We will be grilling dogs at the Briar Patch shelter starting around 6:30PM. Giant is having a demo from 2PM until 7PM. Our meeting will start at 7PM . Bring your helmet, drivers license and credit card to demo Giant mountain bikes or road bikes.
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
We will be trimming the trail at TK before the race. We will have the all the walk behind trimmers and the sickle bar trimmers. Come help get the trail ready for the summer and the race. If you help trim we will give you a discount coupon for the race.
Dr. TK Lawless Park
14786 Monkey Run, Vandalia, Michigan 49095
A nice article in the South Bend Tribune on the proposed
Mountain Bike Off road cycling fee by Joe Dits.
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/
If you have any questions about NIMBA activities or suggestions for our group contact us.
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.
Upcoming Workdays: Rum Village 5-9-15 9AM to 1PM and Bonneyville Mill 5-17-15 9AM to 1PM. For more info http://nimba-bike.org/events-2/work-days/
Sign up online and save for the Bendix Woods Time Trial on Sunday. Sunny weather is predicted.