January Chapter Meeting Cancelled

Due to inclement weather and road conditions across Southeast Michigan we are CANCELLING tonight’s CRAMBA-IMBA January Chapter Meeting which was to have been held at 7:00pm at Rochester Mills Beer Company.

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CRAMBA-IMBA Bike Patrol: 1065 Hours in 2013

nmbp_patchThis past year has been a huge success for the Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association’s National Mountain Bike Patrol (NMBP) group. The CRAMBA-IMBA Mountain Bike Patrol is a nationally recognized group of volunteers that help when help is needed out on the trails, or anywhere for that matter. This includes helping others with minor trailside repairs, directing lost or uncertain trail users, being good trail stewards, assisting in medical emergencies and anything else that may occur out while riding that may need some assistance.

This year was a huge success due to the focus on getting more organized and recruiting more volunteers. In doing so, CRAMBA-IMBA’s Mountain Bike Patrol had 13 patrollers go through training and commit to patrolling our local trails. All of the volunteers went through an orientation and first aid and CPR training.

CRAMBA Bike Patrol has had a great deal of support from a variety of different sources. The First Aid/CPR training was paid by Joe Burns (Race Director for Back to the Beach Half Marathon @ Stony Creek Metro Park). Mr. Burns was also gracious enough to donate another lump sum of cash ($200) to help pay for trailside repair kits for new patrollers. American Cycle and Fitness (Macomb) helped by discounting those trailside repair kits and spare bike tubes. REI (Troy) donated first aid kits for each patroller, which total value was more than $600. CRAMBA-IMBA also allocated a portion of its funding to the Bike Patrol. The group is very appreciative of the donations from these businesses and groups since training and tools are important for helping trail users.

Patrollers throughout the state of Michigan gained 1367.68 hours of volunteer time while out riding this year. CRAMBA’s Mountain Bike Patrol group was responsible for 1065.25 of those hours. Combined, volunteers have ridden 2506 miles while patrolling. Patrollers can patrol anywhere at any time. Local trails that are commonly patrolled by our members are the local mountain bike trails in Macomb and Oakland Counties, such as Stony Creek Metro Park, Addison Oaks, River Bends, Clinton River Trail, and Bloomer Park. Our patrolling efforts also focus on helping with bike races, foot races and group rides such as CRAMBA-IMBA’s Massive Fallout group ride that is held in fall of each year. The effort and dedication of our local group is obvious, and we are just starting to grow.

The group is planning for training in the spring of 2014 to add to our wonderful group of volunteers. For information about requirements and basic program overview, please go to CRAMBA-IMBA’s Mountain Bike Patrol page. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please send an email to bikepatrol@cramba.org. This is a great opportunity for you if like to ride and like to help others.

Addison Oaks: 19 Patrols, 106.5 Hours
Bald Mountain: 6 Patrols, 14 Hours
Bloomer: 14 Patrols, 57.5 Hours
Clinton River Park Trails: 31 Patrols, 68 Hours
Clinton River Trail: 5 Patrols, 19.5 Hours
Holdridge: 9 Patrols, 28.75 Hours
Orion Oaks: 1 Patrols, 2 Hours
Paint Creek Trail: 9 Patrols, 19 Hours
Pontiac Lake: 20 Patrols, 56.75 Hours
River Bends: 55 Patrols, 123.5 Hours
Ruby Campground: 2 Patrols, 12 Hours
Stony Creek: 61 Patrols, 217.25 Hours
Non-CRAMBA Trails: 59 Patrols, 340.5 Hours

CRAMBA Mountain Bike Patrol at 2013 Addison Oaks Fall Classic

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REMINDER: Chapter Meeting: January 2014

Date: January 7, 2014 (7:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

Description: Quarterly CRAMBA-IMBA Chapter Meeting at Rochester Mills Beer Co. in Rochester, MI. Please arrive early if you wish to order food or some tasty beverages.



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¡Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out!: February 9th, 2014

DSCF0041-2Join CRAMBA-IMBA at noon on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 for the first ¡Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out! group ride on the snow-covered and winter-friendly trails of  River Bends Park.

Whether you have a fatbike or regular-wheeled mountain bike, come on our and join the fun for a few laps. We’ll have a solid, ridable groove groomed that we hope will make the trail accessible to all. We might even get out the paper plates and see who can finish a lap first†.

