Congrats to our 2021 FAFL Award Winners!

It was a challenging year with storms and surges, but our volunteers came through as always. Our trails are busier than ever, with more and more people growing to appreciate the trails and getting involved in their stewardship. This year saw 204 trail enthusiasts reporting 4340 hours of work – a record on both counts! The Independent Sector values this work at $123,863 – that’s a lot of value that we bring to our area parks and trails.

For over two decades, we have recognized the most significant volunteer efforts with the First Across the Finish Line (FAFL) award. Each of these volunteers has reported at least 10 hours of work on a chapter trail or at least 30 hours of other chapter advocacy work to further our goals. Our 2021 winners are:

  1. Anthony Colard
  2. Bill Hermann
  3. Billy Kittle
  4. Bob Spleet
  5. Brandon Thielen
  6. Brennan Booms
  7. Brian Case
  8. Bryan Garchar
  9. Carl Slindee
  10. Carrie Sirola
  11. Chris Frey
  12. Curtis Kalina
  13. Darin Kowalski
  14. Dave Bastine
  15. Dave Cox
  16. Dave Hurst
  17. Dave Paurazas
  18. David Cook
  19. David Nowell
  20. David Siroonian
  21. Deborah Wheeler
  22. Don Chisholm
  23. Elliot Klein
  24. Eric Kirk
  25. Gary Weak
  26. Gordon Hamilton
  27. Gregory Moore
  28. Hans Bishop
  29. Holly Wright
  30. James Petiprin
  31. Jared Pence
  32. Jason Martin
  33. Jeff Hudnut
  34. Jeff Shotwell
  35. Jerry Cox
  36. John Biehn
  37. John Wheeler
  38. Joseph Mark Foy
  39. Justin Applegate
  40. Justin Duncan
  41. Justin Lang
  42. Justin Wholehan
  43. Kate McLean
  44. Kevin Konkus
  45. Kevin Petts
  46. Leon Masseus
  47. Lisa Flores-Johnson
  48. Loren Konkus
  49. Lori Cartman
  50. Marc Cope
  51. Mark Dombrowski
  52. Mark Viergutz
  53. Matt Sell
  54. Matthew Heirtzler
  55. Michael Shaw
  56. Mike Flack
  57. Mike Kearney
  58. Mike Strozeski
  59. Nathan Helmick
  60. Nicholas Evon
  61. Patrick Torossian
  62. Peter Croce
  63. Peter Lennon
  64. Peter Zobel
  65. Peter Zouboulakis
  66. Rick Compeau
  67. Sarah Vano
  68. Sharon James-Foy
  69. Steve Nowicki
  70. Tammie Philpott
  71. Terry Brown
  72. Terry Young
  73. Tim Reeves
  74. Tim Rose
  75. TJ Tyrrell
  76. Tom Hermann
  77. William Guarino

In appreciation, we'd like to present each of these outstanding volunteers with a custom printed MCMBA long sleeved t-shirt! Please click here to share your sizing preferences by February 14th so we can get the order started.

Thanks!

 

 

As 2021 winds down and the winter sets in, I find myself reflecting with a lot of pride over what the MCMBA accomplished over the last year. You may (or may not) recall that the board had approached 2021 as “The Year of Trails”. 

 

This year we pumped more than $25,000 into the trails. That, combined with over 3,200 hours in volunteer work, means that the trails have seen significant work this year:

  • New kids loop at Settlers Park - In addition to the typical excellent work volunteers do to keep the trail trimmed, the berms bermmed, and the water drained, a big new project was a signature kids loop added to the trail.  This has mini-features, including a now iconic stagecoach for kids to ride through. This has received a lot of accolades from Hartland and our TCs were honored recently by the Chamber of Commerce..
  • Volunteers saved Hickory Glen after devastating storm damage.  Hickory Glen trail has forever been changed by storms that hit the park on July 22.  The tree damage was so bad the trail was closed for more than a week. It took an entire weekend just to get access to the trail to assess the damage.  We had a huge response from volunteers to get the trail open and pretty much rideable in an astonishing two weeks.  The damage is still evident and many parts of the trail that were in woods before, look like a lumberman’s worksite now. But, “The Hick” is back!
  • New one-way sections and new rock gardens added in Hines. Volunteers continue to put in Herculean efforts to add new features and split the two way sections of trail.  Overall, about a mile and a half of new one-way trail was added in 2021 and volunteers were at it even last weekend.
  • Lots of new stuff at Lakeshore Park. Most recently volunteers completed a new bridge to the crater loop, replacing a bridge that was slowly subsiding into the creekbed.  The new bridge is now big enough to allow emergency gators and trail equipment to approach from the front of the park.  Significant work went into the trail earlier in the year as well adding the new foundation loop, refreshing the crater after some bandit changes, and shoring up features at the Little Sapling kids loop.
  • New armoring in Maybury may not sound like that much of an update, but this armoring is massive!  It helps resolve an erosion problem that has been plaguing one of the hills for some time.  Volunteers were nearly stretched to the breaking point trying to move the massive sandstone slabs used for the armoring. Of course, this was on top of berm building and other regular maintenance that happened to keep the trail rideable.
  • Ongoing work in our other trails to keep trails open and dry. That’s not to dismiss the work at other trails! The sheer number of miles at Island Lake and Highland, mean that the team maintaining good drainage, clearing downed trees and maintaining features, kept volunteers hopping all summer at those parks too.  Rouge volunteers completed a huge spring trail day that included massive clearing of invasives, clearing a section of a new kids loop, and more armoring and drainage. Volunteers at Legacy Park trails did armoring and drainage improvements with a big trail day.

 

Events were back BIG time this year - perhaps because of pandemic pent up demand, but our two marquee events (Milford Bike Festival and Tree Farm Relay) were both huge successes (and oh, the costumes this year!). In the fall, we added a Take A Kid Mountain Biking event which drew a lot of young people out onto the trails.  Speaking of youth, MiSCA held a race at Milford this year, which had hundreds of kids, not only racing, but also helping prepare the trail with some basic maintenance.  All these events drew a lot of great participation and smiles for miles.

 

Finally, this year has seen a significant upshift in new trail development conversations, which will set the stage for future good news. Most of these conversations are with land managers and are happening behind the scenes.  But these conversations are core to the mission of MCMBA to advocate for mountain biking trails.  

 

Looking ahead to 2022, the board met in December and set some pretty aggressive goals for the year. We’ll provide more info on the goals and work ahead, but they broadly fit into four primary categories: Strengthening the Organization; Trail Development; Strengthening our Fundraising; and new goals for our Events.  More details will come shortly, and be on the lookout for opportunities to volunteer with some new (or rather re-instated) committees.

 

Thanks to all our volunteers for such a great 2021.  Happy New Year and ride on!

- Dave Hurst, MCMBA Board President

 

Global Fat Bike Day on Sat, Dec 4, 10am at Island Lake Recreation Area!

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Thank you so much for the time you have given to the MCMBA organization and mountain biking, Carole and Brandon! We are far better off for it. Good luck in your future endeavors!
 
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The season of fatbiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing is almost upon us! Please consider donating to our winter grooming fund so that we can keep the trails ready for winter use!
 
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Donations will go toward gas, parts and maintenance.
 
Donations of $15 and up will receive a sticker!