October 2019 Membership Meeting

The October 2019 CRAMBA Membership meeting was called to order by Brian McPherson at 7:07 PM and 31 people were in attendance.  Board members present were Brian, McPherson, Steve Vigneau, Michael Reeves, Wade Robbins, Michael Green, and Roger Class.

MEMBERSHIP: We currently have 454 members and the fall membership drive is underway.  October of 2018 CRAMBA had 90 renewals and new  sign-ups.  This October we have 22 already.  Prizes can be won during the Fall membership drive, they include a Yeti bicycle, Bike Flights packages, Western Spirit Cycling Adventures, and Jenson USA gift cards.  For  chance to win these prizes and contribute to CRAMBA’s projects, visit CRAMBA.org/join.  Anytime you renew, it adds on to your current membership, and you can win great prizes.

SIGNAGE:  New signage has gone up at CRPT, Bloomer, Holdridge, River Bends, and Pontiac Lake.

STONY CREEK REDEVLEOPMENT:  The initial RFP was sent out and they received zero bids for the project.  All the trail builders are tied up with other projects at the moment.  The RFP will be reposted with a longer window.

ADDISON OAKS RACE:  This years new course layout was a success and next years date will be Sunday September 13th.  CRAMBA raised approximately $2500 this year from the race.

MASSIVE FALLOUT:  This years event was  a little wet but the trails were mostly good, and way better than last year.  Changes for future MFO’s are being discussed.  For example, having it start and end at Addison Oaks and having a post ride party.  There may also be a gravel road options (i.e. 22,36,62 mile courses) for those that do not necessarily like to ride single track.  Multiple routes for different lengths of single track are also being considered. Including a 90 mile course with River Bends, CRPT, and Bald Mt South.

AY! CRAMBA IT’S COLD OUT: Is coming up date TBD.

MiSCA RACES:  The MiSCA Races at River Bends and Addison Oaks were a great success with over 300 racers at each event.  Bloomer race is this upcoming weekend and CRAMBA is fully supportive of these events.

TRAIL UPDATES:  The new trail in Lapeer is coming along great and has a large group ride on Wednesday Nights.  Let’s try and get up there and ride that trail.

Columbus Park has had some bridge work and is coming into shape.  I believe he said there is 2.5-3 miles of trail there now.

POSSIBLE CRAMBA REBRANDING:  It has been suggested that maybe CRAMBA look into rebranding to include all trail users.  I am sure there will be more discussion on this in the near future.  Stay tuned.

ELECTIONS:  The new members of the Board will be as follows; Brain McPherson, Steve Vigneau, Michael Green, Wade Robbins, Mike Reeves, Ken Markiewicz, and Mark Padin.  The positions they will take on the board will be determined at the next board meeting this Thursday 10/10/19.

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Addison Oaks Fall Classic is less than three weeks away!









Coming up, September 8th, is the Addison Oaks Fall Classic! Register in advance to save $5 off day-of rates.

Never done a race before? Come on out and give it a go in either the First Timer (one lap) or Beginner (two lap) categories and see just how fun a mountain bike race can be!

Racing not your thing? We could use your help with volunteering at the event. Sign up below.


Register to race online here.

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!
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Shelden Trails Redevelopment Plan Released!

We know you’ve been waiting for it, and here it is! Click here to download the full PDF detailing all the proposed trail routes for the Shelden Trails Redevelopment at Stony Creek Metropark!

The Metroparks are still finalizing construction timing, so stay tuned for that, but if you’re curious where the new routes will go, the recommended phases of construction, and which trails will be closed as part of making it all happen; here it is!

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April 2019 Membership Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s April 2019 Membership Meeting was held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7pm at Hog’s Hollow in Utica.

Meeting was called to order with Brian McPherson, Wade Robbins, Steve Vigneau, and Roger Class present for the CRAMBA Board. (Mike Reeves were excused absence.) Minutes recorded by Steve Vigneau.

