Tree Fort Bikes and the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association are proud to present the 2023 Triple Trail Challenge! Riders will experience nearly 50 miles of SE Michigan’s premier single-track combined with scenic gravel roads, all nestled in the heart of the Waterloo-Pinckney State Recreation Area. Ride it all or try a shorter loop.
Similar to last year, this year’s Triple Trail Challenge is a 2-day, pre-register only event. You can ride on Friday, September 15 or Saturday, September 16 or both! The rain date is September 17th. This non-competitive ride is capped at 700 riders, so register early!
Entry to the event is $40 and is pre-register ONLY. There will be no day of registration! You will receive a number plate for your bike and a wristband which is required for entry to the beer garden. Proceeds and donations from TTC 2023 will help fund the Poto Revitalization Project.
Registration includes a course map, an aid station stocked with food, hydration and mechanical support, AND an entry to the after party. The aid station and after party will take place on Saturday only (rain date Sunday the 17th). The aid station, post ride food, swag, and entertainment are provided by Tree Fort Bikes. Local craft beer from Wolverine State Brewing Co. will be available for $5 per glass.
Pre-order merchandise by August 16th at midnight
TTC logo pint glasses and men’s and women’s event T-shirts (see below) are available by pre-order only here! Pint glasses are $15, and t-shirts are $30.
Number plates, wrist bands and pre-ordered merchandise can be picked up at Tree Fort Bikes 1866 Whittaker Rd. Ypsilanti from September 11th to 15th. We will also have a pickup station one night only at Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium Blvd in Ann Arbor. Look for the Poto MBA tent in the parking lot on Thursday, September 14th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
The route will be similar to last year, using the connector as a one way trail, paved path to the Waterloo hiking trail at Green Lake/M-52 to Bush Rd./ McClure Rd. into Sugar trail, then the return route. Be aware that trails may run through areas open to hunting, so orange or bright colors are recommended.
The after party is held on the picturesque shore of the Silver Lake swimming area. You can take a refreshing dip in the lake and hang out! Each trail has a unique character. Poto is known for its “old school”, technical climbs and descents, and that big loop trail design that makes you feel like you’re far away from everything. The Waterloo-Pinckney hiking trail is a rare sight for riders and will allow you to experience the rustic beauty of the recreation area that might otherwise go unseen. Then roll on to the flow of Michigan’s “Dirt Roller Coaster”. The DTE Energy Foundation Trail is full of sculpted berms, rollers, jumps and rock piles that will have you grinning and feeling like a kid again.
You and your friends can challenge yourself with a full-on epic adventure or scale it down to one of the shorter loop options.
Triple Trail Challenge is the single largest fund-raiser for the Poto MBA, so register today! More info about Triple Trail Challenge can be found here: http://www.tripletrail.com/about.php.
Membership promotion – Join or renew your IMBA membership with auto renew at 2023 TTC and you will receive a free limited edition Poto pint glass.
Triple Trail Volunteers Needed!We need your help! For this event to run smoothly, we need many volunteers during TTC and beforehand. A little of your time can go a long way! You can volunteer and still do the ride. Sign up for one of the many flexible volunteer options on Sept. 16 here or to help with handing out merchandise and registration packets at Wolverine State Brewing on Sept. 14th here.
Potawatomi Mountain Bike Association will be hosting a mountain bike skills clinic the weekend of June 3-4th at Brighton Recreation Area. The clinic will run Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 4 pm. You can sign up for Saturday or Sunday or BOTH. Two clinics on Saturday and one on Sunday will help you improve your skills! Cost is $150 dollar per day. Space is limited so sign up today!
Saturday’s 9:30 am to 4 pm Tech Clinic will focus on the skills necessary to navigate technical trail features. We’ll start with some building blocks and then move into our other topics of slow speed maneuvers, navigating up and down steep features, high speed cornering, and technical climbing and descending.
Sunday’s All Day Air Clinic
This clinic will focus on getting your wheels off the ground (safely). The morning will start with some building blocks and then move into drops practice followed by jumps. Most of the day will be spent off trail on ramps and will be progression focused.
The Potawatomi Chapter of the Michigan Mountain Biking Association is excited to announce its Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day event (#TKMBD) at Brighton Recreation Center, Sandhill Pavilion, on Saturday, June 11 from 10am-2pm. This event is part of an international celebration supported by IMBA to encourage communities to join together and ride mountain bikes with kids. Learn more by clicking here.
Poto Revitalization Project Orange Jerseys – Order by September 19
Looking to be highly visible for the Fall and hunting season? We’ve updated this year’s Castelli jersey in orange in multiple short and long sleeve designs with men and women sizing. $15 from each jersey sale goes directly to the Poto Revitalization Project.
In order to access the Castelli store, view jerseys and place an order, you will need to create an account first. The store closes on September 19th and jerseys are expected to ship around Halloween. Jerseys will ship directly to buyers and have a shipping cost of $15. Order here.
Poto MBA is pleased to announce this exciting new Castelli jersey design to commemorate the Poto Revitalization Project. We couldn’t decide on a single color theme, so you have the option of two color choices! You can pick your preferred one in the store, or order both if you can’t pick just one! You must create an account to access the Castelli store. $15 from each jersey sale goes directly to the Poto Revitalization Project, where we are continuing to add sustainable improvements to the trail while maintaining the ruggedness that we all love. Jerseys will ship directly to buyers after the store closes. The shipping cost is $15. Order yours today! Store closes on July 10th.
We get many inquiries from folks about how they can volunteer for trail work at DTE. Well, it is your lucky day! We are re-opening our DTE Energy Foundation Trail Adopt-a-Segment Program to the public today. Read the text on the Sign-Up Genius link below. Most things are explained there. The only thing we’ll reiterate here is that, if you sign-up to adopt a section, please make sure you are willing and able to commit to the adoption – not unlike picking up a new pet at the Humane Society. As stated on the page, we will be having a Zoom meeting in early April to go over section adoption protocols and procedures. All slots at this point are on a first-come-first-served basis.
Thanks in advance to all of our great volunteers who help make DTE one of the best trails around!
Mountain biking has helped us all get away, clear our heads, stay healthy, and enjoy time outdoors. We suspect every mountain biker has looked down the trail and appreciates it now more than ever.
Our quality trails don’t magically appear. Trails happen because of the efforts of the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association, dedicated members and volunteers. We need your support to continue to create, maintain, and preserve your mountain bike experience.
Trail stewards and advocates matter now more than ever. Protecting and maintaining the trails we all love and enjoy is increasingly important as mountain biking popularity grows. Now is the time to get more involved.
Join or renew anytime, but prize drawings are only available until October 31!! Sign up by midnight on Halloween you will be registered to win a Yeti SB1165 C2, Yeti SB140 C2 or several other prizes from the International Mountain Bike Association!