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    COMBA President's Update

    Greetings fellow dirt riders.

    The following message was sent to the COMBA membership from COMBA President, Jason Bertolacci. We think it's important to share it with all of you. In addition to thanking the rest of the Board members, it's important that we recognize Jason as well. Throughout 2010, he has poured his heart and soul into COMBA and given tirelessly of himself. So, thank you Jason for all you've done.

    Happy New Year everyone and may 2011 be a happy, healthy and prosperous year for us all. See you at the Annual Meeting.


    2010 Accomplishments

    What an incredible year! The Golden Bike Park was approved, constructed and opened, trail building was completed on the new trails in Buffalo Creek leaving only final Forest Service approval before the trails can see tires on dirt, one hundred and eighty kids and adults attended our annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event, we helped State Senator Chris Romer launch the inaugural Bailey HUNDO 100 mile mountain bike race, and worked with Colorado legislators to draft a bill to promote opening land to mountain bike access. And this doesn't include the day-to-day operations of meeting with local land managers, organizing social and beginner rides, trail maintenance days, partnering with other non-profit and conservation organizations, and all the other great things our volunteers do.

    Every person who makes these achievements possible is a volunteer. All of COMBA's funds go directly into projects promoting mountain biking in Colorado. Our volunteers deserve a huge thanks, especially the Golden Bike Park Group, our Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day organizers, and all of the people who have picked up a tool to hand build our Buffalo Creek trails. The hands and hearts of our organization are great people.

    Leading our organization are the members of our volunteer Board of Directors. Our board is a working board, meaning a board member is directly responsible for the success of at least one major COMBA project. When you see them on the trail, please thank Keith Clarke, Jason Coble, Margie Conrad, Brett Foncanon, Joe Hanrahan, Nancy Kelly, Mitch Sprinsky, and Nathan Wyant for their efforts. Each of these folk has worked a part-time uncompensated job for the past year to make our community a better place for mountain bikers -- and they have succeeded!

    One change for 2011, board members will now be elected to and serve two year terms. This continuity of dedicated leadership will help COMBA flourish in the years to come. We will have a strong group of returning members -- Keith, Jason, Margie, Brett, and myself -- leaving four open board postions for 2011. If you or someone you know loves our mountain biking community, please nominate them serve on COMBA's board by emailing their information to

    Elections will take place electronically beginning January 9th and will close on January 15th. Voting is open to all current COMBA members. If you haven't renewed your membership lately, please do so at

    COMBA 2011 Annual Meeting!

    With 2011 right around the corner, it is time again for the COMBA Annual Meeting! In addition to the normal festivities, this year we will be premiering "Bring the Riding to the People", a movie by Elastic Lab in partnership with Native Eyewear and IMBA. The movie documents the story of the creation of three community bike parks -- including our own Golden Bike Park -- highlighting the cooperation among cities, land managers and private citizens to "bring the riding to the people."

    The meeting is currently slated for early February as we secure a location. Watch for updates.

    Golden Bike Park Grand Opening A Success!

    On Saturday, October 30th, the Golden Bike Park officially opened for business!
    Under bluebird sunny skies, an eager crowd-estimated at 300 plus-watched as Golden Mayor Jacob Smith christened the flow trail on his personal Yeti 575 followed by a train of local youngsters. After the obligatory speeches by politicos and GBP leaders, cyclists of all ages and abilities waited their turn to sample the jumps and berms of Gold Rush as well as the pump track and features in the Miner's Alley skills area.

    tendees were also treated to exhibition riding by pros Jeff Lenosky (Giant), Ross Milan (Yeti), and local female pro Tammy Donahugh. Lunch was served along "expo row", which consisted of booths staffed by local shops and COMBA supporters like IMBA and Native Eyewear.

    COMBA was pleased to have wrapped up this project in such a timely fashion and at no cost to the city of Golden. We thank the City of Golden and the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, and staff, for their partnership.

    Note: GBP will be maintained by COMBA volunteers-- please help us prove to the city that beyond building a spectacular amenity, we can also take care of it; contact to lend a hand.

    Support COMBA - Join now!

    Did you know...? That it takes over 200 hours per season to maintain one mile of trail? That attendance at the Public Forum with JCOS exceeded 200 engaged and concerned mountain bikers? If 200 mountain bikers volunteered 3 hours over the course of an entire riding season, it would represent 600 hours of trail work - the equivalent of a season's maintenance on three miles of trail. We invite everyone to join COMBA, and volunteer some time as well.

    Trail maintenance not your thing? We welcome your contributions in other areas, too, such as the annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event.

    To join COMBA, visit our website at and click on "become a member".

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    Thanks for the update, casey. I'd like to throw out a big THANK YOU to Jason Bertolacci and COMBA for all the amazing and hard work they've done. Hoping to make 2011 another great year of new singletrack!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSD303
    Thanks for the update, casey. I'd like to throw out a big THANK YOU to Jason Bertolacci and COMBA for all the amazing and hard work they've done. Hoping to make 2011 another great year of new singletrack!
    ^^^^^ What he said!

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    COMBA Rocks!

    As we all know, there are some organizations that exist in name only. There are others that actually do things. And there are the exceptional few who shake the world, who seek new directions and expand what is possible. COMBA is one of those. Thanks to all the leaders and volunteers who have raised the bar and helped mountain biking reach a new level of excellence! Keep up the great work in 2011 and beyond!

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