If you needed a sign that spring isn’t too far away, this might be it! We’ve got two of our spring trail days locked in, and we’ll need all the help we can get to kick off the 2020 trail maintenance season with a bang.
While it might look like a long time, the next few months will fly by. With so many races and events on the calendar, we’re making an effort to get our trails days on the board to make it a little easier for as many people as possible to get involved. You’ll see plenty of dates pop up for all of our WMMBA trails over the next couple of weeks, but we wanted to get two of the earliest ones on your radar, Yankee Springs and Wahlfield.
For all WMMBA trail days, plan on showing up just a few minutes before the posted time for instructions and possibly a ride to a different section of the trail to divide and conquer. Dress appropriately for the weather, and especially for these early spring trail days, consider bringing a light rain jacket, too. We do have plenty of tools, but if there’s a rake or shovel you’re partial to, feel free to bring it with you! We also recommend bringing a water bottle and a snack, just in case you need to take a break.
Unless noted, all WMMBA trail days start at 9am and wrap up by noon. Some folk may stick around to complete their trail section, but we really do encourage everyone to join just as short or as long as they can, whenever they can!
Saturday, April 11 – Yankee Springs
This one is huge. We traditionally schedule a workday a week or two before the Yankee Springs Time Trial, and this year is no different. It’s the perfect chance for us to get the ‘Devil’s Soup Bowl’ in pristine shape before it becomes the center of the Michigan mountain biking world for our biggest fundraiser of the year! This year’s race is April 25, which means all racers will have a weekend to enjoy the fruits of the labor in between, so join us!
You can RSVP to the Yankee Springs Trail Day here.
Saturday, May 9 – Wahlfield Trail
If you’ve ridden at Wahlfield, you know why it’s becoming one of the most beloved places to shred in the area. Its terrain and soil composition, plus all that traffic, does offer some unique challenges and special attention. May is an ideal time to get it ready for summer. After a couple of months of thaw and rain, what we get done on May 9 will play a big role in how well it holds up until we hit it again in the fall. There are a lot of races early in the year, and if you’re looking for one weekend to take a break, hop out of the saddle and pitch in with us!
You can RSVP to the Wahlfield Trail Day here.
There’s a lot of winter left, but whether you’re loving the snow or ready to move on, spring will be here before you know it! We hope you’ll set aside some time to pitch, learn a little about the trail maintenance process, and help us improve the trail experience for all users once things thaw out!