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Please Help Support the Costs of Winter Trail Grooming at DTE Energy Foundation Trail!

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This winter, the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association is embarking on an effort to give DTE Energy Foundation Trail users an epic “Four Season” trail experience.

We have planned out three groomed loops at DTE to give fat tire bikers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers the ultimate winter flow trail experience. The three loops will include all of the Green Lake Loop, the “lowland” parts of Big Kame just west of Green Lake Loop, and an almost two mile “preview” loop of the Winn Loop which will be formally opening in full next year. These three groomed loops – Green Lake (5.2 miles), Kame Lowlands (just over 1 mile) and Winn Preview (1.8 miles) – will provide 8 miles of winter groomed trail to explore.

Grooming costs money!

The Poto Chapter uses a snowmobile and a recently purchased Snowdog track sled to groom with two different propriety singletrack groomers designed by Helzemco, a design, prototyping and fabricating engineering firm located just north of Chelsea. The Snowdog groomer cost around $4,000. Add to this the costs of fuel for the groomers and parts, maintenance and labor, and grooming becomes a worthwhile, but costly endeavor! For this reason, we are asking you, our groomed trail users, for targeting giving to fund the costs of grooming at DTE. If you are a regular groomed trail user at DTE, please consider donating to the cause. This is best done by clicking below and paying directly into our DTE Trail Grooming Fund.

The groomed portions of the trail have just recently been marked with maps and directions. Look for signage and maps on the trail and at the trail head off M-52. We will also soon be identifying each of the three loops with the DTE Winter Trail Groom Arctic Fox logo on this page. Green Loop will be marked with fluorescent green versions of the logo, Kame Lowlands with fluoro blue and Winn with fluoro orange. We will also be posting more information on groomed trail etiquette on the trail head kiosk.

What is “Winter Groomed Trail Etiquette”?

When sufficient snowfall exists on the trail (typically 4”-5” or more) such that it would impede regular foot and bike use, we will be grooming the trail to provide for a hard, compacted trail tread (surface). While this trail tread is firm, it still does not lend itself to normal season foot and bike tire use. Normal foot use will “post hole” (create deep depressions) and normal bike tire use (under 3.8”) will “pizza cut” (create deep, meandering channels) in the groomed tread, rendering it less-than-satisfying for all users. For this reason, when trail is groomed, it is:

ONLY OPEN FOR USE BY FAT TIRE BIKERS, CROSS-COUNTRY SKIERS AND SNOWSHOERS.

The equipment utilized for these uses all create “floatation” which suspend the user on the top of the trail tread without “breaking through”. We respectfully ask that normal foot and narrower tire mountain bikes stay off the groomed trail and turn their use to the plethora of other non-groomed trails and pathways in the local area. Fat tire bikes should be over 3.8” in width, and run under 10 p.s.i. in each tire (around 5 p.s.i. is typical).

For updates on groomed trail conditions throughout the winter, please visit our DTE Trail Facebook page at: top 10 free dating sites london

DTE Trail – Winter Snow Grooming Map (PDF Document)

Enjoy your winter trail experience!

Follow link below to donate to the DTE Trail Grooming Fund.

Donate to the DTE Trail Grooming Fund

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DTE Energy Foundation Trail on the Radio

August 7, 2017 11:15 pm

Tune into 1290 WLBY-AM radio on August 8th at 8:15am. The DTE Energy Foundation Trail will be featured on the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce weekly interview on the Lucy Ann Lance show.

Poto MBA receives DNR’s Partners in Conservation Award

July 20, 2017 12:28 pm
The Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association was recently selected for the DNR’s Partners in Conservation Award for their work on the planning and development of the DTE Energy Foundation Trail located at Waterloo Recreation Area. The Association was recommended for this award by former Waterloo park manager, Gary Jones, and the nomination received full support of Chief Ron Olson, which is a requirement of being considered for the award.
Committee Chair: Jason Aric Jones
Marketing/Fundraising: Kathy Bradbury
Trail Coordinator: Chuck Kovick
Mapping Guru: Barry Snellgrove
Lead Trail Builder: Greg Cook
Poto Chapter President: Carl Loomis
At Large: Bill Mayer
Consider joining the Poto MBA today. http://www.potomba.org/membership/

Poto MBA Video Challenge

June 23, 2017 1:55 am

Join the Poto MBA Video Challenge now through August 15th!

