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?
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 email@example.com with any questions.
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.
* 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.
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.
UPDATE: Triple Trail Challenge 2016 is being officially moved to the Sunday rain date (September 18) due to the rain that is expected overnight and tomorrow morning. The weather is looking fantastic for Sunday. Hope you can still join us.
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.
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 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.
On Thursday, June 16th, please join us for the Grand Opening of the first 5 mile loop of this highly-anticipated new mountain bike trail (also open to foot travel) at Waterloo State Recreation Area. Be among the first to use this state-of-the-art, modern and sustainable trail, built using “flow trail” construction. We will also be revealing the rebranding of the trail to the community, including a new trail name and logo.
Meet at the trailhead (west off M-52, 5 miles north of Chelsea and 1/2 mile south of North Territorial Rd) at 10:45am for the 11:00am trail dedication and ribbon cutting, followed immediately by the inaugural 5 mile ride/hike/run on the new trail.
Bottled water and cookies will be provided.
REI will be on site offering light mechanical support beginning at 9:30am. If you need air in your tires, lubrication on your chain, saddle position adjustment, etc., just come out early and REI will be there to help you before the ride.
Immediately after, we will continue the celebration at Chelsea Alehouse with lunch and beverages. A celebration cake will be provided by Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association.
Can’t make it out that early? Join us for an after work ride, hike, or run!
Meet at the new trailhead at 6:00pm for a 6:15pm departure. We will follow up the evening ride/hike/run with pizza and beverages at Jet’s Pizza in Chelsea. After ride cake will be provided by Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association.
We have a dozen 4 x 4 x 8 Wood Confidence Marker Signage Posts to sink at Waterloo before the Grand Opening of the Trail on June 16th. In order to accomplish this, we are making an “event” out of it.
We need 12 hearty individuals, couples or teams willing to bring 3 things for this event: a handheld post-hole digger, a shovel and two six-packs of their favorite craft beer.
Our Waterloo Trail Crew will pre-flag the exact locations where these poles need to be sunk along the first five mile trail loop, and leave a post at that location. Upon arrival at the Waterloo Trailhead, each individual/couple/team will be assigned a flagged location. They will put their two six-packs in the “pot” (a.k.a. the coolers in the back of a pickup truck) and will head out to their assigned location to sink their post according to instructions given on-site. Upon finishing, they will make their way back to the trailhead, where each team will receive 12 different craft beers which were put in the “pot”. We will then do a special “Pre-Grand Opening” VIP Ride, Run or Hike of the trail, and maybe even drink a beer from the dispersed kitty of beer in the parking lot. (No beer drinking before the work and ride!)
Participation will be limited to the first 12 individuals/groups/teams signing up on the Sign-Up Genius page. If you don’t drink beer, but would still like to participate, please contact us at mtbwaterloo (at) outlook (dot)(com).
Again, the Date/Time of the event will be: Thursday, June 2nd at 6pm.
Meet at the new Waterloo Trailhead and Parking Lot. The Trailhead is located on M-52 (Stockbridge-Chelsea Road) approximately 5 miles North of Downtown Chelsea and 1/2 mile South of North Territorial Road on the West side of the road. You can access M-52 either at the I-94 exit for Chelsea, or, via US-23, taking the North Territorial Road exit and continuing West down North Territorial 17.5 miles to M-52.
PLEASE WEAR APPROPRIATE WORKWEAR.
PLEASE DON’T FORGET A POST-HOLE DIGGER AND SHOVEL. A level may also be helpful. (These will not be provided, so if you don’t have one, hit up a friend who does, or, your local Hardware Store.)
PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR TWO SIX-PACKS FOR THE KITTY (Please bring a favorite craft beer to contribute and not Stadium Lagers from Macro-Breweries who are “not backing down” such as Budweiser, aka “America”, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Michelob Ultra, etc.)
Date: 06/02/2016 (Thu.)
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm EDT
Location: Waterloo Trailhead and Parking Lot, Chelsea, MI
This Saturday April 30th will be another call out to our volunteers to help finish some more trail here in Waterloo! The weather looks like it is going to be a perfect day for trail work and riding the new trail.
The trail is closed to the public until complete, but you can earn a sneak peek by helping out and being one of the first to ride!
Meet at 10am at the Trailhead Parking Lot, 1/4 mile south of North Territorial Road on M-52 (west side of M-52).
Parking: park in the new lot or if the gate is open you can park at the start of the field at the end of the 2 track.
Work will last until 2pm or so and focus on “finishing work” on the Green Lake Loop.
FREE PIZZA lunch for workers!
Learn modern trail building techniques!
Opportunity to ride afterwords! Bring your mountain bike!
Be part of creating a fantastic new trail system so you can say you were “there when it started and helped build it”.
We will have a fair amount of tools in our tool trailer for volunteer use, but if you have your own shovel, garden rake, hoe, McCloud or Pulaski you can bring, it is always helpful! Be sure to mark tools brought from home.
All volunteers, please log your hours after each work day.