The Michigan Mountain Bike Hall of Fame will induct the first members at the Michigan Bicycling Expo on January 26th, 2014 for Advocacy, Trail building and Design, Racing, and Promotions
Dwain Abramowski was a co-founder of the MMBA in 1990 and volunteered in its development from 1990 to 2001. In addition to his volunteer activities, he was the Executive Director from 1995-2000 and helped in trail development, coordinate creation of the nine regional chapters in the state, the statewide Volunteer Awards Program, and the Championshiop Point Series. He also served on committees and many regional, midwest and national advocacy committees and/or organizations. He also served as publication director for the printed MMBA publication the Bent Rim Bugle (1990 to 2000).
Dwain is a graduate of Central Michigan University. He is a published writer and photographer including two books on mountain biking. He also has had articles and pictures published in a wide variety of magazines, newspapers, business journals, educational journals, newsletters and nonprofit literature. Credits include: Bicycling Magazine, Michigan Cyclist Magazine, Mountain Bike Magazine, Bike Magazine, WindSurf magazine and others celebrating the great outdoors. Recently, Dwain has worked at Revolution Bike in Charlevoix, Michigan and now works at the Charlevoix Public Library involved in many different library and music programs that serve the local community.
Trail building and Design
Dan Harrison has held numerous positions within the MMBA in his many years of membership including president and IMBA representative. With Dan’s involvement, the MMBA regularly received grants-in-aid to supply the chapters with tools and materials for trail building and maintenance—”an explicit acknowledgement of our responsible role as stakeholders,” to quote Dan. He had also attended IMBA summits in Moab and Washington DC. In 2006, Dan received recognized by REI which garnered the MMBA with the REI “Stewards of the Environment” grant of $20,000.
Perhaps no more important impact was made as when Dan created the MMBA Trail School and served as the first director. The MMBA Trail School was the driving mechanism of instilling sustainable trail building and design as the standard paradigm for MMBA chapter trail building activities. Using sustainable design in presentations to land managers greatly increased the likelihood of getting new trail activity approved. During this period, approximately 125 Trail Builders were certified, 98 Crew Chiefs trained, and 32 Trail Coordinators trained. During this time Dan still found time to do trail work himself!
Brent Walk started promoting mountain biking in the spring of 1987 by doing a half time show MTB race @ the Pontiac silverdome with the AMA Supercross Races. Over 20,000 people each day were treated to a show of early MTB racers doing battle (1 lap) around the motorcycle supercross course. Soft dirt, big jumps, dirt and motorcycle exhaust greeted the riders. The riders also had to get off their bikes to run and push them through the course in some places- to a chorus of spectator boos. The next event was the Pando Challenge MTB race with 167 riders in June 1987. Brent still hosts mountain bike races at Pando making it the oldest and longest continuous mountain bike race location in the country! Brent has since then staging hundreds of races at dozens of venues all over Michigan. His race promotions company, Fun Promotions, has held Observed Trials, Time Trials, Dual Slalom, Downhill’s, Roller races, Night races, Cross country, Cross, Endurance events & now Fat Bike events.
Brent’s personal riding history includes 5 years racing BMX professionally both regionally & national events before making the transition into mountain biking. He raced the early MTB races doing many national events and working with a local manufacturer for a few seasons. Starting as a racer, then team manager and then a promoter, he have been heavily involved in cycling most of his life and still has a passion for cycling.
Art Fleming has a long history of mountain bike racing dating back to 1991. He continues to race! Some Art’s accomplishments as a Michigan mountain bike racer span the globe and the country and include:
1996 Masters World Champion: Men 50-59 in Cairns, Australia. At other Masters World Championships between 1998 and 2004 he placed 2nd twice, 3rd, 5th, and 10th
1997 National Champion: Expert Men 50-59….Park City, UT, 1999 National Champion: Expert Men 50-59 at Mt. Snow, VT and 2000 National Champion: Expert Men 50-59 at Mammoth Mountain, CA
Regional Masters Expert Age-Group Champion or multi-time podium medalist at Red Wing, MN, Snowshoe, WV, Helen, GA, Sugarloaf Resort, MI, Bryson City, NC, Seven Springs, PA, Schuss Mountain, MI, Birmingham, AL, Paoli, IN, and Bellaire, MI.
Art was also Masters National Mountain Bike team member for 6 years, Nationally Ranked Mountain Bike Expert Veteran/Master rider for 8 years and many-times champion and podium holder over the years in the MMBA Championship Point Series, the Fun Promotions Michigan Cup, the USAC/Norba Michigan Series, and the Tailwind Time Trial Series.
Art has also raced and finished the Iceman Cometh race at least sixteen times and is a 4-time age group winner with multiple appearances on the podium. Art is also an Individual Age-Group winner at Chequamegon 40 and Ore-2-Shore. He finished the Leadville 100 mountain bike race ten times and was a four time age group winner and current record holder for the Men 70+ category!