More MTB Trails at Stony Creek!

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2016 Spring Membership Drive – Become a Member

Think spring! Think warmer weather! Think mountain biking! Think CRAMBA!

With the cold weather, snow and gray skies almost behind us it’s time to put that fatbike away and dust off your 29er, 650b or that rockin’ 26er!  Of course, some of you ride fat year round, so tune that fatty up and keep her rollin’ this summer (and join us on one of our group rides).

So you’re ready to head to your local trail… thankfully it’s ready to ride thanks to your CRAMBA-IMBA chapter! Or maybe you’re ready to head to a brand new trail. Thankfully, it exists due to the efforts of your CRAMBA-IMBA chapter!

How does this all happen? It’s simple: members like you drive the mountain biking experience in concert with CRAMBA-IMBA!

By becoming a CRAMBA-IMBA member you support building and improving your local trails. And more members means more weight for getting what we want, which means better trails and more trails.

Still not sure why you would want to be a member?

Our members dictate what we want and do.

  • Member counts bring us clout with our local parks, government, and land managers which gets us what we want: new and improved trails.
  • Membership pays chapter expenses: supplies for building and maintaing trail, insurance for the work we do, events we put on.

Direct membership benefits:

  • Knowing you supported your local trails
  • Socks at the $50 level
  • Subaru VIP access—save up to $3,300 on a new or leased vehicle
  • com year-long membership offering pro-deals bike gear
  • Year-long subscription to your choice of mountain bike publication—choose from Bicycling, Dirt Rag Digital, Peloton Digital or Velo Digital
  • Membership kit with stickers, propaganda and membership card
  • Discounts on bike and outdoor gear
  • 10% off all IMBA gear and event registrations

There are no additional obligations when becoming a CRAMBA-IMBA member.

If that’s not enough for you, CRAMBA-IMBA is launching a Spring Membership Drive running March 2016 until May 2016 to encourage you to join your CRAMBA-IMBA chapter!

Running March through May, the drive will include special prize opportunities donated by a variety of corporate sponsors and limited edition IMBA gear for all individual and family members who join or renew their membership or register with CRAMBA-IMBA.

Look for an upcoming announcement about the 2016 benefits for new and renewing members.

 Join here: I want to join CRAMBA-IMBA! Or here: IMBA.

Visit our Facebook page; we look forward to seeing you on the trails and at one of our upcoming events. Ride on!

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Stony Creek Spring Trail Day 2016

IMG_0476Join us for our spring trail day at Stony Creek Saturday April 23rd. We will meet at West Branch Lot B at 9 am.

The main focus will be repairing the supports under the main boardwalks in the Pines. Secondary projects such as the rock garden lengthening and basic ground repairs will be tackled depending on volunteer turnout.

Are you curious about what we do and who we are? This is a great opportunity to find out and get involved; everyone is welcome.IMG_0428

No experience is necessary to participate in a Trail Day, just a desire to make our trails better. Wear clothes for working outdoors (long sleeves, pants, gloves, boots, eye protection) and bring something to drink. We’ll provide the tools, but you are more than welcome to bring your own. We look forward to seeing you there!

Also, see our event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1682184792049170/

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February 2016 Board Meeting

2.18.16 board meeting minutes can be found here.

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2016 Tri-Chapter Ultimate Trail Challenge

Did you know there are 33 different mountain bike trails in the metro Detroit area?

The Clinton River Area Mountain Biking Association (CRAMBA), Motor City Mountain Biking Association (MCMBA), and the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association (Poto MBA) are teaming up this year to present the 2016 Tri-Chapter Ultimate Trail Challenge. The challenge involves riding all 33 of three local IMBA chapter trails at least once during Tri-Chapter Ultimate Trail Challengethe 2016 season. The challenge officially begins on February 1, 2016. Rides will be loosely coordinated on the Facebook event, chapter Facebook groups, or other various locations. Join a ride that has been posted, or exercise your self-reliance and organize your own trail outing and invite others to join. Get creative and combine multiple trails for some excellent endurance training rides. Submit your challenge summary by November 13th (send your summary by email to: jenny_schultz@hotmail.com). The challenge summary can be a list of dates and trails you have ridden and recorded on Strava, for example. A template for tracking will be shared. Other means of documented challenge summaries will be considered at the discretion of the organizers. Read more…

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American Cycle & Fitness Ladies Night

Feburary 6th 2016, 5pm-8pm

American Cycle & Fitness Royal Oak: 29428 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, Michigan 48073

A fun evening for just ladies. Come see different ways to stay active, maybe win a prize in one of the raffles. Have snacks and get to know some great people. The event is free.

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January 2016 Chapter Meeting

Chapter Meeting

January 12th 2016

 

