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/

2013 Abominable Snowman Ride – Saturday, December 14 at noon!

abominable_snowmanThe ride will leave and finish from the YURT at the Potowatomi Trail. We will have chili and the fire going. Bring your favorite thing to hydrate after the ride. This is always a fun ride with great people and we always have a pretty good turn out. Bring some wood if possible. If you bring some hot dogs we’ll have the griddle going as well.

Location:
http://www.michigandnr.com/Publications/PDFS/RecreationCamping/pinckney_map.pdf
Look at the map legend for the “Glenbrook Yurt” icon. The yurt is West of Glenbrook through the gate. Just about the middle of the map.

Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/599018830155902/599195083471610/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

Mountain Bike Patrol Training This Saturday!

Calling all future Nat’l Mt Bike Patrol members. We are having a training session on Saturday November 23rd, beginning at 10 AM. Place? Wheels in Motion http://wheelsinmotion.us/ (3400 Washtenaw Ave Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734) 971-2121) conference room for the presentation of information and certification process information that is on the test.
After the presentation, we will roll out to one of the very nearby local trails for field demonstration. Following the field scenarios, we will head back to Wheels in Motion for debriefing. There is a possibility that a training session for American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification will be conducted after the NMBP debrief time. Please stay tuned.
NMBP training is free, but there is a cost to IMBA when taking your certification test of $50.00. For more comprehensive membership $100.00. Family is $80.00 Details here…
TONS of discounts available to NMBP members.
Everyone is invited. Don’t forget to bring your bikes!

Batman Ride Friday October 18th

Batman Ride Oct. 18th (Friday) 7pm at Poto

The Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association (PMBA) will be hosting this year’s Batman Ride (Night Ride) on Oct 18th, Friday. The ride will be staging for the Silver Lake Parking lot, arrive at 7:00pm ride at 7:30pm.

After the ride we will have a campfire just off the Silver Lake Parking lot. Typically riders bring food and beverages to share.

Come out and ride the Poto backwards with lights!!!!!

What you should bring:
1. back-up light
2. cell phone
3. map of the trail (I will have some)
4. food/beverages/change of clothes for post ride
5. new members we can sign-up

Robert Hurley
Batman Ride Coordinator
313-805-0766
hurlman66@gmail.com

Register Now for the 2013 Triple Trail Challenge

Registration is live for the 2013 Triple Trail Challenge!

http://www.tripletrail.com

Triple Trail Challenge

When – Saturday, September 7

Where – Pinckney Recreation Area at Silver Lake parking lot and beach

The ride – 46 miles on Poto, Waterloo, and Lakeland Trails

Start time – between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Cost – Free! Courtesy of Tree Fort Bikes and Arbor Brewing Company

Food – Free chili and beer at 1 p.m.

Pinckney Recreation Area
8555 Silver Hill Rd.
Pinckney, MI 48169

Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew Visit

The Potowatomi Chapter of the IMBA is very excited to announce a visit the by the IMBA-Subaru Trail Care Crew (TCC) team this fall to our area. The TCC will be with us from September 12th through 15th. The visit consists of a number of events which are open to the mountain biking community.

Thursday, September 12th, 7-9 : Club Care Session - a learning event for bikers who are active in their local chapters and want to learn how to nurture and grow their community. Location: Wolverine Brewing Company in Ann Arbor. Details and registration here: http://www.potomba.org/?event=imbasubaru-club-care-presentation

Friday, September 13th, 9 am – 12 pm : Land Manager’s Training - the trail building class for land managers. All city, county, state, national (and other!) land manager’s are invited to attend this. Location: TBD

Saturday, September 14th, 8:30 – 4:30 : Trail Building School - come learn how to build and maintain sustainable trails with the pros. The class consists of a morning classroom session and an afternoon out in the field. Location: Pinckney District Library. Details and registration here:

http://www.potomba.org/?event=imbasubaru-trail-building-school

Please be sure to sign-up ahead of time if you are coming to either the Thursday or Saturday event. There are limits on how many people can attend so we may run out of space.

If you have any questions, post back here or email info@potomba.org