COPMOBA-Grand Valley Canyons Chapter Update

August 7, 2012
In February 2012 the COPMOBA board called a public meeting to express interest in Grand Junction of forming a local chapter.  This meeting was attended by about 30 people eager to get involved in local Mtn. Biking issues including new trail building and trail maintenance.  The local chapter was formed to get more people involved in the decision making about mountain biking trails in Mesa County and surrounding areas.
Committee Members are Kris Cox, Sarah Withers, Ken Graven, Jody Winkler and Adam Wadas. 
Once a name was selected, Grand Valley Canyons Chapter (G.V.C.C.), items that have been discussed range from administrative group issues, upcoming trail building and other mountain bike related events. Membership renewal has been a large topic on the agenda in trying to have a better tracking system with renewals.  It was decided at the last meeting to have automatic renewal option on the website.  We have also decided to renew the process of memberships cards sent out annually and special discounts given to cardholding members at area bike shops and COPMOBA events.  Another item of discussion has been a comment section on the website that you can send a note related to trail maintenance issues or ideas to better the biking options in the area.  The website is  www.copmoba.org
On the trail building side of the meetings, we have discussed which trails that we are working on in the upcoming months and getting the word out on the need for volunteers.  We recently had a great discussion about making some of the area trails directional and are launching a program this fall in the North Fruita Desert (18 Rd) area in conjunction with the BLM about getting directional signage done.  If this proves to be successful we may see other local areas get similar designation.
COPMOBA wants to hear your opinion, but you need to attend the meetings.  If you want an issue to be addressed by the local mtn bikers in the area or have an event, then you need to have a presence.   This was evident in the July meeting when it was shared with the group that there will be an October mountain biking event taking place in Fruita and COPMOBA has agreed to assist in a poker run on area trails.  Stay tuned for more info.
Chapter meetings take place once a month and we have had 4 meetings this year, thanks to Tom and Michelle at Aspen St. Coffee, James Wilson of MTB Strength Training Systems, Scott and Rondo with Rapid Creek Cycles and Matt and James with Grassroots Cycles for allowing COMOBA GVCC to use their facilities to hold meetings.  We will be holding our August meeting at Over the Edge Sports on August 28th.  6:30pm-8:00pm.  Join us for a discussion on local MTB trail issues.  Bring a chair and beverage.  We are seeking other locations for our meetings.  If you would like to have 25-30 people come to your facility, and give a 2-3 minutes elevator speech promoting your business, please let us know.
If you have any comments or would like to offer your facility for a meeting you can contact Kris Cox at kc.380@hotmail.com or go the COPMOBA website comment section.
Posted by Kris Cox
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