New Hines Park project

Wayne County Parks and MCMBA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding allowing us to develop mountain bike trails in Hines Park.

Hines Parkway is a contiguous park of varying widths along Hines Drive and the Middle Rouge River from Northville to Dearborn Heights. Along this parkway is a heavily used paved recreational pathway of approximately 15 miles in length. The MCMBA proposed leveraging this unique setting by creating parallel mountain biking trail loops off of the paved pathway where land and conditions support it. These packed dirt single track segments would branch off the paved pathway into the park and take advantage of the terrain to provide users an interesting off-road experience and ultimately connect back to the paved bike pathway. Some of these single track sections might be relatively short, but some areas may support several miles of single track before rejoining the paved pathway. This trail design is very approachable for users of the paved pathway, allowing beginners to begin exploring single track on easy, short, flat segments and gradually trying new segments and experiences, enjoying nature and the outdoors while in fact never being more than a few hundred yards from Hines Drive. It also provides a very flexible venue for running events, allowing an event designer to choose a course mixing on-road and off-road loops and packing more interesting mileage in less space.

This project, a decade in the making, identifies two areas of the park for our initial work: Newburgh Lake and River View Drive.

Mike Flack will be the trail coordinator driving this project, and has flagged segments of the proposed River View Drive trail and gained approval to begin the implementation. Want to help? Watch the Volunteers Needed forum of the MMBA site for announcements of trail days!

 

Detroit Bike City Expo

A day to celebrate everything that is bicycles. Saturday March 29th come down to Cobo Center and be ready to have your eyes opened. Detroit Bike City is the largest consumer based bike expo around. Not only can you see whats coming out, but you can actually buy one off the floor. Old or new, many to choose from. This year we bring you...

  • Rise Above BMX team with the bike swing
  • Ask Dr. Nandi live show
  • An introduction to Cargo bikes
  • Custom bike fitting seminar with Rob West
  • The Bike Shop Show with Scott Dedenbach live blog
  • Seminars from Mode Shift, The Detroit Greenways Coalition and Challenge Detroit.


100+ Vendors, Swap Section, Custom Builders, Best in Shows, The Detroit Marketplace, Bike Shops, Bike Clubs and MUCH,MUCH,MORE!!!

$12 Admission
Kids 12 and under are FREE

CRAMBA and MCMBA will be hosting a booth again this year. Stop by and say Hi!

 

 

 

Chapter meeting

Please join us for our first MCMBA chapter meeting of 2014. We've got a lot to talk about - trail day planning,  races and events, and some cool special initiatives. If you earned a FAFL award last year and were unable to pick it up at the Expo, this is your chance!

Monday March 10th at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at Liberty Street Brewing.

149 W Liberty St
Plymouth, MI 48170
734-207-9600

Agenda is available here.  Pizza provided - See you there!

MCMBA Volunteer of the Year - 2013

Please join us in congratulating Don Chisholm as the MCMBA Volunteer of the Year for 2013!


A couple years ago, we had a leadership vacuum at Maybury State Park. We had many willing volunteers, but no one at the helm. Don volunteered to fill that role, working to coordinate work days, address issues on the trail, and becoming the liaison with the park staff. The Maybury CPS race that was held at the park each year needed freshening, and Don worked with the park staff to enable us to provide a completely unique race day experience using trails that are normally off limits to mountain biking. As 2014 unfolds, the Maybury trail is in great shape, we have an excellent relationship with the park staff, and the CPS race in August is set to be one of the best ever.

Thanks Don!

 

2013 Volunteer Summary

On behalf of the thousands of area mountain bikers who enjoy our trails, I'd like to give a huge thanks! to our members who made it possible. In 2013, 120 volunteers recorded 2057 hours of volunteer time in our chapter, most of it doing boots on the ground trailwork.

A special thanks goes to our 2013 FAFL award winners:

Andrew Eldridge
Bill Hermann
Carole Baker
Christopher Schmitthausler
Dave Cox
Dave Mackey
Dean Clark
Diane Ursu
Don Chisholm
Joe Foy
Joe Lapinski
John Cox
Katherine Rose
Kevin Petts
Loren Konkus
Mark Dombrowski
Matt Bushore
Michael Faulk
Nate Sefcik
Norbert Skorupski
Samantha Simon
Scott Goocher
Sharon James
Steve Butler
Steve Steinberg
Taiyo Ichikawa
Tak Kakiuchi
Terry Brown
Tim Slabach
Tom Hermann
Wendy Cox

We'll have a special token of appreciation at our booth at the Expo later this month. See you there!