Addison Oaks Connector Bypass Completed and Mapped

Addison Oaks Connector Trail Bypass DetailCRAMBA-IMBA has completed an addition to the mountain bike route at Addison Oaks County Park designed to bypass the western end of the Connector Trail. By reopening an old trail route this cuts down on bicycle traffic passing directly by the newly built non-motorized entrance and extend the amount of trail for the mountain bike route.

The Addison Oaks Mountain Bike Route map has been updated to reflect this change, and the trail segment is accessed by heading north at marker 11 through the gap in a split rail fence instead of turning left on the crushed limestone Connector Trail. Temporary signage is in place, and this post on the MMBA Forum has pictures which will help you find your way. The new segment of trail can also be seen here on OpenStreetMap’s online map viewer.

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National Trails Day: Visit Addison Oaks County Park

Addison Oaks Large Rock

UPDATE: Due to wet trail conditions CRAMBA-IMBA is canceling the National Trails Day event at Addison Oaks.

In celebration of the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day event on Saturday, June 1st, Oakland County Parks will be offering free admission to Addison Oaks County Park.

From 10am until 2pm CRAMBA-IMBA will be present on-site offering information about our organization. If you’ve never checked out Addison Oaks’ outstanding trail system this is a great time to visit!

CRAMBA-IMBA was previously going to be leading group rides of the Mountain Bike Trail Route, but due to the recent rains making the trails too wet to ride we will only be onsite for informational purposes.

Addison Oaks County Park is located at 1480 West Romeo Road, Leonard, MI 48367, just nine miles northwest of Rochester. Park map may be found here. CRAMBA-IMBA’s tent will be set up near the concession building just east of the main parking area.

Interested in helping out with this event? Show up at 10am and come to the CRAMBA-IMBA tent, we’d love your help!

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Thank You, Tailwind Racing!

Tailwind Racing LogoThe CRAMBA-IMBA Mountain Bike Patrol would like to thank Tailwind Racing LLC for their generous donation at this past weekend’s Stony (Not So Hot) Marathon, where six patrollers were watching the trails.  Bryan Wissman of Tailwind Racing presented CRAMBA-IMBA Mountain Bike Patrol director Jeremy Verbeke with a donation of $400.

Over the past year the CRAMBA-IMBA Mountain Bike Patrol, under the leadership of Jeremy Verbeke, has grown to 13 members who have an active presence on the local trails and at numerous local off-road cycling and running races.

For more information about the CRAMBA-IMBA Mountain Bike Patrol please click here, and find information on IMBA’s National Mountain Bike Patrol here.

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Announcing Got MTB Clinic

GOT_graphic_v2We are proud to announce Got MTB, CRAMBA-IMBA’s women’s mountain bike clinic. Building on the foundation laid by the DNR’s former BOW mountain biking program, CRAMBA-IMBA is hosting a women’s mountain biking clinic for the beginning to intermediate member.

Click here to visit the Got MTB page on cramba.org for more information and to sign up.

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Addison Oaks Trails Closed Due to Wetness

Due to recent heavy rainfall saturating the trails, Oakland County Parks and Recreation have chosen to close the trails at Addison Oaks County Park until they can dry out. Please keep off of Addison Oaks’ Mountain Bike Route and other trails until further notice.

Addison Oaks trails are good to ride. Enjoy!

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CRAMBA Chapter Meeting: April 9, 2013

The CRAMBA-IMBA Board would like to invite you to Rochester Mills Beer Co. on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 for our next chapter meeting. As usual the meeting will start around 7:00 PM, so if you’d like to order food or some of Rochester Mills’ tasty beverages please arrive a bit earlier to get your order in.

This meeting will consist of the usual trail updates and other and details about other ‘goings on’ within the Chapter, including upcoming Summer Events and 15 Things CRAMBA Did in 2012.

If you have anything you’d like added to the agenda, please send me an email at info@cramba.org no later than Monday, April 8, 2013.

!!!!!!!! Remember, $6 Growler Fills on Tuesdays !!!!!!!!

Rochester Mills Beer Co (www.beercos.com)
400 Water Street
Downtown Rochester, MI
Map Link

Hope to see you there!

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February/March CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes

The February/March CRAMBA Board meeting minutes have been posted and can be viewed here:

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes – 3-5-13

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CRAMBA goes to Detroit Bike City

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CRAMBA booth featuring new tent

March 16th marked the second annual Detroit Bike City expo at Cobo Hall in Detroit.  This year’s event drew over 2000 people.

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Kiosk built by Loren Konkus

CRAMBA and MCMBA joined forces and shared a 10 x 30 booth. Loren Konkus from MCMBA built a mini kiosk which we used to display trail day photos and showcased the IMBA literature and stickers supplied by Andy Williamson, our great lakes regional director.

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Erik and Roger talking about our trails

Many of  the people we talked to were impressed that we are a volunteer based organization working towards improving public trails.  Some even discovered trails they did not know existed. Thanks to our new trail guide brochure, we were able to match people with trails based on their skill level.

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Candy and bottle openers drew the crowds in

By the end of the day, we had signed up over 8 new members and shared our message of trail ownership to a whole new audience.

Detroit Bike City continues to grow and we can’t wait to see what next year brings.

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New Trail Guide on MMBA Website

New MMBA Trail Guide ScreenshotThe Michigan Mountain Biking Association  (of which CRAMBA-IMBA is a member organization) has launched its new map-based trail guide. This trail guide includes detailed information on a number of trails in Michigan, including all of the trails that CRAMBA-IMBA maintains.

Click HERE to head on over to the announcement on the MMBA’s website, or HERE to go straight to the trail guide itself.

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Vote for Trail Grants for Copper Harbor and Brown County

Two trails near CRAMBA-IMBA’s area, Michigan’s Copper Harbor and Indiana’s Brown County, in the running are up for Bell Built trail building grants from Bell Bike Helmets.

Our fellow MMBA members at Copper Harbor are in the running for a grant towards developing the downhill Overflow Trail grant, and Hobbs Hollow trail in Brown County State Park is in the running for a Flow Trail grant.

Voting ends on April 12th, so visit the Bell Built Grant page this page on Facebook to register your vote!

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