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Introductions 2018-06-07T21:35:52+00:00

We Can’t Wait to See You On the Trails!

OUR MISSION + VISION

The Steamboat Springs Bike Town USA Initiative’s mission is to stimulate economic growth through cycling, engage the community (locals and visitors) in cycling culture, and promote safe cycling. Our vision is of Steamboat Springs as a “must-ride” cycling destination.

OUR HISTORY

A grassroots, community-wide organization, BTUSA is a catalyst for action. Working in partnership with community stakeholders we are shaping the future of cycling in Steamboat Springs. This partnership represents the local biking community, industry leaders, City of Steamboat Springs, Routt County government, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, and engaged community members.

OUR TEAM

Staff

Amy Charity – Executive Director

Officers

Chris Sias – President
David High – Vice President
Brad Iversen – Treasurer
Linda Corkadel – Secretary

Ex Officio Board Members

Amy Charity has 14 years of experience in the financial sector, working in banking, venture capital, and at a hedge fund. At the age of 34 she left the financial industry to pursue a career in professional bike racing. Amy raced for the U.S. National Team and signed a contract with one of the top ten women’s professional racing teams in the world. Her team won a National Championship in the Team Time Trial and raced the World Championships. She is thrilled to serve as the Executive Director of Bike Town playing a role in sharing the Steamboat Bike story.

Chris Sias started road riding in college and discovered mountain biking in Sun Valley, Idaho in late 80s.  He worked several summers as a bike mechanic and continued to ride in Southern California, preferring dawn patrol in the hills of Palos Verdes.  Chris moved to Steamboat Springs six years ago and enjoys a healthy mix of road, mountain and snow biking.  He’s been involved in BTUSA for four years and appreciates the talent, enthusiasm and diversity of Steamboat’s permanent and visiting cycling communities.  He’s coached Winter Sports Club youth cycling for several summers and enjoys the town Challenge.  Off the bike, Chris is a commercial realtor, Nordic skier and busy parent.

David High is a Colorado Native and has been exploring the Steamboat Ski area since vacationing as a small child. He moved to Steamboat straight out of college with his girlfriend.  They got married and started a family and been blessed to see them thrive.  He has worked about every job imaginable in Steamboat and landed at Alpine Bank where he has been for the past 11 years as a mortgage and commercial banker. David was a competitive cyclist through college and brought that enthusiasm as a member of the 2A accommodation tax committee as well as the Bike Town Board.

Brad Iversen is retired and previously served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Edward Jones and H&R Block. He graduated from the Univ. of Massachusetts and received his MBA from Columbia University.

Linda Corkadel has been involved in Steamboat Springs for over 25 years.  Her daughter went to high school here, left for college, returned, married, and has kids who all love the valley. She worked as a nurse at YVMC until she retired. Skiing, and golfing now occupy a great deal of her time. And she LOVES her bike.  As a road biker, she rides as much as possible and wants to make our community a place that other cyclists come to and enjoy as much as her and her family do.  To that end, she became involved with BTUSA.

Joel Berman joined STARS in February 2017. Joel brings an extensive background in nonprofit and for profit corporate management, risk management, strategic partnerships, and finance.  Since losing his leg in an accident in 1983, Joel has found being active in sports has been the greatest thing in his life.   Cycling has always been a form of fitness, socializing, and fun for Joel. He splits his time about 50/50 between riding his foot-powered cyclo-cross bike and his hand-powered three-wheeled trike. Joel loves to ride the core trail and many of the roads around Steamboat. From time to time, he rides off road, but with one leg balance and climbing ability are not his forte.

Butch Boucher found his passion in riding and racing road bikes in 1980 in Eugene, Oregon. Since 1984 he has made a living in the bike industry starting with three years in the retail world of bike shops in Seattle and Eugene. Then, after touring on a tandem across the US and through France, he co-founded Co-Motion Cycles in 1988. For 21 years he worked at Moots Cycles, most recently as president, while enjoying riding the trails and roads in the Steamboat area and anywhere his travels take him. In 2017 Butch became involved with BTUSA to join in sharing the Steamboat cycling experience with locals and visitors alike.

Liana Jones is a long time Steamboat local who enjoys endurance mountain bike racing, road riding, and fat biking in the winter, along with all of the snow sports Steamboat has to offer.  A graduate from the Steamboat Mountain School, Liana got the mountain bike bug early in life and hasn’t looked back since.  When not outside enjoying the sunshine, Liana can be found practicing natural resource law for the law firm of Lear and Lear, LLP.

Trevyn Newpher Born in Ashland, OR where the hippies roam free. Raised in Northeast Ohio where the maple syrup flows like the Yampa. Trevyn found his love for two wheels early on during his high school years and hasn’t let go of his handlebars since! BMX, Downhill, uphill, fat bike, eMTB, Motocross, Timbersled… if it has handlebars you’ll probably see him riding it. A few notable athletic highlights include numerous Mid-Atlantic State Championships, top ten finishes at National Championships within the gravity disciplines, competed in numerous World Cup downhill events and a tenured certified coach. When he’s not out playing his backyard that is Steamboat Springs, you’ll find him managing the Steamboat Bike Park operations.

