UPCOMING EVENTS

2/4/23 Ay Cramba! It’s Cold Outside – Fat bike/Snow bike Festival 12 – 5 PM at River Bends Park (Main lot off of 22 Mile Rd. – Backup date of February 18)

http://www.cramba.org/events/ay-cramba-its-cold-out-fat-bikesnow-bike-festival

https://www.facebook.com/events/578724534054055?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D

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January Meeting Minutes

Held January 12, In Attendance: Wade Robbins, Brian LaVoie, Mike Roman, Brian McPherson, Dan Dyla, Brandon Stanko, Ed Olson, John D Knight III, and John Garland (minutes by John Garland)

Brandon Stanko nominated to and approved to CRAMBA board.

Insurance being quoted (covered to 3/1/23)

Financials: $43,126.18 in account, Basecamp annual license is pending.

Clinton River Park Trails: walk through being done by land managers. We still need a Trail Coordinator for this trail.

Updates needed for newsletter and NSP Mountain Bike Patrol

Agenda items: Ay Cramba February 4, 2023.  12-4pm (back up date is 2/18/23)

Vendors:
KLM will be on hand with Demo fat bikes and other giveaways including Specialized RBX jacket, bibs, and Deep winter gloves.
Main Street Bicycles
Trek
Select Cycle Worx https://selectcycleworx.com/

CRAMBA merch giveaways, 50/50 raffle and more!

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Meeting Minutes July 2022 – Oct 2022

10/13 CRAMBA board meeting

7pm virtual
Attendance: Wade Robbins, Brian LaVoie, Ed Olson, Dan Dyla, Marc Padin, Michael Roman, John Knight, and John Garland (minutes recorded by John Garland)

Finance: 42175 in account with all major expenses paid.
IMBA quarterly received, expenses paid for PO Box, Storage Unit, MFO, and Bike Patrol. 300 from cash box in MFO and 435 from bikereg.

Membership is down, 548 in 2020, 484 in 2021, 364 ytd 2022.

Fall Events: Shelden trails fest was great turn out, weather was good and stony seemed interested in doing it maybe twice a year in 2023.

MFO was successful with about 100 riders and good, cool weather. A few riders completed the long 100 mile route! Feedback: AO food stop was “missed”. Many people offered to volunteer next year.

Board: Marc Padin will stay on as treasurer, John Garland will stay on as secretary, Wade Robbins will stay on as chair, Brian LaVoie will stay on as vice chair.
Members at large: Ed Olson, Michael Roman, John Knight, Daniel Dyla.

Thanks to Brian McPherson who has termed out for his years of service. Thanks to Steven Trecapelli who is stepping down.

We have 3 (maybe 4) openings on the board.
If you’re interested in joining us please email board@cramba.org for more information.

Plans for 2023: Website updates and easier ways to access social media.

Cramba Chapter meeting: Nov 9, 7pm. KLM Rochester.

Discussion of virtual chapter meeting as Poto chapter has had success with this.

AY Cramba – February 4, 2023 (back up 2/18) Michael Roman to lead event coordination.

Meeting adjourned at 7:53

8/11 Meeting Minutes

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day- oct 1 – howl at moon sub event

AO 2023 – date/venue/format ideas?

Lift access possibilities being explored, how Cramba fits in: Bike patrol , references for trail building companies

58344k in bank
Outstanding checks 18k 528 = 39815k

Membership drive

MFO
Confirm pavilion
Klm involvement mike
Signing teams and other volunteers
100mile completion gets raffle?

Klm race team donation interested in Bald Mountain


Save the Date:

9/10 – Addison Oaks XC Race. Cancelled

9/24 – Lapeer Oakdale Trail Beaver Dash Event
https://www.crank4acause.org/beaver-dash

10/8 – Massive Fall Out. Multi-trail ride starting at Stony Creek Metropark west branch lot featuring 50k, 100k, and 100 mile routes. 8 AM gathering/breakfast, 9 AM group photo/mass start. Evening event TBD for all riders and Cramba members. BikeReg for t-shirts and swag soon.

