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.

An Evening with Dave Wiens, A Weekend of Fat Bike Fun!

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We love fat biking. Grand Rapids isn’t just Beer City, USA. We like to think of West Michigan as a pretty serious contender for the fat bike capital of the world!

We’re celebrating our winter riding with a huge weekend, and it’s coming up soon. For the second year, the USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championships are right here in GR. Throw in more racing on Sunday with Winter Rush, and you’d be pretty pumped; but we’re also getting a chance to meet current IMBA Executive Director and mountain bike legend Dave Wiens.

Dave will be at Cannonsburg on Friday, February 9 from 7-9pm to talk to WMMBA Allies and the whole cycling community about the future of mountain biking, fat biking, and our sport in general. Dave has decades of trail stewardship experience and is in a position to see regional and national trends that provide a lot of perspective and valuable information for our efforts right here in West Michigan.

Of course, we’ll also be asking Dave about his six Leadville 100 victories, his many years of racing at the top level of the sport, riding on the USA National team, and why he still simply loves cycling.

Fat Bike National Weekend is going to be a real treat, and a getting involved with the event is a big plus for the community and for WMMBA. 10% of registration fees will go straight to WMMBA and our trail efforts thanks to Winter Rush!

You can also register to volunteer here. 

Make sure you RSVP for our Evening with Dave Wiens here on Facebook, too!

Yankee Springs Time Trial

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Just a friendly reminder that registration for the 28th Annual Yankee Springs Time Trial – Presented by Spectrum Health Pennock – is January 1st, 2017, @ 10:00 a.m.!!

Racers starting position is based on the date & time that you sign up….the earlier you sign up, the sooner you start within your race category.

REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.bikereg.com/yankee-springs-28th-annual-time-trial-wmmba-benefit-race

RACE DATE: April 23rd, 2017.

The Yankee Springs Time Trial annually serves as the opening round of the Championship Points Series (CPS). For information on the CPS series, including how to earn points, class structure, and the series schedule, please visit their page on the MMBA Website: http://mmba.org/programs/championship-point-series/

NEW for 2017:

– The CPS Series has added an Elite/Expert Open Fatbike Category, to go along with the Sport/Beginner Open Fatbike Category! As with all E/E categories, they will race for 2 laps at the Yankee Springs Time Trial.

– The Yankee Springs race will also feature a Women’s only Fatbike Category! This will be an Open age group, run with the Sport class division. The Womens group will be scored for awards separately for the Yankee Springs TT race, but their points will be counted towards the CPS Series, as the CPS Series has agreed to score them within the Sport/Beginner Open Fatbike Category (based on their finishing time). THANK YOU CPS!
SPONSORS, FOOD & SWAG!

The Yankee Springs Race Committee is excited to bring back many of our sponsors, along with welcoming some newly acquired support! For a complete list of our sponsors, along with race details and a great promotional video, please visit our NEWLY IMPROVED website: http://yankeespringstt.org/

Post-race food….great swag give-aways….AND THE LONGEST RUNNING/LARGEST OFF-ROAD TIME TRIAL IN THE MIDWEST!!! The Yankee Springs Time Trial is a can’t miss event!

As always, THANK YOU to all of our race participants! Without YOU and your support…..year in and year out…..for the last TWENTY SEVEN YEARS….we would not be able to offer such a great event!!

See you all in April!

January Member Meeting/Fat bike/Night Ride

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We are just days into the new year, the snow finally showed up (hopefully, to stay this time) and time for the January, WMMBA Member Meeting!

Many of us made a few resolutions for the new year, ride more, ride at night, get involved with the WMMBA, etc…
We want to help you keep those resolutions.

This Wednesday night, we will be meeting at the Indian Trails Golf Course. With the new snow on the ground, Indian Trails will have their groomed fat bike course open and ready for the season and we would like you to help us ride it in.

Afterward, the club house will be open, with roaring fire to warm you back up, beverages available on tap and yes, there will be food!

Central District Cyclery will be serving up the food! They’ll have roast pig, vegetarian beens and all the other fixings as well!

Central District Cyclery will also be contributing $15 towards any new WMMBA membership! We’ve spoke with a lot of you who are on the fence about becoming a WMMBA member and CDC would like to make it a bit easier to jump on board. We’ll be there to answer questions about membership and tell you about some of the great things the WMMBA has lined up for the year.

So, grab your fat bike, grab your friends, bring your appetite and join us on Wednesday, January 14th, 201512216679-standard-1. Ride time starts at 6pm, food starts at 7pm and meeting time is 7:30 (ish).
Lights and helmets are required on he course, so bring them, please.

Don’t have a fat bike? There will be demos on hand! Don’t want to ride? Join us for the meeting! See you then!

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