The 2014 Triple Trail Challenge is September 13th!

tripletrail_logo2014 Triple Trail Challenge

The 2014 Triple Trail Challenge is just around the corner. We had over 700 riders last year and we’re hoping to get even more this year. This is the Poto Chapter’s biggest fund raising event of the year. With the new Waterloo project kicking off soon (really soon!), fund raising is going to be more important than ever. So show your support and come buy a t-shirt and a beer glass.

When – Saturday, September 13. Start between 7 and 10 a.m.
Where – Pinckney Recreation Area at Silver Lake parking lot and beach
The ride – 46 miles on Poto, Waterloo, and Lakeland Trails
Cost – Free! Courtesy of Tree Fort Bikes and Arbor Brewing Company
Food – Free chili and beer at 1 p.m.
Address:
Pinckney Recreation Area
8555 Silver Hill Rd.
Pinckney, MI 48169
Pre-registration is currently open. To register or get more information go to http://www.tripletrail.com

Email info@potomba.org if you have any questions about the event.

We hope to see you there!

Volunteer and Help Raise Money for the Waterloo Trail Project!

This Saturday, August 16th, is the Running Between the Vines Half Marathon and 5k Race and they need help! They have offered to contribute up to $1000 for the Waterloo Trail Project if we can sign up volunteers.

So, if you’re looking for ways to help make the reality of epic trails in Waterloo happen, please consider signing up. It’s an easy and fun way to do your part.

For more information and to signup, please go to this link:

https://runningfitevents.webconnex.com/14vinesvolunteers

BE SURE TO ADD THIS TO THE COMMENTS BOX: “Poto MTB Chapter Volunteer”

The race is at the Sandhill Crane Vineyards in Jackson. Click here for more information about the time and location: http://runvines.com/race-info/race-details

Thanks!

Dexter Area Youth MTB Team Info Meeting

There is an information meeting for a Dexter area youth mountain biking team on Saturday May 17th at 6:00pm at Dexter Bike and Sport. This is for middle and high school students. Parents are also invited to the meeting. If you know anyone that may be interested please spread the word!

You can help get the word out by printing and posting the attached flier:
http://www.potomba.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Dexter-Mountain-Bike-Club-tear-off-flier.pdf

Sharon Mill’s Trail Day This Saturday at 9:00 a.m

Sharon MIlls is one of the Chapter’s most scenic trails:  Rolliing meadows, verdant agricultrual fields, wooded treelines, and the old mill pond along the Raisin River.  This Saturday, from 9AM to 1 PM we are going to get it ready for the riding season.  This will involve the following activities:  1) Rennovating about 1/4 mi of wooded single track; 2) cleaning up where some power lines cross the trail; 3) putting in a small partial re-route to avoid a wet spot; and 4) re-claiming about 1/2 mile of single-track in a meadow.
 
Meet at the parking lot located at the northeast corner of the park at 9AM.  Wear protective typical protective clothing including boots, long pants and gloves.  If you have clippers, a rake or a macleod or a pulaski, or a shovel, bring them.  We could also use lawnmowers or a brushmower, if you have access to one.
 
There’s lots of wildlife to see, too.  Typically, we see turkeys, sandhill cranes, wood ducks, etc.  Bring your bike, too, for an after work day ride. 
 
For more information call Norm at 734-426-5737.

Runner’s “Trail Marathon” this Weekend on Poto

A big running event, the Trail Marathon, is happening this weekend on the Poto. The trail will be filled with hundreds of runners on Saturday until 1:00 p.m. and on Sunday until 2:00. It would be a great weekend to go enjoy Brighton Rec or one of the other local trails if you can. Thanks! http://www.trailmarathon.com/

Public Meeting on Proposed Waterloo MTB Trail

Where: Waterloo Discovery Center; 17030 Bush Rd, Chelsea, MI 48118

When: Thursday, April 24 at 4:00pm – 7:00pm

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What: This is a mandatory public meeting for any Michigan mountain biker wanting to see a new, epic purpose built mountain bike trail system

in Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea, Michigan. A five-phase 20+ mile loop system has been laid out in Waterloo, Lower Michigan’s largest and more geographically spectacular Recreation Area. Public input matters! If masses show up opposing the trail, it may not happen! We need a strong show of support from the cycling community. After the meeting, we plan to meet at Chelsea Ale House for a little new trail soiree. Join us please! When combined with the existing, neighboring Potawatomi Trail, this combined system could be the next “Brown County”, “Pisgah” or “Copper Harbor”, right here in Southern Michigan! Only 1.5 hours from Detroit and 3.5 hours from Chicago.

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/228407264033135/

There will be a celebratory get together at Chelsea Ale House after the meeting.

See you there!

Another Chili Ride in Ypsi – Sunday, February 16th

If you got to ride in our Worst Day of the Year ride this year, or if you missed out on the chance to make it out for the ride. don’t miss out on the Wheels in Motion’s Another Chili Ride in Ypsi on Sunday, February 16th. This is a great free winter ride in conjunction with the SOS Depot Town Chili Challenge. Come out and participate in the 4, 12, or 28 mile rides and then warm up while trying some of the best chili Depot Town has to offer. All proceeds from the Chili Challenge gr to SOS Community Services.

Visit http://wheelsinmotion.us/about/another-chili-ride-ypsi-pg371.htm to register or for more information.

See you there!

Barry Snellgrove – Poto Chapter Volunteer of the Year

We’d like to congratulate Barry Snellgrove on being the MMBA Volunteer of the Year for the Poto Chapter. Barry is an active part of the ongoing maintenance and updates for the Potawatomi Trail and was a critical contributor to the planning for the new Waterloo trail system this year. In addition, Barry took on the job of purchasing tools and implementing a long needed tracking system for chapter equipment. We owe Barry a big thanks for all he has done and continues to do. Congratulations Barry! This award is well deserved.

Barry Snellgrove - Poto Chapter Volunteer of the Year

Poto Chapter Meeting Tonight!

Sorry for the very short notice on this reminder.  We have a chapter meeting at the Dexter Library from 7-9 p.m. tonight. The main agenda item is a Waterloo update but we’ll also discuss some activities that have been happening with the Trail Coordinator’s committee and other news items.  The address is 3255 Alpine St, Dexter, MI 48130.  Again, sorry for the poor communication.  Hope you can make it.

Michigan Bicycling Expo – January 26th

The Michigan Mountain Biking Association is teaming up with The League of Michigan Bicyclists and the Michigan Trails & Greenways Association to present the first annual Michigan Bicycling Expo!

When: January 26, 2014- watch for more details

Where: Michigan State University Pavilion 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824

The Michigan Bicycling Expo is open to the general public. It is a great opportunity to connect with passionate cyclists of all disciplines, find great deals with the vendors, and to celebrate the advocacy efforts of the past year. This year’s expo will feature:

  • an indoor riding arena
  • Championship Points Series (CPS) awards
  • a raffle
  • guest speakers
  • a swap meet
  • MMBA Annual Board Meeting
  • concession stand serviced by MSU

Tentative Schedule subject to change as speakers and activities are planned- go to the Expo Page for ongoing updates: http://mmba.org/mmba-mountain-bike-expo/