October 3rd, 2020
We are all about getting children out in the woods to enjoy awesome trails! This October 3rd join us at your nearest trail with your children, your friends kids, or your neighbors youngsters out on a bike in the woods.
IMBA Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) is an annual event that seeks to introduce the joy of mountain biking to the next generation. Created in 2004 and recognized by the U.S. Congress, TKMBD is officially celebrated every year on the first Saturday in October.
More than 100,000 youth have discovered and celebrated the joy of pedaling two wheels on dirt at TKMBD events, and many have gone on to become passionate riders, volunteer trail advocates and even high school mountain bike racers.
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!
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!
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 smile.amazon.com 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 🙂
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Heads up fat bike riders! MEMBA will be hosting a double-header event to celebrate this year’s Global Fat Bike Day on December 7th, 2019.
More details to follow, but here are the basics…
We’ll be starting with a ride at Riley Trails and then heading to the Riley Street beach for a shoreline ride down to the Holland State Park pier.
Muskegon Sports Complex will be hosting a Bike The Lights event that evening at their facility. This is a can’t miss experience!
So mark December 7th, 2019 on the calendar and come enjoy fat biking with us!
For this month of October 2019 ONLY!
IMBA is offering a chance to win this sweet give away if you join or renew within the month of October 2019! Don’t hesitate to help your local IMBA Group!
Join or renew your IMBA MEMBA membership here and you’ll be entered to win.
Join or renew with your IMBA Local group in October and you’re entered to win a Yeti SB100 Beti or Yeti SB6, a Western Spirit trip for two, BikeFlights shipping, a shopping spree at JensonUSA and a Showers Pass clothing package.
On July 20th, we will be providing SAG support for the Holland 100! This is our largest fundraiser of the year and all monies generated goes directly back to MEMBA to continue to maintain and build more of the trails we love! SAG support shifts will be split into half day shifts. It was a blast last year!
Please email thorMTB@comcast.net if interested in helping!
Thanks for your consideration
For the month of May 2019 ONLY!
IMBA is offering a chance to win this sweet give away if you join or renew within the month of May 2019! Don’t hesitate to help your local IMBA Group!
Join or renew your IMBA MEMBA membership here and you’ll be entered to win.
Join or renew with your IMBA Local group in May and you’re entered to win a Pivot Mach6 or Pivot Switchblace, a Western Spirit trip for two, BikeFlights shipping, a shopping spree at JensonUSA and a Showers Pass clothing package.
Date and time: May 11, 2019 at 10am
Put it on the calendar! Demo bikes, food trucks and more. Bring the family, friends and your neighbors! Expect a program that includes donor recognition, ribbon cutting, and a project update.
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.)
Owasippe: Opening Day is Sunday August 14th, visit www.ooec.org/trails 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