IMBA-SORBA Advocacy Leadership Training Weekend

The IMBA-SORBA Advocacy Leadership Training weekend and spring meeting of the SORBA Board of Directors will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee at the Gateway Regional Visitor Center and Volunteer Landing located at 900 Volunteer Landing Lane, Knoxville, TN 37915.

Meet Dave Wiens at the Friday social and hear him give the keynote address at lunch on Saturday.  Mike Van Able, IMBA Executive Director, will be there to meet you and talk about the IMBA and SORBA relationship.

The Volunteer Rewards Dinner will be held Saturday evening at the Ijams Nature Center.

Join our host the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC), local IMBA-SORBA chapter, and mountain bike advocacy leaders from around the southeast for a fun filled weekend.

The cost is $30 for the whole weekend. Or if you are only attending the dinner on Saturday the cost is $20.

More information and full schedule at »

Mega Workday Details

Wow! We’ve had an incredible community response to the MEGA WORKDAY happening on Dec 17th. We can’t wait to see all the new faces and old friends who’ve committed to come out and work in the dirt on Knoxville’s newest trail network.

Everyone should bring work gloves and water, and any tools specified below for the team you’ll be working on. Here are the full details:



  • River Sports is giving away 100 $25 gift Cards.
  • Ijams is Giving away Free individual memberships for ALL Workers.  A family membership can be upgraded for the cost of the difference
  • Lunch is at the “hub” on Imery’s Trail (intersection with the Keyhole trail)

There will be several crews:

Material Movers

  • We will be surfacing the new flow trail to make it rideable year round. We will have two machines to load wheelbarrows but we need people hauling with wheelbarrows.
  • What you can bring: a wheelbarrow, shovel and a hard garden rake
  • We need: about 20 people


  • Sunlight Gardens and Overhill Nurseries have donated A LOT of native plant material. We’ll be putting it in the ground.
  • What you can bring: a garden spade, loppers, rakes, etc.

Trail Diggers

  • We will be working on a new section of trail. The club has digging tools and loppers enough for 30 people

Bridge Builders

  • We need people to haul lumber (mules) and people to build the bridge with Randy Farmer


NO CHAINSAWS, PLEASE.  The club has a couple of chainsaw-certified people who will do any chainsawing that is necessary. We appreciate the offers of chainsaws, but we’ll definitely find other work for you.


Work Hour Reporting

Attention AMBC Trail Builders! After you’ve participated in trail work days, don’t forget to submit your work hours to This will help us keep track of everyone’s hours, and make sure you earn your AMBC TRAIL BUILDER t-shirt!

Get your AMBC Water Bottle

The new AMBC water bottles are here!

Want one? All you have to do is sign up for a new membership (or renew your membership) in IMBA/SORBA/AMBC, or donate $10 or more to AMBC! We’ll have them available at upcoming meetings and trail work days.

Rock & Roll Velodrome: A Benefit for Steve Hancock


For many years, Steve Hancock has had a saying: Make hard jobs easier.

Hancock, a local musician and cycling enthusiast, was riding his bicycle on May 5 when he was struck in the right lane by an uninsured motorist. His bicycle was destroyed and he was thrown far from the road, sustaining many horrible injury to his lower torso and legs. The cost of putting him on the road to recovery was and is staggering. Rehabilitating his damaged body and paying for the attention he needs to do so is a very hard job.

And we are going to make that hard job easier. If you’ll help.

On September 17, Barley’s will host a benefit concert featuring various Knoxville bands (many of which include cyclists). There will also be multiple morning bike rides which will end at Barley’s for the show (details coming). There will also be several fantastic items silent-auctioned off, including merchandise from local businesses and an painting by local artist Jenna Hancock, inspired by her father.

Bike ride details (among other details) will be posted in the next few days. Here is the line up:

Outside performances by:
3pm – Will Fist
4pm – Econopop
5pm – Greg Horne
6pm – Katie and the Bass Drums

Inside performances by:
8pm Stolen Sheep
9pm The Tim Lee 3
10pm Three Man Band
11pm Senryu (and guests)
12pm Fine Peduncle

Cover: $10 (or more, if you feel like being completely awesome)
Age: All Ages during the day, 18+ after 10 (subject to clarification)

There will also be a website where donations will be accepted for Steve and his family, for people who cannot travel in for the show, or those who wish to donate after the event. Click here to donate online »

WUTK is really nice to sponsor this. They are nice to support so much, so often, and also deserve your support.

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