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!

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.

Paulding County SORBA Dives into the Sara Babb Project

ImageWith great excitement and jubilation, on July 16th Paulding SORBA announced the signing of the MOU for Sara Babb Beginners Mountain Bike Park. On that day, Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin received the MOU from the City Attorney and made the decision to sign it.. Before the ink was dry on the MOU, Paulding County SORBA had over 100 volunteers registered from over 9 area churches to build the trail over the weekend of July 26th-27th. Paulding County SORBA had already worked with county officials to lay out two one-and-a-half-mile loops of beginner's singletrack at the park.

Sara Babb Beginners Mountain Bike Park, located at 216 Recreation Drive, Dallas, GA. is now home to a one-mile beginner loop and a quarter-mile connector trail. 73 volunteers turned out to build this trail on Saturday and 56 turned out on Sunday. Together these groups put in over 870 hours. The work included clearing the trail and cutting the tread with hand tools, as well as building 3 bridges.

Scott Martin, Secretary and Trail Liaison officer for Paulding County SORBA was justifiably proud of this effort, which brought the whole community together. A pleasant surprise is that 90 % of the volunteers who worked on this project are not regular cyclists. Says, Martin, "Your efforts this weekend were phenomenal, and I want to thank everyone who participated in the work party held at Sara Babb Park. Without you, this project wouldn't have ever happened in the time frame it did.. I feel honored to have been involved with this project and look forward to the next one."

Paulding County SORBA plans to host a grand opening for the park on Saturday, September 13th. Everyone, especially the volunteers who work on the trail, is invited. Check http://www.pauldingsorba.org/ for details on the upcoming festivities.

Paulding Sorba Volunteers to Help Local EMS Provider

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.

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