February 7, 2013
The Ridgway Area Trails Chapter of COPMOBA is now officially known as COPMOBA/RAT.  We have begun planning and prioritizing the various elements we’ll need to coordinate for our Third Annual RAT FEST fundraiser.  This year’s event is scheduled for Town Park on June 7, 8 and 9, 2013.  The agenda tentatively includes live music, trail building, live auction, silent auction skills clinic.  We again expect to dispense both Fat Tire products and treats from Ridgway’s own award-winning brewer, the Colorado Boy. 
We’d like to thank all COPMOBA members, friends and supporters who have submitted comments to the BLM’s Uncompahgre Field Office concerning the Draft EA and TMP the BLM has created for the Ridgway Trails Project. 
RAT hosted a fundraiser at the historic Sherbino Theatre in Ridgway on January 26.  The Sherbino provided an open bar and dispensed some of Fat Tire Brewery’s finest products.  Thanks to the Quick read more or view full article Sherbino and Ed Hines of Fat Tire for sponsoring our event. We also screened the classic MTB Film, Klunkerz, for about 75 attendees.  All proceeds will assist in building out the Ridgway Trails Project once BLM and Ridgway State Parks complete implement the pending TMP. 
We’ve added Brian Scranton and Sara Ballantyne to our local steering committee, where their leadership and energy have given our group a big boost.  We extend special thanks to RAT’s GPS and mapping guru, Jeff Bockes, whose gorgeous maps have helped make our position on the Ridgway TMP clear, concise, persuasive and artful.  
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1st Annual F-Town Gear Down

November 12, 2012

COPMOBA's Grand Valley Canyons Chapter along with the Endoholics Bike Club sponsored a POKER Ride at the Lunch Loops Area.


The Poker Ride was also sponsored by Rapid Creek Cycles, Bicycle Outfitters, DT Swiss, Mountain Khakis and LTR Sports. 12 Riders participated and rode on a loop that started and finished at Gunny Loop Parking Lot. There were 5 stage stops for cards to build your best poker hand. Participants had a chance to get extra cards at each stage by answering a trivia question, doing a stunt, singing a song or wearing some funny hats. The top hand won a wheel set from DT Swiss. Lots of fun and swag was given out. LTR gave Quick read more or view full article out a riding kit, Rapid Creek had water bottles, T-shirts, gift certificates for tune ups and bike rentals, Mountain Khakis had gift cards, Bicycle Outfitters had stickers, T-shirts and donated $100 to Fruita Rotary Club.


Everybody got socks from F-Town GearDown, Family Health West gave out cloth grocery bags filled with swag, SingleTracks provided water bottles with a cool tire repair kit inside. Everybody walked away with something including beer tickets and raffle tickets for prizes at the Fest in Fruita. Raffled prizes where 5 Strider bikes, MRP Forks, MRP Chain Guards

At the Fest in Fruita's Civic Center Park COPMOBA set up a booth on both Friday and Saturday to sell gear and sign up new members.


Thank you once again to all our sponsors and everybody that participated in the F-Town Gear Down Fest.


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Uncompahgre Chapter – Fall 2012

October 17, 2012
Fall is upon us, so some great riding is certainly on the calendar.  With the recent rains, Buzzard Gulch near Montrose has been sweet.  More and more bike tracks are appearing there, and encounters with other trail users are increasing.  Please be courteous to all trail users.  Still no word from the BLM on construction of new Buzzard Gulch trails, but we’ve noticed ribbons placed on trees, marking new trail corridors.  Please refrain from following the ribbons – no brush has been cleared, and the cactus is certainly a deterrent.
We are now talking with the City of Montrose about building trails in the 110 acre Cerro Summit property.  The Parks Advisory Board seems very interested in the project, and will make a visit to the site later this fall to get a closer view of the area’s potential.
We have 3 new sponsors for our tool trailer.  Montrose Daily Quick read more or view full article Press, Tread and Major Mortgage – Lynn Whipple have added their names to our trailer.  New text has been added to tell folks who we are and what we do.  Thanks to the new sponsors for their support. 
Don’t forget that one of the best canyon country rides is in our back door.  The Sidewinder Trail is in the Gunnison Gorge NCA -  22 miles of non-stop cranking.  It’s amazing how many riders from the area haven’t tried the trail.  Specifics about the trail can be found in the 2012 Montrose Cycling Guide available from the Montrose bike shops.
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Grand Valley Canyons Chapter Update

