Michigan’s policymakers are frequently unaware of the scenic quality and/or sheer number of trails that Michigan has to offer, and the tremendous benefits they bring to the health and economy of our state.
As advocates we are continually trying to improve and grow Michigan’s trail systems, but we need to keep our state’s decision makers abreast of what we now have and our vision and needs for the future.
That is why we are inviting trail users and advocates from all types of trails to attend Michigan Trails Legislative Day on Tuesday, April 28th at the State Capitol from 8:30 to 3 p.m.
We will share the good news and needs of Michigan trails with legislators and staff, unite and network with the entire Michigan trails community, and learn the latest in trail policy issues and developments.
The morning’s activities will consist of a brief introduction followed by participant’s pre-scheduled appointments with state representatives. A luncheon at noon will feature officials from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to update us on statewide trail happenings. Meetings with state senators will happen in the afternoon until 3 p.m.
The event requires a $12 registration fee by April 3, 2015. Register online
Please join us for the MMBA Championship Point Series awards on October 18th, 2014 at 6pm at Mt. Holiday in Traverse City, Michigan.
The event is $25 per person which includes: welcome fruit, crackers, meat & cheese, green salad, pasta, BBQ chicken, house mac & cheese, and dinner rolls. Please bring a special dessert to share, and there will be a cash bar featuring local beers. Door prizes and the series awards will be presented.
The first, second, and third place awards will be these extra-nifty MMBA CPS jerseys:
Stay tuned, there is still more to come, and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Dear fellow mountain bikers,
Kisscross Events (the people who bring you Barry-Roubaix and Lumberjack 100) have submitted a proposal to the Manistee National Forest Service to obtain a permit to use the North Country Trail System for a Fall 2015 mountain biking event. Details on the event can be found here: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=45340
This would be a point to point, timed challenge that would navigate approximately 80 miles of the most scenic sections of the North Country Trails, which are always open to bicycle traffic. Sound awesome? We need your help!
The Forest service is soliciting comments from the public regarding allowing or denying the permit for this event. If you, your friends and teammates feel this is an event you would support, please take a minute to provide your feedback and help spread the word throughout the cycling community.
The deadline is October 15.
Comments should be addressed to:
Kathy Bietau, US Forest Service
Email: email@example.com or Phone: 231 745-4631
Positive comment bullet points would include:
- Economic impact to the community
- Bring awareness and appreciation of The North Country Trail
- We are active and enjoy healthy lifestyles
- We are respectful to other trail users
- Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Manistee National Forest
- Scientific evidence now indicates that mountain biking is no more damaging to trails than other forms of recreation, including hiking. (Source: IMBA 2007 study “Managing Mountain Biking”)
Thank you for your help!
The 2014 Triple Trail Challenge is just around the corner. We had over 600 riders last year and we’re hoping to get even more this year. This is the Poto Chapter’s biggest fund raising event of the year. With the new Waterloo project kicking off soon (really soon!), fund raising is going to be more important than ever. So show your support and come buy a t-shirt and a beer glass.
When – Saturday, September 13. Start between 7 and 10 a.m.
Where – Pinckney Recreation Area at Silver Lake parking lot and beach
The ride – 46 miles on Poto, Waterloo, and Lakeland Trails
Cost – Free! Courtesy of Tree Fort Bikes and Arbor Brewing Company.
Food – Free chili and beer at 1 p.m.
Pinckney Recreation Area
8555 Silver Hill Rd.
Pinckney, MI 48169
Pre-registration is currently open. To register or get more information go to http://www.tripletrail.com
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the event.
We hope to see you there!
The Motor City Mountain Biking Association is pleased to announce the 9th annual Maybury Time Trial, brought to you by the good folks at Trail’s Edge Cyclery.
Once again, this year features a fun course, and includes a reverse direction loop of the mountain bike trail and large sections of singletrack that are normally off limits to biking! A mix of fast open sprints and tight technical singletrack, this is a race that rewards both cardio and bike handling skills. It’s you against the clock, with minimal passing and no excuses!
There will be cash awards and awesome swag as usual. Timing by Newton’s Race Services.
