Uncompahgre Summer Chapter Report

August 7, 2012
The Uncompahgre Chapter has been involved with several projects this summer.  The Buzzard Gulch project continues to move forward.  Singletrack Trails from Bicycle Colorado has been hired by the BLM via a GOCO grant to lay out singletrack that will connect existing trails and go around private property.  The chapter did a major cleanup of the area last spring.  Riding Buzzard Gulch recently has been primo due to the monsoon rains. 
Chapter members manned a booth at the Tread Lightly Expo on the 4th of July.  They distributed information about trail etiquette, and set up a small skills course for visitors to ride.  A huge squall ripped through the Expo late in the day taking down most of the booths, but we survived.
Chapter members replaced the damaged teeter-totters at the bike skills area in Cerise Park.  Additional skills features have been placed and future work to is planned to upgrade the pump track.  Six of the mountain bike trails in the park have been signed as well.

COPMOBA members assisted organizers of the Montrose Community Day at the Montrose County Fair.  A bike skills course was set up for the kids to ride.  Bikes for the course were donated by Cascade Bicycles.  We plan to have the bike skills course set up for Youth Appreciation Day later in August.  Thanks to Ralph Files for constructing the skills course features.

Probably the most significant happening of the summer was the publishing of the first ever Montrose Cycling Guide.  The guide was spearheaded by COPMOBA members Laurie Brandt, Garry Baker, Amy Sharp, Fred Matheny and Bill Harris.  The guide is available from local bike shops and will be handed out during the Pro Cycling Challenge visit on August 21st.  The guide is full of helpful information about all aspects of cycling around Montrose.  Thanks to the City of Montrose, Montrose ACT and the Montrose Daily Press for their support of the guide.
Posted by Bill Harris
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