September 5, 2012
Our last meeting was held at Over the Edge Sports in Fruita and was attended by 20 members.  We had a good discussion on a marketing plan for COPMOBA and getting more VALUE from our organization and taking pride in belonging to COPMOBA.  It has also been suggested that we make a push for members to sign into events at least a week before the start of the event so we can make plans to have the appropriate amount of tools and food items for everybody.

The following question has been asked "Why was the Grand Valley Canyons Chapter formed and what purpose is it fulfilling?"  As taken out of the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Associations Bylaws- 'The purpose of a local chapter is to facilitate development and furtherance of COPMOBA goals, purposes and objectives within the community served by the local chapter'.  This Quick read more or view full article means we may develop, construct and maintain local trails, Conduct fundraising activities, Organize local group rides and other social events.
The local chapter was formed so that Grand Valley Area COPMOBA members have a voice in how trails are created.  Also so that membership in COPMOBA has more VALUE.  COME out to meetings to have a say in how the chapter is run and get more VALUE out of your membership!

The Following workdays and events are scheduled:

Sept.  15th and 16th - Mesa Top Trail.  This will be a work weekend on top of the Grand Mesa with cool temperatures and amongst the changing aspens.  We will meet at the Mesa Top Parking Lot off of HWY 65 and you have the choice to either drive or shuttle to the worksite.  If you come up late we will stage off the Flowing Park Road 109 and you can always hike in and join the crew.  We will be working both days and camping out on Saturday night.  The option is to ride or work on Sunday, your choice.  Bring up gloves, sturdy work shoes, lunch and clothing depending on weather.  COPMOBA will provide food and beverages for after work on Saturday and Sunday morning breakfast.  Please register in on the website.

Sept. 23-Kessel Run-NFD This will be a maintenance workday out at the NFD on Kessel Run to stop people from cutting corners.  We will be collecting rock to build barriers that direct traffic into the corners.   Meet Sunday 10:30 am at the main parking lot.   Bring gloves, lunch, and a wheelbarrow if you have one.  Bring your bike.  You will have an opportunity to ride after we work.  Please register on the website.
September 25th- GVC Chapter Meeting  Bicycle Outfitters 537 N. 1st St. Check out the new shop after the recent move.  Bring your own Chair and Beverage.  

Sept. 29th - Palisade Rim.  National Public Lands Day-We will be working on the Upper Rim and have about 6 sections that need rock work and some trail work that connects the upper and lower loops could use improvement (wider bench, gentler backslope).  GVCC has decided to try to get this work done in one day so we are looking for a large crew.  Please register on the website.

October 6th - Tabeguache/Lunch Loop  Three Sisters Workday and Take a Kid Mtn Biking Day.  We need crew leaders and trail crew for the 1st phase of Three Sisters. Please register on the website

October 20th-POKER RIDE  COPMOBA GVCC sponsored Poker Ride at Lunch Loops and at Rabbit Valley sponsored by Endolohics for the F-town GearDown Fest in Fruita .  Keep your calendars clear for this day.  We will need about 10 volunteers to work the event and plenty of people to ride.  Ride will cost $25 and start at 8am on 10/20.  Limited to the first 50 riders at each site.  Party will follow in Fruita in the evening.  COPMOBA will also have a booth at this event and will need people to work it both Friday Night and Saturday evening.  