How do I participate in the Poto MBA Video Challenge?

1. ACCEPT: Accept the challenge;
2. RECORD: Take a video of yourself riding and/or talking about your favorite Poto MBA chapter trail to increase awareness of the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association;
3. UPLOAD: Upload your video to social media, tagging/challenging three or more of your friends. Be sure to also share your post and video on our Poto MBA Group Discussion Facebook group.
4. GIVE: Make a donation to support the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association.

Donate through PayPal directly here:

Do I have to donate if I take the challenge?

No, by participating in the Poto Chapter Video Challenge you’re already increasing awareness of the chapter! Making a donation, however, will help fund the purchase of two new chapter pop up tents with our logos (one with Poto logos and one with DTE Energy Foundation Trail logos). Our current tent is very weathered and is damaged. It has seen better days. Our goal is to have a brand new tent before the 2017 Triple Trail Challenge on September 16th. Donating as part of the challenge is encouraged, and is appreciated!

Do I have to be tagged or challenged to participate in the Poto MBA Video Challenge?

No. If you want to participate in the Poto MBA Video Challenge, please do so. Be the first person to get the challenge going in your community by challenging your personal network of friends and family to participate as well.

What trails are part of the Poto MBA Video Challenge?

Potawatomi Trail – Pinckney State Recreation Area
DTE Energy Foundation Trail – Waterloo Recreation Area in Chelsea
Brighton Recreation Area – Brighton
Rolling Hills County Park – Ypsilanti
Hewen’s Creek Park – Ypsilanti
Heritage Park – Adrian
Morton-Taylor Mountain Bike Trails – Canton
Sharon Mills County Park – Manchester

Please direct any questions to info@potomba.org

Mountain biking has inherent risks and can be a dangerous activity. Challenge participants are to proceed at their own risk.

This challenge is being brought to you by the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association.

Poto Chapter Meeting – DTE Trail

June 12, 2017 1:20 am

Join us at DTE Energy Foundation Trail for a Poto Chapter meeting on Wednesday, June 21st.  Social ride 5:00 – 7:00pm. Casual chapter meeting from 7:00pm – 7:30pm  followed by a pot luck (bring something to throw on the grill and something to share). Please contact info@potomba.org with any questions.

DTE Energy Foundation Trail – Big Kame Loop Grand Opening Ride Party

May 14, 2017 9:47 pm

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DTE Energy Foundation Trail
Big Kame Loop Grand Opening Ride Party
Saturday, June 10th 11am to 3pm

Come celebrate the grand opening of the new Big Kame Loop at DTE with us!  This new 5 mile loop (approximate mileage) is packed with stunning views, significant elevation changes, and lots of special trail features as the trail meanders up and around the Big Kame formation north of Green Lake.  Bring your bike, hiking or running shoes.  Be aware that this loop is bike-optimized singletrack trail which requires more intermediate technical and aerobic skills than the Green Lake Loop, the first 5 miles of trail. Big Kame will be accessible from the M-52 trail head, and will be directional based on the day of the week, as it is with the Green Lake Loop.*

Participants are invited to bring their own beverages and food to the event.  Participants may bring a charcoal or gas grill to prepare food and tailgate, however, please make sure the grill is elevated off the ground (no ground fires or open pit fires are allowed) and that hot coals are disposed of properly.  Alcohol is NOT prohibited at the DTE Energy Foundation Trail, but please moderate your consumption and drink responsibly if you choose to partake.

RAIN DATE: In case of inclement weather, the event will be postponed to Sunday, June 11th.