  • CRAMBA presented the Wildcat groomer to Addison Oaks for their trail grooming use in the next winter season.
  • Steve Vigneau discussed the Shelden Trails project with the membership
  • Bike Patrol (Jeremy Verbeke)
    • Orientations coming up.
    • Transition from IMBA to National Ski Patrol association is complete.
    • Currently 46 CRAMBA Bike Patrolers.
  • Membership (Chris Westerlund)
    • 438 Members with Paid-Up Dues
    • Membership drive coming up where two Pivot biked will be given away.
  • Addison Oaks Race (Chris Westerlund)
    • Second Sunday of September, per usual.
    • Will be the last race of the CPS Series this year, which should get a good turnout.
  • Massive Fallout
    • Will be overseen by Wade Robbins this year, with assistance from Brian McPherson.
    • Taking place on September 28, 2019.
  • MiSCA Race will be happening at River Bends later this year.
  • Island Lake Bike Demo happening on May 4th; Brian McPherson will be representing CRAMBA.
  • Finances (Steve Vigneau)
    • Current balance of $31,506
    • Reminds Trail Coordinators to find projects, as this money is available for supporting the trails.
  • Trail Updates
    • Columbus Park: Currently under water, May trail day in the works.
    • Bloomer: Erik will be doing some clean-up on Easter Monday.
    • Holly/Holdridge: Todd Parkinson provided an update on status; mostly good.
    • Pontiac Lake: Trail Days on May 11 and June 9th, 9am to noon, meeting at trailhead.
    • River Bends: Trail days will be forthcoming to finish the new parts of the CK Canal Loop.
    • Seven Lakes: Work is under way with the park to formalize CRAMBA’s relationship.
    • Stony Creek: Trail Day on Easter Saturday, meeting in the B Lot, at 9am.
    • Holly High School: Good to go!
    • CRPT: Under water, as usual for this time of the year.
  • ODRAM donated an entry to be given away to a CRAMBA member. Roger Class held a drawing and it was won by Chris Patton.
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May 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s May 2019 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7pm at Steampunk in Utica.

Meeting was called to order with Brian McPherson, Wade Robbins, Steve Vigneau present for the CRAMBA Board. (Roger Class and Mike Reeves were excused absence.) Minutes recorded by Steve Vigneau.

Also present Jeremy Verbeke (National Mountain Bike Patrol, River Bends Trail Coordinator) and Michael Green (CRAMBA Member).

Board Items:

  • Board discusses upcoming Howlin’ at the Moon fundraiser with the Metroparks supporting the Shelden Trails redevelopment. CRAMBA and the Bike Patrol will be leading the Beginner and Advanced group rides and supporting the 5K run.
  • Brian McPherson represented CRAMBA at the Island Lake Demo. It was good exposure for us, and he handed out many fliers. Ended up selling one water bottle ($5) and taking in $2 in donations.
  • CRAMBA has $30,576.90 currently. Pontiac Lake will likely be requesting funds to cover some bridge work, but the cost of this is not yet known.

National Mountain Bike Patrol Items:

  • Jeremy Verbeke asks the CRAMBA board for a fixed amount per year that the Bike Patrol can spend without approval. These funds will mostly be used for purchase of consumables; a series of smaller expenses for which pre-approvals for each become complicated. Board approves $1000/year, passes unanimously by all members present (Brian McPherson, Wade Robbins, and Steve Vigneau).
  • Bike Patrol will be conducting an Outdoor First Care class on Sunday, May 19th. CRAMBA will be covering cost of box lunches for trainees and instructors.
  • CRAMBA will be hosting a CPR class on Saturday, May 18th, covering the $17/member cost for each Bike Patroler who attends.
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March 2019 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s March 2019 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7pm at Steampunk in Utica.

Meeting was called to order with Brian McPherson, Roger Class, Steve Vigneau present for the CRAMBA Board. (Wade Robbins and Mike Reeves were excused absence.)

Also present Jeremy Verbeke (National Mountain Bike Patrol, River Bends Trail Coordinator) and Ron Arnott (Holly-Holdridge Trail Coordinator).

