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!

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club to Build Trail at Hastie Park in Knoxville, TN

AMBC has received permission to start laying out trail at Hastie Park in Knoxville, TN, according to AMBC President, Randy Conner. Hastie is an 80-acre City of Knoxville park located in South Knoxville. AMBC worked with the City Parks and Recreation department to make the deal. Says, Conner, ³Fortunately, City Parks and Rec recognizes the MTB community as good land stewards, and they are eager to work with us on this project.² AMBC has also worked with the Lake Forest Home Owners Association on this project. Both the City and the Home Owners Association are eager to turn the park into a positive piece of the community instead of a place to dump or hang out and get into bad stuff.

Ronnie Thomson passes away; memorial to be held at Thomson Day

SORBA-Woodstock's Dirty Duathlon

ImageJoin SORBA-Woodstock on March 22, 2008 for the first ever Blankets Creek
Dirty Duathlon! All proceeds for this event will go towards trail
construction costs of the new North Loop Trail at Blankets Creek. Please
show your support and come get dirty at the Dirty Duathlon!

The race will consist of a 5 mile trail run, followed by a 12 mile
mountain bike loop. The course follows rolling singletrack near Lake
Allatoona and is forgiving enough to be completed by a first timer, but
will also be challenging to experienced racers. Individuals will race
the entire course, while the two person relay teams will have one person
run and the other will bike.

SORBA’s 20th Anniversary

ImageSORBA will be 20 years old in 2008! Help us celebrate! We’re planning a Fat Tire Times commemorative issue, and we need your help! Are you a mountain biking veteran or know one? Do you have a story or two to share about what it was like “back when...”? How about a picture of that first mountain bike you had?

Please, send me names and contact info for people you’d like us to look up. Send us your stories of the good ole’ days of mountain biking. Send us your stories about how your chapter got started, no matter when that happened. And, send us your pictures, please!

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