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.
The Outbacks and perfect weather greeted Southeastern Bike Expo attendees at the entrance gate on March 15. Attendees spent the day at the Olympic Horse Park racing, testing new 2014 bikes and riding gear, and socializing with IMBA-SORBA members. Those who stopped by the IMBA-SORBA tent were given a chance to win a Trek-Gary Fisher Excalibur, provided by Atlanta Bicycling and FreeFlite Bicycles. One of the lucky SORBA members who stopped by to renew, join or just chat about their latest amazing mountain bike ride will win the drawing for the Excaliber this June.
The cars then carried IMBA-SORBA staff to the SORBA Summit in Anniston, AL, March 21-22, where 200 mountain bikers and land managers met to discuss the future of mountain biking in the southeast. With a focus on the success story of Coldwater Mountain—one of the newest IMBA Ride Center projects—participants discussed how to create both destination and neighborhood trail systems. The emphasis was on building trail communities by partnering with land managers and other local officials to create great trail systems.
Other summit programs dealt with safety on trailwork days and rides, and a dramatic, on-site demonstration by the Anniston Fire Department on the Coldwater Trails. To be sure, there were tons of riding opportunities on the new, state-of the art Coldwater trails, and plenty of time to socialize with other mountain bike advocates from the southeast. There, too, every SORBA member got the chance to win the Subaru Tour de SORBA bike giveaway.
The Tour De SORBA will next stop at Guntersville State Park for the Alabama Trails Conference, April 10-11. See you there!