Board Items:

  • Prior to this month’s meeting, Ivan Krasnov resigned from the CRAMBA Board of Directors.
  • On April 14th the Metroparks will be hosting a training day for trail work volunteers. CRAMBA will be providing tools to use for this training. Additionally, CRAMBA will be purchasing four new Rogue Hoe 70HR tools for the tool trailer, as these are specifically requested for the training. Cost for this is $289.80.
  • CRAMBA currently has around $32K in funds, after paying for 2019 insurance. This is a good amount to continue operations for a couple years, just in case other income sources dry up, while having money available for trail projects.
  • The Wildcat grooming sled, previously used at River Bends, will be donated to Addison Oaks for their use grooming the Fat Bike trail next season. The Exciter snowmobile will remain in CRAMBA’s possession, and both it and the Snowdog will be stored in the Snowmobile Trailer. Roger Class will be making arrangements for the donation.
  • As previously approved by the board (via Basecamp), Jeremy Verbeke will be renting a mini-excavator for use at River Bends to continue work on the CK Canal Loop.

National Mountain Bike Patrol Items:

  • At the First National Ski Patrol (NSP) training for National Mountain Bike Patrol members is 30-Mar-2019, CRAMBA will be covering lunch (likely box lunches from Jimmy John’s or so).
  • The next NMBP New Member Oorientation will be held in April 13, 2019.
  • NMBP will be hosting a Outdoor First Care course in May, CRAMBA will cover lunch for this as well.
  • Jeremy Verbeke gives the board a heads-up that NMBP will be needing consumable equipment (tubes, first-aid items, etc) and that he’ll be putting together a request for the CRAMBA Board.
  • Currently there are around 39 patrollers, but this is expected to increase after the next New Member Orientation.
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January 2019 CRAMBA Board + Addison Race Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s January 2019 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Shelby Township Fire Station #1 at 7pm. This was a joint meeting with the Addison Oaks Race Committee.

Meeting was called to order with Brian McPherson, Roger Class, Wade Robbins, Steve Vigneau present for the CRAMBA Board. (Ivan Krasnov and Mike Reeves were excused absence.) Also present were Jeremy Verbeke (National Mountain Bike Patrol, River Bends Trail Coordinator) and Chris Westerlund (Addison Oaks Fall Classic Race Organizer, Membership Committee Chair).

Board Items:

  • Chris Westerlund has introduced both Business and Club support for CRAMBA, at $100 and $50 each, respectively. Metro Detroit Mountain Bikers and Guinness Bikers are two of the first supporting organizations.
  • Steve Vigneau is working on new water bottles. We are currently out of stock of water bottles.
  • Steve Vigneau has been working with Stephen Spry on stocking hats to be sold at Ay CRAMBA. The order is under way and delivery expected at the end of January.
  • Brian McPherson handled Massive Fallout in 2018, but may not have the resources to run it all this year. Wade Robbins and Brian will be working on this together in 2019.
  • Trail marking supplies as requested by TCs will be delivered 11-Jan, Steve will kit the orders up and make them available to TCs.
  • Jeremy Verbeke is working with Shelby Township on mitigating local resident concerns about the proximity of the newest phase of the CK Canal Loop at River Bends Park. Requested changes will result in a loss of ~200′ of trail, but will maintain a visual barrier between a local neighborhood and the single track.
  • Roger Class is looking into new venues for the Chapter Membership Meetings.
  • Brian and Steve are meeting with Gary Hopp at Stony Creek Metropark on Saturday, January 5, 2019 to discuss fat bike access to the single track.

Addison Oaks Race Items:

  • CRAMBA is considering a new route that’s more of a loop with an alternative first climb. Makes for a better hole shot and no two way traffic. Chris will be taking this up with the park.
  • Food planning for the race is a concern, due to lack of volunteers.
  • Sponsors are currently being pursued, much earlier this year than in the past.

National Mountain Bike Patrol Items:

  • First National Ski Patrol (NSP) training for National Mountain Bike Patrol members is 30-Mar-2019.
  • NMBP new member orientation will be held in April, 2019.
  • Jeremy Verbeke asks the CRAMBA board to cover $25 (per member) cost of NSP training. Board approves this expense, for up to 30 people. (Maximum $750 outlay.)
  • Jeremy is looking into a winter-time NMBP end-of-season thank-you event and would like CRAMBA to fund this event. (Item was not voted on.)
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January 2019 CRAMBA Membership Meeting.

