UPDATE: The location of the STAR Banquet has moved and will be at Sandy Creek Nature Center--same time and date.
Hello everyone. We would like to congratulate our president, Stephen Lush, who will be honored this Thursday, April 16th at Athens Clarke County's STAR Volunteer Awards banquet! All SORBA members, volunteers, and guests are welcome to join in the festivities, 5:30-7:30pm. There will be door prizes, food, and revelry. Please RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/f8USC49lP9
WEDNESDAY....APRIL 8th.....5:30 TO 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY.......APRIL 11th...12:00 to 3:00 p.m. 

SUNDAY............APRIL 12th...12:00 TO 3:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY...APRIL 15th...5:30 TO 7:30 p.m

SATURDAY......APRIL 18th...12:00 to
 3:00 p.m. 

SUNDAY...........APRIL 19th...12:00 TO 3:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY...APRIL 22nd..5:30 TO 7:30 p.m

WHERE: Trail Creek Park Upper Parking Lot
The machine work on the new Drive-by Truckers trail is almost complete, but there is a lot of finish work to do. The workdays will be short and easy so you will have the time and energy to get in a few laps when you are done. Please help out when you can. If a workday is cancelled or rescheduled, we will announce it on our event calendar and Facebook.

Do you love mountain biking? Do you want more trails in the Athens area Then you should join IMBA/SORBA-Athens today! It only take a few minutes to complete the online application. IMBA and SORBA have merged so when you join IMBA you automatically join SORBA. Choose Athens as your local chapter and a large chunk of your membership fee will go directly to us. We will use those funds to build more trails, maintain existing trails, and promote mountain biking in the Athens area.  BONUS: During the month of March, your membership enters you to win great prizes like a Scott Genius mountain bike or a VIP mountain bike trip to the Burning Can Festival at The Oskar Blues REEB Ranch in Brevard, NC! 

You can also support us by pre-ordering our new Weevil Jersey. Weevil is giving us a substantial portion of the proceeds from every jersey sold. It is pre-order/prepay only so order yours by April 1st to ensure you get one. They should arrive sometime in early April.  

Our next Chapter Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 18th at Terrapin Brewery in the conference room above the tasting room. Come find out what we have been up to and what our plans are for the future. We'll hold our annual elections for the following positions:

Vice President
At Large Board Position #1
At Large Board Position #2

Nominations for positions can be made by anyone. You can even nominate yourself. If more than one person is nominated for a position, we vote. Anyone interested in mountain biking is encouraged to attend. You do not have to be a member to attend, but you must be a member to vote or run for office.

Workdays 12 to 3 p.m. at the Upper Parking Lot.
Group Rides at 3 p.m.

We decided to change up the group rides. We will now have a combination workday/group ride on the 3rd Sunday of every month. The workday will be short and easy with a group ride after. You can join us for either or both. If you come for the workday portion, please wear long pants and bring a water bottle. 

Trail Creek Trail Map

If a workday or ride is cancelled, we will announce it on our Event Calendar and Facebook Page.
The Widespread downhill is rutted out in a few places due to folks riding this newly built trail while it was wet and during the freeze/thaw process. The priority for the workdays this weekend will be fixing the damage and making a few final tweaks on Widespread. As time and labor permits, we also plan to start doing the finish work on the even newer Drive by Truckers trail. Please bring a water bottle and a hard rake, mcleod and/or rogue hoe if you have one.  We will be out there on both Saturday and Sunday Noon to 3 p.m.  Meet at the Upper Parking Lot at noon.
Valentine's weekend is coming up and Trail Creek needs some love. The new Widespread downhill trail has been rough cut in with the machine and now needs a lot of finish work including shaping huge berms, jumps and tabletops as well as removing rocks, roots, and debris. We are sprinting to the finish line and need your help. We have decided to double down and have back to back workdays Noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 14th and Sunday Feb. 15th. We'll also have a group ride Sunday after the workday. We'll provide lunch for all volunteers at the end of both workdays.  Please bring long pants, a water bottle, and a shovel, hard rake, mcleod and/or rogue hoe if you have one.  We will also have lots of extra tools on hand.  Meet at the Upper Parking Lot at noon.

Athens-Clarke County Department of Leisure Services is excited to host a master trail building certification course March 16-19, 2015.  The course, taught by Trail Design Specialists Inc., will cover the latest advances in trail design, construction, and maintenance for trails used by walkers, runners, hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. 
Click here for details and registration information.
SORBA-Athens has been named Volunteer Group of the Year for the recreation division of the Georgia Parks and Recreation Association. We are receiving the award in person at the ACC Mayor and Commissioner meeting at City Hall room 205 February 3rd at 7 p.m. Please join us and show your support for more mountain biking opportunities in the Athens area.
Join us at Terrapin Brewery on Tuesday, December 2nd, at 6:30 p.m. for our last Chapter Meeting of 2014.  Anyone who is interested in mountain biking is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Check our Facebook Event Page for the latest updates.