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DTE Energy Foundation Trail on the Radio

Tune into 1290 WLBY-AM radio on August 8th at 8:15am. The DTE Energy Foundation Trail will be featured on the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce weekly interview on the Lucy Ann Lance show.

Poto MBA receives DNR’s Partners in Conservation Award

The Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association was recently selected for the DNR’s Partners in Conservation Award for their work on the planning and development of the DTE Energy Foundation Trail located at Waterloo Recreation Area. The Association was recommended for this award by former Waterloo park manager, Gary Jones, and the nomination received full support of Chief Ron Olson, which is a requirement of being considered for the award.

Committee Chair: Jason Aric Jones
Marketing/Fundraising: Kathy Bradbury
Trail Coordinator: Chuck Kovick
Mapping Guru: Barry Snellgrove
Lead Trail Builder: Greg Cook
Poto Chapter President: Carl Loomis
At Large: Bill Mayer

Consider joining the Poto MBA today. http://www.potomba.org/membership/

Poto MBA Video Challenge

Join the Poto MBA Video Challenge now through August 15th!

How do I participate in the Poto MBA Video Challenge?

1. ACCEPT: Accept the challenge;
2. RECORD: Take a video of yourself riding and/or talking about your favorite Poto MBA chapter trail to increase awareness of the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association;
3. UPLOAD: Upload your video to social media, tagging/challenging three or more of your friends. Be sure to also share your post and video on our Poto MBA Group Discussion Facebook group.
4. GIVE: Make a donation to support the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association.

Donate through PayPal directly here:




No, by participating in the Poto Chapter Video Challenge you’re already increasing awareness of the chapter! Making a donation, however, will help fund the purchase of two new chapter pop up tents with our logos (one with Poto logos and one with DTE Energy Foundation Trail logos). Our current tent is very weathered and is damaged. It has seen better days. Our goal is to have a brand new tent before the 2017 Triple Trail Challenge on September 16th. Donating as part of the challenge is encouraged, and is appreciated!

Do I have to be tagged or challenged to participate in the Poto MBA Video Challenge?

No. If you want to participate in the Poto MBA Video Challenge, please do so. Be the first person to get the challenge going in your community by challenging your personal network of friends and family to participate as well.

What trails are part of the Poto MBA Video Challenge?

Potawatomi Trail – Pinckney State Recreation Area
DTE Energy Foundation Trail – Waterloo Recreation Area in Chelsea
Brighton Recreation Area – Brighton
Rolling Hills County Park – Ypsilanti
Hewen’s Creek Park – Ypsilanti
Heritage Park – Adrian
Morton-Taylor Mountain Bike Trails – Canton
Sharon Mills County Park – Manchester

Please direct any questions to info@potomba.org

Mountain biking has inherent risks and can be a dangerous activity. Challenge participants are to proceed at their own risk.

This challenge is being brought to you by the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association.

Poto Chapter Meeting – DTE Trail

Join us at DTE Energy Foundation Trail for a Poto Chapter meeting on Wednesday, June 21st.  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 info@potomba.org with any questions.

Poto MBA Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

Join us for our Poto MBA Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day event (#TKMBD) at Brighton Recreation Center on Sunday, June 11 from 10am-2pm. This event is held to encourage communities to join together and get kids excited about riding our amazing trails. Learn more by visiting http://www.potomba.org/tkmbd.

The event is free for all ages to come have fun and bike on the 2 mile beginner Appleton Lake Loop trail. Guided trail rides will be available. A bike skills course will be available and other trails are nearby for more advanced riders. Hometown Bicycles from Brighton will also be on site assisting with free bicycle and helmet checks.

Note: Parents should plan on riding with their children. Participants will need to bring their own bikes, helmets and appropriate footwear.

Register for the event on the Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event posting on Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association Facebook page.

DTE Energy Foundation Trail – Big Kame Loop Grand Opening Ride Party

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Big Kame Loop
Grand Opening Ride Party
Saturday, June 10th
11am to 3pm

Come celebrate the grand opening of the new Big Kame Loop at DTE with us! This new 5 mile loop (approximate mileage) is packed with stunning views, significant elevation changes, and lots of special trail features as the trail meanders up and around the Big Kame formation north of Green Lake. Bring your bike, hiking or running shoes.  Be aware that this loop is bike-optimized singletrack trail which requires more intermediate technical and aerobic skills than the Green Lake Loop, the first 5 miles of trail. Big Kame will be accessible from the M-52 trail head, and will be directional based on the day of the week, as it is with the Green Lake Loop.*

Participants are invited to bring their own beverages and food to the event.  Participants may bring a charcoal or gas grill to prepare food and tailgate, however, please make sure the grill is elevated off the ground (no ground fires or open pit fires are allowed) and that hot coals are disposed of properly. Alcohol is NOT prohibited at the DTE Energy Foundation Trail, but please moderate your consumption and drink responsibly if you choose to partake.

RAIN DATE: In case of inclement weather, the event will be postponed to Sunday, June 11th.