Bike reg
Signup genius and volunteers needed list
MFO shirts
Gpx

Chapter Meeting 6/22

membership drive
54k in bank 18k to spend at RB
Events….
Howling at the moon, ride leaders
MFO – in works

Bike patrol – regional recognized
Any Oakland county park is class 1 e-bike allowed

Trails
AO Class 1 E-bikes now allowed
BM – WIP in processing
BMS getting an action plan for update
Bloomer – normal maintenance, class 1 E-bikes now allowed
CRPT – needs TC and attention. COMMUNITY TRAIL DAY?
Columbus
Holly Holdridge – trimmed
Oakdale – signage
PLRA – trimmed
RB – signage and features. Grand opening to come
Sanborn
SC – Bypass for jumpline
Woodsong

Friendship park LOPArksRec gonna add 2 small loops. Late OCT. Mark N suggested as TC

7/19 board meeting

Held online. In attendance: Wade Robbins, Brian LaVoie, Vito Manzella, Steve Trecapelli, and John Garland

National Bike Patrol jerseys and updates
AO updates

Board updates: one spot open

Membership drive

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May 2022 Board Meeting minutes

CRAMBA’s May, 2022 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 7 PM at River Bends Park, Spring Hill Trailhead.

The Meeting was called to order by Wade Robbins.  Also in attendance Brian McPherson, Marc Padin, Michael Roman, Steven Trecapelli, El Olson, Steve Vigneau, Jeremy Verbeke, Roger Class, Erik Silvassy, Ron Arnot, Kevin Gorman, and John Garland.  Minutes recorded by John Garland.

Chapter Meeting: will take place in June at Pontiac Lake with a group ride prior.

Cramba trail challenge is going on currently and registration is still open, register at  https://www.bikereg.com/cramba-trail-challenge

https://www.facebook.com/Cramba-Trail-Challenge-108352268514621

https://www.strava.com/clubs/1041990

Cramba updates: BKXC gave Cramba three sets of grips to raffle off, winners notified via email. 

Cramba paid the membership fees for the active members of the Cramba Bike Patrol.  The Cramba Bike Patrol recently won the Eastern Michigan Region of the National Ski Patrol Oustanding Bike Patrol Award.

Cramba donated $1,250 to Misca in support of youth cycling.

Trails:

Addison Oaks:  Trying to move forward on connector to BMN.

Bloomer Park: The bridge entrance to singletrack (flow flats, “gloomer” on Strava) from the railroad grade is submerged and should be avoided, a temporary entrance is flagged further south and will be signed appropriately soon.

Bald Mountain: North unit connector is complete.  South unit has significant water issues still.

Holdridge:  Working on relations with the DNR for facilities management.

River Bends is done trail building phase 2 of the Farside trail project and will complete more signage, features, and maintenance.  Look for a Grand Opening sometime in July.

Sanborn – Cramba will support this new trail in Port Huron under development. 

Stony Creek – Official Maps have been update, check the Our Trails menu above to access.

Trail days and trail maintenance: will be updated and announced here, and on FB pages.  During the growth time, trail users are encouraged to help with trimming.  Feel free to adopt a section of trail or initiate a trim with buddies, just mind the local park rules on PPE/Equipment etc.  Please log any volunteer hours http://www.cramba.org/get-involved/report-volunteer-hours/ so we can keep track and display to our partners/land managers our volunteer hours.

Event updates:  For a full list of events view save the date below or check in for calendar updates.

Addison Oaks Fall XC race is still set for 9/24.  Timing is being negotiated currently

Howl at the Moon at Stony Creek Metro Park Shelden Trails will have scheduled times for themed rides and sessions. 

Massive Fall Out 2022 will feature 3 route options.  A link for volunteers will be updated shortly. 

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April Update!

Please join in the Cramba Trail Challenge taking place now until June 25.

CRAMBA Trail Challenge!!! Registration is now open: https://www.bikereg.com/cramba-trail-challenge Cost is $30 to cover the shirt, celebration at the end (6/25 @ Oakdale Lapeer) and help support our local trails. Please follow our Facebook page as we post more about group rides and other activities around this event. Get out there and ride! Our Facebook page to follow: https://www.facebook.com/Cramba-Trail-Challenge-108352268514621

Join the Strava club as well: https://www.strava.com/clubs/1041990

SAVE THE DATE:

June 25 – Cramba Trail Challenge celebration @ Oakdale Trail system in Lapeer

June Cramba Chapter Meeting – TBD

September 10 – Addison Oaks XC race

September 24 – Beaver Dash Bash @ Oakdale Trail system in Lapeer

October 1 – Howl at the Moon @ Stony Creek Metropark

October 8 – Massive Fall Out

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March 2022 Board Meeting Minutes

CRAMBA’s March, 2022 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 8 PM virtually. The meeting was called to order by Brian Lavoie.  Also in attendance: Wade Robbins, Marc Padin, Chris Westerlund, Michael Roman, Fran DiPietro, John Knight, Kevin Gorman, Steven Trecapelli, and John Garland.  Minutes recorded by John Garland.

