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We are excited to let everyone know that we are in the process of revamping and greatly expanding Chattahoochee Valley Area SORBA (“CVA SORBA”).

Our activities can generally be broken down into three areas:

1.      Fostering Community.  We want to have more group rides for riders of all abilities, and combine some of those rides with some eating and socializing.  Our tentative near-term goals are to (i) get to 50 members by the end of the first quarter of 2012 and (ii) have one no-drop, SORBA-sponsored group ride per month, starting in January 2012.  In the meantime, please check out Columbus Bike Racing, The Bike Shop, Ride On Bikes, Golden’s Bicycles, and the Columbus Cycling Club on Facebook for group riding opportunities.  Also check out the websites for the cycling shops: www.goldensbikes.com, www.rideonbikes.com, and www.thebikeshopofcolumbus.com.

2.      Creating New Riders.  We all want more people to ride bikes with, talk about bikes with, and work on trails with.  And, we want to encourage healthy outdoor activity and appreciation for nature in the community as a whole.  In the near term, however, we are going to focus on other goals.  We need a stronger organization of existing mountain bikers before we try to create new ones.  That said, experienced CVA SORBA members will of course be on the lookout for and happy to help any new riders we see out on the trails.  Additionally, new riders are always welcome at any CVA SORBA group rides or other functions, and will always find friendly help at our local cycling shops.

3.      Trails.
Maintaining and Improving Trails. We want to establish signage and consistently perform basic maintenance activities like corridor clearing and drainage on all of our existing trails. We will also look at rerouting problematic areas and making other similar improvements. Finally, we will explore adding mileage to our additional trails, adopting other trails in the area, and creating new trails.

If you are not already a member, please join CVA SORBA by going to http://www.imba.com/membership/choose and making sure to select “Chattahoochee Valley Area SORBA (CVA)” as your chapter.  By joining CVA SORBA immediately, you will help us establish credibility and exert more influence with local leaders.  You should also visit www.imba.com and www.sorba.org for more information.

If you are a member or after you have become a member, please

(1) make sure we have your current email address by going to www.imba.com and looking at your membership profile;

(2) tell your friends about what we are doing and encourage them to join;

(3) let us know if you have any special skills or interests – for example, we could use help with our website (clearly), our logo, new rider clinics, group ride leaders, folks like attorneys or accounts (or anyone with a high tolerance for paperwork) to be secretary or treasurer, folks involved or experienced with state or city government, folks that have experience with small earth-moving equipment, etc.;

(4) sit tight and wait to hear from us – we’ll be in touch in the very near future. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at sorba.cva@sorba.org

Thanks,

Blake Melton - President

                                                      

1428 Second Avenue - Post Office Box 1908
Columbus, Georgia 31902
(706) 256-2910
Email: jportillo@rivervalleyrc.org   

           
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