July 2016 is Relay Month!

A resolution to declare July 2016 as Tree Farm Relay Month.

Whereas, the Motor City Mountain Biking Association and Team Tree Farm hosts a benefit race in July; and

Whereas, MCMBA mountain bike races are a vibrant affirmation and expression of Michigan?s finest traditions, operating as volunteer-based events and raising funding for developing and maintaining Michigan trails; and

Whereas, mountain bikers are some of the coolest people around; and

Whereas, we have it on the highest authority that July 30th is going to have perfect weather this year; and

Whereas, the excellent, professional firm of Newton Timing and Race Services has again been retained to provide RFID based timing services for the event; and

Whereas, some of the past costumes worn by Tree Farm Relay participants have been highly creative and memorialized in both facebook photos and in our nightmares; and

Whereas, we can?t wait to see what people come up with this year; and

Whereas, children will find fun and refreshments racing on the Sapling Loop; and

Whereas, mountain bikers support business by purchasing hops, grains, yeast, and bicycle parts in significant quantities; and

Whereas, the Relay racing format promotes a high level of competition as well as time for food, drink and social interaction during the day; and

Whereas, beautiful Lakeshore Park in Novi provides an excellent venue for this event, with interesting singletrack and fast passing zones, children play areas, a nice sandy beach, a cheerful, helpful park staff, rest rooms, and ample space for participant tents and staging areas; and

Whereas, there is a high probability of finding a tiki bar out on the race course; and

Whereas, in partial compensation for the cuts, scrapes, bruises, mosquito bites, poison ivy and a host of other less than desirable maladies resulting from sweat equity in May, June and early July trail maintenance activities, Team Tree Farm shall allow for a reasonable level of responsible debauchery during the Tree Farm Relay; and

Whereas, Motor City Mountain Biking Association members are vested in the future, health, and welfare of our trails as providing a diverse set of quality experiences to promote fitness and develop mountain biking skills of a broad range of riders; and

Whereas, mountain bike benefit races are one of the primary funding sources for the chapter; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Motor City Mountain Biking Association, an IMBA chapter, that the members of this body declare July 2016 as Tree FarmRelay Month in the state of Michigan. We recognize the contributions that the MCMBA, Team Tree Farm, and our volunteers have made to the communities and economy of this area.

The question being on the adoption of the resolution,

The resolution was adopted.

Join us!

 

Next up: Milford Trail Challenge!

Registration at http://mcmba.org/index.php/events/milford-trail-challenge-info

Island Lake Spring Demo Day, May 7th

Started in 2006 by local industry veteran James Knight, the Island Lake Spring Bike Demo is now in its 11th year bringing the best bikes in the market to your trail.  It's a great chance to talk face to face with people who live the life: building, riding, and maintaining the bikes you want to own. Then, take a few out for a test spin on the road and trails at Island Lake!

See mcmba.org/demo for more information!

 

Spring membership drive

IMBA has a spring membership promotion running, with perks for joining/renewing members and potential $ for the chapter!

We're close - so close - to our growth target. Just a few more new members joining (or existing members renewing early!) in the next few days and the chapter will receive a nice $ bonus - enough to pay for a new 75' bridge on a trail, or add a dozen McLeods to the tool trailer, or provide 200 lunches for volunteer trailbuilders!

This is your opportunity to really make a difference. Please renew or join today!

 

Sapling Loop

Congratulations to the City of Novi and our volunteers for winning the Michigan Recreation and Park Association's Design Award - Outstanding Park for the Lakeshore Park toddler singletrack! Now formally named the Sapling Loop, this beginner trail will provide tomorrow's mountain bikers a safe, fun place to develop balance and skills. 

This is your award, for a trail designed, built, and funded by our members and volunteers - Thanks!