Avoid Riding or Running in the “Freeze/Thaw” Cycles
When soil freezes all the moisture turns to ice crystals between the particles of the soil, and in clay or loam soil they are tightly packed together. As the moisture freezes the crystals expand and tear the clay apart which shatters it, then as it thaws the soil becomes more porous and allows more moisture in. This is repeated with every successive thaw. In Indiana or Michigan we can get as many as 100 freeze thaw cycles in a season. Please be very careful when trying to ride the trails in the winter. The best time to ride is when the trail is frozen solid. On days when the temperature goes below freezing at night, the worst thing you can do is wait for the sun to come out and warm up the trail before riding. The trails can be very soft even if it hasn’t rained recently. Even if the temperature stays below freezing South facing trails can defrost in sunlight and turn to mush. IF YOU ARE LEAVING RUTS IN THE TRAIL WHERE YOU HAVE JUST RIDDEN PLEASE ABANDON YOUR RIDE. The ruts will allow even more water to remain on the trail and make it even worse. If people see you riding they will want to ride too, so very soon the trail reaches a point of meltdown. If you would like to find out the trail conditions on your particular trail before driving there please visit this page often or each individual trails Facebook page. All of these trails are maintained by the West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance and all the design, maintenance and building work is done voluntarily by local mountain bikers. If you would like to find out more about the WMMBA and how you can help please visit wmmba.org.
Bottom line: only ride the trails when temps are below 30 degrees this time of year unless trail coordinators give us the green light. Yankee for example is so sandy the soil can handle the freeze thaw without damage.
CANCELED DUE TO STORM Please help us get a couple more trail days in before the snow flies. Join us to complete the next new loop (white) at Wahlfield Trail (WMMBA) on Saturday, Nov 21st from 9 to 12:30 pm. This section we’ll be able to make an out and back loop that will connect back into the main path. Meet in the parking lot by the WMMBA trailer. Bring boots, gloves, water, tools provided
Please help us complete the next section of the new loop at Cannonsburg Ski Area Trail (WMMBA) on Wednesday, July 8th from 6 to 8:30 pm. With this section we’ll be able to make it a loop connecting back to the existing trail with a temporary route. Meet in the parking lot by the WMMBA trailer. Bring boots, gloves, water, and bug spray! Tools provided.
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, 2015. 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!