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No Sucker Punches in North Carolina

If one were to read some magazine articles, or follow the social media chatter, a perception might emerge that IMBA hasn’t been doing enough in the mountain bike advocacy arena. Some critics suggest that IMBA and its chapters were sucker punched while we were biding our time and waiting for better mountain bike access.

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Growing Youth MTB Racing Through NICA in the Southeast

By Robin Allen, SORBA Communications Director

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IMBA and the Forest Service Working Together to Improve Trails for MTBers

by Terry Palmeri, IMBA-SORBA Associate Region Director

The Aska Trail System in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (CONF) Blue Ridge District has been chosen as one of two trail projects that U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and IMBA will work together on to improve. The Aska trails are located four miles east Blue Ridge, GA, and have long been known to southeast mountain bikers as a trail system that expert riders enjoy. The most well know trail is Stanely Gap.

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The Difference a Year Makes: New Trails, New Chapters, New Opportunities

By Tom Sauret, IMBA Southeast/SORBA Region Director

New MTB Trail in North Carolina is a Standout

In spring 2014, I visited a trail under construction in Elizabethtown, N.C. The vision that Greg Brinson, the chief trail boss for the project, had for the trail was still in development, and it was unclear just what the trail could be.   

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All About Aska: Mountain Bikers Making a Difference

Mountain bikers spoke out about poor trail maintenance in Georgia, resulting in a significant new partnership between IMBA and the U.S. Forest Service that will lead to better MTB trail experiences.

By Robin Allen, Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA)

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Secretary of the Interior Visits Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (GA)

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined state and local conservation leaders and groups at Georgia’s Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area on April 6 to garner support for the reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which enables land purchases for the purpose of recreational use.

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SORBA MTB News: August

SORBA Begins Strategic Planning

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JCB Inc. Mud Run and Mountain Bike Ride/Race

The Adventures of SORBARU! (IMBA-SORBA Subaru)

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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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