More Trails at River Bends. Professionally Designed and Built!

Donations needed!


This project is to develop an additional ~3 miles of bike-optimized natural surface single track trails within River Bends Park, on the west side of the Clinton River.

The Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association, working with the Shelby Township Parks and Recreation Department, will hire TrailSense LLC, of Holly, MI to professionally design and build the trails in this project.

This professionally designed and built trail section will require significant fundraising efforts for our community and individuals. Our goal is to break ground on the project right after the ground thaws in early 2021, with completion by mid-summer. Of these additional 3 miles of trail, almost 2 miles will use the significant elevation on the ridge west of the river as an exciting, predominantly-downhill trail.

Completion of this project will bring River Bends to a total of over 11 miles of natural surface multi-use trails. We need your help to make this happen.  Any amount will get us closer to our goal!

If you or your company would like to make a sizable donation and wish to avoid the processing fees (pay via check) contact us at riverbends@cramba.org and we will make the arrangements.

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January 2021 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s January 2021 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, January 14th 2021 at 7pm via Zoom.  November and December meetings were cancelled due to lack of activity due to COVID-19.

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

Board Items:

  • Steve Vigneau has decided to take a step back from the CRAMBA Board and has resigned as Treasurer.  He will continue working on the Stony Creek Shelden Trails Redevelopment on behalf of CRAMBA along with supporting other trail projects. We thank him for his dedication to mountain biking and look forward to continuing to work with him.
  • Marc Padin has volunteered to assume the position of Treasurer, motion passes.
  • Jeremy Verbeke will be moving to a new position within the National Bike Patrol, his position within CRAMA is being filled by Vito Manzella.  Vito has been a bike patroller for several years, and has been a member of the National Ski Patrol for many more.  We look forward to collaborating with Bike Patrol with Vito at the helm.
  • The company that CRAMBA’s insurance was through is no longer providing policies for bike groups at our required level.  Currently in the process of receiving quotes from companies ahead of our March renewal
  • Results from the “Massive Fall-Alt: Trail Challenge” digital event are being reviewed, and information regarding rewards will be made available soon.

River Bends

  •       Quotes received from TrailSense for several new segments of trail.
  •       Long-discussed project of building a pump track at River Bends
    • American Map Company being pursued for design – In addition to personal donations from Wade Robbins and Brian McPherson, motion approved for CRAMBA to allocate up to $3,500 for the cost of the initial spec.
  • Board to pursue fundraising opportunities to evaluate the feasibility of both projects
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CRAMBA Massive Fall-Alt: Trail Challenge

Goodbye summer, Hello CRAMBA Fall Trail Challenge! CRAMBA is doing something a little different this year. We wouldn’t have been able to hold the typical events that you enjoy so much so we came up with an Alternative! Sign up and Ride CRAMBA trails this Fall to get some CRAMBA swag! More details are posted on the CRAMBA Massive Fall-Alt: Trail Challenge event page.

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September 2020 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s September 2020 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, September 10th 2020 at 7pm at Stony Creek.

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

Board Items:

  • Discussion regarding hosting digital/self-run CRAMBA Trail Challenge (ride all the CRAMBA-sponsored trails in a certain duration)
    • Potential for winter/fat-tire event depending on success of autumn event
  • Stoney Creek – Loop B in progress, impressed with FlowTrack’s work so far
  • Annual elections due to be hosted in October
  • Bald Mountain/Addison Connector – Bald Mountain side due to be done by the end of the year, discussions still in progress with Addison.
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August 2020 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s August 2020 Board Meeting was held on Thursday,August 13th 2020 at 7pm at River Bends.  The July meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Meeting was called to order with Brian McPherson.  In attendance also Mike Green, Marc Padin, Wade Robbins, Steve Vigneau, Mike Reeves, Ken Markiewicz, and John Knight, Kristen Berry, Pete Januszewski, and Josh Seyfarth.  Minutes recorded by Rebecca Padin.

Board Items:

  • Several members stopped by to pick up their CRAMBA-branded face/head coverings, which are available for free to all CRAMBA members (paid for by donations and membership fees)
  • Technical Features program has started to see several new features completed, most recently the Tree Bridge feature located in the CK Canal Loop at River Bends
  • Discussion for the feasibility of hosting digital or self-run events (race a specific route between two dates, email your GPS file), “CRAMBA Trail Challenge” (ride all the CRAMBA-sponsored trails in a certain duration)
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June 2020 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s June 2020 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, June 11th 2020 at 7pm at Rivers Bends.  The May meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Meeting was called to order with Brian McPherson.  In attendance also Marc Padin, Wade Robbins, Steve Vigneau, Mike Reeves, , Jeremy Verbeke, Ken Markiewicz, and John Knight.  Minutes recorded by Rebecca Padin.