If you would like to ride in this event instead of volunteer, the links to register are below. 
Brief Description of the Poker Ride

This is going to be fun!! Lunch Loops will be hosted by COPMOBA and Rabbit Valley will be hosted by the Endoholics. Test your riding skills, poker skills and cheating skills... because it is encouraged! Awesome prizes are up for grabs. What will you do when everyone has an ace up their sleeve??
Please register based on your technical riding ability. Lunch Loops is more technical than Rabbit Valley... remember, this is suppose to be fun!

Brief Description of The Monumental Challenge

Climb over 5200ft. in 64 miles!! Leave Fruita to climb up the West end of the monument entrance and turn around for a fun decent, traverse on South Camp Road to Little Park Road and climb to The Ribbon Trail head turn around for a fun decent back to Monument road where you will then climb the East entrance to the Colorado National Monument to turn around and decend back to South Camp Road and return to Fruita. We know its crazy! But, are you crazy enough to take this Monumental Challenge??

This is a all charity event put on by two area non-profits, Fruita Rotary and Family Health West. 25% of all proceeds will benefit local trail development.

Link to sign up for the MTN Bike portion of the Poker Ride
Link to sign up for the Fruita Rotary and Family Health West Monumental Challenge Road Ride

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Uncompahgre Chapter Update

September 5, 2012
The Uncompahgre Chapter continues to pursue trail opportunities when they present themselves.  Earlier this year chapter members met with City of Montrose officials to visit the Cerro Summit area, east of Montrose.  The city owns 110 acres on the summit, and there has been some discussion about developing trails on the property.  A section of the old rail bed traverses the property and the area has been developed for winter recreation – mostly a sledding hill.  There is also some BLM property east of the City property that has some trail potential.  A proposal to develop a variety of trails including standard cross country trails and gravity fed trails with features is being developed.  COPMOBA will make a presentation to the City’s Parks Advisory Board on Sept. 26th regarding this project.
                Trail maintenance is planned for Cerise Park on Sunday, Oct. 14th.  Work on the pump track and mtn. Quick read more or view full article bike trails is planned.  COPMOBA will host the trail day, and provide pizza for volunteers after the trail work.  Wear sturdy footwear, and bring work gloves, snacks and water.  Meet at the picnic shelter next to Stocker Field off of Chipeta Drive at 8:30 AM.  Please contact Bill at if interested in helping with either of these projects. 
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Sneffles Chapter Update

August 8, 2012
The COPMOBA Sneffels Steering Committee met on August 6, 2012.  Several subjects were talked about during this meeting. 

According to the BLM the Ridgway scoping process is on track to be open for public comments in September.  The state park service is on track with their planning within Ridgway State Park.  Confirmation still has to come from the Bureau of Reclamation.
The chapter will look into professional construction costs for area trails, and determine if this  combined with volunteer efforts is the best way to go for the new trails.  Funding sources in the area will be looked into.

Fundraiser Planning
We will schedule a meeting early next winter of the general membership to plan for beer, food, auction and music for the 2013 RAT Fest.  We need more swag to make the auction more exciting, more food vendors and a high-profile band. 

Trail Work Days
We Quick read more or view full article will do trail days every Thursday this month and into September to continue work on several aspects of the town park trails and River Sage trails, i.e.”
  • Repair and maintenance of river trail segment
  • Refinement of 4 – 5 switchbacks in River Sage to reduce erosion potential
  • Rebuild switchback on Northeast aspect of Weaver Park summit
  • Refine tread profile and outsloping on various sections of River Sage trail
  • Close/rehab redundant connector trail between Weaver Park and River Sage

Membership outreach plans are moving ahead in the area, and there are tentative plans to have a booth at the Telluride stop of the 2011 Pro Challenge on August 20th.

For more information about the Sneffles Chapter in Ridgway, please contact Rod Fitzhugh at

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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 Quick read more or view full article 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
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 or go the COPMOBA website comment section.
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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 Quick read more or view full article 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.
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