By: Robin Allen, IMBA-SORBA Communications Director
IMBA-SORBA (International Mountain Biking Association-Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) announces that SORBA Woodstock and the City of Woodstock, GA will host the second biannual Southern Mountain Bike Summit, March 22nd-24th, 2013. Advocates, enthusiasts, industry representatives, public officials and public servants will gather in Georgia’s scenic Piedmont to present, learn, network, socialize, and, of course, ride bicycles. Woodstock’s City Center, including the Elm Street Theater, will house Summit meetings. On Friday, the focus will be on educating those who manage our public lands about how to effectively create, expand, and manage mountain bicycling opportunities in their parks and forests. A guided ride of the Taylor Randahl Memorial Trails at Rope Mill Park will be held that afternoon, followed by dinner in downtown Woodstock. Saturday’s program will include workshops and panels geared towards effective advocacy, volunteerism, and trail building. A guided ride at Blankets Creek Trails follows the day’s sessions. The Summit coincides with Greenprints Alliance’s 4th Annual Trailfest, and attendees are invited to enjoy live music, dinner, and family-friendly activities in downtown Woodstock on Saturday evening. On Sunday, the fun moves to the North Georgia Mountains, with a ride in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, beginning at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way. Anyone with an interest in outdoor trail-based recreation is invited to attend the Summit.
“SORBA Woodstock has accomplished so much in their community, and we are proud to showcase their accomplishments at Blankets Creek and Rope Mill Park. Our members in the Woodstock area are passionate about this sport and engaged in their community, two ingredients that have made their trail projects so successful, and have made our efforts successful throughout the region. This Summit highlights and rewards those successes, educates our participants, and strengthens the bond among off-road cyclists throughout the Southeast. We’re very excited to host this event, and we look forward to bringing this great group of people together,” says Tom Sauret, IMBA-SORBA’s Executive and Regional Director.
Jay Wilkes, President of SORBA Woodstock, adds, “In addtion to support from the US Army Corps of Engineers, SORBA Woodstock has been blessed with a great relationship with two strong community partners - The City of Woodstock & Cherokee County Parks and Recreation. The success stories of Blankets Creek and Rope Mill Park have been achieved through dedicated local sponsors, passionate volunteers and the extraordinary volume of ridership in the area. This community support has allowed us to progress and expand the riding experience in new directions. We have almost 30 miles of trails to ride, and those trails offer experiences for riders of all ages,abilities, and riding styles. Downtown Woodstock has the feel of a small, close-knit community, even though its part of Metro Atlanta. The City of Woodstock’s vision and commitment of providing more outdoor recreation and cultural experiences enhances its citizens’ quality of life and makes it a sought-after place to live. One of their great initiatives is the Greenprints Alliance, which is bringing over 60 miles of greenway paths to the City of Woodstock. Those attending the Summit will take away great experiences, and they’ll know how to recreate these experiences in their own communities. We’re really excited to be a model for the region.”
“We are excited that SORBA has chosen to have their summit in Woodstock and look forward to showing off the eco-tourism vision that has been spearheaded by Mayor Donnie Henriques and embraced by our community,” states Brian Stockton, City Planner for Woodstock. “There has been a lot of time and money invested in establishing this green infrastructure network and we hope to share the strategy with others who can replicate it in their communities.”