All proceeds from this race benefit the Motor City Mountain Biking Association, an IMBA chapter, and are used to help fund our local trail building and volunteer activities.
Register now at http://www.bikereg.com/maybury-time-trial-cps–mcmba-benefit-race
CPS race #7:
Big M Challenge
Sunday July 27th.
Race Location: Big M Trailhead Recreation Area, M-55 Wellston, Michigan Event
Course Description: Trail is approx. 6.5 miles per lap of Single and Dbl track trails
Time Schedule: Sunday July 27th 2014
8:30am- 2:00pm Registration and Pre-Registration # Pickup
10:00am Cross Country Race #1 Elite & Expert classes 4 laps
12:30pm Cross Country Race #2 Sport classes 3 laps
1:00pm Awards for Race #1
2:15pm Fun Promotions Kids Races – Awards to all
2:45PM Cross Country Race #3 Beginners Classes 1 or 2 Laps
4:00pm Awards for Sport & Beginner races
No License Required, ANSI Approved Helmet
Bicycle in proper working order, Lap counting ability and a Competitive spirit
$1320 in Purses – $300 men’s and women’s elite and $120 Expert classes!
Fun Promotions Kids races with Awards to all young riders!
Over 100 awards, Prize Drawings for all participants!
Ideal Family fun, Spectators welcome free of charge.
Your best 5 races count for the 2014 MMBA CPS cross country race series!
Hammer Nutrition, Rapid Fire, Velocity, Primal Wear, T-9, Gordon Water,
Contact & Additional Information:
Fun Promotions LLC 616-453-4245
There is a Manistee National Forest user fee of $5.00 per car, per day….racers & spectators this means YOUR cars.
You are responsible to pay the self-serve pipe and display the pass on your dashboard. This is in addition to your entry fee.
We will remind you again on race day – Please support this great trail system & National Forest.
Event Fees: Add $5 for day of race registrations
CPS race #4: State Games at Cannonsburg- UPDATE
1. Sunday June 22nd.
2. The race will be a cross country event, not a time trial this year
3. The event will not have a ‘kids race’ this year. Only the standard CPS categories will be racing. The youngest race category is “Beginner 10&Under” This youth racing this category will do one lap on the same course as all other racers. Most of the racers in “Beginner 10&Under” have a parent follow them on the course. They will be the last beginner wave to go off the start line. Parents should not sign up their kids for this category unless they have experience riding regular mountain bike trails.
4. Registration for all categories can be found at http://www.stategamesofmichigan.com/
Effective June 10, 2014, Dennis Murphy has tendered his resignation as the president of the MMBA. His extensive international travel responsibilities at work and desire to achieve other personal and biking goals lead to his decision.
Dennis has been a fixture in the Michigan mountain biking community for over 15 years. This was his second consecutive term as president. On behalf of the MMBA board of directors, its members and the entire Michigan mountain biking community, I thank him for his service to the MMBA as president for the past one and a half years. Dennis will continue to serve the MMBA as chair of the Hall of Fame, assist in the Championship Point Series and continue to advocate for mountain biking. The presidency will stay vacated until such time as a new president has been identified.
According to the MMBA by-laws, dated September 7, 2011 in article 7, Section 7.3 Vice Presidents: The vice presidents, if any, shall have the power to perform duties that may be assigned by the president or the Board. If the president is absent or unable to perform his or her duties, the vice presidents, in the order of their seniority, shall perform the duties of the president, until the Board directs otherwise. The vice president shall perform all duties incident to the office.
As the current vice-president, I will uphold these bylaws provisions until the presidency has been filled. The MMBA board of directors will continue to manage the day-to-day operations of the association. This is an opportunity for the leaders of the MMBA and Chapter Members to join together and reflect upon where we have been, set some goals to achieve in the future and set a coarse to advocate for mountain biking at a state level. The MMBA board will be working to convene a strategic planning session to be held late summer/early fall. Feel free to contact me directly with any comments or suggestions at: (517) 203-9180 or email@example.com
Saturday, June 7st 2014
Come for the Ride, stay for the Rock!
