October 2018 CRAMBA Membership meeting at Ck Diggs in Rochester Hills.  The meeting was called to order by Steve Vigneau at 7:15 pm.  Board members present at the meeting were Steve Vigneau, Kristen Barry, Brain McPherson, and Mike Reeves.

Stony Creek Update:

Applied Trails Research is finishing up, and will be seeking approval later this year.  The project is estimated to run around $250,000.

Howlin at the Moon event is coming up at 6:30 on 10/27/18, bring lights.  It is a fundraiser for the new trail project.  It includes something for all the major user groups.  Hiking, Running and MTB.  We are looking for volunteers to lead rides by people that are familiar with the Sheldon Trails.


Addison Oaks Race update:

The race was successful even with the threat of poor weather.  Around 300 racers entered the event and is our major fundraiser for the chapter apart from the dues and individual donations.  The race generated around $6,000 for the chapter.  A new start finish route was utilized this year and it worked out great.


Aye CRAMBA It’s Cold Out!:

This event is coming up February 2nd with 2/16 has a make up day.  It is a demo day with local shops being on site at River Bends.  We are in search of volunteers for this event.  Please contact Kristen Barry if you are interested in helping out.


Massive Fallout update:

Brian McPherson spent a lot of time setting up the course due to a lack of volunteer support.  The weather was not good and Brain stated that only 4 people actually completed the whole route.  Despite the weather there was a pretty big turn out considering the weather.  Next year we may try and coordinate Massive Fallout with the Rochester Octoberfest.  There are some logistical struggles such as parking.  If you have ideas please consider coming to the January membership meeting and sharing, or contacting a board member.


Membership update:

Chris Westerlund reports we have around 450 paid members at the moment.  Please renew your membership.  The IMBA is sponsoring a membership drive where you can win a Yeti Kit plus a $2,000 JensonUSA shopping spree, a Western Spirit cycling trip for two and a bike flights shipping voucher for two.  This is good for the month of October only.


Kristen Barry’s treasurer report:

Kristen states that we are in good shape financially with about $36,000 in the bank with no further major expenses coming up this year.  Last year at this time we had about $30,000.  As a board we decided to set aside $10,000 for trail improvements.  We let the various trail coordinators know that they could have up to $1,000 for projects, and to let us know.  We have around $12,000 a year in operating expenses which includes such things as $7,600 for insurance ($1600 for race and $6000 for chapter insurance),  and $600 for the storage unit.


Addison Oaks Update:

Working on an agreement with the park that will allow us to have large scale trail days, above and beyond the great work that Paul does out there.  They are going to try and improve the trail grooming process this winter, so look for groomed fat biking at Addison this winter.


Bald Mountain

No report


Bloomer Update:

There will be a fall project, not sure what it is yet, so more to follow.  Continuing to try and peacefully coexist with the other trail users and making sure all parties are happy.  Looking to for a volunteer and a truck to pickup a large amount of flagstone and bring it to the park.


Clinton River Park Update:

everything is going good at CRPT and look for improved signage in the near future.


Columbus Park Update:

Approximately 1 mile of new trail and continuing to work with the park for more trail.


Holdridge Update:

No report.


Pontiac Lake Recreation Area Update:

No report.


River Bends Update:

New CK Loop about half done and will hopefully be completed this fall.  The temporary bridge accessing the new loop will be replaced soon and will be about 6 feet wide with railings.  The new loop will also be included in the fat bike grooming process this winter.


Stony Creek Update:

The major Sheldon Trails Project is really the only news here.


Night Riding Etiquette:

Make sure the particular park is open for night riding.  And if you are riding backwards please yield to the riders going the standard direction.


Bike Patrol Update:

No report from Jeremy Verbeke at this time.  However we ill report that Jeremy passed the medical certification process and is the mountain bike patrol director.  This transition is on going and look for more news in the future.