Board Items:

    • Board approved the purchase of 23 portable “silky saws” for Trail Coordinators, but difficulties in finding a vendor that had that many available for purchase caused delay. Order for all the saws has since been placed.
    • Todd Szott (of the Szott Auto Group) approached CRAMBA regarding organizing a GoFundMe to fund the purchase of a few trimmers for Holdridge. Szott to front the money for immediate purchase of the trimmers, request to be reimbursed the cost of the trimmers from the GoFundMe, and any additional proceeds would be donated to CRAMBA for use to maintain the Holdridge trail system.
      • As of Monday, the GoFundMe had already raised double the cost of the trimmers.
    • Steve visited with Pete McCreedy to discussion signage needs at Oakdale, provided suggestions for spots for posts and numbering scheme.
  • Board approves motion for Jeremy to purchase another string trimmer for River Bends.
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2020 Addison Oaks Fall Classic is Cancelled

It is with a heavy heart that CRAMBA has decided to cancel the 2020 Addison Oaks Fall Classic mountain bike race, originally scheduled to be held on September 12th at Addison Oaks County Park in Leonard, MI.

For over 11 years dozens of volunteers have spent hundreds of hours each year putting on the Fall Classic as a fundraiser to help CRAMBA pay for everything we do; from trail tools to winter grooming equipment, from insurance to pizza for volunteers at trail days, from signage to bridges. On a good year the event has raised over $8000, but on light attendance years — such as 2019 — this has been less than $2000.

With COVID-19 and Stay Home, Stay Safe affecting spring and summer racing seasons, many promoters have moved their races to autumn. From mountain to gravel to cyclocross races, every autumn weekend in 2020 has multiple races to choose from; far more than in typical years. While the choice of races is great, there are only so many racers and this results in a smaller turnout per race than if they were spread out throughout the year. Fewer participants means less income, which is the primary reason why CRAMBA puts on the Fall Classic.

More than just a fundraising race, the Addison Oaks Fall Classic is also a social event. It’s a time to race against friends, cheer others on, then share stories about the summer while sipping your favorite fizzy beverage. Unfortunately, right now it’s unclear how long we’ll be having to keep distance from each other, with the distinct possibility that large gatherings will still be prohibited come September.

Springtime is when race planning seriously begins; signing contracts for timing and the race venue, setting up registration, soliciting sponsors, arranging food, ordering medals and number plates, and much more. By cancelling the race now we can save our volunteer’s time and avoid costs that come from having to back out of agreements and leave dated material unused.

Today, at the end of April 2020, CRAMBA has around $48,000 in the bank. Our yearly expenses — without special purchases — are around $8000 and most of this has already been paid for 2020. Without the Fall Classic income CRAMBA will have no problems continuing as normal. Our work of building, maintaining, and advocating for trails will continue, and we have plenty of money available to spend on special projects.

All of this added up — the likelihood of minimal income, the costs of cancelling at a later date, and the lack of immediate need for fundraising — has led us to cancel the 2020 Addison Oaks Fall Classic.

We will continue planning our other events, including Massive Fallout and Trail Days, and will let you know as they are scheduled.

Thank you for being safe on the trails; here’s to getting back to riding and working!

See you out there (but from a safe distance),

Your CRAMBA Board of Directors:
Roger Class · Michael Green · John D Knight III · Ken Markiewicz · Brian McPherson
Mike Reeves · Becky Padin · Marc Padin · Wade Robbins · Steve Vigneau

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April 2020 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s April 2020 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, April 9th 2020 at 7pm via Google Hangouts.

Meeting was called to order with Brian McPherson.  In attendance also Marc Padin, Wade Robbins, Steve Vigneau, Mike Reeves, John Knight, and Ken Markiewicz.  Minutes recorded by Rebecca Padin.

Board Items:

  • Board approved motion to pursue the purchase of small, portable “silky saws” for Trail Coordinators, which can be used to saw through debris up to 18” in diameter
  • CK Canal Signage was purchased, cost for signs was shared between the Rochester Historical Society, the CK Canal Society, and CRAMBA.
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Announcing the Technical Features Program

In this year’s survey CRAMBA’s members said they want more man-made technical features along the trails. CRAMBA has the money to pay for the features, and we need volunteers like you to make it happen. To get more features along the trails, we are pleased to announce the ​Technical Features Program​.

Is there a place along one of our trails where you think a nice feature could go? Got an idea for a great new feature that you’d just love to build? This is your chance to make it a reality, and CRAMBA will pay for it.

We are looking for members like you to come up with a feature and make it happen. First, you come up with the idea, put it in a proposal, and get it to CRAMBA for review. Next, CRAMBA gets approval from the land manager. Finally, you get to build it and ride!

Currently we are looking for submissions for technical features at:

Interested? Click here to read the full program information (PDF): CRAMBA Technical Features Program (2020).pdf

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March 2020 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s March 2020 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, March 12th 2020 at 7pm at Steampunk in Utica.

Meeting was called to order with Brian McPherson.  In attendance also Diana McPherson, Michael Green, Marc Padin, Kevin Gorman, Wade Robbins, Steve Vigneau, and Roger Class.  Minutes recorded by Rebecca Padin.

Board Items:

  • Insurance for the year has been paid, but there was an increase over last year. Next year CRAMBA will consider going with IMBA’s insurance.
  • Board approves motion to purchase Clinton Kalamazoo Canal signage, cost to be shared with the Clinton Kalamazoo Canal Society.
  • Ideas for Summer Events: 10th Anniversary of the first River Bends ride (6/27), Take a Kid Mountain Biking (host at River Bends?), Bike Patrol/instructor led clinics for new bike buyers
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