The Central Ohio Mountain Biking Organization (COMBO) is excited to welcome Ryan Hughes as our new Executive Director for 2024. Ryan's appointment marks the beginning of an exhilarating chapter in COMBO's journey, characterized by his deep commitment to the mountain biking community and a keen understanding of the transformative impact of trails.
Ryan Hughes, a respected figure in the local cycling community, brings a wealth of experience and achievements to COMBO. His involvement in every Pelotonia event for the past 15 years and his role in forming its largest fundraising team are just a few examples of his dedication to mountain biking.
"COMBO's mission is clear: CREATE. ADVOCATE. PRESERVE. We're committed to enhancing quality mountain biking experiences in Central Ohio," Ryan shares. "This organization has a rich history of trail development, promoting outdoor experiences, and contributing to the region's cultural and economic vibrancy. I'm thrilled to lead COMBO in continuing these efforts."
Ryan's life is deeply intertwined with cycling, both as a devoted husband and father and through his role as a coach for the Gators MTB team. His recent work on the Worthington Woods trail, one of COMBO's three new trail systems alongside Star Hill and the Marion Quarry, showcases his dedication to expanding local biking opportunities. These new trails, making their official debut in 2023, are a testament to our growing network and community impact.
"Beyond the trails, it's about the connections and experiences we foster," Ryan reflects, citing his profound connection to Columbus and its surroundings, shaped by countless rides and community interactions.
Ryan's vision extends globally, drawing inspiration from his cycling adventures across the United States and beyond. Under his leadership, COMBO is set to enhance its network of outdoor recreation opportunities, further enriching the lives of Central Ohio residents.
"We're recognized as a trusted partner in trail development and community engagement," Ryan adds. "We're excited to continue our collaboration with city, state, and federal landowners, bringing trails closer to more people."
Looking ahead to 2024, COMBO is enthusiastic about the progress of the Alum Creek Connector trail, currently out to bid with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). This project, along with our ongoing collaboration with Trail Stewards to enhance existing trails, positions us to potentially reach the milestone of managing 100 miles of trails.
Ryan Hughes is eager to involve the community in this exciting journey. He encourages all mountain biking enthusiasts and trail advocates to share their ideas and support. Reach out to Ryan at email@example.com to join in shaping the future of mountain biking in our region.