GOT MTB Women’s Clinic

GotMTB poster

 

The Got MTB (Girls on Trails Mountain Biking) Women’s Mountain Biking Clinic is geared for the beginner to the intermediate mountain bike rider.

On the bike, you will learn how to ride singletrack trails, and skills such as the basics of braking and cornering and how to distribute body weight on climbs and descents. Off the bike, a maintenance clinic then covers basic trail repair, how to fix a flat tire and a broken chain, and how to keep a bike clean and properly lubricated.

A third session, Mountain Biking 101, will cover basics of mountain biking such as nutrition, hydration, gear and safety.

Registration: www.bikereg.com/Net/19343 Registration is limited to 60 participants

When: Sunday June 30, 2013 930am-430pm
Where: River Bends Park 5700 22-Mile Road, Shelby Township, MI
Cost: $25 (includes clinics, tshirt and lunch)

Questions? Email gotmtb@cramba.org

Please bring mountain bike, helmet, and water for on bike clinic

Milford Trail Challenge! This Saturday, June 1!

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Milford is central to several excellent trail systems…come out this Saturday and support the Motor City Mountain Biking Association!

 

Milford Trail Challenge Info Here

Championship Point Series standings

Championship Point Series standings

First, the big news is the increased participation so far in the women’s categories! Way to go, ladies!
Elite women participation jumped a whopping 283%, i.e. more than doubled over the course of the first to races (Yankee Springs and Fort Custer).
All other categories also experienced increased participation and I wasn’t even counting women racers under 18 years of age. The statistics are only for the women 19 and over in all categories.

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Standings: Updated for the first two races of the season. Please review the posted results for accuracy or missing results. Also note the finish times are rounded up. If you find discrepancies please email “cps@mmba.org” with the missing information. Thanks for your patience.

Remember if you still want Fort Custer results to be tabulated and have not yet registered for the series, please go to the BikeReg site and register before 11:59pm Sunday June 2nd. The next race is Fun Promotion’s Hanson Hills Challenge in Grayling.

LINKS:

CPS Registration

https://www.bikereg.com/Net/17601

CPS Standings

http://mmba.org/library/Programs/Championship%20Point%20Series%20(CPS)/Results/2013/CPS%20POINTS%202013.pdf

Hanson Hills information

http://www.funpromotions.com

Championship Point Series standings

Championship Point Series standings

Well, no, not quite completed. Yankee Springs results took quite a bit of time in part due to adding the finish times.   The results are not yet sorted either.

Please review the posted results for accuracy or missing results.   Also note the finish times are rounded up.  If you find discrepancies please email “cps@mmba.org” with the missing information.

Fort Custer results will be added in the coming few days.   Thanks for your patience.

Remember if you still want Fort Custer results to be tabulated and have not yet registered for the series, please go to the BikeReg site and register before 11:59pm Sunday June 2nd.  The next race is Fun Promotion’s Hanson Hills Challenge in Grayling.

LINKS:

CPS Registration

https://www.bikereg.com/Net/17601

CPS Standings

http://mmba.org/library/Programs/Championship%20Point%20Series%20(CPS)/Results/2013/CPS%20POINTS%202013.pdf

Hanson Hills information

http://www.funpromotions.com

Women on Mountain Bikes

Women on Mountain Bikes

The Michigan DNR used to run a program called “Becoming an Outdoor Woman” (BOW), but has discontinued this program. But it lives on, thanks to Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association (CRAMBA-IMBA) member Martha Shue.

Re-named as “Got MTB” (Girls on Trails Mountain Biking), this is a Women’s Mountain Biking Clinic geared for the beginner to the intermediate mountain bike rider. On the bike, you will learn how to ride singletrack trails, and skills such as the basics of braking and cornering and how to distribute body weight on climbs and descents. Off the bike, a maintenance clinic then covers basic trail repair, how to fix a flat tire and a broken chain, and how to keep a bike clean and properly lubricated. A third session, Mountain Biking 101, will cover basics of mountain biking such as nutrition, hydration, gear and safety.

The next session is Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 930 am – 4:30 pm at River Bends Park. More information can be found at this link: http://cramba.org/gotmtb/

On the west side of the state, Western Michigan Mountain Bike Alliance member Julie Whalen and Marleah Bevelacqua led a women’s clinic in April which spurred a regular ride event. The women’s ride is every 2nd and 4th Monday from 6pm-7pm starting at Luton due to the ease for beginners. WMMBA member Nancy Curtis is exploring a similar program to be held in the Yankee Springs area. Their goal is to specifically help women who are not as confident riding on trails. Watch the WMMBA Facebook page for upcoming information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Michigan-Mountain-Biking-Alliance-WMMBA/263913570344927

Reminder- Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day this coming Wed May 22nd

The MMBA is supporting the League of Michigan Bicyclists for their annual Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day on May 22nd.

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The League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Michigan Mountain Biking Association are pleased to join forces once again for the Lucinda Means Bicycle Advocacy Day to be held at the State Capitol on May 22nd, 2013 as a culmination of National Bike Month.

In 2013 we are excited to add Programs to Educate All Cyclists (PEAC) as an official Advocacy Day host organization and to continue collaborating with our friends at MSU Bikes to kick off the event in style with a morning bike rally to the State Capitol. Once at the Capitol, 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 Legislator.

This year’s key issues 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.

-Revising the right turn hand signal to make an extended right arm legal in Michigan.

