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Early April Update

April Meeting

The April meeting on Monday 4/14/14 kicks off our first of a series of bike shop meetings this year.   Spin Zone in Granger will be hosting the April meeting with pizza at 7PM.  Since we are meeting at a bike shop make sure to bring a chair with you.  The Spin Zone is bringing their favorite rep Scot Allen from The Gold Agency by to talk about all the great products from SRAM, RockShox, fi’zi:k and many more great brands relevant to mountain biking in our area.  RSVP at our facebook event  or through email NIMBA.BIKE@GMAIL.COM so that we know how much pizza to get.

Bonneyville Mill

We are starting the final push to finish the trail at Bonneyville Mill this spring.   The first workday in Saturday April 26 from 9am to 1pm.  We will be meeting at the Briarpatch Shelter parking lot.  Watch for more trail workdays on the NIMBA website workday page .

Mountain Bike Patrol

We are still looking for a few more members to create a mountain bike patrol for the area.  Send us an email at NIMBA.BIKE@GMAIL.COM if you are interested in joining us.

Seeing Green

Do you have the new NIMBA green socks?  They are the made in teh USA by Sock Guy.  We will have the socks for sale at all of the meetings, races, workdays and events.  We also have a few pairs of the gray and black socks from last year still available.

2014 Race Series

Registration is open for the race series and the Bendix Woods Race  on April 27, 2014.  More information can be found on the race page or at  bikereg.com .   We are looking for volunteers to help at the Bendix Woods race, please send us an email at NIMBA.BIKE@GMAIL.COM  if you can give us a hand.

Membership in NIMBA gives you big discounts on the season race series and individual races.  We are also offering half off race entries to members that volunteer at least 4 hours for trailwork or event support.  Join NIMBA  online.

Mid Week Time Trials Start

The NIMBA member Mid Week Time Trials start on 4-16-14 at Bendix Woods at 6:30PM, signups start at 6PM.  For more information on the Mid Week formats go to check out the MidWeek page.

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TK Lawless Logging Debris Cleanup 4-6-14

There was limited logging at TK this winter and now there is a lot of debris and treetops on the trail.  We need your help this Sunday April 6th from 9AM to 1PM to start clearing the trail.

The parks department is making an exception due to the amount of trees down on the trail and will let us use our own chainsaws.  For each chainsaw we will need several more people to help clear the path.  We will have gloves and hand tools for the workday, we need you to get the trails open.  Scott from TK says he will have donuts for us and NIMBA will have cliff bars, water and lunch for everyone.

If you would like to bring a chainsaw, contact me directly about the rules that the park has for there use.  nimba.bike@gmail.com

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2013 NIMBA Wrap up

2013 proved to be both a challenging and successful year for NIMBA.

NIMBA started the year with our new IMBA chapter affiliation.  Becoming an IMBA chapter will allow NIMBA to access the resources and support of IMBA, it has also allowed us to refocus NIMBA resources from managing the membership process to expanding mountain bike events and trails in Michiana.

Last winter we rebranded NIMBA, creating a new logo, completely redesigning our website and creating a NIMBA Jersey and sock program.   With the new website, Facebook page and twitter feeds we believe that NIMBA is providing an active and vital social media presence to help expand Mountain Biking in the Michiana area.  At the end of 2013 NIMBA had over 820 Facebook members.

NIMBA broke ground on Elkhart County Parks first mountain bike specific trail in April with 50 people showing up at the ground breaking ceremony/workday to start building the trail at Bonneyville Mill park.  By the end of the year we completed cutting the trail and were left with a short stretch of trail to smooth and the building of several banked turns.  We are on track to open the trail in the spring of 2014.

We had high hopes for the NIMBA race series in 2013; we brought back a Time Trial to Rum Village, added a Cross Country race to TK Lawless and found a new race timer.  Unfortunately we had more weather challenges in 2013 than in any prior race season.  The weather affected the turnout at several races and caused us for the first time to cancel a race, the Potato Creek Time Trial.  We are looking forward to a warmer and drier race season in 2014.

In 2013 the Tuesday night women’s ride at Potato Creek was expanded to a coed ride and saw continued growth; we also continued to hold the Midweek Club Time trials.  We also held the annual campout at Potato Creek. Watch for some new “club” rides/events in 2014 at the NIMBA trails.

The Inaugural Tour De NIMBA was held in October.  The Tour started at Potato Creek, traveled the back roads to Bendix Woods continued on back roads and farmers lanes to Rum Village and then returned to Potato Creek for a celebration barbeque.  The Sag stops at Bendix Woods and Rum Village had great food and drink for everyone.  The distance was 100k and we also had a 50k option from PC to Rum and back.  The Tour was a great success, truly a one of a kind ride in our area and we look forward to seeing this annual event grow into the premier fall ride in Michiana.

