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!

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!

SORBA Woodstock Builds New Trail at Blankets Creek

Mosquito Bite bridge

After breaking ground on new trail projects on Monday, September 10, the Woodstock chapter is ahead of schedule. These trail projects are set to expand the existing beginners’ trail, Mosquito Flats, and add an advanced trail, The Van Michael Express. The first phase of the project, the Mosquito Flats extension, is already complete, with one mile of new trail that includes a bridge with handrails. Construction has begun on phase 2, The Van Michael Express, and is currently ahead of schedule, with about 1.5 miles of trail machine-cut and .7 miles of cut trail finished. A bridge has also been installed on the Express.

The chapter intends to build five miles of trail in six months, bringing the total miles at Blankets to 14.5. SORBA Woodstock has teamed with SORBA Pro Trails and veteran trailbuilder Stephen Mullins to meet this ambitious goal. Under this arrangement, SORBA Pro Trails does the major trail building, and volunteers prepare and finish the trail by clearing the ground, bench cutting, and building bridges.


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