A warm campfire, places to relax, chili, and beverages will be provided, but feel free to bring whatever you’d like to share.

Keep checking back to this post for updates, over at this thread on the MMBA forum, or at the event page here on Facebook.

River Bends is located at Park Rd., Shelby Township, MI 48317, and meet at the Hickory Grove Shelter, located just north of the trailhead kiosk near the main parking lot off of 22 Mile Road.

† Not a race.

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River Bends Autumn Cleanup Trailday: November 16, 2013

Join CRAMBA-IMBA for an autumn cleanup trail day at River Bends on November 16th, 2013. Meet here near the trailhead (main parking lot off of 22 Mile Road) at 10:00 am.

The focus of this trail day will be small tweaks along the trail as needed to get the trail ready for winter and next year. This’ll likely include some work on the drop and berm, clearing deadfall, some leafblowing, tuning up crappy corners, and whatever else we identify during the day.

We’ve got a Facebook event for this here to RSVP, and as always you can find all of the CRAMBA-IMBA events here on our calendar.

See you there!

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July 2013 Chapter Meeting Minutes

The July 2013 CRAMBA Chapter meeting minutes have been uploaded and can be found here:

CRAMBA Chapter Meeting Minutes 7:9:2013

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STIHL Tools Repurchased!

Replacement STIHL Power ToolsThanks to the generosity of our members and donors CRAMBA-IMBA has replaced all of our power tools that were stolen in July!

With $2265 in cash donations (and a backpack blower valued at $259.99) we were able to outright purchase replacements for everything that was lost, along with a couple of extra tools that the Trail Coordinators had been asking for.

CRAMBA-IMBA would like to thank the following individuals for their generous donations. Without these donations the tool purchase would have had a serious impact on our bottom line. Thanks to these individuals we have been able to pick up where we left off, continuing to have high-quality power tools in maintaining our trails.

Thank you to:

Plaridel Asuncion
Scott Baxter
Rodney Gullett
TJ Hill
Aaron Hulett
Mark Kleckner
Nicholas Kolman
Konrad Kucharski
Bruce Leblanc
Carlos McIntyre
Greg Michaluk
Brett Rohrscheib
Justin Sefton
Kevin Sparks
Geneva Stephens
Mark Todd
Robert Wedding



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August 2013 CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes

The meeting minutes from our August 2013 Board meeting can be found here:

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes 8:20:13

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Chapter benefit and group ride, Saturday, September 7

NBbeerTo celebrate New Belgium’s one year anniversary in Michigan, Clubhouse BFD In Rochester Hills is hosting a fundraiser/group ride on Saturday, September 7. Clubhouse BFD will be opening up at 9am and will be offering a Bloody Mary bar. Ride starts at 10:30am with the option to ride the Clinton River trail or the MTB trails at Bloomer Park.

Afterwards, starting at noon, New Belgium will be taking over 22 taps for the day. There will also be New Belgium games and SWAG giveaways throughout the day. A portion of that day’s sales on New Belgium Shift on tap will go to CRAMBA-IMBA. 2013_Cruiser_Bike_web

For any donation made to CRAMBA-IMBA, you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a 2013 Fat Tire cruiser bike. Drawing will be at 4pm and you must be present to win. Thank you to New Belgium and Clubhouse BFD for their support and a special thanks to Motor City Brew Tours for helping us arrange this event.

Please help us spread the word and download a copy of our event flier by clicking here!

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Help Needed: Addison Oaks Race Sponsors

2012 Addison Oaks Fall XC Classic Finish LineWe need help finding more sponsors for our big fundraiser: the Addison Oaks Fall Classic race.

Through race fees and sponsorship this annual event is how CRAMBA-IMBA raises funds to keep our organization going. Money raised pays for everything from printing maps and signs to insuring our work, from paying for incidents (like replacing stolen tools) to getting pizza for volunteers after a long day of working on trails.

We need you, our members and partners, to help us find additional sponsors to support CRAMBA-IMBA and the ninth annual Addison Oaks Fall Classic. With over 400 participants and 500 spectators for our 2012 event, sponsorship offers businesses of all sizes outstanding exposure opportunities. We are welcome to partnerships with businesses of all types (eg: credit unions, restaurants, manufacturers, construction companies), not just those in the bicycling industry.

If you know of a business, organization, or if you yourself are interested in sponsorship opportunities please click here to download our sponsorship flier and email race@cramba.org if you have any questions.

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