We continued to invest in trail building and maintenance in 2013 spending over $1,000 buying a new chain saw, walk behind trimmer and lots of hand tool.  We also hosted the IMBA trail care crew at Bonneyville Mill.  The trail building class was a major success with attendees from throughout Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan.

Volunteers are the life blood of NIMBA.  We had a dedicated group of volunteers building the trail at Bonneyville Mill this year.  When a wind storm blew through the area this summer and  took out large sections of the trail at Bendix Woods we had volunteers clearing the trees and rerouting sections of the trail, so that it was open within a week. At the other parks, after windstorms,  NIMBA volunteers consistently had the mountain bike trails open earlier than the parks department have there hiking trails open.  We expanded the adopt a mile program trail maintenance program to Rum Village in 2013; we know have a core group of volunteers maintaining their specific sections of Potato Creek and Rum Village .

The NIMBA race series and Tour De NIMBA would not have occurred without our volunteers.  In recognition of these efforts, NIMBA held its first annual volunteer recognition dinner in 2013.  At the dinner gift certificates were awarded to the top five volunteers that put in the most hours in 2013.  We also distributed over $1,000 worth of door prizes to volunteers that attended the dinner.

We look forward to a great year in 2014 and appreciate your continued support.

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“class graduation” rules.

For 2014, we’ve had an overwhelming interest in a set of “class graduation” rules.  Honestly, this rule set is long overdue in our series.  We’ve created a very simple set of rules that are easy to follow.  We realize the transition from sport to expert is more drastic than the transition from beginner to sport, so we’ve created two sets of rules.  They are as follows:

Sport to Expert

  • If you won a series in 2013 in a competitive class (one where we paid 3 or more awards), you DO move up.
  • If you won a series in a class we paid less than 3 awards, you DO NOT move up.
  • If you won a series in a competitive class without a single 1st place finish, you DO NOT move up.
  • If you are under 18 years old, you DO NOT move up.
  • *Option – if you won a Sport series in a geared class, you may move up to Sport Singlespeed.  If you choose this option and win the Sport SS series in 2014, you move up to Expert the following year.  Additionally, if you place 2nd or 3rd in the Sport SS series AND log two 1st place finishes in individual races, you move up to expert.

Beginner to Sport

  • If you won a series in 2013 in any beginner class 20 and over, you DO move up.
  • If you logged two or more individual race 1st place finishes AND won a series award (2nd or 3rd place) in your class, you DO move up.
  • If you are under 18 years old, you DO NOT move up.

Thanks; and we look forward to seeing you in 2014!

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NIMBA 2014 Racing Schedule

Fellow Mountain Bikers,

The Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association is excited to announce its race series schedule and plan for 2014! The series will consist of 6 races at some of the best trails in northern Indiana. The season will conclude at NIMBA’s premier event, the Tour de NIMBA in September. The 2014 schedule is as follows:

Sunday, April 27th Bendix Woods County Park Time Trial – New Carlisle, IN
Sunday, June 1st Potato Creek State Park Cross Country – North Liberty, IN
Sunday, July 13th Rum Village Park Time Trial – South Bend, IN
Sunday, August 3rd TK Lawless County Park Cross Country – Vandalia, MI
Sunday, August 17th Winona Lake Trails Cross Country – Warsaw, IN
Sunday, August 31st Imagination Glen Time Trial – Portage, IN
Saturday, September 27th Tour de NIMBA and Season awards certificates at Potato Creek

For 2014, the fee structure for the NIMBA Race Series has changed.
Note that fees for NIMBA/IMBA Members have NOT changed.

The race fees for 2014 are as follows
NIMBA/IMBA Member $25 pre-registration, $30 day-of registration
Non-Members $35 pre-registration, $40 day-of registration

All classes for 2014 remain unchanged with two exceptions:
Sport ages 20-29 will be combined with Sport ages 30-39 creating the new class Sport 20-39.
Beginner ages 20-29 will be combined with Beginner ages 30-39 creating the new class Beginner 20-39.

For 2014, NIMBA will also introduce a “Members Only” volunteering pays back race entry program. We will offer a 50% off single race voucher for volunteers completing 4 hours of work. If you’re part of a trail day or you help with a couple of races, you’ll receive a voucher good for 50% off a single race entry, reducing a member’s fee to only $15!

Race Transfer – NIMBA members will be eligible for one (1) race entry transfer per season.

Race Cancellation – In the unlikely event that a race is cancelled, entry fees are non-refundable. If a NIMBA member has not used their transfer for the season, they may use their transfer to transfer their entry from the cancelled race to another race, or towards a Tour de NIMBA entry. A cancellation of the last race of the season is non-refundable should the entrant choose not to enter Tour de NIMBA.

