¡Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out? – This Saturday, February 22nd

Wow, what an unseasonable winter we’ve had… But don’t fret, this Saturday we’re still hosting ¡Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out! at River Bends Park, but we’re moving the start up to 10am.

Even though temperatures are forecasted to get well above freezing on Saturday we’re still going to get together and celebrate Winter riding; whatever it brings. Even if the mountain bike trails aren’t ridable, River Bends has almost five miles of paved trail, and the more adventurous can double that by taking a spin over to Dodge Park along the beautiful Clinton River.

Starting at 10am we’ll get the bonfires going and ready for whatever a weird February Saturday brings our way. Bring some food and beverages to share and let’s have a party!

If you want to try riding the mountain bike trails, please show up early while it’s still cold. If the trails get soft, please duck out to the pavement. Ride Dirt Trails, Not Mud Trails.

Because the ground is likely to be soft, please keep all vehicles in the paved parking lot and off of the grass.

See you there!

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CRAMBA 2020 Trail User Survey Results

The CRAMBA 2020 Trail User Survey is closed and we’d like to share the results.

Thank you to everyone who participated. We received 566 responses which shows just how much you all love and care for trails and mountain biking here in Southeast Michigan.

We’ve split the data into two sets: current CRAMBA Members (209 responses) and All Respondents (566 responses), and excluded contact info.  The data is available as both PDFs and using SurveyMonkey’s web interface:

CRAMBA Members Only: PDFWeb
All Respondents: PDFWeb

Notes:

  • One trail — Lake Orion High School / LOHS — was left off the lists of trail choices until ~20 hours after the survey went live and ~50% of responses were received. Therefore this trail is likely under-represented in the results.
  • Survey was open from January 29th, 2020 until the morning of February 10th, 2020.
  • Survey was shared via CRAMBA mass email and Facebook. We asked people to share the survey with friends as well, with the goal of getting responses from members and non-members across southeast Michigan, including those who are members of other mountain bike advocacy chapters (eg: MCMBA, PotoMBA).
  • Some respondents manually entered Other responses which are the same as pre-defined choices. This results in slight under-reporting of these options. (eg: Manually entering MDMB as an Other item instead of choosing the Metro Detroit Mountain Bikers option on the Other Clubs question.)
  • CRAMBA Members Only is the respondents who answered Yes to question 16, “Are you a CRAMBA Member?”All Respondents includes every survey response.
  • PDF format results show open-ended and comment responses in line with the other response data. The web view is more of a summary and requires additional clicks to get to this data.
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Take the 2020 CRAMBA Trail User Survey

We need your help!

Please join your fellow trail users in completing the CRAMBA 2020 Trail User Survey.

We are looking for your feedback on CRAMBA, the trails you use, eBikes, asphalt pump tracks, dogs on trails, and more! Please share this survey with all your friends, as we want opinions from all types of trail users whether on foot, bike, or whatever

Click Here: CRAMBA 2020 Trail User Survey

Thank you for your help and support of CRAMBA; we’ll see you on the trails!

EDIT: As of February 10, 2020 the survey has been closed. Thank you for responding!

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January 2020 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s December 2019 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, January 9th 2020 at 7pm at Steampunk in Utica.

Meeting was called to order with Brian McPherson.  In attendance also Wade Robbins, Steve Vigneau, Michael Green, John Knight, Marc Padin, Ken Markiewicz, Chris Westerlund, and Kevin Gorman.  Minutes recorded by Rebecca Padin.

Board Items:

  • Bald Mountain/Addison Connector: DNR is currently working with Federal for approval. As existing service road approximately 50’ west may be utilized as the endeavor would be seen as “restoring infrastructure” instead of “new development”.
  • Ay CRAMBA Winter Event: 2/1 (2/22 backup) Event scheduled to run from 12pm to 5pm at the Picnic Area at River Bends. Chili Cook-Off canceled to honor the simplicity of the event.  Potluck still encouraged.

Addison Oaks Race Items: Confirmed timeline to setup Friday, CRAMBA race Saturday, MISCA race Sunday.  MISCA will mark the course for their races, and will be responsible for teardown on Sunday.

National Mountain Bike Patrol Items:

  • Banner with new artwork received, came in under budget due to donation of materials by the vendor.
  • Bike Patrol members are also required to be registered with the National Ski Patrol, which brings their total membership cost to $125 annually. Chris Westerlund is requesting that CRAMBA assist in subsidizing membership costs to encourage membership.  Board to consider based on setting a guideline/minimum number of hours and events to support CRAMBA.
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December 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s December 2019 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 7pm at Steampunk in Utica.

