An Independent WMMBA: The Alliance Needs YOU!

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WMMBA Trail Advocacy

We couldn’t think of a better time than the day we celebrate independence to talk about the importance of a local trail association working for local trails.  (more…)

June GR Bike Park Update

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GR Bike Park

First off, welcome to summer! We kicked off the new season with a great Alliance meeting last night at the GR Bike Park. We took time to ride, meet some fresh faces to the organization, and talk about some of the big projects on the horizon, as well as plenty that is already underway. Of course, the biggest thing we’re working on right now is the fundraiser for the GR Bike Park. For almost two months, we’ve been collecting donations that will be put toward some much-needed upgrades that will offer a better experience for more riders, as well as features that should make the park even more valuable for runners, hikers, and other trail users in the community.

Things are moving along quickly; IMBA Trail Solutions is already under contract to build in late August. We will likely see some construction in the weeks preceding construction as we scrap the BMX track and begin to build features. The City of Grand Rapids has generously donated $15,000 to get the ball rolling (or the wheel turning, if you will).

We’ve got a lot of other cool stuff cooking, too. Other elements of the Phase 1 rebuild include:

-a kids strider pump track

– an intermediate pump track

– a skills course with wooden features

– a fresh up of the jumplines

– new singletrack layout with jumps, rollers, and berms

Our current fundraiser is looking a little further afield. Phase 2 will focus on adding all-new jumplines, as well as a dropzone with the singletrack.

That fundraiser has really performed well, but there is still a week to make the most of Pure Michigan’s offer to match! We’re at just over $21,000, which would bring us to $42,000; with your donation and the donation of a few friends, who knows, we could hit our goal of $50,000 total!

From there, things get dirty, which is a very good thing! Phase 3 is all about soil. We’re looking for 30,000 cubic yards of dirt by donation. This soil will be to build enough elevation for a dual slalom course that will hook up with the singletrack.

Want to donate? Donations are matched until July 2, so tell a friend, too!

Make your donation right here! 

Watch Out For Loose Dawgs!

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If you were riding at Luton Monday, you probably had a few loose Dirt Dawgs nipped at your heels!

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Wahlfield Park on Trailforks.com

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Wahlfield Park is quickly becoming a local favorite in West Michigan, especially for those looking for a scenic, accessible trail that suits the skills of nearly any ability.

If you’re ever on the north side of Grand Rapids, take a turn to Alpine and find a neat trail just off M-37. It’s an easy spot to hit on the way home, making evening hours the hot time for people to access it by bike or by foot.

There is a cross country circuit hand-built by Alliance volunteers, and Dirt Artisans added 3 downhill flow trails in 2017 raising the total distance to about 6.5 miles. As a new trail, there is so much potential to shape this network into what local riders need and want. As a result, the future of Wahlfield Park is exciting to WMMBA and everyone involved!

If you spend more than a bit of time on the trail, you’ll notice that many of the sections and segments carry names that sound more than a little delicious. That’s because Perrin Brewery helped cover plenty of early expenses that helped bring this trail to life, and you’ll always find their thumbprint on the heart and soul of Wahlfield’s downhill runs.

You can check out more about the trail on Trailforks.com. Another thing you’ll really like about Wahlfield is the great updates on trail conditions from the trail’s reporters. Especially during this freeze and thaw cycle, having almost daily information on the state of the trails makes planning your rides so much easier. We’re working to bring this level of reporting to all Alliance trails! Current trail statuses are listed on the Alliance Homepage

At the moment, we have 577 rides counted on the trail, with prime riding time in August, but there is plenty of momentum this year; there are 60 trail reports already filed for 2018!

If you’re looking for a trail that’s accessible, fun, and you always know the state of the trails, make sure you check it out!