-Allowing bicyclists to bypass malfunctioning traffic lights. -Supporting a new Michigan trails and greenways license plate to fund local trail projects

-Prevent raid on Natural Resourses Trust Fund

Go to their website for more information (link below): http://www.lmb.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=645&Itemid=23

2013 IMBA Great Lakes Regional Summit-Reminder

2013 shakedown t-shirt final-small

The 2013 IMBA Great Lakes Regional Summit is just a few weeks away…. are you registered yet?!?

WHEN: May 17-19, 2013
WHERE: Brown County, Indiana
COST: $50

This year’s event, co-hosted by the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association and Sub-9 Productions, will provide opportunities for advocates across the region to witness valuable presentations, network with others, have fun and enjoy quality riding at Brown County State Park (Nashville, IN).

Highlights include:
~ Land Manager Workshop (FREE TO LAND MANAGERS – LUNCH PROVIDED)

http://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=305&reset=1

~ Downtown GetDown Pub Crawl

http://www.browncounty.com/calendar/event/downtown-getdown2

~ Sub-9 Schooner Shakedown Race and After Party

http://www.schoonershakedown.com

~ Skills Clinics by IMBA-ICP certified instructors
~ Advanced Trail Building
~ Presentations on topics such as fund raising, taking your club/Chapter to the next level, engaging women and youth, leadership round tables and more!

Cost is only $50 (plus $10 for event t-shirt) and includes summit entry, light breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Shakedown After Party! Summit participants also get FREE ENTRY to the Sub-9 Schooner Shakedown… a technically demanding, point to point race on the double-black diamond (expert) Schooner Trace Trail!

Click here to register: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=284&reset=1
Sponsors include (but are not limited to)
IMBA
SRAM
Dirt Rag
Seasons Lodge
Brown County Tourism Center
The Big Cheeze
Big Woods Brewing

Fort Custer Stampede – CPS#2

Just a reminder that race #2 in the Championship Point Series is the Southwest Chapter’s annual Fort Custer Stampede.
This benefit race helps build and maintain trails at the Fort and the surrounding area.

The team at Fort Custer has mapped out a different course and starting location.
Online Registration Closes Friday, May 03, 2013 at 11:45 PM, Eastern Standard Time

Look for some travel slowdowns coming in to the area from US-131 and I-94 (See M-DOT link below)

FC race map
LINKS:
Championship Point Series page: http://mmba.org/programs/championship-point-series/

SWMMBA website: http://www.bikefortcuster.com/

Stampede registration: https://www.bikereg.com/Net/18341

State of Michigan road alerts: http://mdotnetpublic.state.mi.us/drive/Default.aspx?

New Trail Guide reminder!

Just a reminder as we now get into good weather- the MMBA launched a new trail guide thanks to some highly skilled and dedicated work by one of your fellow mountain bikers. The trail guide is much more visual and informative. It’s easy to see WHERE the trails are!

Our new Trail Guide can be found here, or at the link in the side bar: http://mmba.org/trail-guide

Developed as a winter-time volunteer project by professional web developer Jeff Lau (UselessPickles on the MMBA Forum) this guide is designed to let users explore what our state has to offer, easily finding information about each trail. One can quickly identify trails in an area, drill down to detailed info on each trail, and get directions to help navigate to new places. Some of the trails even feature an overlay of their trail map.

The new Trail Guide has been filled with information gathered from the old MMBA Trail Guide, MMBA member organizations, Trail Coordinators, and public websites. We’ve done our best to ensure the data is as accurate as possible, but there may details or complete trails that we may have missed. If you see something that is missing or incorrect, have questions about the guide, or just want to let us know what you think of it, please email webmaster@mmba.org.

We have set up a topic here on the MMBA Forum about the Trail Guide which includes basic tips, Frequently Asked Questions, and a place for public comment and discussion. While this first release of the Trail Guide site does quite a bit we’re going to be adding new features in the future and will be looking at your feedback for ideas and direction on what you find important and want to see next.

If you see Jeff- give him a KUDOS! http://mmba.org/2013/03/05/new-mmba-trail-guide/

2013 IMBA Great Lakes Regional Summit-Reminder

2013 shakedown t-shirt final-small

The 2013 IMBA Great Lakes Regional Summit is just a few weeks away…. are you registered yet?!?

WHEN: May 17-19, 2013
WHERE: Brown County, Indiana
COST: $50

This year’s event, co-hosted by the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association and Sub-9 Productions, will provide opportunities for advocates across the region to witness valuable presentations, network with others, have fun and enjoy quality riding at Brown County State Park (Nashville, IN).

Highlights include:
~ Land Manager Workshop (FREE TO LAND MANAGERS – LUNCH PROVIDED)

http://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=305&reset=1

~ Downtown GetDown Pub Crawl

http://www.browncounty.com/calendar/event/downtown-getdown2

~ Sub-9 Schooner Shakedown Race and After Party

http://www.schoonershakedown.com

~ Skills Clinics by IMBA-ICP certified instructors
~ Advanced Trail Building
~ Presentations on topics such as fund raising, taking your club/Chapter to the next level, engaging women and youth, leadership round tables and more!

Cost is only $50 (plus $10 for event t-shirt) and includes summit entry, light breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Shakedown After Party! Summit participants also get FREE ENTRY to the Sub-9 Schooner Shakedown… a technically demanding, point to point race on the double-black diamond (expert) Schooner Trace Trail!

Click here to register: https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=284&reset=1
Sponsors include (but are not limited to)
IMBA
SRAM
Dirt Rag
Seasons Lodge
Brown County Tourism Center
The Big Cheeze
Big Woods Brewing