April Update!

Please join in the Cramba Trail Challenge taking place now until June 25.

CRAMBA Trail Challenge!!! Registration is now open: https://www.bikereg.com/cramba-trail-challenge Cost is $30 to cover the shirt, celebration at the end (6/25 @ Oakdale Lapeer) and help support our local trails. Please follow our Facebook page as we post more about group rides and other activities around this event. Get out there and ride! Our Facebook page to follow: https://www.facebook.com/Cramba-Trail-Challenge-108352268514621

Join the Strava club as well: https://www.strava.com/clubs/1041990

SAVE THE DATE:

June 25 – Cramba Trail Challenge celebration @ Oakdale Trail system in Lapeer

June Cramba Chapter Meeting – TBD

September 10 – Addison Oaks XC race

September 24 – Beaver Dash Bash @ Oakdale Trail system in Lapeer

October 1 – Howl at the Moon @ Stony Creek Metropark

October 8 – Massive Fall Out

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March 2022 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s March, 2022 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 8 PM virtually. The meeting was called to order by Brian Lavoie.  Also in attendance: Wade Robbins, Marc Padin, Chris Westerlund, Michael Roman, Fran DiPietro, John Knight, Kevin Gorman, Steven Trecapelli, and John Garland.  Minutes recorded by John Garland.

Motion passes to be a sponsor for MISCA.

Membership: 69 Renewals this year.

Discussion of a monthly email, Spring membership drive and other updates to our current system.

Trails: Trail day scheduled for 3/19 @ 9:30 AM to work on connector between BMN and AO, meet at Lake George entrance to Bald Mountain North.

Signage available/delivered to some newer trails in Cramba system, displaying the “Ride dirt not mud trails” messaging.

Events: Cramba continued discussions of events and has appointed lead roles to oversee the Massive Fall Out, Addison Oaks Fall Classic XC race, a Cramba Trail Challenge, and a Earth Day commute challenge. More info/details to be published soon. We will also be announcing a membership raffle of a few items! Stay tuned.

If you are interested in helping with an event, please contact us at board@cramba.org

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Addison Oaks/BMN connector

A big THANK YOU to the volunteers who made this happen!

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February 2022 Board Meeting minutes

CRAMBA’s February, 2022 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, February 10th 2022 at 8 PM virtually. The meeting was called to order by Wade Robbins.  Also in attendance: Marc Padin, Brian LaVoi, Michael Roman, Fran DiPietro, John Knight, Vito Manzella, Ed Olson, Roger Class, Josh McCreedy, Steven Trecapelli, and John Garland.  Minutes recorded by John Garland.

Bike Patrol: 11 patrollers present at Ay Cramba festival. Awards banquet will happen this spring.

Membership: 46 people renewed/joined Cramba at Ay Cramba festival.

New Board Members: Steven Trecapelli. Cramba now has a full 12 person board.

Trails:

Bald Mountain is working on connection from North unit to Addison Oaks. Looking to complete theIr side by the end of March. Addison Oaks will need park manager approval of plans for their side still.

River Bends is still working on phase 2 of the Far side trail project and will complete more work in the spring. The new loop is about 4000ft. There will be a call to help with wood features and maybe metal fabricators in the future to complete the trail segment.

Stony Creek – Stony is reporting almost triple the amount of annual passes in 2021 from previous year, largely due to Shelden trails project.

Insurance: Renewed with same carrier as last year. This is our largest annual operating cost.

Events: Cramba has discussed many events for 2022. We are appointing a lead for each event and will be looking for members to help. Discussed was a trail head membership drive, Spring gravel event, Trail challenge (completing all Cramba trails in a timeframe), Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, Massive Fall Out, supporting Oakdale/Lapeer’s Beaver Dash in September, and the Addison Oaks fall classic. If you are interested in helping with an event, please contact us at board@cramba.org

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January 2022 Board Meeting minutes

CRAMBA’s January, 2022 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, January 13th 2022 at 8 PM virtually.

Meeting was called to order by Wade Robbins.  Also in attendance: Brian McPherson, Marc Padin, Brian LaVoi, John Knight, Vito Manzella, Steve Vigneau, Jeremy Verbeke, Ed Olson, John Osgood, Peter McCreedy, Scott Waraniak, Kevin Gorman, and John Garland.  Minutes recorded by John Garland.

¡Ay Cramba! It’s Cold Outside – Fat Bike Festival will be held February 5, 2022 (Backup date is February 19) from Noon-5 PM.  Potluck style event, Bonfire, Membership renewal, demo bikes and more.

Bike Patrol requested budget for awards/appreciation dinner and IMBA dues for members of Bike Patrol who completed requirements.  Motion passed.

