Tuesday, March 15at 5:30 PM – 8 PM Work day at TK!
Have you been dying to get outside and play in the dirt? Lawless is a mess after a windy winter! We need help! We’ve decided to try out one of these weeknight workdays after we’ve had a number of people ask.
Tools, water, and snacks will be provided. Just bring your body and a Corona saw if you have one; we’ll need lots of them. The trail will not be open to ride this night as clearing it will take more than one evening. We will be scheduling another weeknight about a week after this one if the turnout is good.
The weather looks fantastic so head on out and help out!
Local races don’t start until May but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to start racing. Head up to Yankee Springs, hit their race and talk up the Michiana Mountain Bike Race Series to bring more competition down to race on our local trails .
The 2016 Yankee Springs Time Trial (and MMBA Championship Point Series race #1) will take place on Sunday, April 24, 2016!
The Yankee Springs Time Trial has been in existence for 27 years. Yes, that’s right. This year is the 27th anniversary of the event! The race is the third largest turnout mountain bike event in Michigan and has exceeded 700 racers who annually test their start of the year fitness on 11+ miles of some of the most advanced and well-maintained single track in the state.
As 2015 comes to a close I have completed my fourth year as President of NIMBA. I have decided that four years was the right amount of time for me to lead this growing and dynamic group.
When I became President of NIMBA I was ill prepared to lead the group; I had not met any of the land managers, did not know any shop owners and did not know many members. I appreciate the patience our members have shown as I went through my on the job training. We have accomplished a lot as a club over the last 4 years. I feel it is important for groups like NIMBA to periodically have new leadership to keep the group moving forward and I believe that your board is as strong as it has ever been.
With my resignation as President, Matt Flournoy, the Vice President, assumes the role of President. I have agreed to continue to serve NIMBA in one of the at large board positions. Greg Furry is now the Vice President, Tim Koscher is now the Secretary, Jay Corban is the Treasurer and Jody Jernigan is the Race Director. We still have open positions on the board that Matt will be working to fill.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to lead the group over the last 4 years and I am pleased that we have Matt leading NIMBA into the future.
NIMBA is having its annual Hacienda give back night on Monday, December 7th!
We will also be holding a meeting at 7 pm!
NIMBA will get 20% of the proceeds for all meals purchased and GIFT CARDS! We are pretty certain everyone in your family wants a Hacienda gift card for Christmas! You MUST present the attached for NIMBA to get the give back.
Put it on your calendar now! If you come out and eat with us, we’ll provide FREE chips and salsa!
We will using a load of clay to address several sandy spots on the trail and will use anything left over to work on some berms. Bring some gloves, we have the tools and will provide lunch for the volunteers.
Meet at the Peppermint Hill Shelter parking lot at 9AM. Bring your bike to ride afterwards. If you do not have a pass for the park, let the gate attendant know that you are coming for a NIMBA Mountain Bike Trail workday.
With the running race on Saturday morning, parking will be tight. The park will open the overflow parking at the Briar Patch shelter. We will meet at the trailer, the “T” in the picture, at 9AM. If you come out later in the morning we will be working at two places. #1 in the picture is the re route and #2 is the turn armoring.
In addition to hosting several the mountain bike clinics this fall, NIMBA has presented three clinics to a variety of groups in the Michiana area. A clinic was held in conjunction with a Boy Scout camping trip at TK Lawless, the South Bend Adventure Club hosted a kids mountain bike clinic and the Berrien County Parks Department hosted a clinic at Love Creek County Park. NIMBA has two IMBA certified instructors and several other volunteers that help present these skills clinics to expose the community to the basic skills required to safely enjoy mountain biking.
NIMBA’s recent donation of 35 sign posts to the Trail At Andrews University was noted in the University’s Andrews Agenda . The volunteers have already started to place the signposts on the trail and we should see arrows on the signposts later this fall.