Board members present at the meeting were Brian McPherson, Steve Vigneau, Wade Robbins, Roger Class, and Mike Reeves.

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 by Brain McPherson and approximately 38 people were in attendance.

Steve Vigneau talked briefly about the purchase of the Snowdog Trail Groomer for $4300.00.  The old snowmobile is to go to Holdridge for the Wilderness loop and the old groomer is likely going to Addison Oaks.

Several of our CRAMBA trails purchased signage and those signs should be in this Friday (1/11/19).

Jeremy Verbeke stripped the CRAMBA trailer of the old outdated wrap, and put our new CRAMBA logos onto the trailer.  It looks great, thank you Jeremy.

Stony Sheldon Trails redevelopment update.  CRAMBA and the Metro Parks have been working together for a few years to redesign the trails at Stony Creek.  Applied Trails Research out of State College Pennsylvania, put together their proposal for the project and we are waiting for final approval.  The design should begin in the spring and the build should be done by the end of 2019.  The trail will be a series of linked, loops, that increase in difficulty.  Much of the old trail will be retained, some of the difficult to maintain sections will be eliminated.  Keeping the skills area is something CRAMBA is trying to workout with the park.  It is ultimately the parks decision to make, CRAMBA is trying to give them options to keep it if they ultimately choose to do so.

Bike Patrol update from Jeremy Verbeke.  Transition to National Ski Patrol is about halfway complete.  The 2019 roster is down to 35 from 70.  Out of the 70 patrollers last year, only 39 were active.  The rest either did not patrol, or did not report their patrols.  March 30 is the first training for non-ski patrollers on the roster.  April 13 is the training date for new patroller. Any questions, or if you are interested in bike patrol, email Jeremy at bikepatrol@cramba.org.

Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out is scheduled fro February 2nd, 2019 at noon.  It’s the 6th Anniversary of the event, which is a great opportunity to come out and test ride fat bikes at River Bends.  If the conditions aren’t good, the makeup date is set for February 16th.  We will have CRAMBA stocking/ski hats for sale at the event for $20.  40% of the hat proceeds go back to CRAMBA .  Also KLM will be sponsoring a membership drive at the event, covering $20 of the fee.

The fall 2018 membership drive was very successful.  We are at 413 members currently.  November was the best membership month CRAMBA has ever had.  Also, family memberships are the same price as individual memberships.  So, go to the website and add your family members.  This will assist us with our overall numbers.  “Strength in numbers” very much applies with advocacy.

The Addison Oaks XC Race will be held on September 8th, 2019.  This year it very well may be the last race of the CPS series.  Waiting final confirmation of the CPS Schedule, hopefully later this month or in February.

Massive Fallout will be the last weekend of September.  We will need volunteers to mark the route, and someone to lead the project.  We will be working with the local parks and communities to hopefully have more permanent signage put up, to make the prep for the ride every year easier.

River Bends will be having its first ever Mountain Bike Race.  It will be a kids MISCA race.  CRAMBA is very excited about this.  CRAMBA has only assisted with route suggestions for the race, and is not officially hosting the event.  Go to MISCAbike.org if you have kids interested in racing.

Steve Vigneau offered his Treasurer’s Report.  Our current balance is at $32,320.  This is after the $3,200 for signage at Pontiac Lake, River Bends, Bloomer, Stony Creek, and the Clinton River Park Trail.  This balance also includes the $4,300 for the snowdog.  CRAMBA received a $500 donation from the MOVE IT Fitness organization.  Big thank find great replica watches you like you to them!  The big upcoming expense this spring is our annual insurance payment of around $6,000-$7,000.  The Addison Oaks race brings in around $6,000 annually.  We have been fortunate and have had good weather, and a good turnout most years.  If we have a bad year we would lose a significant portion of our income.  It is important to remember that we need to keep a “cushion” for possible situations like this.


Roger Class stated that Addison will be groomed when we finally get snow.

