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!

Chicopee Woods Work Party on July 26th, sponsored by Gainesville SORBA and MAXXIS

ImageAnd, boy, do we mean party!! If you're a Crew Leader or volunteer, step up and help finish the newly cut trail at Chicopee Woods! SORBA Pro Trails and Gainesville SORBA have been working hard over the past several months cutting new trail, re-routing existing trails, building bridges, and just making Chicopee Woods a better place to ride. They still have a lot of finish work to do, and they're asking you to help them get it done! The party date is July 26th, 2008, and the location is Chicopee Woods Mountain Bike Trails in Gainesville, GA. We'll get the party started at 9 a.m. and finish up at 1:30 p.m.

If new trails aren't enough motivation to get you to swing a pulaski or lop some limbs, perhaps free stuff will reel you in. Our fantastic sponsors are kicking in for lunch and a schwag raffle for the volunteers! Along with our friends at Maxxis, Trek and CamelBak are throwing in goodies for our worker bees. All volunteers will have a chance to score bike gear-such as new tires, a multi-tool, or maybe a hydration pack. Come on out, and see how lucky you can be!

55nine Performance, Ergon, and Vassago Cycles Join Forces to Support IMBA-SORBA and Historic Trail

Dahlonega, Georgia – The 2008 Fool's Gold Mountain Bike Races & Festival put on by 55nine
Performance is teaming with the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) to create a one-of-a-
kind festival in the Southeastern US.  Both 55nine Performance and IMBA-SORBA are working together
to support improvements of the existing trail system in the Bull Mountain area of Dahlonega, Georgia,
as well as to support development of new trail to an already epic area of the Chattahoochee National
Forest.  55nine Performance will be making a cash donation to IMBA-SORBA's Land Access Fund to
support the Bull & Jake Mountain trails which was the site of IMBA's first Epic ride.  Ergon is helping in
the efforts to grow IMBA-SORBA membership by giving away a limited number of grips to all those that
sign up as a IMBA-SORBA member through the Fool's Gold events.  Vassago Cycles will be present at the
Fool's Gold event to demo their line of bicycles and to raffle one 2008 Optimus Titanium 29er mountain
bike frame valued at over $1600.  Tickets will be sold at www.vassagocycles.com and at the event for
$20.00 each.  Proceeds from the Vassago frame raffle will also go towards the Bull & Jake Mountain area
trail fund. 

Celebrate National Trails Day 2008 with IMBA-SORBA

ImageSaturday, June 7th is National Trails Day, an event sponsored by the American Hiking Society, inspires the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out their favorite trails to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and trail work projects.

NTD also provides an opportunity to thank volunteers, land managing agencies, and outdoor-minded businesses for their support in developing and maintaining trails.

IMBA-SORBA is all about trails, and chapters all over the region are hosting events. Work parties, rides, and festivals are some of the ways that our members will spend NTD.

Join in the fun, and participate in one of the following NTD IMBA-SORBA events.

SORBA Celebrates the 24-Hours of Conyers with Gary Fisher!

ImageMountain biking legend Gary Fisher will be joining the SORBA crew for the 24 Hours of Conyers, at the historic Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA, May 16th-18th.

Gary kicks off his weekend at the Conyers Hawthorn Suites, 1659 Centennial Olympic Parkway for the SORBA Soiree and Volunteer Reward Reception. Come hang with Gary, your friends and fantastic volunteers from SORBA, Granny Gear Productions, and the guys and gals who will be putting themselves to the test in the 2008 24 Hours of Conyers endurance race. The fun starts at 7PM.

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