|8:00 am||Hall opens|
||Pre-expo Ride at Bennet Park|
|10-4||Expo opens and silent auction opens|
|12-12:30||Bike Fit demonstration by Village Bike|
|12:30-1||Introduction of chapter presidents|
|1-2||Volunteer of the year awards|
|3:00||Silent auction closes|
|3:15||Executive Director Report|
|3:30||Guest Speaker- Ryan Schulz of IMBA|
As some of you may already know. This year the annual MMBA meeting is falling right into our own backyard. The Lansing Center will play host to this years event.
From the main board:
“February 22nd. Mark your calendars folks, the annual meeting/expo is changing its date and its location to the Lansing Center right in downtown Lansing.
Lansing will serve as a more statewide centralized location within nearly an hour of Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, Mount Pleasant, and Flint. The new location will hopefully better represent the MMBA as the statewide organization it is and also offers us a chance to bring in legislators or other government officials in a professional setting.
In addition to the location, The Lansing Center is also right off the freeway with plenty of parking, the space is nearly twice as big, has HEAT, and a bar on site. For vendors there is an easy access loading dock and a much nicer setting.
Stay tuned for other changes including an advocacy round table, silent auction items, and contests.”
Thank you to all of the chapter members and the MMBA ED for coming to the meeting. This was probably one of the most successful meetings we have had in a long time.
There were many new faces and lots of fresh ideas being thrown around. Its nice to see the renewed interest in our chapter. Hopefully, we can run with the momentum that has been created and make 2009 a really good cycling season.
Look for the chapter minutes to be posted as soon as they are forwarded to me.
The Mid-State Chapter will be holding their fall meeting at Old Chicago in Okemos, MI at 7:00pm, November 19th.
Old Chicago is located at 1938 W Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI. Big props to Old Chicago for the use of their meeting room.
Approval of Minutes
2nd Annual Poker Run/Chapter Benefit
If you have any items you would like added to the agenda, please let me know.
Also, let me know if you are planning on attending so I can give the restaurant an accurate count.
Hope to see you there,
The midstate chapter message board is back online.
On Sept. 27th the second annual Healthy & Fit Expo is happening at the Lansing Center. The MidState chapter will have a booth at the expo this year. We are also looking for volunteers to help man the booth for the day. We also need a few people in the morning 6am-10am to help with setup at the expo. If you are interested please contact me
From Healthy & Fit magazine:
“Healthy & Fit Magazine is proud to present the second annual Healthy & Fit Magazine Expo. Generously sponsored by Ingham Regional Medical Center and WLNS-TV6, this free event is geared for the whole family and showcases the best wellness products and services this area has to offer. It’s the perfect compliment to the Capital City River Run 1/2 Marathon and 5K, which takes place Sunday, September 28. This year we’re excited to include more lifestyle services, and more vendors, and are happy to report that most hands-on activities have been moved indoors. Unlike other expos and events, you have the choice to come and visit with vendors, or to come ready to play on our rock wall, take a free class as part of the demonstration stage or play with some of the area’s top athletes in our interactive activity area.”
Some of you may have heard that there will be a race at Sleepy Hollow State Park this year. Well, the rumors are true. The race will be Saturday Oct. 25th starting at 9:00am. As of now the plan is for an 8 mile race course with varying laps depending upon the class.
There is a trail day scheduled for Sept. 6th at 9:00am to prepare the course for the race.
Legg Park in Meridian Township has been approved to add a small amount of singletrack for mountain bike use. The new trail sections have been flagged and Steve is looking for volunteers to help with the construction of the trail. If you are interested in helping with the construction at Legg Park contact Steve.
Anderson park is coming along pretty well. There is one complete loop finished and most of the second one done. The second loop can be ridden by connecting to the access road and following that back to the trailhead. Additional trail days will be posted in the future to continue the building. Signs have been placed on the existing trails to make it easier to follow.
There will be several up coming trail days so keep watching both the MidState message board as well as the MMBA message board for dates and times.
Bennett Park has some serious storm damage, which has closed the park until it can be cleaned up. Additional trails have also been put in at the park so get out there and ride when you can to help break them in.
Anderson Park is coming along slowly right now, however efforts there will be stepped up in the next few weeks to get all of the remaining loops finished. What has been cut so far should be a nice fast flowing trail though.
Burchfield will also be receiving some new singletrack in the coming months. We will be extending the addition that we put in a few months ago.
Mid-State Chapter MMBA
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Attendees: Brad Potter, Chris Davis, Andrea Davis, Keri Morrison, Michael Morrison, Gregg Iddings, David Frost, Andy Pittsley, Dennis Hansen, Nick Johnson, Chris Mensing, and Jake Pangle
Adrian – Race had a good turnout and building continues in the park. Some areas may require re-routes, but nothing major planed at this time.
Anderson Park – Trail weekend was a success with a few truck loads of garbage removed from the park and 1.4 mi of trail completed. Beginning of loop needs to be completed and was left closed to deter riders before finishing work was done. Pull off areas for parking will be improved in the next couple of weeks and the first loop will be opened to riding. Park cleanup will continue and other groups including the MiGeocachers and Clean Forest Initiative may provide a hand.
Bennet Park – The first bridge is completed and 2 more are scheduled for completion. The DR trimmer is needed to help cut back some undergrowth. Trail building is continuing and will continue next year to include the old river bed area.
Burchfield – Jeff Popard is the new TC and all structures have been inspected. Bandit building continues and anyone caught illegal building will be fined. Drop zone is official closed, as well as a section along the river. A reroute will be placed in the field due to erosion. Park would like to see more people using the trails and are excited about events like the Poker Run and perhaps interested in holding a race. They would like to redo the signs and remove all the color designations. The mountain bike trail will be labeled as advanced and riders can chose to ride the bypasses around the obstacles. A sign maker and Boy Scout troop can make wood signs for a donation.
Ella Sharp – Chris and Jake met with park and they are O.K. with adding signs; which will be a big improvement for this trail. Reroutes are needed in some eroded areas. Cascade Cycling Club previously maintained the trail, but now would like help. Monday night group ride is moving to Tuesdays for June.
Sleepy Hollow – Nothing being done this year.
Poker Run – Volunteers will be needed for this event and picnic. Contact Chris if you would like to help out.
Possible CPS race for 2009 – A group will be formed to begin working on this immediately. Possible trails include Burchfield, Adrian, and Bennet Park.
Potential Freeride committee – Not much interest at this time. Will try to post in the freeride forum to see if there is any interest.
Chapter still has pint glasses, sweat shirts, and t-shirts available.
Election of Chapter Officers
President – Chris Davis
Vice President – Chris Mensing
Secretary – Brad Potter
Treasurer – Jake Pangle
CPS Rep – David Frost
State Board Rep – Chris Mensing
Trail School – Jake Pangle and Brad Potter
Final Thoughts – Dennis warned against using wood signs. He thinks they are vandalized easily and do not hold up well to the weather.