Long ago in an age shrouded by the fog of time, someone had an inspirational vision to help fund the development of some new bridges at Lakeshore Park with a "Buy a plank" program. For a small donation, a bridge plank was inscribed with the donors name. Today, every rider at Lakeshore still rides over these bridge planks, looking down to see familiar names - perhaps their own!

"How do I get a name on a bridge?"

It's been close to a decade since the last name was routed into a bridge plank at Lakeshore. A lot of new riders have come onto the scene over those years and fallen in love with the park, and we're asked from time to time if it would be possible to add a name of a husband, a wife, or other special someone in their life.

Now, we've got an answer for that!

Working together with the City of Novi, we'd like to announce an ongoing "Donate a Plank" program. For a donation of at least $25, we will inscribe your selected name into a blank plank on one of the bridges at Lakeshore Park. All of the proceeds will be used to improve the bike infrastructure at Lakeshore Park.

Want to participate? Please click on the "Donate" button on the mcmba.org website under "Get Involved", or just click here.

Please be sure to add "Lakeshore Plank" and up to 25 characters that you want inscribed in the "Dedication or Special Intentions" field on the donation form. That's it!

Fat Bike, Mountain Bike, ... Just go ride!

Need help getting started? There's a lot of great advice on clothing, tires, and other winter riding topics in the MMBA Tips and Techniques forum.

 

Sunday, Jan 27th Michigan State University Pavilion

4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI  48824

This year’s Expo will feature:
  • Indoor riding arena
  • Championship Points Series (CPS) awards
  • Raffle
  • Swap meet
  • MMBA Annual Meeting
  • Concession stand serviced by MSU

8 a.m.  Setup

8 a.m.  Mountain Bike Patrol meeting

9 a.m.  Expo opens for swap meet, vendors, pump track and FAFL pickup

9  a.m. to 2 p.m.  Concessions

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  State Board Meeting

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Silent Auction/Raffle

12 p.m.  Keynote Speaker (Club Care Presentation)  and Chapter Panel

2:30 p.m. Pump track tear down

3 p.m.  Championship Point Series (CPS) awards

The DNR has announced that a draft of the new Michigan Comprehensive Trails Plan is available online for public review and comment. Read the draft at: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/draft_mi_trail_plan_12-2012_406477_7.pdf and submit comments using the survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7YM69D2

This plan is 140 pages in length, but the MTB trail-specific content begins at page 97 and ends at page 103. The bulk of the document reflects the needs of the ORV, Snowmobile, and Equestrian trail users.

It would be great if each of our members clicked on this survey link and provided feedback to the Michigan Snowmobiles and Trails Advisory Council and DNR to let them know that we mountain bikers are out here in large numbers, that we spend money on travel and recreation in Michigan as well, and that we have more specific interests and needs than are described in this plan.

Thanks!

 

The MCMBA is kicking off our very own IMBA National Mountain Bike Patroller program! You've see them at our races, you've seen them on the trails, and now you've got the opportunity to see one in the mirror!

Once you have completed the online requirements, we will have local training courses set up for the spring of 2013, and we will also have a first aid/CPR class set up as well. If we can get 10 patrollers at the MMBA expo Jan 27, the IMBA will send in a representative directly for free training!

See our Get Involved pages for more details.