With the Giving Season upon us, we hope your gifting plans include COMBA! Through your generous donations, we are able to plan and build more trail, which is something we all want. Thanks so much for a great 2013 and we’ll be looking for you next year on one of our trail projects!
Our current weather has halted COMBA’s trail work for now but November was an extremely productive month. Gil McCormick of Wheat Ridge Cyclery informed us of a new program that Trek Bicycles is offering to their dealers and Mountain Bike Associations around the world and we took advantage of it.
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Trek has approximately 15 miles of trail right outside their back door in Waterloo, Wisconsin. They are designed, built and maintained by Dewayne Buratti, former owner of Austin, Texas based Talon Trail Systems and currently Trek’s Trails Manager. Since Wisconsin is under a blanket of snow for the better part of 6 months, Trek decided to share Mr. Buratti’s trail design and construction talents with clubs who have trail projects in progress. Hey, hey, pick me, pick me! With a little luck, everything came together and COMBA was the first to sign up for this new program. As a result, Dewayne spent 3 weeks in November working on Little Scraggy trail in Buffalo Creek.
Using a mini-excavator, Dewayne was able to rough cut about 2 miles of trail on the east side of Little Scraggy Peak. In addition to the rough cut, he used his design skills to make subtle tweaks to the tread alignment to make what will be a fast, fun and flowy trail even better. Dewayne’s efforts will save COMBA a tremendous amount of time and we are very grateful for that. It’s always fun to see a new trail come to life and Dewayne made that happen fast. We are looking forward to getting back to work on Little Scraggy trail.
Our sincere thanks goes to Trek Bicycles for having the vision to develop a stewardship program like this, to Dewayne Buratti for all his hard work and expertise, to Gil McCormick of Wheat Ridge Cyclery for connecting Trek and COMBA, to Carl Yarbrough for trusting us with his mini-excavator for three weeks, to the USFS for the continuing opportunity to build new trails in Buffalo Creek, and to all the volunteers who helped out during this project and with COMBA’s 2013 trail work in general. You are the energy behind making new trails a reality and COMBA thanks you very much.