Volunteer of the Year - 2014

Please join us in congratulating our 2014 MCMBA Volunteer of the Year, Dave Mackey!

That Dave recorded over 240 hours of FAFL time last year is remarkable, but what really impressed us was the way that he stepped up into the role of assistant trail coordinator for the Hines Park trails, organizing weekly trail work days, coordinating group rides, and posting nearly daily trail building progress and condition reports.

Many hands have contributed to the Hines Park trails for sure, but it's fair to say that Dave's consistent enthusiasm and energy has contributed greatly to this journey, and has helped us build credibility with Wayne County Parks as a can-do organization and a reliable partner.

Thanks Dave!

Chapter Meeting

Please join us for our first MCMBA chapter meeting of 2015. We've got a lot to talk about - trail day planning,  races and events, and some cool special initiatives our committees have been working on.

If you earned a FAFL award last year, it'll be worth your trip!

Thursday March 12th at 7 p.m. at the Claddagh Irish Pub.

17800 Haggerty Rd, Livionia, MI 48152

(Across the street from REI)

Membership Advantage: Sacred Rides

The Motor City Mountain Biking Association is pleased to announce our association with Sacred Rides, the "#1 Mountain Bike Tour Operator on Earth" as ranked by National Geographic Adventure magazine. 
 
Since 1996 Sacred Rides has been offering small-group mountain bike adventures in 18 destinations worldwide, with a focus on killer customer service, wicked fun, and responsible tourism that makes direct, meaningful contributions to local communities. Their trips range from beginner to hardcore in some of the most spectacular locations on Earth: places like Nepal, New Zealand, Peru, Patagonia, British Columbia, Costa Rica and even the Azores! 
 
 
 
With the partnership, MCMBA members get 5% off any of Sacred Rides' trips, and for every trip booked by a member they'll also donate $50 to the Motor City Mountain Biking Association. Private member-only trips are also an option - if anyone is interested in a private trip please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
To take advantage of the discount, just use Promo Code "MCMBA" when booking online at http://sacredrides.com
 

Long shadows, crisp air, and a stillness in the forest

Love them or hate them, Michigan winters are part of the experience of living in this great state. You could spend months on the trainer enduring the season, or you can embrace the experience and keep in top riding condition by riding all year long.

There's a lot of great advice on clothing, tires, and other winter riding topics in the MMBA Tips and Techniques forum.  Here are some of the most important:

  • Layers and technical fabric.  Old school cotton and fleece start out warm, but the fabrics capture sweat and snow and it's not long before they are wicking away all of your warmth. There have been huge advances in running, biking, and active winter sports gear that make them are worth their weight in chain lube out on the trail. They keep you dry, they keep you warm, and they have features like vents to help you shed heat after a strenuous climb. Stores like REI and your local bike shops can help you make good choices.
  • Ride with a friend. Not only is it more fun to share the misery, a friend in need can save your life. A broken bone or twisted ankle is a definite downer in any season, but in freezing temps it can be deadly. You don't need to be in the Alaskan tundra to die of hypothermia; it could happen on your favorite trail. If you must do solitary rides, make sure someone knows where you are, when you enter the trail, and let them know when to expect a call that you're finished. Keep your phone warm (so the batteries last longer) and carry a back up device. One of my friend's life was saved by a whistle, used to signal for help after the phone battery died during a 911 call. 
  • Be prepared to walk out. Cold temps are harder on machine than man, and obscure failures seem to haunt my winter rides. I prefer to ride flat pedals and winter hiking boots, but whatever your preference is make sure you could walk out of the trail if you needed to.
  • Stay hydrated. Your body uses a lot more energy when it's cold. Feed it - eat and drink often (as if I needed an excuse...)

Fat is fun and owning a fat bike can definitely extend your riding opportunities, but people have been riding snow covered trails for decades on normal mountain bikes. You can too - no excuses, get out there!

FAFL Award Winners

Congrats to our 2014 FAFL award winners! Each of these volunteers has reported at least 10 hours of boots on the ground construction and maintenance work this year at a chapter trail, and will receive a small token of appreciation from the chapter.

  1. Amber Koa
  2. Bill Hermann
  3. Bob Spleet
  4. Bryan Garchar
  5. Carole Mousigian
  6. Chris Smith
  7. Dave Bastine
  8. Dave Cox
  9. Dave Hurst
  10. Dave Seidel
  11. Dean Clark
  12. Diane Ursu
  13. Don Chisholm
  14. Dave Mackey (241 hours!)
  15. John Jedynak
  16. John Wilds
  17. Joseph Foy
  18. Katherine Rose
  19. Ken McLouth
  20. Kevin Petts
  21. Loren Konkus
  22. Mark Dombrowski
  23. Matt Bushore
  24. Matt Dughi
  25. Michael Faulk (204 hours!)
  26. Mike Flack
  27. Mike White
  28. Nate Sefcik
  29. Norbert Skorupski
  30. Sharon James
  31. Steve Steinberg
  32. Tim Slabach
  33. Taiyo Ichikawa
  34. Terry Brown
  35. Terry Young

Thanks to all!