CRAMBA Board Update:

Steve Vigneau can no longer be the chairperson (Term limited), but will be staying on the board in come capacity.  Kisten Barry can no longer be the treasurer (term limited), and will be stepping down from the board and will be the CRAMBA volunteer director.  Mike Reeves and Brian McPherson will also be staying on the board.  Eric Mile will be stepping down from the board.  Thank you to Wade Robbins, Ivan Krasanov, and Roger Class who volunteered to be on the board.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.

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Massive Fall Out is upon us!

Hope to see a lot of riders at MFO tomorrow morning!  The trail marking is being finished as I type, and folks are preparing food and drink as well.  Keep your fingers crossed that the weather holds.  Please remember the running event at Bloomer Park, and give them some space.  Also, please be careful riding past the Rochester Library, watching for pedestrians.

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CRAMBA Board meeting 9/13/18

The September board meeting was held at Steampunk in Utica.  In attendance were Steve Vigneau, Brain McPherson, and Mike Reeves.  Meeting was called to order at 7:15.

-We had discussion about Massive Fallout and the need for volunteers.  We also discussed the route and signage.  The route will not include Bloomer this year due to a running event.  However Bald Mountain North and South will be included.

-We also discussed the need to follow the various MOU’s at the different trail systems.  A violation of the agreements may result in loss of trail access.

-Steve attended a meeting at Stony Creek reference the new trail.  Also in attendance were folks from different user groups and people with historical knowledge of the area.  Things seem to progressing well and we look forward to the process continuing along on schedule.

-The Stony Creek, Howlin at the Moon event is on for 10/27 at 6:30 pm!  More info to be found here:

-Lastly we discussed the upcoming board elections at the next meeting.  If you are interested in joining the CRAMBA Board, please let one of us know and attend the next meeting.  Which will be held at 7:00, October 16th at CK Diggs in Rochester Hills.

Meeting adjourned at 8:32

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July 2018 CRAMBA Board Meeting

The July 2018 CRAMBA Board meeting was held at River Bends and began with a 10 mile ride on the singletrack trails.  Present at the Meeting were Steve Vigneau, Mike Reeves, Kristen Barry, Brian McPherson, and Diana Skinner. The meeting was called to order by Steve Vigneau at 8:15 PM.  Steve updated the progress at Stony Creek.  Stating that Applied Trail Research will be in town from 8/22 thru 8/31 and we may be able to meet with the company for input.  DTE has had a change in upper management and it appears they MAY not be donating money to the project, however, ITC could be interested in funding the signage for the project.  On 10/27/18 Stony Creek is hosting “Howlin at the Moon” event a the park.  It is an event focused on getting multiple user groups (Runners, Hikers and Mountain Bikers) together to enjoy the trails.  In other news, please contact the board if you are available to help in anyway with Massive Fallout, food, registration, signage, etc.  The meeting came to a close at 8:42 PM.

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July 2018 CRAMBA Chapter Meeting

CRAMBA Chapter Meeting Minutes 7/17/18

The meeting was held at Rochester Mills Beer Co. and was called to order at 7:02 by Steve Vigneau.

30 members were in attendance.

Previous meeting minutes were not read.

-Applied Trail Design has been selected for assessment and design of trail work at Stony Creek.  Scheduled to be built in 2019.

-Planning stage is funded, the build phase will be approximately $250,000.

-Still waiting on an exact date and time, but look forward to a Bike/Hike/Run event in October around Halloween.

-Trail should be prime as it was recently trimmed.


-Chris Westerlund sated that registration is open on BikeReg.  We are looking for sponsors and volunteers for food, marking course, etc.  If interested please email


-There is 1.1 miles of new trail at River Bends, please help ride it in.  The direction is counter clockwise.  An additional 2 miles of trail will be built out in the fall when the leaves fall and site lines are better.  A lot of money has been spent on bridges and machine rental, thanks to a generous donation.

-The new bike park plans are held up at the Township level and a lot of good work has been put in by Jim Vanker and Ben Snyder to present the plans.


-New section of Addison trail is on hold due to a reported siting of a missisauga rattle snake.  More to come on the new trail and no other news to report.


-There has been good feedback on new bridge and trail work with some tweaking planned to dial things in.

-Recognition to all responsible being sought with the City of Sterling Heights so that people know who is responsible for the building and maintenance of the trail system.