Meeting was called to order with Brian McPherson.  In attendance also Wade Robbins, Steve Vigneau, Michael Green, John Knight, Marc Padin, Ken Markiewicz, Roger Class, Jeremy Verbeke (NMBP), Josh McCreedy (owner of TrailSense, Trail Coordinator for Lapeer Oakdale), Peter McCreedy (Trail Coordinator for Lapeer).  Minutes recorded by Rebecca Padin.

Board Items:

  • Lapeer Oakdale: As the only formal trail system in Lapeer, Josh McCreedy would like to formalize their relationship with CRAMBA. There are lots of volunteer hours invested in the parks, but there is a need for signage and mapping in the spring.  In addition, Josh asks that CRAMBA pursue the purchase of additional trail grooming equipment, which he is volunteering to operate to groom the northern trails.  Board to discuss proposal.  Board approved motion to formally recognize Oakdale as a CRAMBA-supported trail on the condition that there is social media engagement to provide updates on trail conditions to ridership.
  • Bald Mountain/Addison Connector: Steve, Brian, and Roger met with Oakland County Parts regarding connector. Approx 1800’ at Bald Mt, 400’ at Addison.  Bald Mt has not yet approved, and Oakland prefers to observe 4 seasons to make sure there are no concerns regarding drainage, etc. but looking to see what can be done.  Consideration needs to be taken for protected rattlesnake habitat.
  • Ay CRAMBA Winter Event: 2/1 (2/22 backup) Discussion regarding chili cook-off rules and voting procedures. Board approved motion to purchase additional hats at same cost as last year.
  • Massive Fallout: Addison approved hosting a start/finish party for Massive Fallout at the park. Camping is available, but no intention to make it CRAMBA-sponsored as we will be required to reserve spaces and pay for anything unused.
  • Financials: ~$54k, received $350 check from Marathon (someone has a matching program setup through their work with proceeds going to CRAMBA)
  • Misc: CRAMBA to purchase business cards with generic info to be able to hand out at meetings with parks, County, etc. Approved to purchase additional signage stickers to restock current supply (low after labelling River Bends).  Still pursuing SnowDog sled attachment, but no one local appears to have them in stock.  DNR has asked that CRAMBA sign a new state-level MOU to replace the multi-park MOU currently on file.

Addison Oaks Race Items: Proposed timeline to setup Friday, CRAMBA race Saturday, MISCA race Sunday.

National Mountain Bike Patrol Items:

  • Board approved motion to purchase NMBP patches and banner featuring new artwork
  • Board approved motion to allocate money for NMBP appreciation event not to exceed $500

Post Meeting Business: Board approved the purchase of the SnowGroomers.net PathMaster for use to groom Lapeer Oakdale and the northern trails.

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November 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s November 2019 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7pm at Steampunk in Utica.

Meeting was called to order with Brian McPherson.  In attendance also Wade Robbins, Steve Vigneau, Michael Green, John Knight, Marc Padin, and Jeremy Verbeke (National Mountain Bike Patrol, River Bends Trail Coordinator).  Minutes recorded by Rebecca Padin.

Board Items:

  • Bald Mountain: 2020 initiative to build a connector from Bald Mt. to Addison Oaks, Steve to work with Jeremy, CRAMBA, DNR, and Addison. Approx 1000’ at Bald Mt, 150’ at Addison, anticipating removing invasive plants and raking.
  • Ay CRAMBA Winter Event: River Bends has been informed 2/1 date (2/22 backup date), still working on permit. Chili Cook-Off, potluck, and BYOB.  Steve to contact Steven Spry regarding hats as last year’s sold out.
  • Massive Fallout: Discussion to move the race to Addison Oaks, start and finish at the park and have a party after.
  • Financials: $44,113.66, received $3013 disbursement from IMBA, expecting an additional disbursement later. Discussion regarding provisioning a “marketing budget” for trail sign stickers, brochures, etc.

Addison Oaks Race Items: Discussion to combine with the MISCA race due to low participation due to date conflict.

National Mountain Bike Patrol Items:

  • Jeremy Verbeke would like to formalize NMBP with a set of sub-bylaws and have Bike Patrol vernacular amended to the CRAMBA bylaws as well as define a succession plan
  • Requesting Bike Patrol discretionary fund of a pre-approved amount
  • Jeremy is looking into a NMBP end-of-season appreciation event the 2nd or 3rd week of January and would like CRAMBA to fund this event. (Item was not voted on.)

 

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October 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s October 2019 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7pm at Steampunk in Utica.

Meeting was called to order with Brian McPherson.  In attendance also Wade Robbins, Steve Vigneau present for the CRAMBA Board, Michael Green, John Knight, Marc Padin, and Jeremy Verbeke (National Mountain Bike Patrol, River Bends Trail Coordinator).  Minutes recorded by Rebecca Padin.

