Poto MBA is proud to partner with TRAFx Infrared Trail Counters to use their trail counter technology in tracking mountain bike user numbers at the DTE Energy Foundation Trail. With the help of TRAFx, we are able to obtain great empirical data on our user numbers at the trail. Such data is invaluable in assessing the trail’s economic impact to the community, as well as, is vital in obtaining future governmental grant funds.
Mark your calendar to save the date for the Sugar Loop grand opening at the DTE Energy Foundation Trail. The Sugar Loop is under construction and it is expected to open on Saturday, August 24, 2019. Event hosted by the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association, REI and the DTE Energy Foundation Trail. Please stay tuned for additional information about the event.
Poto Chapter Membership Meeting at DTE
Thu, Jun 27, 2019, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
DTE Energy Foundation Trail – Cassidy Road Parking Lot
Join us at DTE Energy Foundation Trail – Cassidy Road Parking Lot for a Poto Chapter meeting. Social ride 5:00 – 7:00pm. Casual chapter meeting from 7:00pm – 7:30pm followed by a pot luck (bring something to throw on the grill and something to share). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The event is free for all ages to come have fun and bike on the 2 mile beginner Appleton Lake Loop trail (trail head at Bishop Lake parking lot). Guided trail rides will be available if desired. Other trails are nearby for more advanced riders. We are bringing the well-loved bike skills course for our youngest riders to enjoy on their balance bikes up through our older riders to test their skills. Hometown Bicycles from Brighton will also be on site assisting with free bicycle and helmet checks.
Free food, fun and kid swag will be available along with a chance to spend time with fellow Poto MBA families in this picnic like setting. End the day with a swim steps away at Bishop Lake. We have the Sandhill pavilion again, so meet us there!
Note: Parents should plan on riding with their children. Participants will need to bring their own bikes, helmets and appropriate footwear.
Our first chapter meeting of the year will be held at Wolverine State Brewing at 7:00 p.m on Tuesday, March 19th in the Gulo Room. The address for Wolverine State Brewing is: 2019 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
More info will be posted closer to the date. Hope to see you there!
Please Help Support the Costs of Winter Trail Grooming at DTE Energy Foundation Trail
Please purchase a grooming badge and sticker from us for $25 if you use the groomed trails at DTE this winter. All badge proceeds go into grooming costs – fuel, equipment maintenance, etc. Grooming badges will be mailed out on Friday of each week. Please display them proudly, hanging them from your saddle, pack or jacket so that everyone can see you are a supporter!
This winter, the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association is embarking on an effort to give DTE Energy Foundation Trail users an epic “Four Season” trail experience.
We have planned out three groomed loops at DTE to give fat tire bikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers the ultimate winter flow trail experience. The three loops will include all of the Green Lake Loop, the “lowland” parts of Big Kame just west of Green Lake Loop, and (hopefully!) all of the 8 mile Winn Loop which formally opened last August. These three groomed loops – Green Lake (5.2 miles), Kame Lowlands (just over 1 mile) and Winn Loop (8 miles) – will provide just over 14 miles of winter groomed trail to explore.
Grooming costs money!
The Poto Chapter uses a snowmobile and a recently purchased Snowdog track sled to groom with two different propriety singletrack groomers designed by Helzemco, a design, prototyping and fabricating engineering firm located just north of Chelsea. The Snowdog groomer cost around $4,000. Add to this the costs of fuel for the groomers and parts, maintenance and labor, and grooming becomes a worthwhile, but costly endeavor! For this reason, we are asking you, our groomed trail users, for targeting giving to fund the costs of grooming at DTE. If you are a regular groomed trail user at DTE, please consider donating to the cause. This is best done by clicking below and paying directly into our DTE Trail Grooming Fund.
The groomed portions of the trail have just recently been marked with maps and directions. Look for signage and maps on the trail and at the trail head off M-52. We will also soon be identifying each of the three loops with the DTE Winter Trail Groom Arctic Fox logo on this page. Green Loop will be marked with fluorescent green versions of the logo, Kame Lowlands with fluoro blue and Winn with fluoro orange. We will also be posting more information on groomed trail etiquette on the trail head kiosk.
