October 2015 Board Meeting

The minutes from our October Board Meeting can be found here:

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes 10-20-15

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Bald Mountain Trail Day Recap: October 25, 2015

Bald Mountain Trail Day Workers: October 25, 2015

This past Sunday, October 25th, CRAMBA volunteers met up with Paul Majchrowski, the Lead Worker for Bald Mountain Recreation Area, for another successful trail day. For years the segment of trail located between along Predmore Roads and Carpenter Lake on the Orange Loop of the North Unit between markers 13 and 14 (map) has been muddy and frequently impassible. The section downslope from what’s commonly referred to as The Ranger’s House (a DNR-owned house) was one of the worst spots.

By Paul Majchrowski, Lead Worker at Bald Mountain Recreation Area, safely clearing a fallen tree.clearing deadfall and reusing and improving existing, casually-created trails we were able to move the trail 3-6 feet above the wet area, establishing a route that should remain dry year-round. This will benefit all trail users including mountain bikers, hikers, runners, skiers, and dog walkers.

While a few other wet spots remain, by working in partnership with the DNR, CRAMBA volunteers like you have fixed numerous problem areas, helping to make the trails at Bald Mountain better than ever.

In additional to Paul, Adam Lepp, and the rest of the DNR staff at Bald Mountain, we would like to thank all the volunteers who showed up and worked to make our trails better:

Tony McGee, Todd Parkinson, Kristen Barry, Jeremy Kozak, Paul Culbertson, Dave Jackson, Scott Cervin, Konrad Kucharski, Steve Vigneau, Dan Blodgett, Deanna Velasco, Rodney Gullett, and Mark Senyk.

Thank you everyone! See you on the trails!

(An album of photos taken by Kristen Barry, CRAMBA Treasurer, can be found here.)

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¡Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out! Fat Bike/Snow Bike festival January 31st 2016

Noon-5pm January 31st 2016

https://www.facebook.com/events/1031674640210310/

Please join CRAMBA-IMBA for ¡Ay CRAMBA It’s Cold Out!, a celebration of cold weather riding at Shelby Township’s River Bends Park. Come on out and join us for a group ride, fatbike demos, hot bonfires, chili, and tasty beverages. Please feel free to bring food, snacks, and/or drinks to share.

Fat bikes or normal mountain bikes, everyone is welcome!

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September 2015 Chapter Meeting and Election Minutes

The September Chapter Meeting minutes, with Board Election results can be found here:

CRAMBA September Chapter Meeting 2015

Thanks for all who attended and especially those who stepped up to form the new board!

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Massive Fallout: September 26th 2015!!

Spray paint on the dirt road marking the Conklin Road entrance to Bald Moutain State Recreation Area prior to Massive Fallout.Massive Fallout: September 26th, 2015

Massive Fallout is a large-scale group ride organized by the volunteers of the Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association (CRAMBA-IMBA).

The ride features four prominent trails in Macomb and Oakland Counties: Stony Creek, Bald Mountain, Addison Oaks, and Bloomer. These trails are all connected via a series of safe roads, paths, and rail trails creating a fun, flexible ride. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, the ride can be configured to your experience level and desired length. The total estimated mileage is roughly 50-60 miles including Bloomer.

All trails and routes will be marked clearly. Maps will be handed out during starting hours. Join us for the mass start to be part of one of the largest mountain bike group rides in Southeast Michigan.

This ride is a CRAMBA event and will be insured under the CRAMBA group event policy. SAG support and aid stations will be available during the ride should you need help or fuel and we will be working closely with area bike shops to provide the best support possible to all that attend. T-Shirts will be available for sale the day of the ride. All proceeds from T-Shirt sales will go to CRAMBA.

Starting Hours: 8:00am – 10:00am, with a 10:00am mass start!
Start Location: Stony Creek Metro Park – West Branch Picnic Area C
Ride Cost: Free! (purchase of Stony Creek Metropark day pass may be required)

GPS routes:
Stony to Addison Aid Station: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/10192645
Addison to Stony (no Bloomer): http://ridewithgps.com/routes/10193210
Addison to Stony (easy route): http://ridewithgps.com/routes/10192933

Turn-by-turn directions:
Stony, Bald Mountain, and Addison: http://utabintarbo.com/files/MFORidingDirections2015.pdf
Bloomer “add-on”: http://utabintarbo.com/…/MFORidingDirections2015-Bloomer.pdf

Map (Classic): Massive Fallout Map (Classic)

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Addison Oaks Fall Classic XC Race THIS WEEKEND!!

Just less than 48 hours left to register online for the Addison Oaks Fall Classic.

Expert/Elite waves start going off at 10:00AM
Sport waves start going off at 12:30PM
Beginner waves start going off at 2:00PM

Day of registration is open till 30 minutes before the first wave of a category goes off, but you can save yourself the time and hassle of registering the of the race AND save $5 over day of rates by preregistration today.

We’ll be grilling up burgers, dogs and brats, free for the racers, starting around noon. Of course, food is available for everyone attending, but we ask that you help us out with a donation for non-racers.

The weather looks to be nice a cool, a welcome change after the heat wave of Labor Day weekend. The weatherman says that it looks like it’ll be a clear day, so conditions will be perfect for the race. Pauly and Oakland County Parks have been working to make sure that the course and park are ready and perfect for us, so sign up today and we’ll see you on SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!!!

https://www.bikereg.com/addison-oaks-fall-classic-cramba-benefit-race

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May and June 2015 Board Meeting

It’s been a busy couple of months!  Just getting caught up on old minutes…

See them here:

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes 5-21-15

CRAMBA Board Meeting Minutes 6-25-15

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July 2015 Chapter Meeting

For those who couldn’t make the Group Ride / Meeting at Stony Creek last week, here are the minutes from the meeting.

CRAMBA July Chapter Meeting 2015

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July Chapter Meeting at Stony Creek

July 8th at Stony Creek Metropark.

https://www.facebook.com/events/404423869731764/

This will be our third quarterly meeting of 2015. For a change of pace, this will NOT be held at our normal location, but will be held at Stony Creek Metropark. Beginning at 5:30PM, there will be rides heading out from the West Branch C Lot pavilion. If you can’t make it at 5:30, that’s fine, we’ll be riding till 7:30PM.

At 7:30PM, we’ll meet at the pavilion for a quick meeting, talking about what is going on in the chapter and future plans, and then we can socialize with some food off the grill and some beverages.

We hope getting the meeting outside, and combining it with some food off the grill and some riding will get some new people out the ride, and give us a chance to hang out and hopefully ride some new faces. If you aren’t familiar with Stony Creek, this is a perfect time 

Please note that to drive into the park, you need an 2015 Metropark pass, or will need to pay a $7 daily fee at the gate.

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CRAMBA Mountain Bike Patrol orientation May 30th

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Our next scheduled New Patroller Orientation is scheduled for May 30th 10am at Shelby Twp Fire Station #1.

Located at 6345 23 Mile Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48316

Enter the West entrance.

Training will last 2ish hours.  At 1pm there will be a group ride at River Bends Park.  This will co-inside with a beginner/novice group ride.

Please bring your bike, helmet and any medical training you have to the training.

If you have any questions please ask, otherwise we will see you Saturday May 30th.  Please share this email with anyone else you think might be interested.

Please RSVP by email  bikepatrol@cramba.org or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/982835151734830/

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