Monday, October 1, 2007

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club Reorganizes, Becomes SORBA Chapter

Knoxville's mountain bike advocacy organization, the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC), was given a breath of new life when approximately 15 new members reorganized the group. As part of the group's reorganization it made application to affiliate with the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) as an official chapter. The group was awarded chapter status at SORBA's fall meeting last August.

The group was reformed primarily to take on the task of constructing new XC trails at Windrock, to compliment the parks existing down hill scene. AMBC trail volunteers have already held their first trail maintenance day at Concord Park on September 23rd, and scheduled another at Lone Mountain in October, while they continue to negotiate with Windrock's land managers.

The AMBC doesn't have a website at the present time, but maintains an AMBC thread on the Knoxville Cycling Forums, where they post notices of meetings, trail maintenance, group rides and other upcoming events.

The SORBA is a nonprofit mountain biking organization with chapters throughout the the Southeast. SORBA maintains active chapters in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee and works with land managers to create trails and trail systems for mountain bikers and other users to enjoy.

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