Membership drive proposed as membership waned during pandemic. 

New Board Members: Scott Waraniak and Ed Olson

Trails

There is a potential for a new trail in Imlay City.  Further details will be available as the project moves forward.

Bald Mountain is working with State to connect South Unit to Paint Creek Trail.  The connection from North unit to Addison Oaks has been approved but will need Addison Oaks approval next.

Oakdale Trails will be updating signage, kiosk, and possible changing and tool stations.  Oakdale also purchased a groomer and will have a snow route.

River Bends is still working on phase 2 of the Far side trail project and will complete more work in the spring.

Stony Creek – Working on official map updates from Metroparks.

Woodsong County Park is about 90% done with about 3.5 miles of trail.  Signage will be part of the next phase of work.  Open year round and a 2-mile loop will be snowshoed for winter riding.

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¡Ay, Cramba! It’s Cold Outside – Fat Bike Festival

Join us February 5, 2022 at River Bends Park in Shelby Township for a celebration of Fat Bikes. Noon-5PM. Potluck style event, bonfires, KLM will be on hand to raffle a pair of Fat-bike studded tires and match Cramba membership renewals/join fee. ($20).

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Phase 2 of the Far Side Trail Project at River Bends

And we are back!

There has not been much going on with the project most of the summer as we were out enjoying the trails as we hope you have been too. But we are excited to say that Phase 2 is underway!

This morning TrailSense provided a walk thru with CRAMBA and the Twp which closely follows the proposed Phase 2 work. This trail is expected to be ~1 Mile in addition to the Spring Hill trail. This will be a stacked loop, so that means the existing trailhead and exit will be used, so this will split off then rejoin the Spring Hill trail.

The first shovel (bucket) hit the ground and Josh is already moving dirt. It is expected to be under construction for 30-45 days.

We will need volunteers to help with this phase. CRAMBA is looking for some trail finishing work (clean up and final shaping and grading by hand tools) and projecting to build 3-4 wooden features. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the form at the link here – https://forms.gle/WrUoaGn1P2cb69ij8

We will provide updates as they happen.

As always this is 100% user/donor-funded. Please consider making a donation at https://donorbox.org/river-bends-farside-trail

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Chapter Meeting – Tuesday, October 19th

Join us for our group ride and Chapter Meeting Tuesday, October 19th at River Bends! This meeting is open to all members and non-members.

We are also looking for new members to join our Board.  Basic requirements for being on the board are attending a monthly meeting, being a current CRAMBA member, and participating in discussions via email. Your involvement outside of that is up to you.

We are looking for individuals that want to get actively involved, are passionate about mountain biking, with a focus on enhancing the biking community, promoting and maintaining mountain biking trail access, and guiding responsible mountain biking. We want you to step up and help guide the Chapter and the future of mountain biking in our area. Please consider joining the CRAMBA Board if this is you!

A second option if you want to become involved, but do not have time to sit on the Board, is joining one of our committees. We will have sign up sheets at the meeting for the following committees: Communications, Membership, and Events.

Event Details:
Where: 22 Mile entrance pavilion, River Bends
When: Group ride starts at 6pm sharp

Meeting will start at 7:00pm
Note that food will not be provided at this meeting, but you are welcome to bring your own

Email the existing CRAMBA Board if you have any questions at board@cramba.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

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September 2021 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s September2021 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, September 9th 2021 at 7:00pm at the Spring Hill Trailhead at River Bends.

Meeting was called to order by Wade Robbins.  In attendance also Vito Manzella, John Knight, Brian LaVoie, and Marc Padin.  Minutes recorded by Rebecca Padin.

Massive Fall Out – Saturday October 16th

General Membership meeting to be held October 19th – Rivers Bends Pavilion

River Bends Pump track – Park has requested that the proposed location for the pump track be moved to the Ryan Rd. entrance next to the baseball diamonds.  American Ramp Co. to evaluate for feasibility.

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August 2021 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s August 2021 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, August 12th 2021 at 7:00pm at the Spring Hill Trailhead at River Bends.

Meeting was called to order with Brian McPherson.  In attendance also Jeremy Verbeke, Wade Robbins, and Marc Padin.  Minutes recorded by Rebecca Padin.

River Bends:

  • Invoice received from TrailSense for Phase 1 of the Spring Hill trail
    • Next Phase will be approximately $39,000 – approx. $18,000 donation funds remaining
    • Private matching donor has stepped forward, offering to match up to $10,000 to cover the remaining difference
      • Brian moves to meet the proposed donor match
      • Marc seconds, motion passes

General Membership meeting to be held October 19th – Location to be announced

Massive Fall Out – Saturday October 16th

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