A resolution to declare July 2015 as Tree Farm Relay Month.

Whereas, the Motor City Mountain Biking Association and Team Tree Farm will be hosting the 10th annual Tree Farm Relay benefit race in July; and

Whereas, mountain bike benefit races are one of the primary funding sources for the chapter and we’re spending a mountain of cash on signs, kiosks, and other trail projects this year; and

Whereas, MCMBA mountain bike races are a vibrant affirmation and expression of Michigan’s finest traditions, operating as volunteer-based events and raising funding for developing and maintaining Michigan trails; and

Whereas, mountain bikers are some of the coolest people around; and

Whereas, mountain bikers support business by purchasing hops, grains, yeast, and bicycle parts in significant quantities; and

Whereas, we have it on the highest authority that July 25th will again provide us with perfect weather and course conditions this year; and

Whereas, our participants will be intoxicated by the aroma of delicious BBQ wafting from the grills of our lunch vendor; and

Whereas, the excellent, professional firm of Race Services has again been retained to provide RFID based timing services for the event; and

Whereas, some of the costumes worn by Tree Farm Relay participants have been highly creative and memorialized in both facebook photos and in our nightmares; and

Whereas, the Relay racing format promotes a high level of competition as well as time for food, drink and social interaction during the day; and

Whereas, beautiful Lakeshore Park in Novi provides an excellent venue for this event, with interesting singletrack and fast passing zones, children play areas, a nice sandy beach, a cheerful, helpful park staff, rest rooms, and ample space for participant tents and staging areas; and

Whereas, there is a high probability of finding a tiki bar out on the race course; and

Whereas, in partial compensation for the missed riding opportunities due to inclement weather earlier this year, Team Tree Farm shall allow for a reasonable level of responsible debauchery during the Tree Farm Relay; and

Whereas, Motor City Mountain Biking Association members are vested in the future, health, and welfare of our trails as providing a diverse set of quality experiences to promote fitness and develop mountain biking skills of a broad range of riders; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Motor City Mountain Biking Association, an IMBA chapter, that the members of this body declare July 2015 as Tree Farm Relay Month in the state of Michigan. We recognize the contributions that the MCMBA, Team Tree Farm, and our volunteers have made to the communities and economy of this area.

The question being on the adoption of the resolution,

The resolution was adopted.

Join the fun! More information and registration at http://mcmba.org/index.php/events/treefarmrelay

Hines Park Sign Project

For some months now we've been working with Wayne County Parks on a comprehensive trail marking system for the new Hines Park trails, including wayfinding signs installed on posts at intersections and decision points.

The decals arrived, and they look awesome. Our thanks to DL Graphics for design work, Michael Flack for working with WCP staff to drive the project, and to all you! Your membership dollars make projects like this possible, and we appreciate your support.

Next up - kiosks and maps!

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.


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