( Grand Junction, CO – September 4, 2009) The Colorado Plateau Mtn Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) proudly its 2009 induction to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.
2009 has been a big year for western Colorado-operated organization, COPMOBA. While celebrating their 20th anniversary, COPMOBA recently announced it will be inducted to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame at the international Interbike Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday, September 23rd at 6pm. The only trail advocacy group from the United States, and one of only five organizations to have ever received the prestigious honor, COPMOBA board members, volunteers and supporters will journey to Las Vegas for the induction, ceremony and celebration.
COPMOBA has been a leader in the development of innovative mountain bike trails. Notable ‘first’ trails include the first interstate bike trail, Kokopelli’s Trail, the world’s first interpretive mountain bike trail, Rustler’s Loop, the first BLM-sanctioned ‘freeride’ trail, Free Lunch, and the 345-mile Grand Loop connecting the Kokopelli’s, Tabeguache and Paradox trail systems. COPMOBA has advocated for, designed, built and maintained over 1500 miles in over 75 trails in the region through its trail advocacy and trail development program, and our trails have been recognized as some of the best in the country.
Founding COPMOBA member and former board president Bill Harris states, “To say I’m ecstatic is an understatement! It is exceedingly rewarding to see that other mountain bikers recognize the significance of what COPMOBA has done over the past 20 years.” Among countless accomplishments, Harris founded the Tabeguache Trail System (within which the popular Lunch Loop system resides). He is a guide book author, organizes the annual Dry Creek Challenge and Tour de Gold rides, and served as the Colorado State representative for the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). “Bill has forgotten more about the world of mountain biking than many of us will ever know,” said COPMOBA president, Chris Muhr.
“Certainly there are those people over the years who have been vital to the success of the organization whether by the trails they’ve built or the causes they’ve championed, this is for all of us.
Anyone who’s helped build a trail, supported the organization with donations, or been an ambassador for the sport and the trails – this is for us. Many have never asked for anything in return other than a cold beer at the end of a trail building day, I am now happy to say we’ve all been recognized as part of one of the best organizations in mountain biking,” said Muhr.
An excerpt from the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame website states, “COPMOBA’s effectiveness can be attributed to a collaborative, common sense approach towards trail development. Maintaining a respectful, professional relationship with land managers paved the way for trail projects. Construction of sustainable trails followed up by maintaining those trails demonstrated public land stewardship. Support for mountain bike ethics and responsible riding built trust and respect. COPMOBA’s approach has been emulated and expanded upon by advocacy groups throughout the country. COPMOBA is a true pioneer in the realm of mountain bike trail development and advocacy, and has earned a place in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.”
About the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Crested Butte, Colorado, was founded in 1988 to chronicle the history of mountain biking. Since the sport’s creation almost thirty years ago, mountain biking has grown immensely and the Hall of Fame has worked to document the individuals and events which have significantly contributed to mountain biking history. As of 2007, the MBHOF has inducted 100 individuals and 4 groups who have made major contributions to mountain biking, the inductee’s photos and biographies line the walls of the museum.
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About the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA)
In 1989, a visionary group of mountain bikers worked tirelessly with Colorado Plateau land agencies to establish the first interstate mountain bike trail, Kokopelli’s Trail from Fruita, CO to Moab, UT. As a result, COPMOBA was formed to advocate for, design, build and maintain the now-extensive and world-famous 1500+ miles of singletrack and doubletrack trails in western Colorado and eastern Utah. Trail systems include Kokopelli’s, Tabeguache, and Paradox, as well as the Grand Mesa, Palisade, Gateway, and Ridgway, CO. Through volunteer trail construction and maintenance projects, land-agency advocacy, rides, and fundraising efforts we act as a positive voice for mountain biking and trail recreation, dedicated to the development and maintenance of mountain bike and singletrack trails on the Colorado Plateau.
COPMOBA Board of Directors:
Chris Muhr, Jen Taylor, Bill Harris, Clark Rieves, Paul Koski, Colleen Craig, Anne Keller, Gary Smith, Giselle Smith, Nattana Johnson, Scott Winans
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source: Jen Taylor