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Cowetan appointed to Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association board


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  • Nov. 22, 2022 - 3:54 PM

Cowetan appointed to Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association board

The Newnan Times-Herald

Coweta resident, business owner and cycling advocate Chris Doane has been elected vice president of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association and will begin serving the organization on Jan. 1, 2023.

Doane replaces Mary Anne Swanstrom of Huntsville, Alabama, who will begin serving as president of SORBA. The Board of Director’s primary functions are to manage policy and to oversee the management of the resources of SORBA to support the organization’s mission.

“This is a great honor and I’m excited to contribute my time and energy to an organization that’s

making a difference across the Southeast,” Doane said. “During my tenure as president of MTB

Atlanta, we have realized significant success in trail advocacy and the building of multi-use trails

in the metro-Atlanta area. I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the efforts of SORBA and to share my experiences. SORBA has established an incredible example for other

organizations across the U.S. to follow regarding advocacy and conservation.”

Doane will continue to serve as president of MTB Atlanta, which manages a trail

network of more than 25 parks and 160 miles of trails. The organization partners with the

National Parks Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Georgia State Parks and multiple

municipalities in the metro-Atlanta area. MTB Atlanta is a membership organization with 450+

members across the metro region. The organization has most recently merged West Georgia

SORBA and Gwinnett SORBA under the MTB Atlanta organization.

MTB Atlanta has successfully raised more than $1 million in 2022 through grants, fundraising, memberships and foundation awards. The organization is currently developing 25 new miles of multi-use trail in the Metro Region that include projects in Troup, Coweta, Carroll, Spalding, Rockdale, Fulton and Cobb counties.

“SORBA is extremely excited to welcome our newly elected officials to our executive committee

beginning in 2023. Chris Doane, from MTB Atlanta and Bike Coweta, will be an excellent

addition to the role of vice president. His leadership abilities have been proven by his

involvement in the successful efforts of MTB Atlanta. We welcome his experience to the board

and look forward to working together to continue growing mountain biking in the southeast,”

said Philip Darden; SORBA executive director of the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association.