SORBA Hosts Fundraiser for Raccoon Mountain Trail Expansion Nov. 5th


Chattanooga, TN – The Chattanooga Chapter of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA-Chattanooga) will host “Ales for Trails” on Saturday, Nov. 5th, from 6 – 9 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St., in Coolidge Park.

The event will raise funds to begin expansion on the existing 20-mile single track trail system surrounding the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Raccoon Mtn. pump storage facility. SORBA-Chattanooga plans to construct two additional multi-use singletrack trails totaling approximately nine miles in length.

When complete, the trail expansion will allow access to the Raccoon Mtn. trail system from both the bottom and top of the mountain. This addition will create the Chattanooga area’s longest and most challenging vertical off-road cycling climbs.

“The expansion of this trail system will be very challenging, as much of the trail will be built on steep mountain side slope,” says SORBA-Chattanooga president Erik Rippon. “Community support is imperative to ensure that construction of these trails is a reality, significant costs for equipment, bridges and signage will be incurred and without community support this project will not succeed.”

“Ales for Trails” guests will be treated to beer tastings courtesy of Riverside Beverage Company, grilled chicken wings by Doug Keller and sides from Earth Fare Grocery. In addition to these great food and beverage sponsors, Lynskey Performance Cycles is providing a Pro29 titanium frame valued at $2495 that will be awarded to one lucky donor at the event, and also door prizes from supporters such as The North Face and River City Bikes will also be awarded during the course of the evening.

“Ales for Trails” tickets are $30 each in advance, $40 at the door and can be purchased at local bicycle shops, or online at

SORBA-Chattanooga is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to mountain bike advocacy, sustainable trail construction, and group rides in and around the Chattanooga community. The Singletrack Mind Initiative seeks to build or obtain access to 100 miles of singletrack trail within 10 miles of Chattanooga. More information about the organization can be found at

The Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), both parent organizations of SORBA-Chattanooga, are also focused on mountain bike advocacy and maintaining trail access, for more information about either of these two organizations please visit or

Source: Erik Rippon

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