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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:

Do I have to donate if I take the challenge?

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

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 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

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

* 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:

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 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


  • 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!



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.


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

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:


Womens fit guide:


Orders can be placed here:


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.


8th Annual Poto MBA Black Friday MTB Ride

Come out to the 8th Annual Black Friday MTB Ride at Rolling Hills and Hewens Creek Parks in Ypsilanti Township on Friday 11/25 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 get a jump start on getting fit for 2017.  The ride will be about 14 miles long covering ~5.5 miles at Hewens Creek and ~6.5 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 twists and turns through 4+ miles of forest and rolling hills that provide a great opportunity to improve your bike handling skills and 2.5+ miles of open meadows.  The 1.2-mile West Meadows loop on the west side of RHP includes beautiful open meadows and some fun pump-track like riding on the Munger Mounds.  
Meet at the Rolling Hills 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 11/26 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 west of 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 since its inaugural event in 2009.

Batman Ride – October 14, 2016

Ride the Poto, backwards, at night on October 14th!  The Batman Ride will be staging at the Silver Lake Parking lot. Arrive at 7:00pm and ride at 7:30pm. We will have a first group of faster riders doing the full loop, and a second group of “normal” riders doing part of the trail. After the ride, we will have a campfire and typically riders bring food to share. Come out and ride the Poto backwards with lights!

What you should bring:
1. light
2. back-up light
3. cell phone
4. trail map, tools, survival gear (just kidding – no man left behind!)
5. food/beverages/change of clothes for post ride

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