Come join us for a day of riding bikes around Milford's well-connected trail system!

Did you know that 5 single track mountain bike trails are fully accessible from Downtown Milford?  Join the Motor City Mountain Biking Association for the Milford Bike Fest and Trail Challenge as we showcase some of our favorite mountain bike trails, raise money for trail maintenance and youth cycling, and then celebrate by supporting local downtown establishments!

Tailor your ride from family-friendly, paved-path rides to an all-day epic adventure combining all 5 trails and totaling up to 100 miles.

Start in Downtown Milford and Create Your Own Adventure with fellow riders across the vast trail system.  After riding, grab some nourishment from the local establishments and celebrate a day well spent exploring and enjoying the trail system.

This event is not a race; all skill levels are welcome to this Bike Fest and Trail Challenge.  Visit the links on the left to learn more about the connected trail system and how to prepare for the event.  Back this year is the 100-mile challenge!  

 

More details at https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Milford/BikeFest
 

Please join us in thanking our MCMBA FAFL winners for 2020! 

This was a year like no other. A quiet desperation for outside recreation in our communities meant that parks were busier than ever, filled with new users discovering and falling in love with the trails that we help maintain and sometimes take for granted.

The need for social distancing meant that most of our trail work this year happened as individual efforts, or in occasional small groups. Despite those constraints, we had a very robust year of volunteerism, with 167 people reporting 4200 hours of helping with chapter trails. The Bureau of Labor calculates that as $105,000 of value donated to our local parks. Thanks to all!

The following 71 volunteers went above and beyond and reported enough time to qualify for our annual FAFL thank you gift. Each of these volunteers reported at least 10 hours of boots on the ground trailwork or at least 30 hours of time on other chapter activities. This year, the average FAFL winner volunteered 43 hours working on the trails!

  • Adam Schmidt
  • Amber Koa
  • Bill Hermann
  • Blake Feucht
  • Bob Spleet
  • Brandon Groff
  • Brennan Booms
  • Brian Case
  • Bryan Garchar
  • Carole Baker
  • Carrie Sirola
  • Chris Frey
  • Craig James
  • Curtis Kalina
  • Darin Kowalski
  • Dave Cox
  • Dave Hurst
  • David Cook
  • Don Chisholm
  • Elijah Cope
  • Elliot Klein
  • Eric Egedy
  • Garrett Wolcott
  • Gordon Hamilton
  • Jack Lee
  • Jackie Cope
  • James Petiprin
  • Jared Pence
  • Jason Martin
  • Jeff Hudnut
  • Jeffrey Oles
  • Jerry Cox
  • John Biehn
  • John Reyst
  • Joseph Foy
  • Justin Duncan
  • Katherine Rose
  • Kevin Petts
  • Leon Masseus
  • Loren Konkus
  • Marc Cope
  • Mark Dombrowski
  • Matt Bushore
  • Matthew Sell
  • Michael Foy
  • Michael Kearney
  • Michael Shaw
  • Mike Flack
  • Miriam Cope
  • Noah Cope
  • Norbert Skorupski
  • Norm Johnson
  • Peter Croce
  • Rich Campeau
  • Robert Hurley
  • Ron Van Diepen
  • Sarah Vano
  • Scott Silvers
  • Sharon James-Foy
  • Steve Big eai
  • Steve Nowicki
  • Steve Poirier
  • Steve Steinberg
  • Tammie Philpott
  • Terry Brown
  • Tim Reeves
  • Tim Rose
  • TJ Tyrrell
  • Todd Effner
  • Tom Hermann
  • Tristan Biehn
  • William Kittle Jr

In appreciation, we'd like to present each of these outstanding volunteers with a custom printed MCMBA hoodie! Please click here to share your sizing preferences by February 20th so we can get the order started.

Thanks!

As the MCMBA is planning for 2021, we would like to get your thoughts and opinions on Southeast Michigan trails and MCMBA activities. This survey will help us focus on efforts that grow our membership and are important to our stakeholders, like you! The survey should take about 5 minutes and all responses will be kept anonymous. Anything we share in the future from this will be in aggregate. Thank you in advance for your time!

Click https://forms.gle/zwrTz8RxJ32HJoUc8 to get started!

 

It's been an unusual summer for trail work. Aside from an early spring trail day or two, most of our work on trails this year has been a solitary effort—one person in the forest making a difference.

Despite the challenges a lot has been accomplished over the past few months. Several miles of new trail has been added to our roster. New maps have been drawn, new signs installed. Old features have been repaired, and new fun features built. So far, more than 1,200 hours of trail work have been reported on MCMBA trails by 90 different volunteers—pretty amazing all things considered. Our trails are in great shape thanks to many talented hands.

Our Trail Coordinators have had to work very differently this year. In lieu of trailwork days to coordinate work, some have used email lists or small Facebook groups to coordinate individual work and update trail workers on status and progress. Some anticipated work just has to wait, such as large bridge building projects that are best done with teams of people working together, so those projects are on hold.

Early in the year, the MCMBA board passed a budget that included more than $30,000 of spending to support trail projects both big and small: new bridges, lots of armoring materials, new trail kiosks, signs, bike repair stands, and so forth. The dollars we spend come from memberships, donations, and most especially our fundraising events. This year saw the Tree Farm Relay, the Demo Day, and our Bike Fest cancelled.

The MCMBA is a well-managed and tended organization, and we will weather this storm and continue our mission unabated. Still, we could always use more help:

Thank you for all of your support.

Saturay, June 6 On Your Own While Maintaining Social Distance

From the Event Organizers: June 6th would have been our annual gathering of the Milford Bike Festival. While we cannot safely gather onto a crowded deck this year, two things are still true: bikes are not cancelled, and trails are not cancelled. In fact, trails are still very much in need of maintenance, as we have seen unprecedented traffic on the places we play these past few months! Therefore, in the spirit of the Milford Bike Festival, we want to encourage you all to still go out and ride on Saturday June 6th, on the trails that we consider home: Milford Trail, Highland, Island Lake, Proud Lake, and Hickory Glen. If you need a map to guide you, visit runsignup.com/Race/BikeFest/Page/Trails where you can find links (bottom of the page) to a few pre-mapped routes that you can upload onto your garmin, or print out for your guidance.

Consider riding Milford Trail before pipeline construction changes the landscape for good. Parking is available at the trailhead off of Peters Rd (Enter from Commerce Rd only), as well as throughout the village.

If your finances allow, consider a donation to the Motor City Mountain Biking Association (site.mcmba.org/index.php/get-involved/donate). Support our sponsors by grabbing some curbside takeout brews and/or food from Main Street Grill, Draught Horse, or Rivers Edge; enjoy coffee or ice cream or both from Proving Grounds; or get some trail snacks or repair staples from Cycletherapy or Hometown Bicycles. Most importantly, go ride your bike. Enjoy and support the landscape that allows us to stay healthy and happy.

Please be safe and courteous towards your fellow trail friends and maintain your distance. Let's prove that it is entirely possible that resilience and vigilance can coexist with a fun and fulfilling day out on the trails!

Click here for more information.