Since the club’s inception in 2003, SORBA Chattanooga has been focused on improving and maintaining trail access opportunities for local outdoor athletes. In 2004, SORBA Chattanooga developed the Singletrack Mind Initiative and set out to increase access from the 7 miles of mountain bike accessible trails in our community to a total of 100 miles within the greater Chattanooga area, a lofty goal indeed. Over the years, SORBA Chattanooga and area land managers have worked hard to complete that goal and it has recently been achieved. In addition to expanding area trails, SORBA Chattanooga contributes thousands of hours of trail work each year to maintain and expand area trails, with an average year exceeding 1,500 volunteer hours. On top of the significant amount of work that SORBA Chattanooga has contributed to our area trail systems, some of the most impactful results of the club's efforts have come as a result of the completion of these trails. The Chattanooga region is quickly becoming recognized as one the premier destinations for mountain biking in the Southeast, driving significant tourism dollars into our area and helping to generate economic growth for the community by attracting new business and community members.
SORBA Chattanooga currently has approximately 250 active members who help to create and maintain mile after mile of the world-class trails in the Chattanooga 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 trail building practices to ensure that our trails are sustainable and challenging.
SORBA Chattanooga seeks to utilize advocacy, education, and recreational activities to promote land access, trail preservation, and new trail development in and around the Chattanooga area.
Area Trail Accomplishments:
· 30 miles constructed and maintained at Raccoon Mountain Trail System
· Supported trail crews during the construction process at Stringers Ridge
· 9 miles constructed and maintained at Enterprise South Nature Park (expansion in planning phase)
· 22 miles constructed and maintained at 5-points Trail System
· 7.5 miles constructed and maintained at Booker T. Washington State Park
IMBA and SORBA
In 1988 the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) was founded by a group of California mountain bike clubs concerned about the closure of trails to cyclists. Since then, their mission has been to protect, create, and enhance quality trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide. IMBA has members in all 50 states and 40 countries and are made up more than 700 bicycle clubs, SORBA Chattanooga being one of them.
Through partnership with IMBA, SORBA assists regional chapters like SORBA Chattanooga in working with land managers in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, 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.