Forage at the Farm!

As Summer winds down, has the same old Sunday Morning brunch at the country club becoming a bore? Looking for something new, spending quality time with people who share your interests and won't look down their noses at your spandex attire?

Join us for the 1st annual Forage at the Farm! progressive breakfast at Lakeshore Park, sponsored by the Motor City Mountain Biking Association. Assorted beverage, breakfast and brunch food stations will be found on the trail throughout the park.

What will you find? Will it be Mimosas in Maru's Way? Crepes in the Crater Loop? Pancakes in PBR? Will you be overcome by the scent of frying bacon wafting through the Swamp Loop???

There's only one way to find out!

Sunday, October 7th, Lakeshore Park in Novi. Starts at 9 until everything's devoured.

No cost to participate, but donations gratefully accepted. Registration not required, but please let us know if you're coming so we know how much to prepare.

 

Forage at the Farm

This year we'll be locating our brunch delights in the pavilion near the trailhead kiosk to make the event a bit more family friendly. You'll be able to sample everything even if the youngsters aren't up to 10 miles of singletrack. And yes, there will be bacon.

Ride and eat, eat and ride, eat and run - it's entirely up to you!

No cost to participate, but donations gratefully accepted. Registration not required, but please let us know if you're coming so we know how much to prepare.


Food, friends, farm. Can it get any better than that?

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Event Date: 10-12-2014 10:00 am
Event End Date: 10-12-2014 12:00 pm
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Cut off date 10-11-2014
Individual Price Free
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Food, friends, farm. Can it get any better than that?

 

Chapter Meeting - Call to action!

Several times a year, the Motor City Mountain Biking Association hosts a meeting to allow our board leaders, our trail coordinators, and our members to socialize, to share updates, and consider decisions that affect our chapter. Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept 10th at 7:00 pm at:

Ashley's Beer & Grill
7525 Wayne Rd. at Westland Mall.
Westland, MI , 48197
(734) 525-1667

The proposed agenda for this meeting can be found here.

Traditionally, the third meeting of the year includes nominations for board positions for the next year, with the elections occurring during the December meeting. Our current board members were elected under our previous bylaws as an MMBA chapter, but our current bylaws (adopted when we became an IMBA chapter) describe different board position roles and responsibilities, longer term durations, and an different election process. This election cycle will be the first time that we chose a board based on the new bylaws.

I'm very proud of our accomplishments over the last 9 months. We've worked together to manage change in becoming an IMBA chapter while maintaining our great relationships with our land managers and partner organizations. Our combined membership is strong, and we represent more mountain bikers than ever. Our financial health is excellent, and we're well positioned for our future trail development needs. Our volunteer base is strong - 35% of our members have logged volunteer work this year - and our trails are in awesome shape.

And yet there is work that we have not yet done, such as resurrecting the Trail School to help teach the next wave of trail leaders and coordinators. We have a large territory with the potential for trails that we are not pursuing. Our membership could perhaps double in size, if we reached out to our user group. There is so much more than can be done. Things we have not thought of. That's where you can come in.

The new board structure includes room for more participants to help share the responsibilities, plus a number of our current board members would like to step back from their leadership positions to make room for new ideas, new energy, new leaders for tomorrow. Please consider becoming one of these leaders, using your time and talents to help carry MCMBA even further down the path of excellence.

If you would like to participate but are unable to attend this meeting, we'd like to hear from you. As always, you can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see our website contacts page to contact us individually.

Hope to see you there!

 

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.