2024 SORBA Summit

Join SORBA’s volunteers, land managers, advocates, and members in Newnan, GA, for five days full of trail stewardship. Workshops, presentations, panels, networking, socials, bike riding, and lots of fun will be had by all. This year, we will focus on providing mountain bike opportunities in an urban environment.

Thank you to MTB AtlantaBike Coweta, and Explore Newnan-Coweta for being partners in hosting this year’s Summit!

*Please note that all times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Registration Below

SORBA Summit Conference

Beginning Thursday, April 18 with an opening social. Friday and Saturday conference where we cover topics designed to inspire our volunteers and connect land managers to the mission of our organization.

Please note that Friday and Saturday have different venues for the conference so we can take full advantage of everything Newnan has to offer!

Thursday, April 18


5:00pm – 9:00pm

Line Creek Brewing – 18 Savannah St, Newnan, GA 30263

Summit Registration & Check In

5:00pm – 7:30pm

Line Creek Brewing – 18 Savannah St, Newnan, GA 30263

Friday, April 19

SORBA Summit Conference

8:00am – 3:00pm

Coweta County Fairgrounds – 275 Pine Rd, Newnan, GA 30263

Conference Detailed Schedule

8:00a Registration

8:30a Continental Breakfast

9:00a Welcome and Housekeeping

9:30a Keynote Address

10:50a Break

11:00a Concurrent Session #1
Bringing Bike Facilities to Under Privileged Kids.
– Jason Finnell Pedal Up Foundation

11:00a Concurrent Session #2
Cultivating a Following and Engaging Your Members.
– Stuart Thiel RAMBO VP

11:00a Concurrent Session #3
Public Fee-Free Bike Parks.
– Knoxville Urban Wilderness

12:00p Lunch

1:00p Concurrent Session #4
Fundraising 101. (two hour session)
– SORBA Staff and Leadership

1:00p Concurrent Session #5
Partnering With Youth Cycling.
– Kenny Griffin GCA

1:00p Concurrent Session #6
Funding Change for a Region.
– MTB Atlanta

2:00p Concurrent Session #7
Land Management Session.

2:00p Concurrent Session #8
Introducing Adaptive MTB Trails Project. (Includes trail demo after course)
– Brian Peachey aMTB Trails Project

Group Ride

3:00pm – 6:00pm


The group ride will also offer an aMTB (Adaptive Mountain Bike) demo and led ride.


6:00pm – 9:00pm

CJ Smith Park – 92 Farmer St, Newnan, GA 30263

Saturday, April 20

SORBA Summit Conference

8:00am – 3:00pm

Foundation Newnan – 6 Perry St, Newnan, GA 30263

Conference Detailed Schedule

8:00a Registration

8:30a Continental Breakfast

9:00a Welcome and Housekeeping

9:15a Field Trip – TBD
Field trip is for individuals not attending the SORBA Board of Directors Meeting.

9:15a SORBA Board of Directors Meeting
For SORBA representatives and members.

10:50a Break

11:00a SORBA State Conversations

12:00p Lunch

1:00p Concurrent Session #9
Grants 101
– Jen Flavin SORBA Development Director

1:00p Concurrent Session #10
– Philip Darden SORBA Executive Director

1:00p Concurrent Session #11
Making Big Change with Small Parks.
– Brett Davidson MTB Atlanta

2:00p Concurrent Session #12
Working With Your Local Bike Shop.
– Panel Discussion

2:00p Concurrent Session #13
Media Training
– Philip Darden SORBA Executive Director

2:00p Concurrent Session #14
Workday Best Practices
– Jeremy Poore McDowell Tech

Group Ride

3:00pm – 6:00pm


Social Cocktail Hour

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Historic Newnan Train Depot – 60 E Broad St, Newnan, GA 30263

Volunteer Appreciation Banquet

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Historic Newnan Train Depot – 60 E Broad St, Newnan, GA 30263

Add-On Training and Events

Sustainable Trail Maintenance and Safety – Trail Crew Leader Training Course

April 17 & 18
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Instructor: Jeremy Poore, McDowell Tech.

This is a two-day course focusing on trail types, multi-use experiences, basic trail assessment and maintenance, and trail safety and protective equipment. Both classroom and field work are used to solidify concepts and provide practical experience. The training is great for land managers, those entering the trails field, and volunteers who want to expand their knowledge of trail maintenance and sustainability as well as be prepared for the responsibilities of a Trail Crew Leader in their local volunteer organization.

***Lunch will be provided***

Wilderness First Aid Course

April 17 & 18
8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Instructor, Mateo, MEDIC SOLO Disaster and Wilderness Medical School.

Join our SORBA-tailored 2-day Wilderness First Aid Class (with mountain biking specific hands-on learning scenarios throughout the course) and Hands-on learn how to save lives & limbs and come away with actual do- it-yourself care-giving skill and confidence, and 2-year SOLO WFA certification. Counts as SOLO WFR Recertification. No prerequisites. Spaces are limited; first registered, first served.

Topics include: patient assessment system, traumatic musculoskeletal & spinal injuries, skin injuries, medical emergencies, environmental complications, caregiving for hours to days, evacuation & more.

More info at: https://solowfa.com/disaster-travel-wilderness-first-aid.html
Email: courses@solowfa.com with questions

​***Lunch will be provided***

Volunteer of the Year Banquet

April 20
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for an evening to celebrate our volunteers from across the region. A catered dinner will be part of the event where we award a volunteer of the year from each of the seven states that represent SORBA. Join us for a night of celebration and recognition of everything that makes our organization great! This event is included in the purchase of your conference ticket. We also have individual tickets for those that wish to join that won’t be at our other activities.

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Summit Silent Auction

As part of the Summit, SORBA will have a silent auction. Items will be available online and in person to bid, with auction opening a week before the Summit. Check out the items we have available for bid at the link below.

Newnan Information

Hotel Information

TownPlace Suites has offered a group rate for our event with rooms at $134 a night. To book click the link below.

Camping Information

Chattahoochee Bend State Park is the closest location to our Summit that offers camping. For More information and reservations click the link below.

Rock & Road Festival

The Bike Coweta Rock & Road Festival is going on the same weekend as our Summit. Check out all the awesome events happening all weekend long, highlighted by the Rock & Road Criterium Saturday Night.

Google Maps of Area

Trailforks for Newnan

Newnan mountain biking trails

We’re charmed to meet you and soon enough, you’ll be saying the same about us. Located just south of Atlanta, Georgia, as well as the world’s largest airport, our quirky enclaves and Southern staples will provide the most delightful of possibilities. So, get ready to discover your curious and then some. For more information on things to do in and around Newnan visit the Explore Newnan Coweta website!

Big Thanks To Our Sponsors!

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