July Chapter Meeting at Stony Creek

July 7th at Stony Creek Metropark.

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This will be our third quarterly meeting of 2015. For a change of pace, this will NOT be held at our normal location, but will be held at Stony Creek Metropark. Beginning at 5:30PM, there will be rides heading out from the West Branch C Lot pavilion. If you can’t make it at 5:30, that’s fine, we’ll be riding till 7:30PM.

At 7:30PM, we’ll meet at the pavilion for a quick meeting, talking about what is going on in the chapter and future plans, and then we can socialize with some food off the grill and some beverages.

We hope getting the meeting outside, and combining it with some food off the grill and some riding will get some new people out the ride, and give us a chance to hang out and hopefully ride some new faces. If you aren’t familiar with Stony Creek, this is a perfect time 

Please note that to drive into the park, you need an 2015 Metropark pass, or will need to pay a $7 daily fee at the gate.

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CRAMBA Mountain Bike Patrol orientation May 30th

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Our next scheduled New Patroller Orientation is scheduled for May 30th 10am at Shelby Twp Fire Station #1.

Located at 6345 23 Mile Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48316

Enter the West entrance.

Training will last 2ish hours.  At 1pm there will be a group ride at River Bends Park.  This will co-inside with a beginner/novice group ride.

Please bring your bike, helmet and any medical training you have to the training.

If you have any questions please ask, otherwise we will see you Saturday May 30th.  Please share this email with anyone else you think might be interested.

Please RSVP by email  bikepatrol@cramba.org or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/982835151734830/

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Bald Mountain North Unit Trail Day

Bald Mountain North Unit May 2015 Group

Bald Mountain Recreation Area, North Unit, has long been a local favorite trail featuring smooth, flowing, open routes and beautiful views. Unfortunately, it also has some low-laying muddy areas. On Saturday, May 9th, 2015, a CRAMBA-IMBA-led group of volunteers worked with the Michigan DNR to repair one of the worst and most visible problem spots. Just south of the main parking area at Harmon and Predmore roads (map) the old, collapsed drainage and unofficial patches were removed and replaced with a french drain system, raising the trail surface above the water table.

Bald Mountain North Unit May 2015 BeforeThe image to the right shows how it looked before the work was done.

With 18 volunteers representing CRAMBA-IMBA, Metro Detroit Mountain Bikers, and the Friends of Bald Mountain Recreation Area, 90 volunteer-hours were worked, totaling $2066.40 in volunteer time† donated.

This was CRAMBA-IMBA’s first trail day working with the DNR at Bald Mountain and what we hope to be the start of a growing relationship that’ll enhance the mountain biking opportunities throughout the park.

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help with the work: Matt and Karen Koneda, Mike Hartrick, Drew Williams, Kristen Barry, Scott Mackela, Rodney Gullett, Deanna Velasco, Lisa Apone, Mark Senyk, Pete Kresmery, Carl Moody, Steve Vigneau, Mike Webb, Konrad Kucharski, Chris WesterlundMax Larroquette, and David Jackson.

Particular thanks to:

  • Adam Lepp and Paul Majchrowski, Michigan DNR at Bald Mountain Recreation Area, who arranged for the materials and with whom CRAMBA-IMBA has been working closely.
  • Lisa Apone and Mike Webb for bringing both a vibrating compactor to pack the trail surface and pizza and water for hungry workers.
  • Rodney Gullett and Deanna Velasco for getting mid-day food that kept our volunteers going.
  • Pete Kresmery and Mark Senyk for bringing small tractors and trailers used to move the repair materials.

More photos from before, during and after the trail day can be found here. Thank you to Jeremy Verbeke, Lisa Apone, Kristen Barry, and Max Larroquette for getting pictures of the work in progress.

† https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time (2014 value)

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April 2015 Chapter and Board meeting minutes

Please see here for the April Chapter Meeting minutes:

CRAMBA April Chapter Meeting 2015

And here for the April Board Meeting minutes:

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes 4-16-15

Thank you!

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CRAMBA Bike Patrol is recruiting for 2015!

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Do you enjoy mountain biking in Michigan? Are you that person who always wants to help others?  Always prepared? Want to get more involved with bettering the sport?

Then the National Mountain Bike Patrol may be for you!

When

First Training is April 18th in Shelby Township.  Contact bikepatrol@cramba.org for more information. 

Who Is IMBA National Mountain Bike Patrol?

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) NMBP exists as a non‐profit entity to maintain and develop mountain biking trail access, support relationships with land managers, and promote responsible mountain biking and outdoor recreation in Michigan.

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January 2015 CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes

The minutes from our January 2015 Board meeting can be read here:

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes 1-22-15

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Addison Oaks Groomed Fat Bike Route and Map

2015 Addison Oaks Fat Bike Route Map

We just heard from Addison Oaks that the groomed fat bike route is a go! Working with Oakland County Parks and Recreation, CRAMBA-IMBA suggested a machine-groomable route through the park, and Addison Oaks has put it in place!

Click here to download a map of the route which starts at the main parking lot. Please let us or the park know how you like the route!

See you out there!

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2014 CRAMBA Bike Patrol Year in review

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The Clinton River Mountain Bike Association’s (CRAMBA) National Mountain Bike Patrol group has had another very successful year in 2014.

The mission of the CRAMBA Bike Patrol is to Assist, Educate and Inform mountain bikers and other trail users in safe, responsible and respectful use of bike trails and parks.  This is accomplished through volunteers “patrolling” local trail systems.  The CRAMBA Bike Patrol is not an enforcement agency, yet we educate users of proper “rules of the trail”.

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January 2015 Chapter Meeting Minutes

Thanks to all who turned up for our January Chapter Meeting.  We had 40 people in attendance!  It was great to see a full room!

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For those that couldn’t make the meeting or just want a refresher, the minutes from our meeting can be found here:

CRAMBA January Chapter Meeting 2015

Thanks again for your support!  Without you, there’d be no CRAMBA…

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¡Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out!: February 7th, 2015

Jeremy Verbeke trying a fatbike for the first time at River Bends Park.Join CRAMBA-IMBA at noon on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 the ¡Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out! group ride and party on the snow-covered and winter-friendly trails of River Bends Park.

Just like last year, come on out and join the fun for a few laps. We’ll have a solid, ridable groove groomed that we hope will make the trail accessible to all. Fat bike or regular mountain bike, everyone is welcome!

We’ll have hot bonfires, chili, beverages, and a picnic shelter for our use. Bring snacks, food, or beverages to share. Local bike shops, including KLM Bike & Fitness, Rochester Bike Shop, and Main Street Bikes will be on hand with their fat bike demo fleets.  Want to try a new fat bike? Here’s the place!

Head on over to this thread on the MMBA forum to discuss the event, or join the event page here on Facebook.

River Bends is located at Park Rd., Shelby Township, MI 48317, and meet at the Hickory Grove Shelter, located just north of the trailhead kiosk near the main parking lot off of 22 Mile Road.

 

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