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COMBA IMBA Share the TrailMountain biking has grown and will continue to grow in Colorado. As population increases more trail users, from all disciplines, enjoy Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) parks and other local trails, it increases the opportunity for conflict. Most land managers and trail-user groups have come to acknowledge the legitimacy of responsible mountain biking on public lands.

COMBA has devloped relationships with many of the regional land managers including the USFS, NPS Rivers, Trail and Conservation Assistance Program, Denver Parks and Recreation, and the City of Lakewood.  Going forward we will seek to maintain and improve those relationships and look to establish new parternships as the opportunities arise.

COMBA parternered with the Colorado Mountain Club, American Whitewater, and the Access Fund to create Outdoor Alliance Colorado. Outdoor Alliance Colorado is a coalition of human-powered recreation groups working together to promote and protect the outdoor experience for us all.

COMBA has been able to leverage it's stragetic location in Colorado's capital Denver to influence the political climate for our sport.  We worked with State Senator Greg Brophy to submit the Colorado Mountain Bike Safety Act.  An Act to help address liability issues with private land owners in order to improve mountain bike access.  We will continue to look for opportunities to work with the Colorado legislative branch.  We have also advocated for Federal land protection, the preservation of RTP and GOCO funding, mountain bike access to public lands and National Scenic Trails.
 

Engage Lakewood by reviewing their Bikes and Recreation Map, October 2013

The City of Lakewood has a new bike map out for public review and is looking for comments before it goes to print. The more review and comments they get the better final map will be. What other features or amenities should we add to the Lakewood Bikes & Recreation map to update it? Are there changes that need to be made? Provide your input at: http://www.engagelakewood.com/updating-bikes-...Read more

2012: Bailey Colorado has a Bright Future, Full of Trails

Raising awareness of little Bailey, Colorado’s big plans to become the economically thriving trail-sports hub that the Front Range foothills region needs. They have launched an effort to build 140 miles of trails. Dirt Rag has been generous and let us share the article published October 1, 2012, titled, "Colorado's Missing Link: How a 100-mile Race is Helping a Small Town Find its Singletrack...Read more

Huge thanks to our friends at REI, Wheat Ridge Cyclery and Specialized Bicycles

COMBA would like to send a huge thank you to our friends at REI , Wheat Ridge Cyclery and Specialized Bicycles for providing the financial support for our effort to team up with Groundwork Denver , Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder , BikeDenver and The National Park Service RTCA to help our partner Denver Parks and Recreation being mountain biking trails to the urban core of Denver. Thanks to REI ,...Read more

Share the Trail Event, September 11, 2013

Join COMBA and Jefferson County Open Space to the September Share the Trail Event , on September 11 from 4-7 pm at the Mayhem Gulch Trailhead to ride Centennial Cone . Meet other trail users & our friendly rangers to promotes responsible riding and trail etiquette. Read more in the YourHub section of the Denver Post. Where: Mayhem Gulch Trailhead. From Golden, the trailhead is between mile...Read more

COMBA Launches Urban Trails Initiative in Denver, July 21, 2012

Written by Katherine Fuller International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) – The Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA), a chapter of IMBA based in Denver, has launched an urban trails initiative that will engage multiple partners including National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) and Groundwork Denver’s Green Team — paid youth environmentalists who do...Read more

Share the Trail Event - July 19, 2013

Join COMBA and Jefferson County Open Space at a "Share the Trail" event on July 19th at Matthews\Winters Park , from 5-8 pm. Meet at the Matthew Winters Parking lot and try a new bike out! Demo bikes will be available from Wheat Ridge Cyclery ! These Jefferson County sponsored Share the Trail events bring all trails users together with a festive atmosphere. Come out and meet the rangers and other...Read more

Follow-up: Support Bike Access on the Continental Divide Trail, February 2013

The USFS received over 900 comments, including strong comments from the cycling community in regard to this issue. They are currently making substantial revisions to the plan in response to those comments, but have not indicated what those revisions will be. The revisions will be forthcoming, but there is no firm date and they will likely take time before being published.Read more

Help us preserve federal funding for trails

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is the ONLY federal funding source for multi-use singletrack trails. RTP is in grave danger in both chambers of the U.S. Congress. This week, both the House and Senate are expected to vote on their respective transportation bills. In the Senate, RTP is eliminated, but U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) is offering an amendment to restore dedicated funding. In...Read more

We need your help today to pass Senate Bill 36

For the past year IMBA, Bicycle Colorado, and the Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA) have been working with Colorado state legislators to draft legislation to promote mountain biking in Colorado. This bill reaches an important milestone this coming Monday and we need your help. Please call or email your Colorado State Senator today and urge them to support Senate Bill 36 in the Judiciary...Read more

Jefferson County Open Space Seeking Mountain Bike Volunteers

It is rare that we get an opportunity such as this to be able to put ourselves into a position of volunteering for JCOS. However, this is exactly the opportunity that we, as a mountain bike community have. Jefferson County Open Space wants to put more volunteer mountain bike patrollers out on the trails and are requesting that interested parties apply. What an tremendous opportunity to become involved with this organization and do a little diplomatic outreach at the same time!Read more

COMBA is now an IMBA Chapter (let's have a party!)

COMBA is now an official Chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). We have long been an "affiliate," along with hundreds of other clubs across the nation. However, we are pleased to have been selected as one of only a handful of clubs to participate in the launch of a new Chapter program which IMBA will be rolling out in coming years. What does this mean? For starters,...Read more
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Counter Proposal to Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) Proposed (“Revised”) Apex Park Management Plan

On Sept. 21, 2009, Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) published a revision to its proposed, recommended management plan for improving visitor experiences at Apex Park. The Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA) believes the revised plan—which demonstrates a willingness to compromise—needs further attention; as such, we offer this counter proposal in the spirit of cooperation in order to seek...Read more

Response to Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) Proposed Apex Park Management Plan

On Sept. 3, 2009, Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) released its recommended, revised management plan for improving visitor experiences at Apex Park. The Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA) believes the plan should be rejected in its current state, and offers this document as a resource for formulating a better proposal. Important considerations for managing trail users at Apex Park:...Read more

Update from the President - Dec. 2009

August 2009 After a very wet spring, it looks like summer heat is upon us. I hope you are enjoying the trails and taking advantage (while you can) of late evening light! Below is a quick update on recent COMBA matters, as we have been working hard on your behalf: Advocacy Just last week COMBA made our formal presentation to the Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC), regarding our...Read more
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