Author: Doug Heady (Page 3 of 4)

Adopt a Trail Segment – Adopters Needed!!!

Did you know that the Poto MBA’s trail maintenance needs are higher than EVER before?

1) Our chapter has more trail mileage than ever before! AWESOME!!! But, it’s a significant increase in maintenance for an extremely small volunteer base.

2) We still have trail to build at DTE. But, the Green Lake and Big Kame loops are now well established and have transitioned into maintenance mode.

3) Lastly, many of our chapter’s flagship trails are on state land where precautions are in place to protect the threatened Massasauga rattlesnake. What does this mean for us? We have to maintain the trail corridors on a much more frequent basis, and this is a SIGNIFICANT amount of work. More than ever before. The TC’s really need help with this.

Trail coordinators are seeking trail section adopters, regular mowing help, and routine maintenance at the Poto MBA trails listed below:




Sharon Mills

We are actively seeking YOUR help. This means you! And your brother. And your friends. And their friends, too. If you would like to help, please send an email to volunteer@ and indicate which trail you want to help maintain. Your message will be forwarded to the appropriate Trail Coordinator.

Help is needed at DTE Energy Foundation Trail, too! For DTE, we have developed  maps (Green Lake map and Big Kame map) for section adoption and a Sign Up Genius for volunteers. Reserve your section today before it’s gone!! You may also email if you have questions specifically about maintenance needs at DTE.

Never volunteered before? Not sure what a section adopter means? You can click here for a reference guide.

Thanks for volunteering! Don’t forget to log your volunteer hours! Tracking the time you contribute to a trail and reporting it is one of the most important things you can do to help us build and maintain great relationships with land managers.

Bike Alliance of Washtenaw

The Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association is proud to announce our partnership with Bicycle Alliance of Washtenaw. Their mission is to foster better bicycling opportunities and outcomes in and around the greater Washtenaw area by sharing the collective resources and knowledge of area organizations and enthusiasts. Look for future Poto chapter events on the official BAW calendar.

BAW has a a local summit planned on February 11th in Ann Arbor during which they will discuss actionable solutions for the upcoming year around the themes of Community, Culture, Education, and Infrastructure. Consider participating in the summit to bring some mountain biking perspective to the table. This would be an excellent opportunity to have a break out session to discuss trail ettiquette education, for example. Hope to have some Poto MBA representation there.

BAW website:


Abominable Snowman Ride 2017


Abominable Snowman Ride 2017

December 9, 2017, 12 p.m.

Event content: Join us at the 2017 Abominable Snowman Ride at HIGH NOON on Saturday, December 9th at the Glenbrook Yurt in Pinckney Recreation Area. Ride as much or as little of the Poto trail as you would like. There are many options! Woody will have chili ready for the riders and he’ll have the fire going. The griddle will be ready as well for any hot dogs you’d like to bring. Cold temps and snow have been ordered for the weekend. Please bring wood to help keep the fire burning into the evening.

9th Annual Black Friday MTB Ride

Register for the 9th Annual Potawatomi MBA Black Friday MTB Ride

Join the POTO Chapter as they lead a fun group ride on Black Friday. After the ride Wheels In Motion will provide pizza and beer! Come out to the 9th Annual Black Friday MTB Ride at Rolling Hills and Hewens Creek Parks in Ypsilanti Township on Friday 11/24 at 10 AM. This will be a no-drop group ride and is a great chance for novice MTBer’s to get exposure to single track riding and be a fun way to burn off that Thanksgiving feast and get a jump start on getting fit for 2018. The ride will be about 14 miles long covering ~6.0 miles at Hewens Creek and ~7.0 miles at Rolling Hills along with some connecting road & trail between the two parks. For those who haven’t ridden or rarely ride at either trail, Hewens Creek is a flat, winding ride through meadows and new growth forest which is great for beginning riders. The RHP trail on the other hand twists and turns through 4+ miles of forest and rolling hills that provide a great opportunity to improve your bike handling skills and 2.5+ miles of open meadows. The 1.2-mile West Meadows loop on the west side of RHP includes beautiful open meadows and some fun pump-track like riding on the Munger Mounds.

Meet at the Rolling Hills Lodge at 9:45 AM and then we will head out by 10-10:15 AM. After the ride, we will have some pizza and refreshments at The Lodge at about 12:30 PM. Rain date will be Saturday 11/25 at 10 AM.

Please register in advance at Event Brite to attend so a good estimate of riders can be made for the pizza and beverages.

Register for the 9th Annual Potawatomi MBA Black Friday MTB Ride

Look for changes in schedule on the Rolling Hills or Hewens Creek forums on the MMBA website or the Poto MBA Facebook page or Poto MBA Twitter account.

Please park in the MTB trail head parking lot: enter the park, go straight through the traffic circle and park in the first lot on your right next to a big pavilion ~1/4 mile west of the circle. The Lodge will be about 200 yards away on your left.

There will be a gate charge to enter RHP. It is a Washtenaw County Park so if you already have WCP sticker you are good to go.

Last but definitely not least, we have to thank DeWight and crew at Wheels in Motion for supporting the MTB community by sponsoring this event and paying for the food and refreshments since its inaugural event in 2009

Batman Ride

Batman_Poto_RideRide the Poto, backwards, at night on October 13th! The Batman Ride will be staging at the Silver Lake Parking lot. Arrive at 7:00pm and ride at 7:30pm. We will have a first group of faster riders doing the full loop, and a second group of “normal” riders doing part of the trail. After the ride, we will have a campfire and typically riders bring food to share. Come out and ride the Poto backwards with lights!

What you should bring:
1. light
2. back-up light
3. cell phone
4. trail map, tools, survival gear (just kidding – no man left behind!)
5. food/beverages/change of clothes for post ride

PotoMBA High School Group Ride

Attention students! The Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association is launching a High School Group ride for 9-12th grade mountain bikers. Mountain Biking is a fun sport! You get to ride, race, get fit, explore nature, and have fun with your friends. Riders of ALL levels should come out. Bring your friends and parents to our first ride at Olson Park in Ann Arbor on September 23rd at 9:00am. Properly fitted helmet and bike in good working condition required. For more information, come visit us at the Triple Trail Challenge on September 16th or, send an email to

DTE Energy Foundation Trail on the Radio

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.

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