Sweep the Hooch at Sope Creek- April 7th

Come “Sweep the Hooch” with us and give some love to the shared use trails at Sope Creek. We will be working with the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the National Park Service doing much needed trail maintenance on the trails at Sope Creek as well as picking up trash. Sign up here: https://chattahoochee.wufoo.com/forms/sweep-the-hooch-april-7-2018/ as a Walker at the Columns Drive/Cochran Shoals location and lend a hand to our river, our trails and our National Park!

Mega Build Week at Sykes Park- 3/26-4/1

The Sykes Park Mega Build Week is going down 3/26-4/1! We are building a rad little trail for your ITP week day sessions or mixed surface urban adventures, with rock drops, berm turns, challenging climbs and some downhill flow.

The Sykes Park build out will be Phase One of the Ride and Fly Trail System, a mixed surface urban MTB route connecting pocket parks and bike park facilities. Read about the Ride and Fly here: http://sorbaatlanta.org/ride-and-fly/

Come on out and lend a hand anytime you like during the week while we are building, after work or on the weekend. Wear closed toed shoes, long pants and bring gloves, water, snacks and your epi pen if you are allergic to bees. We’ll have the tools ready for you!

More info on the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/183022482315871 or over on our Events Calendar.

Bike VIP Class at CRNRA March 31st

The Chattahoochee National Recreation Area and MTB Atlanta are partnering for a Bike VIP (Volunteers in Park) program to establish a volunteer presence in the Park and the shared use trails at Sope Creek. Do you enjoy helping others and riding your bike? The Park is looking for people who are CPR/First Aid certified to be “moving sign posts” for the Park and the trails. While you ride, you can record trail conditions, help others with way finding, help respond to emergency and first aid needs of other trail users and help promote good trail etiquette for all trail users.

The Park has a 4 hour orientation class which will run Saturday, March 31st from 12-4. If you want to participate in the program you will also have to be CPR/First Aid certified. If you do not have this certification, you can sign up with the Park for the certification for free.

When you accumulate 40 volunteer hours with the CRNRA, you qualify for a free yearly parking pass a $45 value. Over 200 hours, you get a Volunteer Pass to all National Parks in the US. The CRNRA also has a yearly volunteer appreciation lunch and great swag. You also get a free membership to the Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, the Friends Group of the Park.

If you ride Sope Creek often and love the CRNRA we encourage you to join this program.

Register at this link to take the class and join in the program:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bike-vip-class-with-the-crnra-tickets-43503932433?aff=efbeventtix

First ever REI MTB Campout at Cochran Mill Park

Join REI and MTB Atlanta for the first ever mountain bike campout at Cochran Mill Park.

Cochran Mill is one of the most popular mountain biking destinations in the area. Are you a novice to camping? That’s ok! REI staff will help you with your camp setup and we will provide you with all of your delicious meals! Whether you have just started riding or if you have been shredding for years, this campout is for you!

This is what you can expect on this action packed weekend:

Join guided rides led by MTB Atlanta volunteer staff.
Test ride various Cannondale, Ghost Brand, and Co-op bikes.
Hone your MTB skills with a professional MTB instructor from REI Outdoor School.
Try out a Wahoo Element cycling computer.
Learn what it takes to build and maintain MTB trails from an experienced trail designer.
Recharge with delicious meals including a gourmet BBQ dinner on Sat. night.
Have an action photo of you on your bike taken by a professional photographer
Spots are limited!

Trail Crew Leader Class- Feb 24th and 25th

Love trails? Want to learn how to build and maintain them? SORBA Atlanta continues to lead the way in Trails Education in the State of Georgia and the Southeast. Join us for our Trail Crew Leader Class at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Volunteers are essential to construct and maintain the trails you love to ride, run or hike on public land. SORBA Atlanta is taking the lead in Trails Education in North Georgia and partners yearly with the National Park Service to teach sustainable trail construction and maintenance.

This class is free to SORBA Atlanta Chapter members, CRNRA Trailblazers and Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy members.

The class is available to all other trail enthusiasts for $45 plus processing fee.

There is a 20 person max attendance for this cass.

This is a two day course that runs 9-4 for 2 days and covers sustainable trail construction, maintenece and how to run a volunteer crew on work days. The class is half classroom lecture, half field work and is taught by Walt Bready.

Register at Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trail-crew-leader-class-tickets-41665484586

Please wear weather appropriate clothing, wear closed toed shoes sturdy enough for hiking, bring gloves, water, snacks, and a notebook and a pen.

If you have any specific questions about the class, email sorbabrett@gmail.com

First Work Party at new South Rock Trail Project

SORBA Atlanta is pleased to announce that after over 5 years of advocacy work, we are beginning work on our new trail project in Rockdale County, the South Rock Trails at South Rockdale Community Park. This year Rockdale County Parks and Recreation was awarded a Recreational Trails Program Grant to build Phase One of the project, up to six miles of Beginner and Intermediate trails with two dedicated downhill trails. SORBA Atlanta and Rockdale County worked together to fund a development plan for Mountain Bike trails at the Park and wrote the RTP grant submission together. Rockdale County provided the seed money to fund the matching grant through SPLOST funds.

We will kick off our work at the Park by hosting a Volunteer Work Party on Saturday December 30th at 9 AM. We will be clearing the corridor for a new Beginner Trail, a portion of Phase One of the project. Meet at the main parking lot at 3909 East Fairview Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281 at 9. Wear weather appropriate clothes, long pants, closed toed shoes sturdy enough for hiking, bring gloves, water, and snacks. We will be cutting back brush and removing deadfall to get the corridor ready for construction. Info for the event here:   http://sorbaatlanta.org/event/south-rockdale-work-party-first-ever/

SORBA Atlanta Vice President Keith Worsham has owned this project from it’s inception and has advocated for the park and the trail proposal tirelessly. The SORBA Atlanta Board thanks Keith for his efforts to bring this opportunity for quality Mountain Biking to the Rockdale and Henry County area and to our Metro Atlanta members and ridership. We will see you there!

