Board & Staff

Board Members

Steve Thompson

Steve T.

President

steve@cbmba.org

Steve moved to Colorado in 2002 sight unseen after accepting a sales position with the plastics company he was working for in Pennsylvania. The draw was the mountains and, in some ways, the mellower pace vs. the East Coast. After spending time living in the Front Range, and frequently making the trek to various mountain towns in summer and winter, it was time to make a move. Crested Butte offered what many did, skiing, biking, hiking, but ultimately it was the community feel that made the choice obvious. In 2011 Steve and his girlfriend Lauren, who also had the same feelings about Crested Butte, made the move together. Steve’s initial involvement with CBMBA a year later was doing what many in the community do, building and maintaining trail. Eventually his participation grew to attending meetings until this year being appointed to the board.

Doug Bradbury

Doug 2

Vice President

doug@cbmba.org

In 1975, Doug moved to Colorado Springs from Santa Monica California, but it wasn’t until 1976 that Doug discovered CB (via motorcycle, and spending all summer looking for old FS blaze marks on trees on an overgrown Double Top trail. Nobody here!) In 1982 he first witnessed idiots on bicycles going over Pearl Pass while on a motorcycle ride, so, a couple years later, he decided to quit racing motorcycles to stay alive and took up mountain biking instead. He quickly realized mountain bikes of the time were more dangerous than motorcycles, so he decided to build one that works, and Manitou Mountain Bikes was born. In ’86 he started riding bikes in CB (Upper and Lower Loop, Snodgrass was it), then started doing trail work with CBMBA in ’88 on Strand Trail. He built the FIRST suspension fork, which went o to win several World Championships, which helped usher Doug into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1994. Since then, he has continued building bikes, building trails, and working to support mountain bikers, the bike industry, and CBMBA. He has helped build many well-loved trails in the area, including Tony’s Trail, Whetstone Vista, Divine Trail, Point Lookout and Cement Creek Trails, and he helped with realigning and improving backcountry trails like 401, Deer Creek and Teocalli. He looks forward to continuing to enjoy the ever evolving family that is CBMBA and help keep Crested Butte trails the best in the world!

Marco White

Green Lake 1 (3)

Treasurer

marco@cbmba.org

Marco, a.k.a. Peaches, is a southern turned Buttian who has been sharing his love of bikes with his community for over 20 years. He is a Cuban-American from Asheville, NC, who recently retired from Coca Cola North America. An avid rider, he moved to CB in 2011 after coming here to ride every year since 1982. He started his bike advocacy career as an officer in the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association in Georgia, and now shares his passion for bikes and community to help CBMBA fulfill its mission.

Hedda Peterson

Secretary

hedda@cbmba.org

In search of bigger mountains and a small, tight-knit community Hedda found herself at home in Crested Butte after growing up in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Her work with both the U.S. Geological Survey and the Mount Washington Observatory in Vermont and New Hampshire fueled her desire to explore, research and now protect her surrounding environment through her work at the Crested Butte Land Trust. Hedda graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Geography and German and recently earned a Masters in Environmental Management from Western State Colorado University. When she’s not out chasing her miniature Dachshund, Lidl, Hedda enjoys working with CBMBA and the Gunnison Valley community to steward the trails and environment that uphold our nature-driven quality of life.

Matt Whiting

Matt W.

matt@cbmba.org

Matt grew up in New Jersey and moved to Crested Butte in 1998 after graduating from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.  Married with two children, Matt is a local business owner and strong advocate for responsible recreation.  He went for his first mountain bike ride at the Hartman’s Rocks in 1993 and has been hooked on the sport since.  Matt views mountain biking as an integral part of the soul of the Crested Butte community and believes in a collaborative approach with other forest users to improve and expand our amazing singletrack network and build on CBMBA’s legacy.

Rob Mahedy

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rob@cbmba.org

Rob is happiest when he is out on the trail or sleeping consecutive nights in a tent, with his wife Holly by his side. He started riding and building trails as a kid on the Jersey Shore, where he road BMX bikes and built his own trails and forts in the woods. Later, he was formally introduced to mountain biking organizations when he joined the board of the Routt County Riders in Steamboat Springs in the 90s. As a member of CBMBA since 1996, Rob is proud of CBMBA’s efforts to preserve and conserve natural areas, and he enjoys working with CBMBA to protect public lands and to enable more people to connect with nature.

