Trail Trimming Season

It's a jungle out there!

Long days, warm temps, and days of rain create the perfect conditions for explosive plant growth, and our beloved singletrack is becoming overgrown.

We'll be scheduling trail work sessions in the coming days, but it's a busy time of year and organized work days don't always work with everyone's schedule. All of the land managers that we work with on our chapter trails allow (and encourage!) our members to trim back growth on our trails using loppers and hand trimmers. You don't need permission, and you can do it on your own time.

There's a guide to trail trimming available here that might help you get started.


Thanks!

Milford Trail Challenge, June 6th 2015

Join us at the 10th annual Milford Trail Challenge and Bike Fest, a family friendly celebration of the great singletrack trails surrounding scenic Milford. Bikers pick their own course: Highland, Milford, Island Lake, Kensington, Proud Lake, Hickory Glen – easily rideable from Milford with great paved bike paths and a minimum of road riding. You can tailor this anywhere from a fun trail ride with friends to an all-day 100 mile epic!

Participants will be treated to a live musical performance by the Orbitsuns, followed by The SpokeDrunkie Band, beginning at 1 pm. Please stop by, share your stories and adventures with other riders, and enjoy the food and vibes of downtown Milford!

Participation fee is $20 advanced, $25 day of, and all proceeds benefit the Motor City Mountain Biking Association and Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance - these are the people that build, maintain, and advocate for the local trails that you love.

Day-of registration runs from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm at Main Street Grill, 327 N Main Street. A detailed map and suggested routes will be provided at registration, along with a wrist band and tickets for two free beverages!

More details and advanced registration here

Membership Survey

Can you believe that it's been two years since our last survey? Our world keeps changing, and we want to hear what you think. The Motor City Mountain Biking Association is sharing this survey to better understand your interests, needs, and perceptions of the chapter.

This survey includes sections on membership, chapter perception, trail days, and events.

This survey should take less than 10 minutes of your time. Feel free to skip questions or sections if you are not familiar with the area and focus on what is important to you.

Please click here to get started

 

Updates to our Volunteer Appreciation program

For almost 20 years, the MMBA and our Chapter has recognized significant trail work volunteer efforts with the First Across the Finish Line (FAFL) awards. These awards began as a small token of appreciation made possible by an anonymous memorial to Ed Berta, a volunteer who lost his life in a traffic accident on a trail day. Last year, 35 members of the Motor City Mountain Biking Association contributed at least 10 hours of time trimming trails, clearing deadfall, armoring mud holes, or other boots-on-the-ground trail work. In appreciation, each volunteer is receiving a soft-sided beverage cooler emblazoned with both our chapter and the FAFL logos.

Times they are a changin. In recent years, the mission and role of the MCMBA has grown beyond our core trail work to include more advocacy and outreach activities. For example, we have a very active National Mountain Bike Patrol group in our chapter, members of which attend group rides, help with races, and act as ambassadors to the community. We organize several significant fund raising events and races in our chapter, organized and staffed by volunteers marking courses, handling registration, and all of the behind-the-scene work that make them seem fun and effortless. We have an IMBA Certified Instructor, and host riding clinics to grow the sport and introduce new riders to responsible mountain biking. We have volunteers who write grant proposals, keep websites up and running, and design great flyers and maps. All these volunteer efforts have value to our members, our community, and our land manager partners.

In recognition of this, we are pleased to announce the expansion of our MCMBA FAFL award program to include ALL volunteer contributions to the chapter in 2015!

Of course, not all volunteer time is equal. Dodging mosquitoes while trudging a wheelbarrow full of limestone down a mile of singletrack is just a little more taxing than working on a website, leading a group ride, or hiking a trail collecting GPS data for a map. To help level the playing field, we’re going to use a point system to determine FAFL eligibility. In 2015:

  • 30 points wins a FAFL award
  • A trail work hour counts as 3 points
  • Each hour of non-trailwork volunteer time counts as 1 point

Recording your volunteer hours – all your efforts, not just trail work – is key to making this plan work. Click here to get started!

National Mountain Bike Patrol training is scheduled

The next National Mountain Bike Patrol training is scheduled! Details below.

What is the National Mountain Bike Patrol?

A chapter of the National Mountain Bike Patrol is a volunteer mountain bike organization dedicated to promoting responsible riding and trail use on our public lands, providing assistance and education to trail users, and participating in this mission by riding our bikes. Our patrollers ride designated Township, City, County, State and U.S. Forest Service trails and provide simple, helpful assistance (such as giving directions to trail users, helping with minor mountain bike repairs, and educating riders about the rules of the trail). Patrollers report patrol activity via an easy web form after completing their rides.

Our Mission

The mission of the Mountain Bike Patrol boils down to:
• Assist in medical and mechanical emergencies
• Educate trail users of proper etiquette
• Inform land managers, land owners and trail users of trail conditions through monitoring efforts
• Work with land managers to maintain and/or gain trail access for mountain bikers
• Offer volunteer services at outdoor races and events

Who can join? Anyone can join if:
• You enjoy mountain biking
• You are willing to stop and assist
• You are prepared
• You want to get more involved in the sport
• You want to promote goodwill from mountain bikers

The training will prepare you for all of this, AND there are many benefits for you when you are a member of the NMBP!

Here are the details:

Location: Maybury State Park, Day Camp Building
Date: Saturday, April 25
Time: First aid class starts at 10 AM, NMBP training follows at 1 PM (or sooner), followed by a situational training ride. Sandwiches provided!

**Please let me know if you are planning on attending, and if you need the first aid training!

Alternate dates & locations:
April 18th -- Shelby Township
May 16th -- Brighton

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks,
Nate Sefcik
MCMBA Bike Patrol Director
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