If you have questions, please send an email to info@potomba.org.

* On the date of the event, the direction on Green Lake Loop will be counterclockwise for bikers and clockwise for hikers.  Since the Big Kame Loop is currently only accessible via Green Lake Loop, this will mean that bikers will have to travel about a quarter mile counterclockwise on Green Lake Loop before they reach the “intersection” with Big Kame.  Foot traffic will need to travel approximately 4.8 miles to reach the intersection.  Big Kame’s daily directions will be the same as those for Green Lake Loop.  So, on the day of the event, bikes will travel counterclockwise on Big Kame, and foot traffic will travel clockwise.  Directions will be posted on confidence markers at the trail.

Ales for Trails: New Belgium Benefits the Michigan Mountain Biking Association (MMBA)

April 24, 2017 2:14 am

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Ales for Trails: New Belgium Benefits the Michigan Mountain Biking Association (MMBA)

Location: HopCat – Detroit at 4265 Woodward Avenue in Detroit

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 5:00-9:00pm

Event link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/822846737871107/

HopCat Detroit is teaming with New Belgium Brewing to raise money for the Michigan Mountain Biking Association.

New Belgium has donated two of their famous Fat Tire bikes (one from Detroit Bikes & one from Felt Bicycles) for us to raffle off to raise money for the MMBA’s ongoing trail development projects and bike advocacy programs.

We will also be hosting a silent auction with some incredible trips and gear donated from our various partners. Along with the donations made from the raffle and silent auction, New Belgium has agreed to donate $.50 of each of their beers sold that night. HopCat will then match that for a total of $1 donated for each New Belgium beer sold.

Starting at 5pm, the Huma Room will open for Bags (Cornhole) & Plinko.

Raffle tickets will cost $5 for the bikes and can be purchased at the bar. Guests can buy as many as they would like. The raffle drawing will take place at 8pm that evening. Participants do not have to be in HopCat for the drawing to win (tickets will have name and phone number).

The silent auction will begin at 5pm and conclude at 8pm. MMBA will be handling the licensing for the raffle as well as taking payments for the silent auction items. You must be present at the end of the silent auction to claim your purchases.

Please contact info@potomba.org for additional information.

DTE Energy Foundation Trail Fundraiser w/ Oskar Blues Brewing Co. and Hopcat

August 31, 2016 10:05 pm

On Thursday Sept 22nd, join us for a fundraising party for the DTE Energy Foundation Trail. We will have 10 drafts from Oskar Blues Brewing Co. and a representative in house from them at the party. A portion of each Oskar Blues beer sold will be donated. We are also working with REI and other sponsors for a raffle. Guests can purchase raffle tickets for an opportunity to win gear from REI, Oskar Blues, HopCat and various local bike shops. Raffle tickets will be available starting at 11:00am. The drawing will happen around 7:30pm. Guests can purchase as many raffle tickets as they would like. On top of all of this, there will be some other small opportunities to win Oskar Blues swag. Aggressively bike friendly event.

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Ride the Divide Movie Screening Benefiting the DTE Energy Foundation Trail

August 6, 2016 2:16 pm

Join the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association at Mt Brighton on Wednesday, August 24th as we present a special screening of ”Ride the Divide”, a feature about the world’s toughest mountain bike race. Movie tickets are $10 and all proceeds benefit the ongoing development of the DTE Energy Foundation Trail in Chelsea, Michigan.

At 7:00pm, southeast Michigan’s own Jesse Ramsey will discuss his recent experience in the Tour Divide. Jesse began the trek across the continental divide on June 10th and rode over 2700 miles from Banff, Alberta, Canada to the Mexican border finishing at Antelope Wells, NM. It took him 23 days and 13 hours to complete the 2016 Tour Divide. Jesse is a ”super rad and handsome dude, that likes free pizza”, and his mental and physical strength and perseverance is truly remarkable.

The movie, ”Ride the Divide”, will begin after Jesse’s presentation, and he will return after the movie for a brief Q&A session.