The Chippewa Off Road Bike Association (CORBA) is a volunteer based organization dedicated to building, improving and promoting mountain bike opportunities in Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley.
CORBA currently works with the Eau Claire Parks & County Forest Department, Friends of Hickory Ridge, the City of Altoona and the City of Eau Claire in its ongoing trail development mission. The organization relies entirely on volunteer efforts and partner donations, and all membership dollars are returned to trail improvements.
Formed in 2005 to work with Eau Claire County on trail development at Lowes Creek County Park in Eau Claire, CORBA and its volunteers put in over 400 man-hours that year to build six miles of singletrack. Also in 2005, CORBA helped host the first Chippewa Valley Firecracker mountain bike race, as part of the Wisconsin Off-Road Series. In 2006, CORBA applied for and received non-profit status and is recognized as a 501(c)3 organization.
Since its inception, CORBA has played a hand in developing and maintaining shared-use trails at Lowes Creek County Park and Northwest Community Park in Eau Claire, Hickory Ridge in Chippewa County and Otter Creek in Altoona. The Chippewa Valley Firecracker has grown to include a trail run and has become one of the largest and most popular races in the WORS series. In 2011, the Chippewa Valley Powder Keg snowshoe race was added to CORBA’s event lineup.
BOARD of DIRECTORS
President — Danny Deetz
Vice President — Dean Roth
Secretary/Treasurer — Jereme Rauckman
Trail Marshal — Arlen Beaudette
Board Member at Large — Viet Van Dong
Lowes Creek Co-Liaisons: John Froelich and Laura Plummer
Northwest Park Co-Liaisons: Matt Andrews & Samuel Hughes
Otter Creek Co-Liaisons: Dave Olson & Sue McDonald
Hickory Ridge Co-Liaisons: Noah Michaelson & Brian Kelley
NON BOARD APPOINTEES
Mechanized Equipment Oversight — Dean Hagstrom