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.
“Coldwater Mountain has become well known as a first-class venue for mountain biking,” Bentley said. “But it also is a demonstration that great things can be accomplished when state agencies, municipalities, private organizations and volunteers join together for a common cause.”
The property, managed by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, has been the canvas for a network of wooded trails created without compromising the wilderness aspect of the mountain. In the few short years since it opened, Coldwater Mountain has become a mountain biking destination for riders throughout the Southeast and has been heralded in several national mountain biking publications.
Attend the 2014 Southern Mountain Bike Summit
NEABA SORBA will host the Southern Mountain Bike Summit, March 21-23 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.
CAMP Member Wins Subaru-IMBA-SORBA Trek Bike Giveaway
Hank Albritton, a member of the Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers (CAMP), is now the proud owner of a 2013 Trek Stashe, courtesy of Subaru and Free-Flite Bicycles of Marietta (pictured above). Twice a year Subaru, IMBA-SORBA, Atlanta Cycling and Free-Flite Bicycles hold a drawing to give a new Trek bike to a SORBA member. All current IMBA-SORBA members are eligible to win. You can sign up for the drawing at any event where the IMBA-SORBA Subaru is present. Congrats, Hank! And thanks for your support of better trails for all.
Ice Damage Leads to Closures of Popular Trails
The recent, region-wide ice storm hit the Augusta, GA, and Aiken, S.C., areas hard. If you live out of town and were planning on visiting the FATS trail system in the next few weeks, you should reschedule your trip. Not only is FATS wet from the recent ice storm, but the downed trees and branches have made a majority of the loops impassable. This is true for most of the other trails in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) as well. Please check trail conditions before you ride in places affected by our unusual winter weather.
Jake and Bull Mountain Poker Ride Returns
The Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association and SORBA are hosting the second-annual Collaborative Poker Ride fundraiser on Sat., May 17 at the Jake and Bull Mountain Trail System near Dahlonega, GA. The price of admission is $25 for riders and $15 for non-riders, and includes one poker hand, one raffle ticket and lunch. Extra poker hands can be purchased for $5 each. A t-shirt is included for those who pre-register, or can be purchased during the event for $12. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $1 each or 11 for $10.
Don’t Miss the Trip of a Lifetime With SORBA and BikeToursDirect
BikeToursDirect has partnered with SORBA to offer two, one-of-a-kind mountain bike tours to Scotland and Mexico in 2014. Both the Scotland tour in Cairngorms National Park, and the MTB Adventure and Food Tour to Oaxaca, Mexico were designed for and are available exclusively to SORBA members.