Southside Park chosen for IMBA’s new Dig In Campaign!

SORBA Atlanta is pleased to announce that we have been chosen to be a recipient of the new national fundraising campaign that IMBA is calling “Dig In” for our new trail project at Southside Park!  We are one of 68 projects from across the country selected to participate and receive funding from the new campaign.

The “Dig In” Campaign has a two components- the first is a fund raiser where IMBA is soliciting corporate partners at the national level to donate to all of the projects equally, and the second is an online crowdfunding campaign where people can donate directly to our project at Southside Park! The funds raised on a national level get distributed equally amongst the 68 projects, but any funds donated online directly to our trail project go straight to our trail fund!

This is where we need your help.  We have a $7,500 goal for our Park Pride Legacy Grant to build the Poole Creek Bridge and 7 miles of trail ITP on City Park land. This project is the culmination of over 10 years of advocacy work for access and the first trail project purpose built for Mountain Biking and Outdoor Recreation on City of Atlanta Park land and inside the Perimeter just 5 miles from the center of Downtown.

Please share this link https://win.imba.com/digin?chapter=210548 through social media and email, and share the news of the Campaign on your rides and at your local bike shop. Please donate today and encourage your friends and family to do the same.  Any funds received from this program will go to match our Park Pride Legacy Grant to build the Poole Creek Bridge and towards subsequent phases of construction at Southside Park!  So let’s dig in and share the stoke for the first trail system on Atlanta Park land!

Fall Membership Drive ends Tuesday Oct 31st!

Our Fall Membership Drive is winding down and we need your support! Now is the time to join or renew with SORBA Atlanta!

When you renew by October 31, you’re entered to win a Banshee Spitfire or a Norco Fluid full-suspension mountain bike from our partners at Jenson USA and Cartecay Bikes, plus the final weekly prize pack featuring a Yakima tray, a Shimano XT Di2 Groupset and Camelbak packs.

Your membership with SORBA Atlanta supports our efforts to increase access for Mountain Biking and Recreational Trails in Metro Atlanta, to build up to 40 miles of new trail in places like Coweta and Rockdale Counties, and the cities of Atlanta and East Point. Your membership also funds maintenance of the places you love to ride, like Sope Creek, Cochran Mill Park and Southside Park. We have removed over 150 trees from the trails,  put on two trail schools and trained over 30 crew leaders, engaged 375 plus volunteers at our work parties and logged over 4070 hours all since the beginning of this year!

Land managers and agencies nationwide simply do not have the budget to build and maintain recreational trails. Your contribution ensures that mountain biking trails will be on public land for years to come!

Thank you for your support and we will see you out on the trails!

Join here today or over at our join tab. Choose Atlanta as your Chapter: https://win.imba.com/join?chapter=SORBA%20Atlanta


First Annual Dirty Sheets Gravel Grinder 20/40/80

Join us for the First Annual Dirty Sheets 20/40/80 Gravel Grinder! A ride to raise money and awareness for SORBA Atlanta membership, the Southside Park Trail Fund and the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League. Choose any one of the three distances you want to ride on South Fulton’s classic gravel route, the Dirty Sheets! We will have a sag stop for you on the route stocked with hydration and ride nutrition, so all you have to do is ride! The ride is free to all comers, but we would love a $35 donation to support the Poole Creek Bridge Fund and for you to join SORBA Atlanta if you are not already a member. Bring cash, check or donate here before the ride at the Southside Park Trail Fund on our Home Page. Registration will be on site, so be at Serenbe at 8 AM and we will get ready to roll out on the Sheets at 9 AM. We will meet at 458 Selborne Lane Palmetto, Georgia 30268 at the Peachtree Bikes Bike Shack to park and register. A helmet, cross bike or moutnain bike are required for the ride. Join us on Saturday May 6th for this inaugural ride. We will see you there!



Friends of Chattahoochee Bend and SORBA Atlanta partner to develop 20 miles of destination Mountain Biking at Chattahoochee Bend State Park

The Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park and SORBA Atlanta have partnered with IMBA Trail Solutions to develop 20 miles of destination mountain bike trails at Chatttahoochee Bend State Park. IMBA Trail Solutions will develop a plan for a progressive trail system and a Southeastern Mountain Bike Destination.  Chattahoochee Bend State Park offers an incredible opportunity for multi day camping and riding, and has many other amenities in place at the Park with incredible hiking trails, paddling and soon to be added equestrian trails.  The Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park have used funds to hire IMBA Trail Solutions to develop the plan and SORBA Atlanta will partner with the Friends and work with Georgia State Parks to fund the design and construction of the trail system.

SORBA Atlanta’s Board believes that trail development at Chatt Bend fills a void in mountain biking opportunities in Coweta County which currently has no recreational trails available for mountain biking. We believe every county in the Metro Area should have mountain bike trails for our members and others to enjoy. We also believe that Chattahoochee Bend has the potential to be a Regional and Family Destination and a great escape for all of Metro Atlanta and the Southeast as an excellent option to camp and have a weekend getaway at Chattahoochee Bend State Park.

The physical geography is excellent for trail development and has many rock features and great scenery. We are excited by the incredible potential and the great new partnerships we have developed at Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Read the press release and the thoughts of our South Metro Vice President Chris Doane on the project here: http://times-herald.com/news/2017/01/mountain-bike-trail-master-plan-to-be-done-at-chattahoochee-bend

You can also donate here to put trail on the ground at Chattahoochee Bend: https://www.gofundme.com/support-the-bend/