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!

A Message from Mike Van Abel Regarding Cancellation of Chapter Insurance

IMBA's national insurance policy for chapters and supporting organizations will cease coverage at the end of this month.

We are in the process of negotiating replacement insurance.

IMBA's current general liability insurance program is no longer viable and will cease to operate after February 28, 2014.

A Message from Tom Sauret Regarding Cancellation of Chapter Insurance

The following post is a message to our Chapter Presidents from Tom Sauret, regarding insurance for SORBA chapters.

Everyone:

You will be receiving an email from IMBA's Boulder Office today or tomorrow outlying the recent developments in the search for affordable insurance. The developments are not good. The IMBA BOD decided last weekend not to renew the national liability program. IMBA's reasons will be outlined in the communication that I expect you will receive shortly.

Alabama Becoming Mountain Bike Mecca of the Southeast

In 2013, the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) designated the Forever Wild Land Trust’s Coldwater Mountain tract near Anniston as a Bronze Level Ride Center, a large-scale mountain bike facility that offers a wide variety of ride options for riders of all skill levels. The IMBA has also inducted Oak Mountain State Park’s mountain bike trails into its Epic Ride Hall of Fame.
 
That makes Greg Lein very happy. Lein, former administrator with Forever Wild, is currently the director of the Alabama State Parks Division.
 

2014 Southern Mountain Bike Summit Slated for March 21-23 in Anniston, AL

NEABA SORBA will host the Summit March 20-22nd in Anniston, AL. Advocates, enthusiasts, industry representatives, public officials and public servants will gather in Alabama’s scenic piedmont area to present, learn, network, socialize, and, of course, ride bicycles. The Bridge in downtown Anniston, owned and operated by the First United Methodist Church, will house Summit meetings. On Friday, the focus will be on educating those who manage our public lands about how to effectively create, expand, and manage mountain bicycling opportunities in their parks and forests.

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