possible through an RPT grant awarded to Albemarle Parks and Recreation, along with donations to SORBA Uwharrie through local businesses and organizations. "This funding model, bringing government, businesses, and volunteers together to create a community resource is the cornerstone of the Ride Center concept," says Bristol.

Georgia's White County Works to Enhance Mountain Biking in Their Area

The White County Department of Economic Development is working with IMBA/SORBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association and Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) to outline proposals for off-road biking and multi-use trails throughout various locations in White County.

The project is progressing very well with the support of many volunteers, businesses, and other governmental personnel.

Woody at Woody's Mountain Bikes in Helen (706-868-3715) is very active in putting together a bike club which will help to design, implement and promote this project for our community and the region.

Natalie Culp of the White County Government Economic Development Office says, "Many people do not realize that having fun and staying healthy in the outdoors is essential to the continued growth of our economy. This portion of the tourism industry is often overlooked and needs to be recognized, stimulated, and supported. This project is just one more step which helps jumpstart economic development and benefit our community."

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