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!

Fontana Festival Takes Kids Mountain Biking

What's a great way for kids to enjoy the outdoors? Take them on a mountain bike ride. And that is just what happened on July 19th thanks to the organizers of the Fontana Fest. The Fontana Fest Mountain Bike Festival is a family-oriented fundraiser to benefit The Mountain Community School Bike Club. The festival features group rides to Tsali and Fontana Village trails, live music, games and contests, and much more. This year Rusty Sprocket Productions and Pisgah Area SORBA partnered to put on a kids ride.

The SORBA Trips for Kids bikes, which at stored at Gainesville State College, where loaded up and delivered to the event via the Subaru Tour de SORBA Forester. We fitted a few bikes at Fontana Village Saturday morning and then headed over to Tsali for a ride. It was a beautiful summer day to explore the Thompson loop trail. Tsali has long been a mountain bike destination in the southeast and we saw a few familiar faces, jerseys and bikes on the trail.

IMBA-SORBA is Building New Chapters

Mountaintown Creek Trail Proposal

ImageMountaintown Creek Trail is one of the oldest, most picturesque mountain bike trails in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Wild, narrow singletrack snakes down the mountain, tumbling over rocks and splashing across the creek. Flanked by verdant vistas, you keep your eyes focused on what lies ahead. Lose your focus, and the trail may trick you, throw you off. Mountaintown Creek demands your respect and attention-pay it or pay the price.

But, alas, at the end of the trail, the forest ends, and a stretch of private property, the Hills Lake neighborhood, lies between you and your car. This is a problem for anglers, hikers, and bikers alike, unless you want to turn around and climb up whence you came (a daunting task, at best). The Forest Service knows this is a problem for its users, and has begun to address the issue. The rangers of the Conasauga Ranger District,Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests have released a proposal to improve access to Mountaintown Creek Trail.

In summary, the USDA Forest Service proposes to route mountain bike traffic onto the existing Pinhoti Trail. The Pinhoti Trail intersects the Mountaintown Creek Trail about 1.7 miles up from the southern terminus, then turns north and follows the Mountaintown Creek trail to Forest Road 64. Mountain bikes are currently not allowed on this section of the Pinhoti Trail, and some rerouting of the trail is proposed to make the trail more suitable for mountain bike use. The Mountaintown Creek Trail below the Pinhoti Trail would be closed to mountain bikes and reserved for hikers. Also in this proposal, anglers would have a new trail built to the creek from the Bear Creek camping area parking lot. You can view the full proposal athttp://www.fs.fed.us/conf/sopa/recreation-nepa.htm.

Busy spring and summer in Middle Tennessee

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SORBA-IMBA Middle Tennessee's 1st annual RUMBLE at the ROCK cross country race finished off the 6th annual Fat Tire Fest at Hamilton Creek in Nashville. The 6.5 mile course was a bit damp for the first lap or two, but by the end of the Sport race, the trail was back to its rocky self. This 1st annual romp offered up 92 TBRA (Tennessee Bicycle Racer's Association) racers on top of the 150+ on site for Saturday's skills course, Pinnacle hill climb time trial, skid contest and kids events. The weekend was a huge hit, and we look forward to next year.

Our August 2nd Ride/ social at Lock 4 in Gallatin, TN had a great turnout. We challenged our mountain bike community to come out and ride one of our favorite trails, bring a friend and just have some fun in the dirt. We had several ride leaders that made the day a success along with our membership directors Amy and Scott Walvoord. Thanks again to Kelly Benward and all the ride leaders, Chris Cooper, Reed Lilly, and Tim Spencer. We had a large rider turnout on a perfect day on the trail.

Best of all, we had the opportunity to show several new members what we are all about. Yep, the day is always a success when we grow our membership and see so many trail and advocacy stewards out RIDING on the trails we maintain. Su-weet!

Tool fund
On July 2nd this year we started a tool fund to add some key professional-grade tools to our trail work arsenal. Within only a few weeks we exceeded $900 to add to the $500 from the Maverick Bicycle silent auction at the 2008 Dirt, Sweat and Gears 12 hour race. We have already purchased one mac-daddy Stihl brush cutter and are scheming for the next addition. Please help us grow this fund by hitting the DONATE link at www.sorbamidtn.org or email president@sorbamidtn.org.

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