Corey Piscopo is the Sales Director for Moots Cycles, promoter of the Steamboat Springs Stage Race, organized of Steamboat Velo, and an avid road, mountain and cyclocross rider.

Brian Savino – From our first trip to this beautiful valley, we fell in love with Steamboat Springs and after experiencing first-hand the Champagne Powder Steamboat is famous for, we knew this was the place we were going to call home.  We feel so fortunate to be living-out our dream here in Steamboat.

David Scully moved to Steamboat Springs in 1994.  A former Bike Town USA Board President, and Chamber Board member, he currently sits on the Steamboat Springs 2A Trails Committee.  David has owned and operated David Chase Furniture & Design for 24 years, and is in his fifth year as race director and event manager with Revolution Enduro.  David still competes in his spare time.

David Wittlinger is a 20+ year local who moved to Steamboat Springs “for one season” and never left. He acknowledges that although the winters in Steamboat are great, the summer months take the cake. Singletrack, gravel roads and long days; what more could a guy want? Married with kids, David enjoys exploring everything this community has to offer and playing in the mountains four seasons of the year.

Mindy Mulliken is about to celebrate her 10th anniversary of living in Steamboat. She is currently an 8th grade math/science & taught High School for 3 years prior to moving Steamboat. She got into downhill mountain biking in Crested Butte when she lived there & has been hooked ever since. In reality, she has been hooked on bikes since she was a kid. She loves to coach mountain biking for the high school team, race on occasion & ride with friends as often as she can whether it’s on the road, mountain or snow!

Laura Soard grew up in Upstate New York and made her way to Steamboat to live the Colorado dream. She grew up running roads, trails and everywhere in between, but when a boyfriend bought her a Schwinn Homegrown, she found a new sport (and a future husband). Laura also enjoys reading, traveling near and far, and spending time with her two favorite people: her husband and daughter. In addition to her day job in marketing, she’s also passionate about empowering kids and volunteers as a senior mentor with Partners of Routt County, Girls Scouts and in local schools.

A Word From Our President

“We realize that cyclists have choices as to where to travel, the type of riding to pursue, and what apres experience will cap a perfect day of cycling. As enthusiastic proponents of cycling in Steamboat Springs, we hope you’ll choose us as your “must ride” destination this year. We believe you’ll find the choice rewarding at many levels.”

Christopher Sias • Steamboat Bike Town USA Initiative Board President

2018 Bike Town USA Program Highlights

    • Bike Town USA Ambassadors – new program fielding a group of experienced cyclists on area trails, providing directions and information on cycling and tourist amenities in Steamboat
    • Safe Routes to School – in partnership with the Steamboat Springs School District. Funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation with community matching funds provided by Yampa Valley Electric Association, Rotary Club of Steamboat, Walmart, Routt County Riders and Bike Town USA.
    • 2A Marketing Program – comprehensive marketing program promoting Steamboat as a cycling and trails destination (part of the 2A Trails Initiative).

Past + Ongoing Programs Include:

  • Safe Routes to School map and programming established

  • Creation of the Steamboat Springs Trails Alliance Master Plan and $5,000,000 in dedicated funding for trails and parks through the 2A Accommodation Tax Funding Initiative

  • Assisted in development of improved Core Trail connection at Mount Werner Road

  • Creation of cycling routes and trails website for visitors and community members

  • Host of Steamboat Springs Bike Summits

  • Implementation of signage and way finding plan on Core Trail and Secondary trails throughout Steamboat Springs

  • Designation as an International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Bronze Ride Center

  • Hosted 2011, 2013 and 2015 Stages of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

  • Bicycle Friendly Community Gold Status designation

  • Production of annual Bike Guides, a free resource for locals and visitors with extensive cycling trail maps, cycling events and community information

  • Trail user study conducted on areas trails and pathways

  • Host and promoter of annual Steamboat Springs Bike Week

Homegrown businesses like Moots Cycles, Kent Eriksen Cycles, Honey Stinger, Big Agnes, Boa and Smartwool bring innovative ideas to the valley. Bike paths and Safe Routes Programs make commuting safe for kids going to school, or grownups going to work. Locally owned shops line our downtown and base area. Our community supports the oldest continually operated ski area in Colorado, Howelsen Hill, and the historic Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Not to mention nearly four hundred working ranches dot the Yampa Valley, paying homage to our spurs and Stetson legacy.

And not to mention the multitude of active cycling organizations in our area.

A real town, a community with history and a strong tie to the western landscape, and we invite you to be part of it. Ski. Bike. Hike. Fish. Float. Paddle. Glide. Explore all that Ski and Bike Town USA has to offer!

Steamboat Springs is a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community

The League 0f American Bicyclists recognizes Steamboat as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community.  Steamboat Springs welcomes cyclists with trails, bike lanes, share the road campaigns, organized rides, Bike to Work Day events and so much more. The League reviews communities on specific criteria that recognize an area’s unique bike-oriented resources.  They evaluate how the community encourages people to bike for transportation and recreation through the five Es: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation. Steamboat has been recognized at the Gold Level since 2013.

To find out more, visit the League of American Bicyclists

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