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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 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.

Waterloo Trail Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting and Renaming Ceremony

May 27, 2016 1:29 pm

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.

Dirty Dozen Workday & VIP Ride/Run/Hike at Waterloo

May 18, 2016 5:38 pm

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 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


Super Saturday Trail Day!

April 26, 2016 3:49 pm

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.
See you out there!

Recurring Trail Building Day

July 13, 2015 8:47 pm

The time is now!

Starting this Thursday we will host a recurring afternoon/evening Trail day on Thursdays so we can continue to make progress on the corridor clearing. Even an hour of your time will help build this great trail system.

When: This will occur every Thursday until further notice as long as the weather is good.
Where: The Trail head on M52 just south of Roe/N Territorials roads.
Time: 4pm until you are ready to leave, but you can show up anytime after 4pm. We will have a sign with details on where we are that day posted at the gate.

•Fun and knowing you will be part of a great new trail system that will become a Destination Trail!
•Safety: Work smart, safety glasses, gloves, long sleeves and pants, bug spray, water, etc
•Completing the DNR Volunteer Waiver Form (we have some on site)
•No bandit or rogue trail builders! We must coordinate our trail days and work with the DNR

If you want additional information please send an email to

See you Thursday(s)!

Groundbreaking Event and Donation Efforts

May 14, 2015 1:40 pm

You’ve heard the talk about the Waterloo Trail (that’s the new 25 mile Singletrack trail to be built in the Waterloo Recreation Area), so now come break the ground!

Waterloo Mountain Bike and Hiking Trail Groundbreaking Ceremony
At: 11:00am, Saturday, May 16th, Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center

Meet in Clocktower Commons parking lot at 10:00 am for a 10:15 departure by bicycle to the Waterloo Recreation Area. Follow Mr. B and the Joybox Express for a 5 mile trek to the Eddy Discovery Center for our “official” groundbreaking at 11:00. After the groundbreaking, we head back to Chelsea for a noon celebration featuring Jet’s Pizza, veggie sandwiches from Chelsea Alehouse, watermelon from the Plaid Melon and a concert by Mr. B and his Boogie Woogie Bicycle Piano. Info at:

It’s also time to raise some real cash! $500,000 is a lot of money, so…

Who Do You Know? Got a friend, a relative, a good lead working for a company that might have $5000 or more to donate to the Waterloo Trail? If yes, contact and we can give you a corporate brochure and cover letter to send. You can be a Trail Hero!

And What About You? Now’s the time to make a donation! Check out the Waterloo Trail info pamphlet here, email it to all your friends and co-workers so they can help out, and then either mail in your donation, donate on line or do it live at the groundbreaking.

Remember to get your tickets for the Great Fat Bike Raffle of 2015. Help raise money for the Waterloo Trail Fund and give yourself a chance to win a sweet new rig. ALL proceeds from the raffle will go directly toward building the new Waterloo Trail. OVER $6000.00 in prizes! Info at:
First prize: Trek Farley 8, Second prize: Kona WO, Third prize: Kayak

It’s time to put the pedal to the dirt!!!

Waterloo Trail Information Meeting

April 15, 2015 4:04 pm

Waterloo Trail Information Meeting Next Monday at the Chelsea District Library

WHAT? The Waterloo Mountain Biking Trails are a GO! Come join us to find out more! We will be discussing corridor clearing, trail construction, volunteering, timelines and the much anticipated ground breaking ceremony!

WHEN & WHERE? Monday, April 20 7-8 pm at the Chelsea District Library

WHO? The Michigan DNR and the Potawatomi Mountain Biking
Association will be there to answer your questions
Post back here or email with any questions

Waterloo Trail Groundbreaking Event

April 12, 2015 1:08 am

The groundbreaking for the Waterloo trail happening!

Meet in Clocktower Commons parking lot on Saturday, May 16th at 10:00 am for a 10:15 departure by bicycle to the Waterloo Recreation Area. Follow Mr. B and the Joybox Express for a 5 mile trek to the Eddy Discovery Center for our “official” groundbreaking at 11:00. After the groundbreaking, head back to Chelsea for a noon celebration featuring Jet’s Pizza, veggie sandwiches from Chelsea Alehouse, watermelon from the Plaid Melon and a concert by Mr. B and his Boogie Woogie Bicycle Piano!

A bicycle corral will be provided for kids ages 3-7 to practice their cycling skills on a short obstacle course! Strider and balance bikes are welcome!

If you are doing the bicycle ride to the Waterloo, please be able to maintain an 8-9mph pace for 30 minutes.
We will be taking mostly back roads, so be ready to ride pavement as well as dirt.
If you are driving, park at the Eddy Center and join us at 11:00 for the ceremony.