Membership

Iceman Cometh Membership Drive: Iceman Doesn't Mean We're Done Riding!

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Iceman isn’t the end! While it used to be that mountain bikers tended to hang up their bikes (often still covered in mud) after the biggest race of the year, that’s definitely not the case now! We’re more excited than ever to help offer year-round riding at NMMBA trails, as well as continue to work with local governments and organizations to advance your interests as a mountain biker at every level of decision-making.

This year, celebrate that commitment to year-round riding and hard work by joining Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association. On Friday, November 2, every individual or family that joins NMMBA for the first time or renews their membership will be entered to win one of 7 NMMBA branded bike display stands from up.bike. Made of stainless steel and designed to fit any bike, it’s a little extra incentive to join us in the mission to bring fun, natural, non-motorized trails to outdoor enthusiasts all over northern Michigan.

2018 was huge, but we’re hoping to make 2019 even bigger. From the new pavilion at the Cadillac Pathway, new bathrooms and outbuildings at Glacial Hills, and the 3-mile head start of trail building at Palmer Woods, there’s a lot to look forward to heading into next spring. Of course, there’s plenty to look forward to much sooner than that! With grooming programs kicking off December 1 in Traverse City, Cadillac, the Leelanau State Park, and Glacial Hills, you’ll be able to ride some of the best groomed trails in the Midwest with just a grooming badge and a sense of adventure.

You’ll also be able to look ahead to our ambitious course design work for the Iceman Cometh, Mud, Sweat and Beers, and more local events in the years to come, plus another year of the NMMBA Trail Series presented by Short’s Brewing. Each of our three races, the TC Trail Festival, Glacial Hills Challenge, and Bear Claw Epic, grew in size and in reach this season, and we’re making plans to keep the momentum building in 2019!

Your support also helps us support local organizations like Norte and even the Michigan Mountain Bike Association, who advocates on behalf of all mountain bikers in Lansing.

Look for our booth at the SRAM Ice Cycle Expo on November 2 to check out our NMMBA gear, join up or renew, and meet some of the men and women that make northern Michigan just an incredible place to ride. Can’t make it? Join online, too!

Reminder: Special Meeting Friday, April 13

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Just in case this slipped off your radar, we're asking that our members join us Friday, April 13! 

There are TONS of fun things going on this spring, so we wanted to put this on your radar just one more time. This Friday, we're holding a special meeting to present a handful of changes to our by-laws and ask for our current members to vote to approve the changes. NMMBA has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years, and we have some crucial changes to make that will allow us to do more and represent your interests better! 

The meeting will start promptly at 6:30pm, and our board and legal counsel have already combined to keep our talking points brief and to the point. We don't anticipate the meeting taking very long at all, and even allowing for plenty of questions and discussion, should be concluded in a timely fashion. All you need to do is show up, let us know what questions you have, and vote on the changes. 

For more on the changes, why we need this vote, and the legal stuff involved, there are more details available here

Join Your Local MMBA Chapter

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There have been some very cool updates over on the MMBA.org site that make it easier than ever to join your local chapter and support the trails! 

JoinMMBA.org makes it easy to identify your local chapter, the trail systems they cover, and to join as a member. 80-90% of your membership dues stay right in your local chapter. That's right; the vast majority of funds stay right in here in Northern Michigan when you join Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association! Your funds go towards trail maintenance, events, and equipment costs that support our efforts across our region. 

You can join NMMBA today by visiting JoinMMBA.org and help us build, maintain, and protect the trails we love.