Board Items:

  • Confirmation of Board Member positions:
    • Brian McPherson confirmed as Chairman
    • Wade Robbins confirmed as Co-Chair
    • Steve Vigneau confirmed as Treasurer
    • Rebecca Padin accepted as new Board Member and confirmed as Secretary
    • John Knight confirmed as new Board Member
    • Marc Padin confirmed as new Board Member
  • Board discussed the Lapeer Trail system. Currently supported by MEDC, but looking for CRAMBA involvement.  Trails currently lacking signage and are not yet worn in.  Unsure of what spring trail conditions will look like, and will likely look for support/trail building days in 2020.  Group rides on Wednesday nights average 15-20 attendees.
  • Ay CRAMBA Winter Event – Steve Vignuea will coordinate with River Bends for two dates to serve as primary and backup. Proposed ideas include a “Chili Cook-Off”, looking into drone footage/photography, and possible media coverage.
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2019 CRAMBA Fall Membership Drive!

When you join or renew your CRAMBA membership in October, you’re entered to win a Yeti Beti or SB6! Your membership supports projects like the Stony Creek Sheldon Trails Redevelopment. More people joining = more resources = better trails.

We are halfway into the 2019 Fall membership drive and are already at 36 joins/renewals! Do you think we’ll top last years 90?

Join or renew here: CRAMBA.org/join

 

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October 2019 Membership Meeting

The October 2019 CRAMBA Membership meeting was called to order by Brian McPherson at 7:07 PM and 31 people were in attendance.  Board members present were Brian, McPherson, Steve Vigneau, Michael Reeves, Wade Robbins, Michael Green, and Roger Class.

MEMBERSHIP: We currently have 454 members and the fall membership drive is underway.  October of 2018 CRAMBA had 90 renewals and new  sign-ups.  This October we have 22 already.  Prizes can be won during the Fall membership drive, they include a Yeti bicycle, Bike Flights packages, Western Spirit Cycling Adventures, and Jenson USA gift cards.  For  chance to win these prizes and contribute to CRAMBA’s projects, visit CRAMBA.org/join.  Anytime you renew, it adds on to your current membership, and you can win great prizes.

SIGNAGE:  New signage has gone up at CRPT, Bloomer, Holdridge, River Bends, and Pontiac Lake.

STONY CREEK REDEVLEOPMENT:  The initial RFP was sent out and they received zero bids for the project.  All the trail builders are tied up with other projects at the moment.  The RFP will be reposted with a longer window.

ADDISON OAKS RACE:  This years new course layout was a success and next years date will be Sunday September 13th.  CRAMBA raised approximately $2500 this year from the race.

MASSIVE FALLOUT:  This years event was  a little wet but the trails were mostly good, and way better than last year.  Changes for future MFO’s are being discussed.  For example, having it start and end at Addison Oaks and having a post ride party.  There may also be a gravel road options (i.e. 22,36,62 mile courses) for those that do not necessarily like to ride single track.  Multiple routes for different lengths of single track are also being considered. Including a 90 mile course with River Bends, CRPT, and Bald Mt South.

AY! CRAMBA IT’S COLD OUT: Is coming up date TBD.

MiSCA RACES:  The MiSCA Races at River Bends and Addison Oaks were a great success with over 300 racers at each event.  Bloomer race is this upcoming weekend and CRAMBA is fully supportive of these events.

TRAIL UPDATES:  The new trail in Lapeer is coming along great and has a large group ride on Wednesday Nights.  Let’s try and get up there and ride that trail.

Columbus Park has had some bridge work and is coming into shape.  I believe he said there is 2.5-3 miles of trail there now.

POSSIBLE CRAMBA REBRANDING:  It has been suggested that maybe CRAMBA look into rebranding to include all trail users.  I am sure there will be more discussion on this in the near future.  Stay tuned.

ELECTIONS:  The new members of the Board will be as follows; Brain McPherson, Steve Vigneau, Michael Green, Wade Robbins, Mike Reeves, Ken Markiewicz, and Mark Padin.  The positions they will take on the board will be determined at the next board meeting this Thursday 10/10/19.

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Addison Oaks Fall Classic is less than three weeks away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming up, September 8th, is the Addison Oaks Fall Classic! Register in advance to save $5 off day-of rates.

Never done a race before? Come on out and give it a go in either the First Timer (one lap) or Beginner (two lap) categories and see just how fun a mountain bike race can be!

Racing not your thing? We could use your help with volunteering at the event. Sign up below.

Race

Register to race online here.

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!
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