Join us at the 9th annual Milford Challenge, 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 music performance by the Orbitsuns 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 still just $15, and all proceeds benefit the MCMBA and support the local trails that you love.
Advanced registration is available online at Race Services
Day-of registration runs from 7:30 to noon 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!
Trail’s Edge Bike Shop (525 N Main Street) will be hosting a kid’s Bike Rodeo at their store from 11 am to 1 pm, and members of their team will be available to lead group rides through nearby trails from 10 am to 1 pm. Stop by and enjoy the merriment!
This is a self supported and self directed ride. Bring water, food, money, cell phones, friends – whatever you need for a day on the trails. Camping facilities and cabins are available at Proud Lake Recreation Area, a three mile ride from downtown.
If you are not familiar with these trails, maps may be downloaded from mcmba.org
YOU NEED TO READ THIS……
At registration, participants will receive ride wrist bands, maps of routes to listed trail heads. These maps also indicate water locations and stores.
Riders must be self supported – Each biker is in charge of providing their own supplies: water, food, etc. (This means no SAG support, bring money, your cell phone to call a friend )
All bikers must wear a helmet
All routes will use minimum use of roads, riders ride at their own risk.
Bikers pick their own course based on length and degree of difficulty.
Enjoy scenic bike routes around the Village of Milford with other bikers.
Riders assume responsibility for reading maps…. Directionally challenged individuals should ride with others….
The League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Michigan Mountain Biking Association, and PEAC are pleased to join forces once again for the Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day to be held at the State Capitol on Wednesday May 21st, 2014. Volunteers from all four organizations will educate legislators on key policy issues that facilitate a bicycle-friendly Michigan. Lunch will be provided after legislative visits, followed by an optional afternoon ride.
Whether you enjoy riding on Michigan roads, trails, or dirt single track, Advocacy Day is your opportunity to speak with one voice to help advance Michigan bicycling and the interests of cyclists of all abilities across the state. We hope that casual riders and die-hards alike will join us in communicating the great importance of bicycling to the Michigan Legislature.
2014 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES INCLUDE
- Protecting vulnerable roadway users by establishing enhanced penalties for injuring or killing cyclists.
- Establishing a standard for safe passing of bicyclists on Michigan roads.
- Supporting the Pure Michigan Trails revision to the Michigan Trailways Act.
- Preventing the Raid on Natural Resources Trust Fund dollars available for trails projects.
- Adequately funding safe transportation infrastructure that supports multi-modal use.
- Including bicycle awareness in Michigan driver’s education.
- Promoting sustainable transportation funding for Michigan.
- Defending bicyclists rights on the roads.
- Allowing bicyclists to bypass malfunctioning traffic lights.
- Speaking up for speed limit standards that take the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians into consideration.
To learn more about these issues or to register, please visit http://www.LMB.org/advocacyday
8:00 am – Bike rally leaves Municipal Park
8:20 am – Bike rally arrives at State Capitol
8:30 am – Group photo on Capitol steps w/ check-in to follow
9:00 am – Welcome, issue overview & questions
9:30 am – Meetings with Representatives and Senators
12:45 pm – Lunch on Capitol grounds
– Presentation of May is Bike Month Resolution
– LMB Annual Meeting & Annual Award Presentation
1:30 pm – “Lansing by Bicycle” *
*NOTE: Advocacy Day happens to fall on the same day as Ride of Silence this year. Advocacy Day concludes after lunch with an optional ride, which will give most participants ample time to return to their respective communities to participate in their local Ride of Silence events. Participants are also welcome to stick around Lansing after Advocacy Day and participate in the Capitol Area Ride of Silence event that evening.
Registration for Advocacy Day is $12 and includes lunch.
If you have never communicated with policy makers before, don’t worry. No prior experience is needed to participate in Advocacy Day. All participants will receive detailed materials in advance of the event to get you up to speed on the issues and to help make your experience at Advocacy Day comfortable and productive.
Please register for Advocacy Day ASAP so we have ample time to pre-arrange meetings with both your State Representative and Senator. You register on LMB’s website at http://www.LMB.org/advocacyday
Please do not hesitate to send any questions to John Lindenmayer at john@LMB.org.