Lisa Cramton

lisa@cbmba.org

I came to Crested Butte, from Wisconsin, the winter of 1986 looking for an adventure. In the spring of ’87 I went on my first mtb ride on the slick rock trails of Moab and was hooked! I have been obsessed with the bicycle my entire life so it was no surprise I loved the idea of a bike that could take me virtually anywhere I wanted to go. In 1991 I started working at Crested Butte Sports which exposed me to the idea that bike shops were pushing the “drug” of mountain biking so why shouldn’t they be encouraging folks to show up to trail work days? It was also the years that I began to get involved with Fat Tire Bike Week and CBMBA. In 2001 I was lucky enough to get a 3 month gig with the IMBA Trail Care Crew traveling the PNW, Canada and Alaska sharing the trail love I had nurtured in CB. In 2010 I took a 5 year break from CB where I continued to be involved with the bicycle working at both crankbrothers and the greatest bike brand in the universe, Pivot Cycles. I have also been lucky enough to be  involved with NICA, the national high school cycling leagues in both Arizona and Utah, through Pivot. In 2015 my husband Travis and I returned to Crested Butte and opened Chopwood Mercantile and I rejoined the CBMBA board.

Dan Estey

dan@cbmba.org

I arrived in Colorado from my native state Maine on vacation in 1996 with just my mountain bike and a bag of clothes, and like many others, never returned. I enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder and graduated with a degree from the College of Business. That same year I discovered Crested Butte while on a mountain bike road trip and was enamored with the community and lifestyle. In 2008, I purchased a home in Crested Butte South where I lived as a part-time resident for years, spending much of the summer and fall riding my bike and exploring the nearby backcountry. In 2017, I put down full-time roots in Crested Butte. (I don’t miss the drive back to Boulder!) After decades of riding the trails here, it was time to give back and get involved with CBMBA!

Mel Yemma

mel@cbmba.org

After growing up on the east coast, Mel became an official Colorado transplant after falling in love with the mountains throughout her studies at Colorado College, where she majored in environmental science. After moving to the Gunnison Valley, Mel spent a few years working in the environmental non-profit arena and now works in planning at the Town of Crested Butte, focusing on open space and trails. Mel didn’t start mountain biking until she moved to Crested Butte, but now she’s hooked and knows that she’ll be forever spoiled by this valley’s unrivaled trails. She especially enjoys working with CBMBA to collaboratively maintain, improve and expand our local trails and backcountry, while simultaneously having fun at trail work days with the community.

Jason Sumner

jason@cbmba.org
In the early 1980s, Jason did his first stint in Crested Butte, attending three years of middle school at what is now Town Hall. But the dominoes of life pulled him away, and it took 33 years to get back home. Now a full time Crested Butte South resident (along with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy), the longtime outdoor sports journalist spends his days writing about all things bikes and skis for a variety of publications. He also does gear testing, making his proximity to Crested Butte’s amazing MTB trail network all the more important. It’s that singletrack — and the desire to preserve and expand what we have — that motivated Jason to get involved with the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association, first as a volunteer and now as a board member.

 

Staff

David Ochs

Dave O.

Executive Director

dave@cbmba.org

Dave Ochs was a CBMBA board member for 13 years before being hired as the first ever CBMBA E.D in 2016. Dave moved to Crested Butte in 2001 and immediately developed “a problem” with the bicycle, specifically mountain biking in Crested Butte. Immediately enthralled by the bike culture, Dave took to events and advocacy as a means to give back. He has a beautiful wife (Missy) and two darling children (Ozzy and Cadence).

Lauren Koelliker

Development Director

development@cbmba.org

Lauren started following her brother around on a hand-me-down bike in Evergreen, and she has called a variety of Colorado towns “home” before fulfilling her dream of moving to Crested Butte. She has taught middle and high school for nine years, worked as a trail builder, and currently dabbles in local government. She loves being a part of the CB community and exploring the mountains with her new husband, Kyle, and their dog.

Kevin Krill

Operations Manager

kevin@cbmba.org

After four years of touring with the Big Mountain Enduro series as Timing Manager Kevin decided it was time to stay home and contribute to his own mountain bike community in Gunnison and Crested Butte. With 25+ years of riding experience in the valley and now working with CBMBA he can focus on the mission of the organization to foster the backcountry experience as CB grows into the future. It’s good to stay home!

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