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!

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.

Subaru Tour de SORBA June Winner

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The Subaru Tour de SORBA contest has selected the first winner of a new
mountain bike for the year. Ann Ledbetter of Smyrna Georgia is the June 2008
Grand Prize Winner. She entered the contest in February at the Snake Creek
Gap time trial which is organized by the Northwest Georgia SORBA chapter. Ann
has won a nice new Gary Fisher Rig, 29-inch Singlespeed, mountain bike. This
was made possible by our partnerships with Subaru of America, Atlanta Cycling
and Gary Fisher Bikes. See Ann pictured with Walt Bready and Darren May
(Subaru of America) at the Subaru South Central Regional Marketing office, and
then again with Walt and Chad at the Atlanta Cycling bike shop.

There were more winners in the June drawing. Chris Green of Aberdeen, NC won
a mighty new Yakima StickUp bike rack. Gennie Dasinger of Dalton, GA and
Sunny Sandidge of Atlanta, GA won a certificate for a sweet new Thomson
seatpost or stem. Scott Gentile of Brentwood, TN, Jayce Powell of Ridgeland,
MS, Shana Culberson of Kingston Springs, TN and Mark McCabe of Alpharetta, GA
won a cool new pair of Optic Nerve sunglasses.

A Weekend in the Cohuttas

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October 17th-19th, 2008

Join your SORBA friends for a full weekend of fun or a day of riding in North Georgia's famed Cohutta region of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, hosted by the Upper Chattahoochee Cycling Club (UC3). Bunk or camp at Mulberry Gap Bunkhouse Inn and Camping, and ride some of the sweetest singletrack in Georgia on the Bear Creek and Pinhoti Trails.

We're fun, flexible folks, so a few options for the weekend are available--just be prepared to have a good time with your SORBA friends. If you play guitar or banjo, bring it along, and entertain your friends in the evenings!

Bunkhouse space is limited, so register early! Send an email to the UC3 Chapter to reserve your space today! Include your name, phone number, number in your party, and which option you choose in your email.

Mulberry Gap Bunkhouse Inn and Camping is located outside of Ellijay, Georgia on Conesauga Road (FS 8). Visit www.mulberrygap.com for more information about this great destination!

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