Pisgah Area SORBA
Chris Neubert, Vice President/Communications of the Pisgah Area SORBA, sent me an email this afternoon letting me know that he added a post about Mountain Bike Radio. I clicked the link and what I saw made my day...
"Football and many other sports have radio shows and TV even. Have you ever wished there was some sort of show that could be listened to on a regular basis about our favorite sport (of) "Mountain Biking....." Continue reading the great comments [HERE]
What is the Pisgah Area SORBA?
Here is a description off of their website:
"The Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) is the largest nonprofit mountain biking organization in the Southeast. Our members work with land managers in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee to create trails and trail systems for mountain bikers and other users to enjoy. Through advocacy, education, and recreational opportunities, SORBA carries out its mission to promote land access, trail preservation, and new trail development in order to enhance mountain bike touring, racing, fun, and fellowship for all mountain bicyclists in the southeastern United States.
We have partnered with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) and now represent over 3,600 members who help steward miles and miles of great trails in a seven-state area. The best riding in the Southeast is found on trails maintained by our volunteers. Our members love singletrack, rocks, roots, and logs, and we employ IMBA’s trailbuilding practices to ensure that our trails are sustainable and challenging. SORBA was one of the first clubs to be affiliated IMBA.
IMBA-SORBA relies on our wonderful members to carry out our mission. Our volunteers donate thousands of hours each year to advocate for trail access, build trails, and maintain trails. SORBA volunteers take pride in their work, and it shows in the trails that they build. Join IMBA-SORBA today!"
Pisgah Area SORBA became an official chapter on November 19, 2005
This is some further information from the PAS site:
"PAS was born out of the need for the local mountain bikers to have a voice. At the time we were losing several miles of highly used trails in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. These trails were permanently being turned into gravel roads and we were a bunch of individuals complaining about it. The Forest Service just didn’t seem to be aware of how important Bent Creek was as a recreational resource for mountain biking.
Our other local bike club, the Blue Ridge Bike Club (BRBC) did have some input and helped keep the disaster from being more extensive. But the membership of the BRBC is mostly made up of road bikers and the perception in the mountain bike community was to form a separate organization specifically for mountain bikers.
The first meeting took place in October 2005 and it was standing room only. There were more than 40 mountain bikers in attendance and of them 23 joined SORBA that night. Elections were held and an enthusiastic group of volunteers formed the core of our chapter. Our board of directors and officers were in place. By the end of our first year we had more than doubled our membership.
We had formed ties with the national forest service and adopted two trails in the Pisgah National Forest. We had our first booth at Bele Chere and officially introduced ourselves to the community. We were publishing a newsletter and keeping several hundred subscribers informed of our group’s activities and accomplishments. But we were just starting."