NWTA Board Bios – Owen Rodabaugh

Owen Rodabaugh joined the NWTA board in 2018 and is our Treasurer.

You can reach Owen at [email protected]

Tell us a little about yourself, Owen.

I was born and raised in Outer NE Portland. I had a mountain bike as a teenager but didn’t start riding trails until 2008 when a friend took me out to the Brown’s Camp Loop.

I enjoy all sorts of trails, but the ones that leave me giddy are steep technical descents you feel glad to have survived. Some favorites around the area are Hidden Trail and Bobblehead.

What do you love about mountain biking?

The beauty of nature, the thrill of descending, the feelings of accomplishment and progression. It all makes the climbing worth it.

What’s your favorite place to ride locally?

I have a hard time with favorites but probably Falls Creek, Silver Falls, Growlers Gulch, Post Canyon

What bike you ride?

Ibis HD4, probably a bit more than I need most of the time. I demoed 27 bikes and went with it.

How long you’ve been mountain biking?

About a decade, more seriously the last 3 years though.

What’s your day job?

IT Manager

Why do you support NWTA?

Local trail organizations like NWTA are key to legitimizing mountain biking as a responsible user group that deserves a voice at the table and access to public lands. I support that, so I support NWTA. It’s a long slog to get access but efforts that in some cases started a decade or more ago are starting to pay off. It’s a great time to be a mountain biker with more trails available in our area than ever and organizations like NWTA are one of the primary reasons why.

Anything else you’d like to give a shout out about?

NWTA is nothing without it’s members and active volunteers. It’s purely a vehicle for making mountain biking related good things happen.