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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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 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 in 2014. Before CBMBA, Lauren was a teacher for almost a decade, mountain bike guide, and worked on a trail crew. She is currently very involved in local government, loves being a part of the CB community, and spends her free time exploring the mountains with her husband, Kyle, and their dog.
Nick has called Crested Butte home since he was one year old. Nick’s enjoyment of all things outdoors has kept him here for most of his life, only leaving CB to attend college and promptly returning upon graduation with a stronger connection to Crested Butte and its surrounding valleys. His desire to give back to the area he loves, along with a passion for mountain biking, led him to join the CBCC in its inaugural year in 2017. After three summers of trail work, Nick is stoked to be working for CBMBA year-round, and to continue to call CB home.