-The large stone within the CRPT trail has been approved to be used as a new feature on the trail.  Look forward to that in the future.


-Membership is up to 70 members now.

-IMBA has dropped the program and the National Ski Patrol has picked it up.  There will be no noticeable difference to any trail riders.

-An application has been submitted to become a “patrol” level organization with National Ski Patrol.  Our bike patrol will now be dual trained for bike and ski patrol.


-The date is October 6 and we are looking for help with food etc.  Please contact Brian McPherson if you are interested in helping.

-Bloomer may not be included due to conflict with a running event.


-We will be looking for more/new chapter board members at the next meeting.  If interested please let someone know.


-No report


-Trimming to come soon and looking for help with TC work.


-Trail day this Sunday 7/22/18 at 9 am.  The trailer will be there and they may be doing a reroute.


-Trail day this Saturday 7/21/18 at 9 am with a BBQ after!


-2 miles of trail have been opened up from over growth and they are working with the park to build more trail in the future.


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March CRAMBA Board Meeting

Meeting was held at Steampunk.  In attendance were Steve Vigneau, Kristen Berry, Brian McPherson and Mike Reeves.

Meeting was called to order at 7:08 PM by Steve Vigneau.

-Trail Days are currently being established.  Look for them to be added to the calendar in the very near future.

-Steve V. is kind of taking the lead on figuring out the Golden Volunteer program to see how we can best utilize it.  Look for more on this later.

-We are looking into the possibility of using Trail Forks for trail conditions, etc.  Other chapters are successfully using this.

-Stony Creek Metro Park trail improvements continues to move forward!

-Bike park project at River Bends also continues to gain momentum, now with Shelby Twp. on board.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:53 PM

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National Mountain Bike Patrol new patroller orientation


Our next scheduled New Patroller Orientation is scheduled for May 6th 2pm at Shelby Twp Fire Station #1. Located at 6345 23 Mile Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48316

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February CRAMBA Board Meeting

Meeting was held at Steampunk.  In attendance were Steve Vigneau, Kristen Berry, Eric Mile, Brian McPherson and Mike Reeves.

Meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM by Steve Vigneau.

-Discussion was had about signing IMBA Local Program document.   Waiting for final draft with corrections and it will be signed.

-Kristen mentioned that we have to renew our chapter insurance policy.  This will be done soon.

-AY CRAMBA It’s cold out! was a success.  Discussion was had about minor improvements for next year.

-Stony Creek Metro Park is considering a fund raiser for the new trail improvements at the park.  It would possibly be an evening ride in the fall.  More to come!

Meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM

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January 2018 Chapter Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA Chapter Meeting Minutes 1/16/18

The meeting was held at Rochester Mills Beer Co. and was called to order at 7:05 by Steve Vigneau.

27 members were in attendance.

Previous meeting minutes were not read.

-Bids are out for design to several companies.
-Construction is expected to begin in 2019
-The Metro Parks are writing grants to fund the project
-The Metro Parks see the restructuring of the trails as necessary, to the future of the park
-CRAMBA is giving $3,000 to the Metro Parks for development with more to come in the future.
-The redesigned trail will begin and end at a parking lot and one of the goals is to allow fatbikes in the winter, and not interfere with the XC skiers.

IMBA Local
-Complete revision of IMBA by using local organizations such as MMBA.
-The old system was IMBA took 50% of the annual donations. Now they will be taking $12 per donation, no matter how much the donation is. This could be as much as an extra $7,000 for CRAMBA.
-You should notice no difference in the annual donation process

REI Grant
-$5000 was donated by REI and split between PLRA and Holdridge
-We are also hoping for a 2018 grant as well.

-Should have the events schedule finalized around late January early February
-Chris also reported that CRAMBA reached its 2017 goal of expanding membership from 400-500 members.

