Maybury Recap

On behalf of the MCMBA, I'd like to offer a huge THANKS! to Daniel Sterling, Cycle to Fitness, and the RACING GREYHOUNDS for organizing and hosting the Maybury CPS Time Trial race this last weekend. It takes a huge effort - hundreds of volunteer hours - to make an event like this happen, and the team pulled off their first Maybury race with seemingly effortless style and grace.

I'd also like to thank the 328 (I think) racers who came out to participate and support the Motor City Mountain Biking Association. It was especially gratifying to see full podiums for nearly every category, and very healthy competition at the upper levels. Those who won awards really earned them!

Results:

Elite/Expert

Sport

SS/Tandem

Beginner


Thanks!!

Thanks for your support

Thanks to all of you who ventured out to Lakeshore Park last weekend and joined us at the Tree Farm Relay ! The weather and trail conditions were perfect, and we had a great turnout. While the final accounting is still being tallied, it's safe to say that this was the most successful relay ever. That's great, because we have a lot of projects lining up that will need these funds, such as more kiosks and signs at our trails, new bridges, and investing in new trail development in Commerce, Northville, and more.

Finally, don't forget - our next benefit event, the Maybury CPS Time Trial, is scheduled for August 18th. See you there!

Tree Farm Relay Weekend

Well, it's finally here. The Tree Farm Relay is this Saturday, and it promises to be the biggest and best relay ever!

Over the years, this event has grown until it's become the chapter's largest fundraiser. They money is important - it's over 1/2 of our budget for the year - but what always touches me is how many people come together to make this weekend work. Even tonight, a few days before the race, several volunteers were out on the trail doing final touches on the trail. A little trimming here, a little armoring there - the trail was already perfect, but they are spending their evening making it more perfect. And behind the scenes, others are busy working on the parts that you don't see - making sure there's food and beverages, arranging for music and a stage rental, renting porta-potties, and seeing to the myriad of other details that make this weekend special.

We're delighted when people declare that this is their favorite race of the year. Whether you're in it for the competition or are just looking for a great ride in the park with friends and professional timing, there are a lot of people working hard to make it a great day for everyone. Even if you're not into racing, come out to Lakeshore Park on Saturday, introduce yourself, and see what all the fuss is about.

 

Relay Month!!

Resolution No. 103.

A resolution to declare July 2012 as Tree Farm Relay Month.

Whereas, the Motor City Mountain Biking Association, Dark Horse Racing, 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 28th is going to have perfect weather this year; and

Whereas, the Allies have again consented to provide a post-race acoustical metal interlude for the enjoyment of the citizenry; and

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

Whereas, it’s just so cool that your loved ones can see your results on their iPhones seconds after you cross the finish line, even if they are escaping the heat in northern Alaska; 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, 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 2012 as Tree Farm Relay Month in the state of Michigan. We recognize the contributions that the MCMBA, Dark Horse Racing, and Team Tree Farm have made to the communities and economy of this area.

The question being on the adoption of the resolution,

The resolution was adopted.


Join the fun! Register today at: http://www.active.com/cycling/novi-mi/tree-farm-relay-race-2012

Ongoing Training...

Recently, we hosted a Stihl Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance course at Maybury State Park for our trail coordinators and interested volunteers. Our thanks to Fred Rinke at Bryan Equipment Sales and the staff at Maybury State Park for making this possible.

In the coming months we hope to be able to resurrect the MMBA "Trail School" with our CRAMBA neighbors to further support our trail coordinators and help ensure that we're building the best trails out there. These classes will be open to all, and are a great opportunity to take it to the next level of volunteering! More details as plans firm up.