Michigan Bicycling Expo

The Michigan Mountain Biking Association is teaming up with The League of Michigan Bicyclists and the Michigan Trails & Greenways Association to present the first annual Michigan Bicycling Expo!

When: January 26, 2014

Where: Michigan State University Pavilion 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824

The Michigan Bicycling Expo is open to the general public. It is a great opportunity to connect with passionate cyclists of all disciplines, find great deals with the vendors, and to celebrate the advocacy efforts of the past year. This year's expo will feature:

  • an indoor riding arena;
  • Championship Points Series (CPS) awards;
  • a raffle; guest speakers;
  • a swap meet;
  • MMBA Annual Board Meeting;
  • and a concession stand serviced by MSU.

See the MMBA Expo Page for schedule details and ongoing updates: http://mmba.org/mmba-mountain-bike-expo/

MDOT Cycling Survey

The Michigan Department of Transportation is conducting a research project that will attempt to quantify the economic and community benefits of bicycling in Michigan. Part of this project is a detailed online survey on your cycling and spending habits and contributions to the Michigan economy.

http://surveymonkey.com/s/MDOTsurvey

So many of us spend thousands each year biking, traveling throughout the state for races and events. It's time for our community to be counted. Please invest a few minutes to take this survey, and please share it with others.

(On the events page, there's an opportunity to list other events. Please include all the MTB races and organized rides that you participated in.)

Ridge Rocker

This Saturday, a race event to benefit Beacons of Hope is being held on our trails at Island Lake Recreation Area. It's a good cause - go register!

http://ridgerocker.com/

(If you're not up to the race, please consider volunteering. Course marking, road crossings, registration - think they'll need help everywhere.  It would be great to have a strong MCMBA volunteer presence - See their website for details.)

Awareness Signs

One of the common refrains from our recent membership survey was the need for more chapter promotion at our trails. We agree. MCMBA board member John Cox made arrangements for the printing of a stack of these cool weatherproof signs. Look for them to start popping up at a trail near you!

Tires for Trails

One of the things that really sets our little community apart are our awesome volunteers. Whenever something needs to be done - trailwork, cooking at a race, helping with a kids ride - people like you are there pitching in to make great things happen.

And it's not just the same core people. Using our chapter volunteer time recording tool, 111 volunteers have recorded over 1600 hours so far this year. That's really amazing when you stop and think about it. One hundred and eleven people cared enough about our cause to share of one of the most precious things they possess - time! And it's just part of the picture - I've worked side by side with people all day on projects who haven't yet bothered to log their time.

As part of the Teaming for Trails program, the MCMBA received a grant of 12 pairs of nice 26" and 29" MTB tires from CST to support our trail building volunteers. We've decided to do a random drawing from our pool of volunteers for the first six pairs and to hand out an additional set of tires at each of our next 6 trail days. A small token of "Thanks" for all you do!

What about you? Is all your time recorded? If not, click here!