-5 or 6 grooms so far this year
-Will not be grooming unless we receive over 4″ of snow
-New trailer for the snowmobile is working great. Old trailer will be sold for a nominal fee.
-The park director wants to develop another area of the park. Plans are being made to possibly develop a bike park in this location within River Bends. Another meeting is planned for February. More to come.
-Going to continue working on additional trail
-Ay CRAMBA Its Cold Out is February 3rd and the backup date is 2/18/18. Pot luck, beer and wine allowed, bonfire, and multiple bike shops will be setup.
-The weekly group rides on Tuesdays are still going throughout the winter.

-Grooming has been going on
-Still waiting for clearance on additional 1 mile of trail to eliminate the asphalt section.

-Approval has been received to work on problem sections this summer, trail dates to be announced later
-Possible addition of 3 or 4 curved bridges
-Will be losing the funding received from the annual 5k Run.

-42 members logged 2,224 hours and 13,000 miles
-Looking for new patrollers around April or May.


Nest Chapter meeting will be April 17 at Rochester Mills Beer Co.

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CRAMBA in 2017: Year in Review

Thanks to all of you — CRAMBA’s members, volunteers, and donors — 2017 was another great year of Mountain Biking and Advocacy here in Southeast Michigan.

Our next in-person Chapter Meeting will be next Tuesday, January 16th, at Rochester Mills Brewery. The meeting begins at 7pm, and please arrive a bit before the start to allow time for ordering food and tasty beverages!

Here’s an update on the more notable successes in 2017:

Stony Creek Redevelopment Update: Volunteers continue to work with the Metroparks on the redevelopment of the mountain bike accessible trails at Stony Creek Metropark. We are currently planning for a professional design in 2018 and construction in 2019, funded by donations and grants. To help kickstart the design phase, CRAMBA has pledged $3,000 towards this first part of the project and will continue financial, planning, and technical support through project completion.

Trail Improvements: During trail work days CRAMBA volunteers made numerous improvements to our local trails, including a new rock bridge and Wrong Way signs at Stony Creek, building rollers and skinnies to fix wet areas at River Bends, rebuilding berms at the Clinton River Park Trails, and restarting trail development at Columbus Park.

IMBA Local Update: Early in 2018, CRAMBA, a chapter of IMBA, will move to IMBA’s new Local Program. This is the next generation of the Chapter program and the most visible change will be a switch to a low fixed cost per member per year. At current member counts and contribution levels we estimate this change will bring around $8,000 of your membership dollars, per year, back to CRAMBA.

MMBA Update: CRAMBA continues to be a member of the MMBA, our state-wide mountain biking advocacy organization, and will continue financial support in 2018.

REI Grant: Funded by a $5,000 grant from REI, CRAMBA volunteers installed new kiosks and bike repair stands at the Pontiac Lake and Holdridge Trailheads!

River Bends Grooming & New Trailer: Thanks to a generous donation CRAMBA has a new drive-on-drive-off trailer for storing and transporting the River Bends Snow Bike Route (RB-SBR) grooming equipment! Jeremy Verbeke and Mark Senyk have been hard at work keeping the snow on the RB-SBR groomed and riding great.

Chainsaw Training: This past Spring CRAMBA hosted a Forest Safety Instruction class for Southeast Michigan chapters at River Bends Park. Attendees received S.A.W.W. Level One instruction covering proper safety techniques, Personal Protective Equipment, and safe operation of chainsaws for trimming, felling, and clearing trees.

Membership: CRAMBA currently has around 500 paying members, with an average membership level of $46.95. To support ongoing projects such as Stony Creek we are looking to increase this number in 2018.

Successful Events: In 2017 we continued to host a number of successful events, from our fundraising Addison Oaks Fall Classic race to Massive Fallout, the GoT MTB clinics, ¡Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out!, and Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day. These events will continue in 2018; check out the CRAMBA Calendar or each event’s page for info as they are scheduled.

Weekly Group Rides: The regular CRAMBA-supported Tuesday Night (River Bends) and Wednesday Night (Stony Creek) rides keep rolling! If you haven’t attended one of these rides, come on out and meet some of your fellow CRAMBA members. While the Wednesday night ride at Stony Creek is on hold for winter, the Tuesday Night Ride at River Bends is going strong on the RB-SBR. Check out the CRAMBA Calendar for more info.

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