Call to order 7:05pm

  • Rodney welcomed everyone
  • New Board went around and introduced themselves.
  • Michigan ARD
  1. Will work with Lansing
  2. Help get grant money
  3. Work with DNR on a regular basis.
  • Snow Stuff
  1. Thank You Mike Fitzpatrick for Groomer donation.
  2. Thank You Mark Senyk for finding and repairing snowmobile
  3. Thank You Dean Fitzpatrick for trailer donation.
  4. With all the donations total out of pocket cost is $1000 for registration and insurance for equipment.
  5. River Bends is the only trail at this time being groomed.
  6. Stoney is interested in looking at us grooming for them. The only place to MTB at this time is the trolley trails. Jeremy is meeting with them.
  7. Addison grooms themselves.
  • AY!CRAMBA
  1. January 31st
  2. 10 shops already signed up.
  3. 2 different ride groups.
  4. BYOB, 3 fire pits, pot luck
  • Treasurer
  1. Financial report $16,791.00
  2. Insurance is coming up. $2,000/$4,000
  3. New Trailer wrap $1500/$1800 (Thank You Kristi for mock up.)
  • Membership
  1. Current members 287.
  2. New price is $35
  3. We now have auto renewal.
  4. More members mean we go from 60/40 split to a 50/50 split from IMBA.
  • Bike Patrol
  1. 37 active patrollers.
  2. 2,950 hours patrolled.
  3. IMBA has a patrol video out.
  4. Will have a training session in April.
  • Trails
  1. Stoney- Rebuild board walk, rock garden. There is new bike repair stand.
  2. Holly- Stay away HUNTERS! Looking at trail day in June.
  3. Addison- BOB is in CHARGE!!!
  4. Bald Mtn- Stay off cross country ski areas that are groomed by DNR.
  5. CRPT- New bridges, working on signs for two traffic for RB/CRPT trail. Will work on soft area along M53. Got a nice donation for trail.
  6. River Bends- 2.5 miles scouted for new trail. Park and Rec. has eagle scouts that want to do projects.
  7. Bloomer- There is a whole new bridge in the tech loop. Working on future projects. Looking at doing a Thursday ride next year.
  • Events up coming
  1. Feb 6th American Cycle and Fitness Ladies Night
  2. Macomb Bike Ladies Night Feb 25th
  3. June 1st MTB 101 Shelby Twsp.
  4. Got MTB 101 Girls 18 & older July 24th & August 27th
  5. Addison Race Sept 11th
  6. Massive Fallout Oct 1st
  • CRAMBA Jersey– Nick is looking at on-line ordering

 

AS ALWAYS CHECK OUT CRAMBA.ORG, AND FACEBOOK

 

Dismissed at 9:30pm

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2015 CRAMBA Bike Patrol Year in review

The Clinton River Mountain Bike Association’s (CRAMBA) National Mountain Bike Patrol continues to grow and provide a great service for all trail users in Southeast Michigan.

The mission of the CRAMBA Bike Patrol is to Assist, Educate and Inform mountain bikers and other trail users in safe, responsible and respectful use of bike trails and parks.  This is accomplished through volunteers “patrolling” local trail systems.  The CRAMBA Bike Patrol is not an enforcement agency, yet we Assist all trail users in times of need, Educate users of proper “rules of the trail” and Inform land managers and officials of conditions and concerns of the trails.

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CRAMBA Bike Patrol has significantly grown since its inaugural year in 2013.  Over the last 3 years our numbers of patrollers increased, our working relationship with land managers and trail users are improving and many people are recognizing what the Bike Patrol provides.

In 2015 we started off strong by extending our patrol season to all year.  With the increase of fat bikes, more and more patrollers are out on the trails throughout winter as well.  CRAMBA Bike Patrol also improved by hosting two new patroller orientations and training sessions.  The training sessions included First Aid/CPR, trail etiquette, trailside maintenance, conflict resolution and Land Manager relations.

37 active CRAMBA patrollers put in a remarkable 2919.86 hours of volunteer time in 2015 from 1087 logged patrols!  They also logged more than 14,000 miles of trails patrolled.  Log reports showed trail assistance provided anything from providing maps and directions all the way to stabilizing efforts, 911 activation and patient transfer to local EMS.  All of this is provided free of charge, by volunteers.

Also, in September, the National Director of the IMBA-National Mountain Bike Patrol in Boulder, Colorado flew out to meet with CRAMBA Patrollers and film a promotional video for the Bike Patrol.   Several CRAMBA patrollers participated in the video that helps explain what the Bike Patrol is and what we provide.  The video can be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/negBTR1m4wc .  This was a great honor for our group to be featured and highlighted on the national level.
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The group is planning for training in the spring of 2016 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.

 

Total hours Total miles (est.) Total impressions (est.)
2919.86 14306.23 43069.5
Impressions are defined as individuals who were seen observing the presence of a Bike Patroller
CRAMBA Trail hours miles impressions
Addison Oaks 350.75 1344.26 5138
Bald Mountain 138.25 611.8 907
Bloomer 136.5 577.3 907
Clinton River Park Trails 220.75 1533.17 3812
Clinton River Trail (rail-trail) 27 266 272
Holdridge State 34.5 121 153
Macomb Orchard Trail 35.1 343.7 344
Metro Parkway Trail 35 99.2 152
Orion oaks 10 69 33
Paint Creek Trail 80.35 650 1604
Polly Ann Trail 15 110 140
Pontiac Lake State Rec 57 264 292
River Bends 568.25 2736.88 5415.5
Ruby Trails 12 54 74
Seven lakes 1 7.5 3
Stony Creek Metropark 644.05 3346.52 14992
Other Trails hours miles impressions
54 other trails 554.36 2171.9 8831

Thank you,
Jeremy Verbeke
CRAMBA Bike Patrol Director

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December 2015 Board Meeting

December board meeting minutes can be found here: December minutes

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CRAMBA-IMBA January 2016 Chapter Meeting

FB_IMG_1424877760505While we can’t change the fact that it’s winter, we can at least bring you a smile by inviting you to our first chapter meeting of the new year!

We have state level updates, membership updates and some other good stuff to talk about. We will also introduce our (mostly) new board! Hopefully they show up!
 

Since biking and beer go well, we’ll be at Rochester Mills Beer Company, January 12. Meeting starts at 7 PM.
For those of you who have not heard of Google search and maps (hee hee), the address is:

400 Water St Rochester, MI 48307

See you there!

Click here for the Facebook page event: CRAMBA January Membership meeting Facebook link

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