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!

Mountain Bike Capital of Georgia

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Marco Falgiano, David Ralston, Mike Palmari

Just prior to lunch break, this past Wednesday, the Georgia House passed a resolution submitted by Ellijay Mountain Bike Association requesting designation for Gilmer County as the "Mountain Biking Capital of Georgia".

Ellijay is home to 100 pristine miles, 400 miles when including surrounding counties which are also maintained by Ellijay Mountain Bike Association. Marco Falgiano, President of EMBA, expressed his appreciation for accepting the resolution and encouraged all in attendance to come ride Ellijay.

20th Anniversary Jersey

IMBA-SORBA Board Holds Spring Meeting

ImageOn Saturday, March 15, the SORBA Board of Directors held their spring meeting at Mulberry Gap Bunkhouses outside of Ellijay, GA. SORBA's Executive Board, representatives from 22 chapters, SORBA staff, and several special guests made the trek to this scenic mountain get-away to conduct business, teach and learn, and get to know all the SORBA leaders better. Ryan Schutz of IMBA came to visit all the way from Boulder, CO.

The general meeting began at 11:00 AM in the Pole Barn, a roofed structure that is open on three sides. The floor was covered in mulch, and we sat a picnic table or in folding chairs. It's a nice, open, airy space, but the weather was not cooperative with the setting. Thunderstorms rolled through, and we had to suspend the meeting more than once, because voices couldn't be heard above the noise of the rain beating on the metal roof. The Mulberry Gap staff provided hot coffee, which helped take the chill out of the wet morning. Spirits were not dampened, and the meeting continued in spite of the rain.

Atlanta Chapter Receives Grant to Enhance Olympic Mountain Biking Course in Conyers, Georgia

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Conyers, GA

SORBA Atlanta received a $500 grant from the USA Cycling (NORBA)/International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Trail Tune-Up Grants Program. Seven Trail Tune-Up Grants were awarded to mountain biking groups seeking to jump-start trail improvement projects. SORBA Atlanta will use this grant to make improvements to the Olympic Mountain Bike trail system located at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. The creators of the Olympic course only intended for the trails to be used for two weeks, and since then SORBA Atlanta has maintained these trails and steadily upgraded portions of them to sustainable IMBA standards. The grant will be used to reroute and reconstruct approximately one mile of the original Olympic course, install directional signage along the trail system and at the trail head, and construct a new bridge.

Only a 45-minute drive from Downtown Atlanta, this historic Olympic 9-mile trail network receives heavy use from cyclists seeking expert-level challenges. It is home to the Granny Gear 24 Hours of Conyers endurance race, held each May.

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