Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring Membership Drive Underway! Looking for 50 new or renewing Members by May 31st!

Spring Membership Drive is winding down! We only need 14 new memberships to meet our goal of 50 new or renewing members by June 1st.  We have some great sponsors who are sweetening the deal this Spring! New members get a $20 gift card from while supplies last. Must choose SORBA Atlanta as your Chapter and the auto renew option. All renewing and new members get entered into a raffle for your choice of one of Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way multi day guided tours! (Again must be auto renew). That is huge! Email proof of new membership or renewal to SORBA Atlanta at Drawing June 1st!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Phase Two of Sope Creek Machine Work begins Monday, January 25th

Phase Two of the Sope Creek Machine Maintenance Project begins Monday,  January 25th. This project will last for 2 weeks and the work will be concentrated on the Upper Loop (Sope Creek Side) and the bi-directional trail at Fox Creek in the middle of the figure 8 loop. We will also be moving 10 tons of rock to various armoring projects on the trail system.

Please be mindful of the machine workers, Park staff and volunteers who are out working on the trails when you ride. There will be signs to indicate where we are working. If you pass, make sure the workers see you, especially the machine operator. Safety is our number one priority.

This project will end on Friday, February 5th, with a 100 volunteers doing armoring and finishing work by a group called Tourism Cares in partnership with the CNRA and IMBA Sorba Atlanta.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Freeze Thaw Closure in Effect-We need your help

It's that time of year again, night time temperatures drop below freezing and afternoon temperatures get warm and melt the frozen trails. This year Freeze Thaw has been amplified by all the precipitation last month. Indeed, December was the wettest in a century, coming within a quarter of an inch of breaking the 1911 record. Much of that moisture is still in the ground and will lead us to close the trails longer than usual.

Nothing tears up a trail tread more than riding in Freeze Thaw. In the afternoon, all the trapped moisture in the tread thaws out and turns into mud. Riding on this surface leads to rutting which then traps rain and exacerbates the problem. You must have a tread that will easily shed water if it is to remain sustainable.

The Atlanta Chapter spends hours and hours of volunteer time each year cleaning up Freeze Thaw tread damage caused by people riding in Freeze Thaw conditions at Sope Creek. Since the Trail System cannot physically "close" with a chain over a parking lot, people feel that it is always open. This is not the case. Always check the Trail Status on this website before you get in the car to go ride at Sope or at Cochran Mill Park in the City of Chattahoochee Hills. Cochran Mill will not "close" physically either, and the new trails there are particularly susceptible to Freeze Thaw damage because the construction is fresh.

We watch the trail conditions for you. We post the Status on our website, Twitter and Facebook. If you know about the Status and where to find it, spread the word to other riders. People who are new to the sport simply don't know about trail conditions and trail status.

As always, come volunteer with us at Cochran Mill Park and Sope Creek. Workdays at Cochran Mill Park are the second Saturday of each month and Sope's work day is the third Saturday of the month. If you can't volunteer, then join the Chapter and donate, all our money goes back to the trails we steward. Remember, riding is not free, you have to keep paying for it after you buy all that expensive gear, either with volunteer hours or the dirty green stuff.

Monday, January 4, 2016

First Work Party at Cochran Mill Park! First Open Meeting and Group Ride of 2016!

On the heels of entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Chattahoochee Hills last month, we will be having our first monthly work party at Cochran Mill Park this Saturday, January 9th. This will be a monthly event on the second Saturday of each month from 9 AM -12 PM.  Part of our agreement with the City was to conduct a monthly work party with a qualified Trail Crew Lead to take care of the maintenance on the new trail development at the Park. We are  grateful for the opportunity to be stewards of such great trails and excited to help the excellent volunteer group that built the system at Cochran Mill Park.

We will meet at the main parking lot at Cochran Milll Park at 9 and proceed to the work site. The Cochran Mill Park parking lot is located on Cochran Mill Road just north of South Fulton Parkway. The Work Party will begin at 9 and run to 12. Make sure you wear warm clothes, wear long pants and closed toed shoes or boots. Bring gloves, water, snacks and an epi pen if you are allergic to bees. 

After the Work Party, we will have our first Open Meeting of 2016 and a Group Ride to check out the new tails at Cochran Mill. Plan on at least a two hour ride. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

IMBA SORBA Atlanta enters into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Chattahoochee Hills

On Tuesday December 1, 2015 the Mayor and the Board of Commissioners of the City of Chattahoochee Hills approved a Memorandum of Understanding by unanimous vote between IMBA SORBA Atlanta and the City. This MOU lays the framework for mutually beneficial work at the Cochran Mill Park multi-use trails.

