1st NIMBA race of the year is this weekend and Bendix Woods

The first NIMBA Series race of 2014 is this Sunday, 4-27-14.  The Bendix Woods Time Trial is a great way to start your 2014 single track mountain bike racing season.  The twisting trail at Bendix Woods is in great shape and we saw fast times at last week’s club ride.

Online registration ends at 7PM on Saturday night at Bike Reg .  The race page on the NIMBA website contains additional information on the park and the race.

In 2014 we are starting all NIMBA races 1 hour earlier. On Sunday, the first race is 9AM Eastern time for experts, next race is Sports at 10AM and Beginners start at 11AM.

The park gates open at 8AM and there is a fee.

Register for the complete NIMBA Series (6 races) to save the most money. Information on the series is found here.

We have over 20 classes for all ages and abilities.

Time Trial  Sponsored by SpinZone

Bendix Woods County Park   New Carlisle, IN 

Distance Experts & Sports – 13.2 miles, Beginners – 6.6 miles

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.

“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!

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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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

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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.


Tour de NIMBA this weekend!

The weather looks great, the registrations are starting to ramp up and the interest level and excitement is building. Come join us for a 50K or 100K route that includes 2 or 3 or our trails as well as the roads in between. We have gained access to some great private roads along the way through some beautiful farm land. This route is only available for the tour and is closed for the rest of the year.

There is still time to pre-register for the Tour de NIMBA. The tour begins and ends at  Potato Creek State Park.

This is a ride to celebrate and raise money for our trails. You can ride fast, you can ride slow you can do a little of both. It is all up to you. We will have food and drink at our SAG stops and an after party with plenty of food and fun. It will be a great to swap stories from the day and the year.

If you aren’t familiar with our trails we would recommend riding a Mountain bike. A cross bike would also work if you are a good rider. A hybrid or road bike with wide tires might be workable if you skipped the trails portion of the ride but that would be hard to do at the start. You will be traveling on dirt, gravel and sandy trails on the road portion of the course.

Head over to our official Tour de NIMBA page of more details or just go ahead and sign up now. Still have questions? See our TDN FAQ

October Update

Finale for the 203 NIMBA Series  10/6/13
The final race in the 2013 Northern Indiana Mountain Bike Association race series is Sunday 10-6-13 at Potato Creek State Park. The single track at Potato Creek is always fast and fun. We add the sledding hill to the start of the lap for the cross country race.

We are running our “introduce a friend to racing” promotion for the race at Potato Creek. Register a friend that has not raced in the NIMBA series this year and you will save $10 on your day of race registration and your friend will save $5. Beginners only ride one lap at Potato Creek and this is a great way to introduce a friend to Mountain Bike racing.

For more information go to the race page.   If you are not racing we could use your help on race day; send us an email.

Tour de NIMBA  10-12-13
Registration is open for what will prove to be a very fun day for everyone involved.  There will be 100K, 50K, and Potato Creek fun routes.  October 12th.  Ride your mountain bike or ride your cross bike.

TDN is a ride, not a race; it can be ridden at any pace you’d like.  It includes 3 singletrack mountain bike trails and the roads in between.  We’ve created a route that includes scenic country roads and a few farm access trails only open for riding the day of the event.  Couple this with a lap of Potato Creek, Rum Village, and Bendix Woods along with food SAGS and an after party cookout at Potato Creek State Park; and we’ve got a fun day planned!

For more information go to the  Tour Page.  If you are not in Tour de NIMBA we could use your help on at the SAG stops; send us an email.

Annual Campout at Potato Creek  10-11/10-12
The annual camping weekend at Potato Creek is Friday and Saturday night October 11th and 12th.  This is a 2 for 1 deal for NIMBA members.  You pay for one night and get the second free.  In addition to a few night rides this is also the Tour de NIMBA weekend, so there will be a cookout on Saturday night.

For more information go to the Camping page

Bonneyville Mill Trail Build Days
We are starting the trail building at Bonneyville Mill for the fall starting on Saturday October 5.  We plan on finishing the trail at Bonneyville by spring so come out and give us a hand.  In addition to cutting the loop north of CR8, we plan on banking and armoring turns on the trail that we built this spring.  We will be scheduling build days this fall and winter until the ground freezes up.  In addition to 10-5, the dates in October are Sunday 10-13, Saturday 10-19 and Saturday 10-26.

For more information on workdays at Bonneyville and other trails go to the Work days page

We have NIMBA Socks (by the SockGuy) at $12 a pair and NIMBA sticker for $2 each.  We will have them at the PC race , Tour de NIMBA, NIMBA Meetings and trail work days.  If you can’t meet up with us there,

October Meeting
The October meeting will be on Monday 10-14 at Legends of Notre Dame.  Meeting starts at 7PM, people show up at 6:30 or dinner.

Help support our efforts by joining NIMBA.  It is only $30 per year and you get several benefits through the IMBA, including a magazine subscription, Promotive.com and discounts on things like Subarus.

Click here to Join today

Mid Week TT ride moves to Bonneyville Mill

Come out this Wednesday and check out what has been completed so far at Bonneyville Mill. We will be meeting at the Briar patch shelter, located on County road 8, starting at 6PM. A tour ride of the trail will happen before the TT so that everyone can find there way around.

After the ride we will be cooking hotdogs for everyone. Even if you don’t want to ride the TT, come out and ride the part of the trail that is complete and find out what we have left to complete. We will try the usual schedule, signup at 6:30 for the TT, we will start the TT after we complete the tour ride.

NIMBA will also be hosting the IMBA Subaru Trail Crew for a Trail Building School on Saturday September 7th at Bonneyville Mill at 9:00AM. Find out more on the event page.

Bonneyville Mill mid Maycrosstrek