Columbus Park is continuing to tweak the single track when they can.  Weather and conditions are not cooperating at the moment.

Pontiac Lake is receiving new signage, and the new changing station project is moving along.  Plans have been submitted to the park management and we have a good lead on funding (possible corporate donation).

River Bends has work progressing on the new CK Canal Loop (red).  1.6 miles were added over the summer of 2018, and another 1.1 miles is ready to be built out.  @ new bridges were built with a donation received by Wade Robbins.  A couple residents have complained that parts of the new trail comes to close to their property.  The trail is 60-80 feet from their property, and has a rail road track and bed between their property and the trail.  Jeremy is working with Shelby Twp to come up with a solution to make everyone happy.  Watch for trail days to be listed on Facebook.

We are working with Stony Creek to find a way top allow fat biking at Stony Creek.  Stay tuned.

Holly High School trail is still available to ride, and plans are made for 8 miles of trail to be built in Lapeer.  This trail will be near the jail/prison, the DTE solar panel field, and I-69.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45.

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CRAMBA Board Meeting 12/13/18

Sorry this is so late getting posted.  I got busy with the holidays and forgot to post.

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm at Steampunk in Utica.  Attending the meeting were Steve Vigneau, Wade Robbins, Brian McPherson, and Mike Reeves.

Finances for the chapter have been set up on Quickbooks and our balance as of 12/13/18 was $34,958.92.

Snowdog Groomer has been purchased and we are still awaiting snow.

Stony plan is in, and they are working on final approval.

MMBA Seven Lakes Project- MMBA was given $20,000 for the project.  The money was not set aside as directed, and was spent.  Jason Aric Jones was working on the project and has stepped down after the MMBA ‘s mismanagement of funds.

The January membership meeting will once again be held at CK Diggs.  We are aware of the difficulty for us to hear last time, so we have review our collections and experience the replicas worked with the owner of CK Diggs and we have a microphone set to run through the speakers in that room.  This should solve the problem.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.

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Looking Back at 2018

Happy New Year from CRAMBA to you and your family!

We hope you’ve had another great year of riding and having fun on the trails. 2018 was a great year for CRAMBA and we want to share with you some of the big things we accomplished together.

Thanks to our volunteers, donors, members, and hard work with partners we were able to:

  • Keep our trails in great shape and ready for all to use.
  • Build and install an information kiosk and bike repair stand at the Pontiac Lake trailhead.
  • Reroute a chronically muddy section of trail at Pontiac Lake.
  • Build a banked-curve, walled S-bridge at Clinton River Park Trailsover a perpetually muddy area.
  • Add 150 yards of new trail at Clinton River Park Trails to avoid an old dump and make for a more fun climb/descent.
  • Donate $3000 to support Shelden Trails Redevelopment at Stony Creek Metropark.
  • Purchase a SnowDog tracksled for grooming snowy single track for fat biking.
  • Open the first phase of the CK Canal Loop at River Bends featuring three beautiful, sustainable bridges over wet spots.
  • Replace missing trail markers at Bloomer Park, and bring on new volunteer Co-Trail Coordinator Chris LaBaere.
  • Raise $5855 at the Addison Oaks Fall Classic!
  • Host the annual ¡Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out! winter fat bike party at River Bends Park.
  • Host another episode of Massive Fallout, our annual autumn multi-trail ride spanning Stony Creek, Bald Mountain, Bear Creek, and Addison Oaks.
  • Continue work with the Metroparks and Applied Trails Research on the Shelden Trails Redevelopment Project at Stony Creek Metropark, resulting in the concept design for new trails!

We’re looking forward to continuing our work in 2019, starting off with grooming trails for fat biking, hosting another ¡Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out! event, donating new signage to a number of the trail systems we support, continuing work on the Shelden Trails Redevelopment at Stony Creek, and doing our best to enhance mountain bike access to trail systems throughout Southeast Michigan!

Please join us for our next Chapter Membership Meeting happening next Tuesday, January 8th, at 7pm at CK Diggs in Rochester Hills!

Then, we hope to see you at ¡Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out! happening on Saturday, February 2nd, at noon at River Bends Park. Click here for more information.

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