The Atlanta Chapter will now be involved in maintenance and construction at Cochran Mill Park. The Park has over 16 miles of trails that are open for mountain bikes and is a major resource for outdoor recreation for multiple users in the South Metro Area. Cochran Mill Park has recently changed hands from Fulton County to the City of Chattahoochee Hills and has had an incredible group of volunteers who have facilitated the expansion of the trail system.  Equestrians, bikers, hikers, and runners have come together to build a sustainable trail system based on US Forest Service and IMBA standards and construction is still going on. This project was funded by a Recreational Trails Program Grant that was written by Diana Wilson, who is on the Parks Commission of the City and is an avid equestrian. Diana partnered with Pete Edmondson, a local cyclist who grew up in South Fulton to help build the multi use trails. Pete and a core group of volunteers have done an amazing job designing and building the new trails in the last year. These trails highlight the natural beauty of this 800 acre park with its mature hardwood forests, rock outcroppings, and three scenic waterfalls.

The trails at Cochran Milł will be a great resource for mountain biking in the South Metro, which until now, has had few recreational trails open for mountain biking. Just twenty minutes south of the airport, the park will serve nearby cities like Atlanta, Newnan, and Peachtree City as well as the City of Chattahoochee Hills. Cochran Milł is centered in the popular "Silk Sheets" road cycling route and there is also an incredible gravel loop that starts in the park on Upper Wooten Road. With the addition of mountain biking at Cochran Mill Park, the City of Chattahoochee Hills has become an incredible cycling destination.

IMBA SORBA Atlanta will host one work party a month at the Park, as well as additional work days during construction. The Chapter will post the trail status on our website and social media feeds. We will host a Trail Crew Leader Class twice a year that is free for our members and available to anyone in the community who is interested in volunteering. Lastly, the Board of IMBA SORBA Atlanta voted to add Pete Edmondson to our Board as Vice President for the South Metro Area. Pete is a proven trail designer and builder, a highly effective volunteer coordinator, and a cycling advocate of all disciplines of the sport. We thank Pete, Diana, and all the volunteers for their hard work at Cochran Mill Park building such an incredible trail system for us all to enjoy and we look forward to working with them to help keep the trails at Cochran Mill in great shape for years to come.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Mechanized Trail Maintenance begins tomorrow, December 3rd at Sope Creek

On Thursday, December 3rd 2015, IMBA SORBA Atlanta will begin a mechanized trail maintenance project on the multi-use trails at Sope Creek at the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area.  This work is based on a trail assessment by Keith McFadden that was prepared for IMBA SORBA. The scope of work has been approved by the National Park Service. As we all know, Sope Creek is a very busy trail system for multiple users and this maintenance is essential to keeping the trail in great shape and sustainable for future use. This work is being done by Ken Nix and Walt Bready. Ken and Walt recently helped out the Sope Creek trails, the Chapter, and the Park by working on the Gunby Creek reroute that was opened in June 2015 on National Trails Day. The work should last one to two weeks.

As you ride the trails in the following days be mindful that there will be machines working on the trail tread. We will have signs alerting you to the trail work and volunteers and Park Service employees will be around the work zone. Please be mindful of the work zones, dismount and walk your bike around the work site, the volunteers and staff will guide you. Safety is our number one priority.

This work was made possible by a donation from a generous donor and as always we want to thank all our donors, members and volunteers. You are the reason we have this great resource for mountain biking in the Atlanta Metro.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

IMBA SORBA Atlanta receives $25,000 Grant from REI

IMBA SORBA Atlanta has received a generous $25,000 grant from REI to begin construction on recreational trails at Southside Park in the City of Atlanta. This IMBA Trail Solutions designed project is the result of a partnership between the City of Atlanta, The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, IMBA Trail Solutions, and IMBA SORBA Atlanta. The funding from this grant will be used for Phase One of the project, a beginner trail of almost two miles in length at Southside Park.

For more info on the project, check out the President's article in the latest Atlanta Velo City Magazine. We write "The Dirt" column in every issue to keep you up to date on the Chapter and Mountain Bike advocacy in the Metro Area.

IMBA SORBA Atlanta thanks REI once again for being a great partner to our Outdoor Places and Outdoor Recreation in the Atlanta Metro Area and the State.

National Trails Day and Sope Creek Reroute Ribbon Cutting with  IMBA SORBA Atlanta, REI, and The National Park Service