Potato Creek Race this weekend!

The sun is back, the trails are drying out and it looks like a perfect weekend ahead to race mountain bikes. Potato Creek is a great place for your first race and plenty of challenging for experts alike. If you haven’t joined NIMBA yet click on the join link to save some money on your registration and help support the trails. Once you have joined go to Bike Reg and sign up for the race this weekend.  All the race info can be found at the Michiana Mountain Bike Race Series site.
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NIMBA 20th anniversary shirts

Come to TK Lawless this Sunday to get your limited edition black NIMBA @ 20 T-shirt celebrating the 20th anniversary of Indiana’s oldest mountain bike group.  Sizes small-xxl available. This is a very limited run so act fast if you want yours. 

   

Join us this Sunday at TK Lawless our race

Join us this Sunday for our race at TK. Great venue for beginners and experts alike.

Format XC – Cross Country. Riders in groups by class. 1st to cross the finish line wins.
Course The mountain bike trail plus hiking trails to create a lengthened course with additional passing opportunities. Course is subject to final approval by the parks department.
Registration Registration begins at 8:00am on race day at TK Lawless or sign up online and save!
Pre registration is open until 5pm Saturday night.

Experts Start begins at 9am Eastern Time and will run 2 laps of approximately 13.5 miles each lap

Sport 2 Laps of approximately 11.0 miles each lap. Starting time will be 10:15 Eastern Time

Beginner 1 lap of approximately 11.0 miles Starting time will be 10:45 Eastern Time

Kids will run a 2 mile course that will start after the beginners.
The race fees for 2015 are as follows

Member $25 pre-registration, $30 day-of registration (the discount entry for the race is if the racer is a member of NIMBA, KCV or Outback Trail Commission).

Non-Members $35 pre-registration, $40 day-of registration

Sponsored by Inertia Cycleworks

A call to action – State Park Mountain Bike Fee

Starting July 1st, the Indiana DNR plans to start charging to ride the mountain bike trails at all Indiana state parks including Potato Creek. $5 per day or $20 annually. This fee is in addition to gate fees and/or season passes.

There is a glimmer of hope. The mountain bike fee needs to be approved by the Natural Resources Commission. If you have an opinion about the proposed fee for mountain bike use at Potato Creek, please email your state representative and the chair of the NRC.

The only thing that may sway a decision is a flood of messages, respectfully voicing our opinion to our local legislators.  This is important because the DNR has made their decision and they won’t be swayed by opinion. Contacting the park or park personnel isn’t going to get us anywhere at this point. It has been passed to the NRC, who needs to vote on it. Your state representative can influence this if they hear enough concern.

Here are some items you can mention in your email:

The mountain bike trail at Potato Creek was built by volunteers from the local mountain bike club, NIMBA, at no cost to the state.

The mountain bike trail is maintained by NIMBA volunteers who have spent in excess of 1,000 hours over the last 4 years, keeping the trail ride able. The additional annual mountain bike fee will make it impossible for NIMBA to find volunteers willing to maintain the trail at Potato Creek.

NIMBA has invested over $2,000 in trail maintenance at Potato Creek for materials and equipment over the 12 months.

NIMBA organized rides and events bring over 750 visitors to the park. The mountain bike trail has thousands of rides by park visitor each year.

Mountain bike riders in the Michiana area have at least 8 other trails within 45 miles that have a minimal or no gate fee to use. They will simply bypass Potato Creek with its high use fees and the park will lose the gate fee revenue that it currently receives from riders.

Once the volunteers no longer maintain the trail at Potato Creek it will quickly become un ride able and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will have squandered an asset that cost them nothing.

Please take a few minutes and email or call the legislators in your area.   We certainly don’t want to lose Potato Creek and all the park has meant to the local mountain biking community!

Find Your Legislator https://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/

If you have any questions about NIMBA activities or suggestions for our group contact us.

Rum Village workday cancelled for today

Unfortunately mother nature has other plans for today. Due to very wet trail conditions and possibly more rain ahead we are canceling today’s planned work day at Rum Village. We will try to reschedule at a later date.  Watch for updates here and on Facebook.