National Mountain Bike Patrol Training: April 5th 2014


National Mountain Bike Patrol Training Hosted by CRAMBA

When: Saturday April 5th 2014 10am-3pm
Where: Shelby Township Fire Station #1 6345 23 Mile Rd, Shelby Township, MI 48316

Is the National Mountain Bike Patrol right for you? It is if you enjoy:
● Riding your bike.
● Helping other people.
● Being involved in the management of your local trails.
● Learning and sharpening skills such as outdoor first aid, trailside bike repair, off-road riding and trail-use education.

Looking to help or want to join us?
● Assist in medical and mechanical emergencies
● Educate trail users of proper etiquette
● Inform land managers, land owners and trail users of trail conditions through monitoring efforts
● Work with land managers to maintain and/or gain trail access for mountain bikers
● Offer volunteer services at outdoor races and events

If you are interested please email

Here is a link to a recent article on the Mountain Bike Patrol: … rs-needed/

View More information by viewing this brochure: … d_4_11.pdf

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February CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes

The meeting minutes from our February 2014 Board meeting can be found here:

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes 2:24:14

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CRAMBA-IMBA 2014 Membership Survey

The Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association has put together a membership survey, and we’d like to invite everyone to take a few moments to give us your thoughts.

We’d like EVERYONE (current members, past members and non-members) to give us your thoughts on what we are doing right, what we need to improve upon, and what you’d like us to focus on in 2014.

Thanks for taking the time to give us your thoughts.

CRAMBA-IMBA 2014 Membership Survey.

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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 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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