Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Upstate Sorba

Know much about mountain biking? I have to confess I'm not much up on the topic or sport. But there's a huge group of mountain bikers in the Upstate and in the greater southeast region that dig the trails in Clemson Experimental Forest, near Paris Mountain and around other outdoor recreation areas. This group of committed folks helps maintain local trails, supports outdoor recreation organizations and parks and love to ride!

One of the mountain biking groups is called Upstate SORBA. SORBA stands for the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association. Besides ride, they also advocate to keep the trails open to mountain biking, working with land manager and policy makers to develop regulations (that are fair and respect people's rights) governing the use of public and private lands. These guys (and gals) love to have fun, and they are dedicated to helping preserve and bring respect to the sport. Right on! They are also a part of IMBA. IMBA is the International Mountain Biking Association. IMBA's mission stats that they aim to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers across the globe. So, a great local, active group is part of a larger international community. 

As it's been a warmer winter, maybe its time to hit the trails and say thanks to (and consider joining) SORBA.

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