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Michigan’s Edge Mountain Biking Association

2020 Q2 Board Meeting Minutes

Hello Members!

Click here to download our 2020 Q2 board meeting minutes, albeit a tad late ? Sorry about that.

2020 Q1 Board Meeting Minutes

Hello members!

We had our Q1 board meeting on January 28th, 2020 and had a great discussion about the awesome things we’re going to work on in 2020. Go MEMBA!

Click here to download the meeting minutes and read for yourself!

Welcome Kirk Walter as our new President

It is official! Please help us welcome Kirk Walter as the incoming MEMBA President. We look forward to working with him as he puts his talents, experience, and love of riding to work for the benefit of mountain biking along Lake Michigan’s Edge.

We would also like to thank Brian Land’s willingness to serve and are hopeful that we will be able to leverage his gifts in the future as well.
Finally, we again would like to thank Randy Knapp for his many years of leadership and energy that has helped make MEMBA what it is today.
We’re looking forward to another great year of riding, promoting, advocating, building, and then riding some more!

MEMBA is now on AmazonSmile

Want to help out your local trails while buying gifts this holiday season? Now you can!

MEMBA is now available as a charity on AmazonSmile!

Click on the following link to set MEMBA as your charity of choice on AmazonSmile, then all you have to do is buy those holiday gifts on and a small percentage of your purchase will be donated to MEMBA. Nice thing is, it’s at no cost to you!

We like to call that a win-win-win 🙂

MEMBA President Nominations

Michigan’s Edge Mountain Bike Association (MEMBA) would like to thank Randy Knapp for his 8 years of hard work and ‘roll up your sleeves’ leadership. Without Randy, MEMBA wouldn’t exist, nor be as successful as it is. Under Randy’s leadership, MEMBA was formed; Owasippe was re-opened; Mosquito Creek was approved and is being built; and relationships with many state and local landowners were established. While Randy will not be ‘riding off into the sunset’, he would like to be able to focus more specifically on a couple of distinct trails and projects. SO, MEMBA is calling on its members for nominations for President. And we’re not just looking for anyone. We’re looking for someone who:

  • is a strong advocate for the sport of mountain biking;
  • has a passion to grow the sport of mountain biking in our region (Allegan, Ottawa, Muskegon, Oceana counties) by:
    • developing strategic partnerships with local bike shops, running clubs, K-12 cycling clubs, cycling groups/clubs,
    • assist in the formation of new cycling groups;
  • is passionate about the outdoors and sustaining the natural resources utilized for trails;
  • is an ambassador with local the local businesses and governmental agencies;
  • has capacity to be involved with landowner and stakeholder meetings when needed;
  • is familiar with MEMBA, the MMBA, IMBA, and the relationships between them;
  • has past leadership experience that would be useful in directing and cultivating a strong, decentralized volunteer board;
  • has good organizational skills;
  • has the ability and network to attract talent for term board positions;
  • and can cultivate MEMBA’s leadership pipeline.

The President’s role is a (2) year commitment but a lifetime value. If you or someone you know might be a good fit, please forward a nomination, bio, and brief supporting statement to We will be collecting nominations until November 15 and members will vote via electronic survey in late November (members keep your eyes peeled for an email). We are working on a December Member Meeting (tentatively planned for December 7, Global Fatbike Day at two locations) where we plan to announce the next President.

Thank you,


MEMBA Membership Meeting and Trails Update

We have all been enjoying the great mountain biking in West Michigan and along Michigan’s Edge. Now it is time to get down to business to advocate for mountain biking and get the “Edge” more trails.

On Monday August 29th at 7:00 PM we will be having an All MEMBA Membership meeting at Upper Mac. Arrive early and enjoy the trails and be sure to ride the new trail section designed & built by Alex Stewart!

Our IMBA Chapter is actively looking for individuals interested in serving nominations as future board members. (Future President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Web-site/Social Media, MMBA representative…etc.)
Other News:

Owasippe: Opening Day is Sunday August 14th, visit for more info. Vehicles passes can be purchased on-line or at the trailhead kiosk. Please note that Owasippe is “private property” and not a public park. The owners (Pathway to Adventure Council of the Boy Scouts of America) allow the public to use the trails as a privilege. The vehicle pass money helps pay the camps property tax bill and can provide funds for any trail needs.

Bass River: Welcomes the new Trail Coordinator Matt Jacobson

Shore Acres Bike Park: October & Bike-tober Thursday night races will be here before we know it.

Allegan Trail: Phase II of their new urban trail begins soon.

Register Today for Michigan’s Edge Challenge, a MEMBA fundraiser race to be held on Owasippe’s big loop. This year’s fall XC race is Saturday October 29th. (ICEMAN warm-up?)

Randy Knapp, President
Michigan’s Edge Mountain Biking Association