September 2015 Chapter Meeting and Election Minutes

The September Chapter Meeting minutes, with Board Election results can be found here:

CRAMBA September Chapter Meeting 2015

Thanks for all who attended and especially those who stepped up to form the new board!

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Massive Fallout: September 26th 2015!!

Spray paint on the dirt road marking the Conklin Road entrance to Bald Moutain State Recreation Area prior to Massive Fallout.Massive Fallout: September 26th, 2015

Massive Fallout is a large-scale group ride organized by the volunteers of the Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association (CRAMBA-IMBA).

The ride features four prominent trails in Macomb and Oakland Counties: Stony Creek, Bald Mountain, Addison Oaks, and Bloomer. These trails are all connected via a series of safe roads, paths, and rail trails creating a fun, flexible ride. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, the ride can be configured to your experience level and desired length. The total estimated mileage is roughly 50-60 miles including Bloomer.

All trails and routes will be marked clearly. Maps will be handed out during starting hours. Join us for the mass start to be part of one of the largest mountain bike group rides in Southeast Michigan.

This ride is a CRAMBA event and will be insured under the CRAMBA group event policy. SAG support and aid stations will be available during the ride should you need help or fuel and we will be working closely with area bike shops to provide the best support possible to all that attend. T-Shirts will be available for sale the day of the ride. All proceeds from T-Shirt sales will go to CRAMBA.

Starting Hours: 8:00am – 10:00am, with a 10:00am mass start!
Start Location: Stony Creek Metro Park – West Branch Picnic Area C
Ride Cost: Free! (purchase of Stony Creek Metropark day pass may be required)

GPS routes:
Stony to Addison Aid Station: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/10192645
Addison to Stony (no Bloomer): http://ridewithgps.com/routes/10193210
Addison to Stony (easy route): http://ridewithgps.com/routes/10192933

Turn-by-turn directions:
Stony, Bald Mountain, and Addison: http://utabintarbo.com/files/MFORidingDirections2015.pdf
Bloomer “add-on”: http://utabintarbo.com/…/MFORidingDirections2015-Bloomer.pdf

Map (Classic): Massive Fallout Map (Classic)

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Addison Oaks Fall Classic XC Race THIS WEEKEND!!

Just less than 48 hours left to register online for the Addison Oaks Fall Classic.

Expert/Elite waves start going off at 10:00AM
Sport waves start going off at 12:30PM
Beginner waves start going off at 2:00PM

Day of registration is open till 30 minutes before the first wave of a category goes off, but you can save yourself the time and hassle of registering the of the race AND save $5 over day of rates by preregistration today.

We’ll be grilling up burgers, dogs and brats, free for the racers, starting around noon. Of course, food is available for everyone attending, but we ask that you help us out with a donation for non-racers.

The weather looks to be nice a cool, a welcome change after the heat wave of Labor Day weekend. The weatherman says that it looks like it’ll be a clear day, so conditions will be perfect for the race. Pauly and Oakland County Parks have been working to make sure that the course and park are ready and perfect for us, so sign up today and we’ll see you on SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!!!

https://www.bikereg.com/addison-oaks-fall-classic-cramba-benefit-race

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May and June Board Meeting Minutes

It’s been a busy couple of months!  Just getting caught up on old minutes…

See them here:

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes 5-21-15

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes 6-25-15

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July Chapter Meeting Minutes

For those who couldn’t make the Group Ride / Meeting at Stony Creek last week, here are the minutes from the meeting.

CRAMBA July Chapter Meeting 2015

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July Chapter Meeting at Stony Creek

July 8th 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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