If you have questions, please send an email to info@potomba.org.

* On the date of the event, the direction on Green Lake Loop will be counterclockwise for bikers and clockwise for hikers. Since the Big Kame Loop is currently only accessible via Green Lake Loop, this will mean that bikers will have to travel about a quarter mile counterclockwise on Green Lake Loop before they reach the “intersection” with Big Kame. Foot traffic will need to travel approximately 4.8 miles to reach the intersection. Big Kame’s daily directions will be the same as those for Green Lake Loop. So, on the day of the event, bikes will travel counterclockwise on Big Kame, and foot traffic will travel clockwise. Directions will be posted on confidence markers at the trail.

Ales for Trails: New Belgium Benefits the Michigan Mountain Biking Association (MMBA)

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Location: HopCat – Detroit at 4265 Woodward Avenue in Detroit

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 5:00-9:00pm

Event link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/822846737871107/

HopCat Detroit is teaming with New Belgium Brewing to raise money for the Michigan Mountain Biking Association.

New Belgium has donated two of their famous Fat Tire bikes (one from Detroit Bikes & one from Felt Bicycles) for us to raffle off to raise money for the MMBA’s ongoing trail development projects and bike advocacy programs.

We will also be hosting a silent auction with some incredible trips and gear donated from our various partners. Along with the donations made from the raffle and silent auction, New Belgium has agreed to donate $.50 of each of their beers sold that night. HopCat will then match that for a total of $1 donated for each New Belgium beer sold.

Starting at 5pm, the Huma Room will open for Bags (Cornhole) & Plinko.

Raffle tickets will cost $5 for the bikes and can be purchased at the bar. Guests can buy as many as they would like. The raffle drawing will take place at 8pm that evening. Participants do not have to be in HopCat for the drawing to win (tickets will have name and phone number).

The silent auction will begin at 5pm and conclude at 8pm. MMBA will be handling the licensing for the raffle as well as taking payments for the silent auction items. You must be present at the end of the silent auction to claim your purchases.

Please contact info@potomba.org for additional information.

Poto Edition Club Ride Jersey Pre-Order

People are always asking us for a Poto kit, so we’re making this one easy. Yes, pre-orders take a bit longer than in-stock items but at least you can get the size you want!

Whether you’re halfway through a 30 mile ride or enjoying a drink at the Wolverine State Brewing Co. post ride, the Poto Edition Club Ride Jersey will make you look and feel great. That’s why we choose these stylish, Western-themed shirts made of RideDryWear, a lightweight material that is wicking and quick-drying. It also is UV protective with reflective accents. The material is already breathable but we added underarm and side panel mesh venting for additional cooling

Details:

  • Lightweight Stretch Woven with Yarn Dye Plaid (yoke)
  • UV Protective wicking & quick-drying fabric – UPF 50
  • Wicking / Quick Dry
  • Underarm & side panel mesh venting
  • Zippered rear storage pocket with media port
  • RideLight™ reflective accents
  • Comfort fit

Pre-order information below!

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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

This is a PRE-ORDER, which will be live for 28 days, will end on Monday, May 8th. Shipping is $7 and your jersey should be in your hands in early June, but sometimes they take longer. Usually, orders take 4 – 6 weeks after the order is placed. All other items purchased with your pre-order will ship with your jersey order.

Pickup is available and items will only be available for pickup at a Poto Chapter Meeting. June 21st, 5:30 pm at the DTE Trail will be our first date for pickup

See below for sizing and ordering.

SIZE AND FIT

Check the fit guides before you order. The jerseys are a Comfort Fit and will fit more like a normal shirt.

COMFORT FIT
Technical fabrics and features with a more relaxed cut allow for freedom of movement during your ride and everything after.

The measurements in the below charts refer to body size, not garment dimensions. Increments are measured in inches.

Mens fit guide:

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Womens fit guide:

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Orders can be placed here:

https://squareup.com/store/PotoMBA/

 

Chapter Meeting on March 16th

Our first chapter meeting of the year will be held at Wolverine State Brewery at 7:00 p.m on Thursday, March 16th in the Gulo Room. The address for Wolverine State Brewery is: 2019 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
At this meeting we’ll be discussing :
  • The 2017 plans for the DTE Energy Foundation Trail
  • Events that are being planned for the coming year
  • The state of IMBA and their proposed plan for revamping the chapter program
  • Status of the trails, scheduled trail days and other plans for maintenance
We will also be inducting our new officers for 2017.  They will be:

President – Carl Loomis
Vice-President – Jenny Schultz
Treasurers – Mike & Michelle Balhorn
Secretary – Andy Joseph

Hope to see you there!

UPDATE: Triple Trail Challenge 2016 has been moved to RAIN DATE – September 18

UPDATE: Triple Trail Challenge 2016 is being officially moved to the Sunday rain date (September 18) due to the rain that is expected overnight and tomorrow morning. The weather is looking fantastic for Sunday. Hope you can still join us.

http://www.tripletrail.com/

 

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