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!

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Peanut Butter Hill got a little extra crunchy thanks to some new gravel in the notoriously slick spots. Volunteers also did some bench cut repairs and built up the berm on the s-turn.

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The rooty, eroded rutted out tight downhill in the Pines has been upgraded with big carveable berms and a rock pile that is rollable or jumpable. You can also bypass it by continuing on the berm next to it. It's a fun improvement that should flow better, drain better, slow down the brake bumps and has a little added fun factor.

Check it out here!

Check out the new rock features that have been added to Settlers Park. As always, take a moment to look before you ride and know what you are getting into.