Ride Dirt, Not Mud This Spring

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WMMBA MTB Trails Grand Rapids

Spring might just be here! West Michigan is rolling into a long-term warm-up, and what little snow we have left in the shadows will be gone before you know it.

Before we turn our attention to spring, we wanted to a second to thank all the groomers and trail organizers that put in hour after hour to give us trails to ride! As many of you know, these groomers sacrifice not only time with family and friends, but even coveted time in the saddle so that the rest of the community can get out and ride. Of the Grand Rapids area trails that were groomed, each one took a lot of hard work to keep clear.

A big part of that success is the cooperation and communication of trail users, too. Using platforms like Trailforks and Facebook to let others know trail conditions and when the best time to ride might be. Letting the trail set-up, warning groomers and volunteers of downed trees or ice hazards, and any other useful information all make this network more efficient.

As we roll into the freeze-thaw cycle this spring, we’re asking our regular riders to use these platforms to relay trail conditions to help us preserve the trails, address any issues, and have a better idea of what riders will see if they head out to the trailhead.

We’re asking all riders to help us integrate Trailforks into the process, and it’s really simple. You can check out our recent post about how to make an account, link your Strava profile, and help us gather tons of useful data. We’ll also be using Trailforks to direct work bees and volunteers, and the more information they have on hand, the easier the job will be!

In case you missed it, here’s a great piece from bicycling.com about how mountain bikes impact the trail during freeze-thaw cycles, plus some ways we can prevent damage as a community.

Show Your Trails Some Love

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Roses are red, violets are blue, trails are rad, and you are, too.

We admit it, we’ve taken a small peek at the calendar and there is something about seeing MARCH up next that has just a little part of us ready for dirty tires and short sleeves. We’ve had a tremendous winter for fat biking, even with a brief period with little to no snow. While there’s plenty of snow riding left this year, we’re gearing up for a new season and new projects.

This is the time of year we really hope to recruit more members that are ready to join the ranks of trail workers, members, volunteers, and riding buddies. WMMBA has a lot of trail networks that serve tens of thousands of mountain bikers, not to mention other non-motorized trail users who rely on clear trails to access nature, peace, and quiet.

We have hundreds of members; we need hundreds more to raise the quality of our already incredible trails. What trail system are you sweet on? What is your favorite weekend destination? Whatever WMMBA trail you love, or if you spend plenty of time on them all, joining WMMBA is the very best way to show you care.

You can join knowing that your money stay in West Michigan to support West Michigan trails, as well as Michigan advocacy efforts in Lansing that affect mountain bikers and non-motorized trail users around the state. This is our backyard. Let’s take care of it.

Join WMMBA today. 

Getting Set Up On Trailforks

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If you’ve been in touch with anyone on the WMMBA board, you’ve probably already been begged to create a Trailforks account. There are a lot of good reasons for use the app and all its features, and the value of those features only increase as more users join up!

Trailforks uses GPS data from trails all over the world to improve trail design, to provide numbers for advocacy, and to provide trail condition updates for riders all year long.

For example, you can see Luton Park in minute detail over on the dedicated Trailforks page for the trail system. You can use existing data to map out your own ride, look for group events, and even look at the most trail reports. There’s also data on how many people ride at the trail system by month and by year.

There are Ridelogs for Luton and every trail system that West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance works with. It’s an incredible tool that allows us to stay up-to-date with what is being ridden, when, and what we need to do to make improvements that will enhance your trail experience. And YOU can help by simply linking your Strava account to a Trailsforks account, too.

By setting up your Strava to push to Trailforks, you’ll be contributing data to the site. Once your account is set up and linked to Strava, you don’t have to do anything else; but you’ll probably want to! We hope to move more trail grooming updates, maintenance days, and general trail updates to Trailforks so information is reliable, consistent and all in one spot!

For help on how to set up for your Trailforks account, and how to link Strava, here’s a step-by-step guide.

2017 Trail schedule

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And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for… our Spring 2017 Trail Day Schedule! Please come lend a hand!
Saturday, April 8th – Yankee Springs Recreation Area
Saturday, April 22nd – Luton Park
Saturday, April 29th – Hammond Hill (Hastings)
Thursday, May 4th – Cannonsburg State Game Area
Saturday, May 6th – Cannonsburg Ski Area/Skills Area
Saturday, May 13th – Ionia State Recreation Area
Saturday, May 20th – Merrell Trail
Sunday, May 21st – GR Bike Park
Saturday, June 3rd – Wahlfield Park