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Subaru’s Tour De SORBA Keeps Rolling Through the Southeast

SORBA staff kept their Subaru Outbacks busy on the road in March, spending the last two weeks working with bicycle enthusiasts and others at the Southeastern Bike Expo in Conyers, GA, and at the IMBA-SORBA Southeastern Mountain Bike Summit in Anniston, AL.

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SORBA's Tour de Subaru Hits the Road to Visit with Chapters

The 2014 Tour De Subaru has hit the road and the SORBA staff will be heading to an event or meeting near you!

The first stop this year landed us in Wilmington, N.C. for a visit with the high-achieving Cape Fear SORBA Chapter. Cape Fear SORBA has grown to more than 100 members, assists in the organizing of a seven-event race series in eastern North Carolina, offers kids rides on a new fleet of bikes, and has been involved in the creation of all of the best local trails in the area.

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February Southeast (SORBA) News

Alabama Governor Awards Grant to Coldwater Mountain Trails

The Coldwater Mountain trail system will see further expansion thanks to a $350,000 grant awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley. The grant will enable construction of 11 additional miles of trail and renovation of 5 existing miles at Coldwater Mountain near Anniston, AL. The 4,083-acre complex, part of the state’s Forever Wild program, currently includes more than 25 miles of biking trails. IMBA Trail Solutions' goal is to build up to 75 miles of bike-specific singletrack on the property.

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SORBA Announces Partnership with Chain Buster Racing

SORBA and Chain Buster Racing have partnered to promote mountain bike racing and advocacy for Chain Buster’s 2014 racing season. SORBA is now a Gold Level sponsor for Chain Buster Racing, and Chain Buster Racing will offer incentives to current SORBA members who race at their events, as well as to racers who join at an event.

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SORBA Board of Directors Holds Successful Meeting in Florida

On November 16, SORBA held its first-ever board of directors meeting in Flordia. Thirty SORBA chapters sent representatives to sunny Jacksonville for a day of information sharing, educational workshops, networking and—of course—great riding. Within sight of the waves crashing on a nearby beach, attendees listened to an inspiring introduction and welcome from Dave Roman, senior policy advisor from the City of Jacksonville mayor’s office.

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Let's Preserve the Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

The news that the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) survived the reauthorization of the transportation bill this year and remain fully funded should be really good news, right?  Now we in the trails community can kick back and begin to write new grants for more trails and wait for the projects to begin.

Not quite.  This program that has benefitted so many trail users including mountain bikers may not be there for you since each state, maybe yours, can now opt out of the program.  So advocates for RTP funded trails need to keep apprised on the status state-by-state.

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Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

The news that the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) survived the reauthorization of the transportation bill this year and remain fully funded should be really good news, right?  Now we in the trails community can kick back and begin to write new grants for more trails and wait for the projects to begin.

Not quite.  This program that has benefitted so many trail users including mountain bikers may not be there for you since each state, maybe yours, can now opt out of the program.  So advocates for RTP funded trails need to keep apprised on the status state-by-state.

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