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!

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.

Trips for Kids Ride at Yellow River Park

ImageSORBA Atlanta and the Atlanta Boys and Girls Club hosted a Trips for Kids outing at Gwinnett County's Yellow River Park in February. The kids learned skills, then took a spin on the trail. You can tell by the smiles that they all had a great time!

Bike Raffle to Benefit Pisgah Area SORBA

ImageThanks to very generous donations by Turner Bikes (www.turnerbikes.com) and Ventana USA (www.ventanausa.com), we are raffling two brand new mountain bike frames with all proceeds going to the advocacy and trail building efforts of Pisgah Area SORBA (www.pisgahareasorba.org). Ticket sales are being handled though a donation of webspace on the (www.T2bikes.com) website.

Niner Bikes Announces IMBA-Themed Frame Contest

Niner bikes will create 25 frames and matching forks, painted with a special IMBA theme to benefit IMBA and enhance mountain bike advocacy. The theme will be chosen from riders' submissions. "For us, IMBA was the obvious first choice for this project," said Niner co-founder Chris Sugai. "They are the voice of our sport and do an amazing job getting out there to save and build sustainable trails. Their core values represent what Niner is all about."

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