Join fellow Board members, executive committee members, chapter members, and staff for the 2023 SORBA Board of Directors meeting to ride, enjoy local amenities, hang out with fellow mountain bikers, and help shape the future of SORBA. This year’s meeting will be held alongside the NEABA Coldwater Mountain Fat Tire Festival.

In addition to the festival and board meeting, we have an optional educational course on Friday led by Ross Martin, NEABA Board Member and Assistant Professor of Geology at Jacksonville State University. His research focuses on trail systems, hydrology, and geomorphology. He is especially interested in the interplay between the three. He has published peer-reviewed research on the physical impacts of trail users, fluvial erosion, and sediment transport.

This class will go over the science of trail planning and building, soil science, hydrology, a GIS overview, and a field trip to show and talk about trail erosion. This class will be an additional $50 and has 25 available slots.

Special thanks to NEABA for hosting this meeting!

REGISTER HERE

MEETING DOCUMENTS

Meeting Location

NEABA Headquarters

26 W 10th St Anniston, AL 36201

Fees

Each chapter (the president or proxy) and executive board member receives ONE free registration for the meeting and the entire Fat Tire Festival weekend.  Additional guests for the entire weekend (spouses, chapter leadership, members) are $80 for early bird and $100 after August 31st. On-site camping is available at an additional fee.

Map of Locations

Google Map of All The Places You Need To Be

Trailforks Map of the Anniston Area

Lodging

CAMPING:

RV and tent camping is available as part of the Fat Tire Festival at Zinn Park. RV camping is $50, Tent camping is $30 and Pallets in the YMCA building are $15. All campers will have access to the YMCA for showers.

HOTEL:

The Hotel Finial is offering a discounted rate with two different rates. King Bed rooms are $125.10 and Double Queen Rooms are $138.60. To make reservations call (256)236-0503 and let them know you are with the event.

ADDITIONAL LODGING:

Coldwater Cabins: RV sites, cabins, and additional camping are available. Get in touch for the best rate!

A number of hotel options in Oxford just off Interstate 20.

Cheaha State Park has cabins, chalets, and camping options available.

Schedule (please note this will be updated as events are added)

Friday, October 20

OPTIONAL COURSE: The Science of Trail Construction – $50

9:00a – 3:00p             The Science of Trail Construction will cover soil science, trail planning and building introduction, GIS basics, and a field trip to local trails for examples of erosion and erosion control. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

6:30p – 8:30p            Night Ride – Ft McClellan Trails

8:30p                              Welcome Reception: NEABA Headquarters – Pizza from Mellow Mushroom and beer available.

Saturday, October 21

SORBA Board of Directors Meeting

Location – NEABA Headquarters: 26 W 10th St Anniston, AL 36201

7:00a – 8:30a           Breakfast at Zinn Park

9:00a                              Board of Directors Meeting (Agenda will be provided prior to meeting)

10:45a                           Break

11:00a                          Work sessions with your state and state representatives

12:00p                           Group Photo

12:15p                           Lunch: Work sessions with your state and state representatives continues

1:00p                              Report out from Sessions    

1:30p                              Adjournment

1:30p – 5:30p           Fat Tire Fest Activities

6:00p                              Dinner at Coldwater Brew Pub: Dinner and two beers provided. Additional beers can be purchased at 50% off.

Sunday, October 22

7:00a – 9:00a           Breakfast at Zinn Park

10:00a – 4:00p           Fat Tire Fest Activities

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