Motion passes to be a sponsor for MISCA.

Membership: 69 Renewals this year.

Discussion of a monthly email, Spring membership drive and other updates to our current system.

Trails: Trail day scheduled for 3/19 @ 9:30 AM to work on connector between BMN and AO, meet at Lake George entrance to Bald Mountain North.

Signage available/delivered to some newer trails in Cramba system, displaying the “Ride dirt not mud trails” messaging.

Events: Cramba continued discussions of events and has appointed lead roles to oversee the Massive Fall Out, Addison Oaks Fall Classic XC race, a Cramba Trail Challenge, and a Earth Day commute challenge. More info/details to be published soon. We will also be announcing a membership raffle of a few items! Stay tuned.

If you are interested in helping with an event, please contact us at board@cramba.org

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Addison Oaks/BMN connector

A big THANK YOU to the volunteers who made this happen!

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February 2022 Board Meeting minutes

CRAMBA’s February, 2022 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, February 10th 2022 at 8 PM virtually. The meeting was called to order by Wade Robbins.  Also in attendance: Marc Padin, Brian LaVoi, Michael Roman, Fran DiPietro, John Knight, Vito Manzella, Ed Olson, Roger Class, Josh McCreedy, Steven Trecapelli, and John Garland.  Minutes recorded by John Garland.

Bike Patrol: 11 patrollers present at Ay Cramba festival. Awards banquet will happen this spring.

Membership: 46 people renewed/joined Cramba at Ay Cramba festival.

New Board Members: Steven Trecapelli. Cramba now has a full 12 person board.

Trails:

Bald Mountain is working on connection from North unit to Addison Oaks. Looking to complete theIr side by the end of March. Addison Oaks will need park manager approval of plans for their side still.

River Bends is still working on phase 2 of the Far side trail project and will complete more work in the spring. The new loop is about 4000ft. There will be a call to help with wood features and maybe metal fabricators in the future to complete the trail segment.

Stony Creek – Stony is reporting almost triple the amount of annual passes in 2021 from previous year, largely due to Shelden trails project.

Insurance: Renewed with same carrier as last year. This is our largest annual operating cost.

Events: Cramba has discussed many events for 2022. We are appointing a lead for each event and will be looking for members to help. Discussed was a trail head membership drive, Spring gravel event, Trail challenge (completing all Cramba trails in a timeframe), Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, Massive Fall Out, supporting Oakdale/Lapeer’s Beaver Dash in September, and the Addison Oaks fall classic. If you are interested in helping with an event, please contact us at board@cramba.org

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January 2022 Board Meeting minutes

CRAMBA’s January, 2022 Board Meeting was held on Thursday, January 13th 2022 at 8 PM virtually.

Meeting was called to order by Wade Robbins.  Also in attendance: Brian McPherson, Marc Padin, Brian LaVoi, John Knight, Vito Manzella, Steve Vigneau, Jeremy Verbeke, Ed Olson, John Osgood, Peter McCreedy, Scott Waraniak, Kevin Gorman, and John Garland.  Minutes recorded by John Garland.

¡Ay Cramba! It’s Cold Outside – Fat Bike Festival will be held February 5, 2022 (Backup date is February 19) from Noon-5 PM.  Potluck style event, Bonfire, Membership renewal, demo bikes and more.

Bike Patrol requested budget for awards/appreciation dinner and IMBA dues for members of Bike Patrol who completed requirements.  Motion passed.

Membership drive proposed as membership waned during pandemic. 

New Board Members: Scott Waraniak and Ed Olson

Trails

There is a potential for a new trail in Imlay City.  Further details will be available as the project moves forward.

Bald Mountain is working with State to connect South Unit to Paint Creek Trail.  The connection from North unit to Addison Oaks has been approved but will need Addison Oaks approval next.

Oakdale Trails will be updating signage, kiosk, and possible changing and tool stations.  Oakdale also purchased a groomer and will have a snow route.

River Bends is still working on phase 2 of the Far side trail project and will complete more work in the spring.

Stony Creek – Working on official map updates from Metroparks.

Woodsong County Park is about 90% done with about 3.5 miles of trail.  Signage will be part of the next phase of work.  Open year round and a 2-mile loop will be snowshoed for winter riding.

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¡Ay, Cramba! It’s Cold Outside – Fat Bike Festival

Join us February 5, 2022 at River Bends Park in Shelby Township for a celebration of Fat Bikes. Noon-5PM. Potluck style event, bonfires, KLM will be on hand to raffle a pair of Fat-bike studded tires and match Cramba membership renewals/join fee. ($20).

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