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!

North Carolina Passes Law that Favors Trail Development by Mountain Bike Clubs on State Lands

In 2005, only two properties in the entire state park system in North Carolina allowed singletrack bike trails. Today, a framework exists for mountain bike clubs, such as SORBA chapters, to create mountain bike trails on state-owned lands, due to the legislature passing S.L. 2007-449. The law states “Any land held in fee simple by this State, any agency of this State, or any land purchased or leased with funds provided by this State may be open and available for use by bicyclists upon establishment of a usage agreement. The usage agreement shall be established between the land manager and any local cycling group or organization intending to use the land and shall specify the terms and conditions for use of the land. The land manager shall designate a representative with knowledge of off‑road bicycle trail building to negotiate the agreement. Upon establishment of the usage agreement, any bicyclist may use the land pursuant to the agreement. “ The law doesn’t guarantee mountain bike trails, but if a club presents a proposal to build such, the land manager must present a valid reason for denying that the trails be built on the land.

More Trails For East Central Georgia

Yellow River Festival

ImageThe Gwinnett Area Trail Riders (GATRs) held the 1st annual Yellow River Festival on October 22nd at Yellow River Park. GATR hosted the festival to promote mountain biking in Gwinnett County Parks, attract new people to the sport and provide opportunities for kids to experience mountain biking.

Tumbling Creek Mountain Bike Rumble XI Rocks as 6 Hour Event

ImageThe 11th Annual Tumbling Creek Mountain Bike Rumble delivered on October 27th at Gainesville State College in Oakwood, GA. Traditionally a cross country race, the TCMBR was held as a six-hour endurance event this year. Under dazzling blue, clear skies 183 racers turned out for the challenge, making this one of the largest endurance events in the Southeast.

Glorious weather, great friends and family, and gracious competitors combined to give this event a festival feel. The atmosphere among the pit crews was jovial. Children ran, raced each other, and played in a giant mound of sand, all against the backdrop of the endurance race. Grillmaster Robert McBride cooked up burgers, brats, and dogs for the hungry masses, with Trips for Kids benefitting from the concession sales.

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