What is “Winter Groomed Trail Etiquette”?
When sufficient snowfall exists on the trail (typically 4”-5” or more) such that it would impede regular foot and bike use, we will be grooming the trail to provide for a hard, compacted trail tread (surface). While this trail tread is firm, it still does not lend itself to normal season foot and bike tire use. Normal foot use will “post hole” (create deep depressions) and normal bike tire use (under 3.8”) will “pizza cut” (create deep, meandering channels) in the groomed tread, rendering it less-than-satisfying for all users. For this reason, when trail is groomed, it is:
ONLY OPEN FOR USE BY FAT TIRE BIKERS, CROSS-COUNTRY SKIERS AND SNOWSHOERS.
The equipment utilized for these uses all create “floatation” which suspend the user on the top of the trail tread without “breaking through”. We respectfully ask that normal foot and narrower tire mountain bikes stay off the groomed trail and turn their use to the plethora of other non-groomed trails and pathways in the local area. Fat tire bikes should be over 3.8” in width, and run under 10 p.s.i. in each tire (around 5 p.s.i. is typical).
For updates on groomed trail conditions throughout the winter, please visit our DTE Trail Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/dtetrail
Join us for a fat filled day of racing and fun. Support the Poto Chapter with this fundraiser race. All profits will go directly to the Poto Chapter. The course will be groomed provided we have snow. We plan on utilizing Pinckney recreations campground, the closed off portion of silver hill road, silver lake’s beach, and of course we will head out on the ice. No snow? No problem! If we don’t have snow we will set up a fat cross style race, really we want any excuse to get outside and have some fun while supporting our favorite group of mountain bikers. Registration is open. There will be an “A Group” race (45 minutes plus a lap) and a B Group race (30 minutes plus a lap)
Did you know that the Poto MBA’s trail maintenance needs are higher than EVER before?
1) Our chapter has more trail mileage than ever before! AWESOME!!! But, it’s a significant increase in maintenance for an extremely small volunteer base.
2) We still have trail to build at DTE. But, the Green Lake and Big Kame loops are now well established and have transitioned into maintenance mode.
3) Lastly, many of our chapter’s flagship trails are on state land where precautions are in place to protect the threatened Massasauga rattlesnake. What does this mean for us? We have to maintain the trail corridors on a much more frequent basis, and this is a SIGNIFICANT amount of work. More than ever before. The TC’s really need help with this.
Trail coordinators are seeking trail section adopters, regular mowing help, and routine maintenance at the Poto MBA trails listed below:
We are actively seeking YOUR help. This means you! And your brother. And your friends. And their friends, too. If you would like to help, please send an email to email@example.com and indicate which trail you want to help maintain. Your message will be forwarded to the appropriate Trail Coordinator.
Help is needed at DTE Energy Foundation Trail, too! For DTE, we have developedmaps (Green Lake map and Big Kame map) for section adoption and a Sign Up Genius for volunteers. Reserve your section today before it’s gone!! You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions specifically about maintenance needs at DTE.
Never volunteered before? Not sure what a section adopter means? You can click here for a reference guide.
Thanks for volunteering! Don’t forget to log your volunteer hours! Tracking the time you contribute to a trail and reporting it is one of the most important things you can do to help us build and maintain great relationships with land managers.
The Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association is proud to announce our partnership with Bicycle Alliance of Washtenaw. Their mission is to foster better bicycling opportunities and outcomes in and around the greater Washtenaw area by sharing the collective resources and knowledge of area organizations and enthusiasts. Look for future Poto chapter events on the official BAW calendar.
BAW has a a local summit planned on February 11th in Ann Arbor during which they will discuss actionable solutions for the upcoming year around the themes of Community, Culture, Education, and Infrastructure. Consider participating in the summit to bring some mountain biking perspective to the table. This would be an excellent opportunity to have a break out session to discuss trail ettiquette education, for example. Hope to have some Poto MBA representation there.
Click below to join the Potowatomi Chapter of the IMBA or to get more information about membership benefits:
The Poto Chapter exists to build and maintain local trails and we can only do that through the donations of time and effort of our local community. You can do your part by becoming a member or contributing directly to the chapter by clicking the Donate button below.