NIMBA has a host of special events planned for 2014 outside of the race series, including the official opening of our newest trail at Bonneyville Mill. Stay tuned to Facebook and nimba-bike.org for the latest information.

Download Press Release here. 2014 Racing Schedule

UPDATE: The August 31st race was changed to Imagination Glen
 2275 McCool Road Portage, IN 46368

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Looking for a great Christmas gift? Join NIMBA!

What do you get that person in your life that loves mountain biking? New bike parts? No! How can you possibly know exactly what they want/need/have to have?

How about a membership to NIMBA? The gift that keeps on giving. What do you get with a NIMBA membership? First you help fund our trails including Bendix Woods, Bonneyville Mills, Potato Creek, Rum Village and TK Lawless and more in the future.

How about all of this?  Read the benefits below and the click here to JOIN TODAY

For $50 (socks) $100 (t-shirts), or $250 (jersey) memberships get to choose  one of the following.


When you join NIMBA, you join the world’s largest mountain biking club known as IMBA. But NIMBA/IMBA members are more than just mountain bikers.

Our members know that many of the solutions to problems communities face today — like obesity and pollution — can be solved by getting more people out enjoying our natural world from the seat of a bike. And as stewards of trails and bike-friendly communities, NIMBA/IMBA members fund the necessary work that allows us all to enjoy great riding.

IMBA Welcome Kit
Includes personalized IMBA membership card, IMBA’s Official Dirty Video DVD and soundtrack, a “propaganda-pack” of stickers, and annual subscription to IMBA Trail News.

IMBA members that join or renew their membership and are US residents receive a one-year subscription to a choice of one of the following magazines:

Bicycling — 11 issues*
Dirt Rag Digital Edition — 7 issues
Mountain Flyer — 4 issues
Switchback Digital Edition** — 6 issues
Velo Digital Edition — 14 issues including Velo Buyer’s Guide

Members receive their first issue/digital edition email 6-10 weeks after joining or renewing IMBA membership, depending on each publisher’s magazine release date.

Members’ subscriptions will add 12 months to the term of any existing subscription.

IMBA Gear Discount and discounts at Local bikes shops

IMBA members receive a 10% discount on most products in the IMBA store.

NIMBA members receive at 10% discount from NIMBA sponsor shops.

Promotive.com Pro Deal Account
Current, qualified IMBA members receive an IMBA Member Team registration card from Promotive.com, with discounts on bike and outdoor sports brands.

Subaru VIP Program
Save up to $3,300 off MSRP when buying or leasing a new Subaru vehicle. Subaru will also make a contribution for each vehicle purchased to IMBA’s trail building and access efforts.

Travel Benefits
IMBA Destinations can help you find incredible places to ride, tour operators, skills camps, bike rentals and transport, lodging and great post-ride refueling spots. Check frequently for special IMBA Member discounts from our Destinations Members.

Insurance Offers
Take advantage of discounted accident and comprehensive health insurance plans made available to IMBA members by our partners Adventure Advocates And Nicholas Hill.


by John Marquardt
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It is time to celebrate the end of another great season of Mountain Bike Riding in Michiana


Did you help work on the Bonneyville trail this year? Did you help at a NIMBA workday or help at a NIMBA Race? NIMBA is having a volunteer recognition dinner for you at Reggios in Mishawaka on Friday November 8th. We have great door prizes that we are giving away to volunteers, including a laptop, NIMBA Jersey, NIMBA Socks and lots of gift cards. We will also be recognizing the top three volunteers that have logged the most trail hours this year.

Come celebrate with us at Reggios.  Reggios is conveniently located on the far east side of Mishawaka, just east of Capital Ave (331) on Jefferson.  For more information and to RSVP http://nimba-bike.org/events-2/volunteer-recognition-dinner/


Annual November Meeting at Hacienda and Fundraiser

Once again we will be holding a Hacienda fundraiser in conjunction with our End of Season meeting on Monday November 11 at the Hacienda on Portage Rd in South Bend.  If you want to join us for dinner come at 6:30; we will have the meeting at 7:00PM.    NIMBA gets 20% of your purchases that day at Hacienda if you use a coupon found here .  That means your dinner, margaritas, craft beers and gift cards that you buy all give 20% back to NIMBA.  Can’t make for dinner?  Have lunch at the Portage Rd Hacienda and use your coupon.  Remember, Hacienda Gift cards make great presents at the holidays.  If you can’t make it Monday night but would like us to pickup up some gift cards for you, send me an email and we can get them for you.  The 20% off only applies to purchase at the Portage Rd Hacienda on 11-11-13.  Any questions? Send me an email NIMBA.BIKE@GMAIL.COM