Poto Singlespeed World Championship 2014 – Tenth Edition

When: Saturday, November 1st, 12:00 p.m.

Where: Silver Lake Trailhead, Pinckney Recreation Areapotosswc2014 (2)

What: The PSSWC is an unsupported group ride around the Potawatomi Trail. This is not a race. There will be beer from Wolverine State Brewing Company after the ride!

Bring cash or checks for 2014 souvenir patches and Poto wristbands.  Proceeds will support the Waterloo Trail Project.

2nd Annual A2 Devil’s Night Ride!

WAT: Night ride of the Ann Arbor Local loop. ~12-20 miles.

When: Devils Night, Thursday, October 30th.

Time: meet at 6:30pm, wheels turning at 7pm SHARP. Finish up by 9/9:30pm, beers after (location Casey’s Tavern on Depot Street)

10682333_814841221871486_261178444117467388_oWho: Advanced to Expert riders due to the nature of night riding and the local loop, this should not be anyone’s first night ride…

Where: Meet at 228 Sunset Rd. Park on Sunset near the Elks Lodge, there is a Bluffs park entrance there.

Other: This will be a themed ride! Everyone must have some type of costume or accessory (horns, tail, NJ devils hockey jersey, etc). If you don’t, you’ll be ridiculed and teased relentlessly during the ride and may have to buy drinks ;)

Gear: Everyone MUST have one good light for night bike riding, a backup light, and a type or rear light/reflector (A2 city ordinance) and all your other riding gear.

Sixth Annual Black Friday Ride – Friday, November 28th!

1479213_10202835093063449_1676474555_nCome out to the Sixth Annual Black Friday MTB Ride at Rolling Hills and Hewens Creek Parks in Ypsilanti Township on Friday 11/28 at 10 AM. This will be a no-drop group ride and is a great chance for novice MTBer’s to get exposure to single track riding and be a fun way to burn off that Thanksgiving feast and tryptophan overdose. The ride will be about 14 miles long covering about 5.5 miles at Hewens Creek and 6.2+ miles at Rolling Hills along with a few miles of dirt road connecting the two parks. For those who haven’t ridden or rarely ride at either trail, Hewens Creek is a flat, winding ride through meadows and new growth forest which is great for beginning riders. The RHP trail on the other hand is very appropriately named. The trial twists and turns through 6+ miles of forest and rolling hills that provide a great opportunity to improve your bike handling skills. That is especially true for the 1.25-mile Munger loop on the west side of RHP where there are beautiful open meadows and some fun pump-track like riding on the Munger Mounds. And, if you haven’t riden RHP in the past 6 months, the north meadow loop of ~1.5 miles was started this spring and should be completed in time for this event.

Meet at the Rolling Hills Headquarters building (the lodge) at 9:45 AM and then we will head out by 10-10:15 AM. After the ride, we will have some pizza and refreshments at the lodge at about 12:30 PM. Please register in advance at Event Brite to attend so a good estimate of riders can be made for the pizza and beverages. Rain date will be Saturday 11/29 at 10 AM. Look for changes in schedule on the Rolling Hills or Hewens Creek forums on the MMBA website, the Poto Yahoo! Group Email list, the Poto MBA Facebook page or Poto MBA Twitter account.

Please park in the MTB trail head parking lot: enter the park, go straight through the traffic circle and park in the first lot on your right next to a big pavilion ~1/4 mile away from the circle. The Lodge will be about 200 yards away on your left.

There will be a gate Charge to enter RHP. It is a Washtenaw County Park so if you already have WCP sticker you are good to go. Otherwise, park entry will cost $5 for everyone as a discount for non-Washtenaw residents was arranged.

Last but definitely not least, we have to thank DeWight and crew at Wheels in Motion for supporting the MTB community by sponsoring this event and paying for the food and refreshments.

Michael Connolly
RHP Trail Coordinator

Bluffs Work Day – Saturday, October 18th!

Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM

Meet at the entrance off of Sunset Road. Tucked away within Bluffs’ 39 acres is an open field filled with native prairie species. Come out and help us preserve this and other hidden gems at Bluffs, by removing invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes to workday events. Workday events are suitable for all ages but minors must be accompanied by a guardian or contact NAP in advance to obtain a release form. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided. Free.

Email furbach@provide.net with any questions.

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!