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9th Annual Black Friday MTB Ride

Register for the 9th Annual Potawatomi MBA Black Friday MTB Ride

Join the POTO Chapter as they lead a fun group ride on Black Friday. After the ride Wheels In Motion will provide pizza and beer! Come out to the 9th Annual Black Friday MTB Ride at Rolling Hills and Hewens Creek Parks in Ypsilanti Township on Friday 11/24 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 2018. The ride will be about 14 miles long covering ~6.0 miles at Hewens Creek and ~7.0 miles at Rolling Hills along with some connecting road & trail between 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. Rain date will be Saturday 11/25 at 10 AM.

Please register in advance at Event Brite to attend so a good estimate of riders can be made for the pizza and beverages.

Register for the 9th Annual Potawatomi MBA Black Friday MTB Ride

Look for changes in schedule on the Rolling Hills or Hewens Creek forums on the MMBA website or 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.

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

Batman_Poto_RideRide the Poto, backwards, at night on October 13th! 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

PotoMBA High School Group Ride

Attention students! The Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association is launching a High School Group ride for 9-12th grade mountain bikers. Mountain Biking is a fun sport! You get to ride, race, get fit, explore nature, and have fun with your friends. Riders of ALL levels should come out. Bring your friends and parents to our first ride at Olson Park in Ann Arbor on September 23rd at 9:00am. Properly fitted helmet and bike in good working condition required. For more information, come visit us at the Triple Trail Challenge on September 16th or, send an email to Jasonjwillard@gmail.com.

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. https://www.potomba.org/membership/

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