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  • March 27, 2024 7:15 PM | Melissa Clark (Administrator)
    March 27, 2024 | 7:00pm
    Metro MTB Public Meeting
    Ray’s Growler Gallery
    5* Board Members in attendance

    40 Attendees

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Board Members

    Melissa Clark, Chair
    Kevin Eccles, Co-Chair                                                          
    John Slawny, Treasurer
    Michael Golden
    Ron Stawacki*

    *Confirmed Board Member at Public Meeting


    Thank you to our host, Ray’s Growler Gallery!

    Public confirmation of Ron Stawicki as Board Member at Large for 2024 year.

    • Ron Stawicki was elected by the Board of Directors in the January Board Meeting to represent Waukesha County for Metro. Per Metro Bylaws, Board Elected Officials to fill open positions need to be confirmed at next Public Meeting.
    •  Board wants to ensure all 4 Counties are represented in leadership on the Metro Board. Board didn’t have a Waukesha County rep after Chris Shay’s term lapsed last year.

    Metro MTB Upcoming Event:

    Reminder to check our website ‘Calendar’ and Facebook Page for Event dates and Details:

    • April 6th: Bik-E-Sha: A Social ride, casual pace in Waukesha to Fox River Park sponsored by and starting & ending at Magellan’s on Main in Waukesha. After free pizza from Magellan’s. Donations for pizza go to our trail projects at Minooka. Thank you, Magellan’s for being a long-time supporter of our trails at Minooka Park!
    • April 21st: Oak Hill Trail Clean Up for Earth Day: A great family trail work friendly event to put some volunteer hours in for your local trails. Litter clean up. Gloves, garbage bags, water and treats supplied.
    •  May 4th: Women’s International Mountain Bike Day: Free all-day event with ladies (all-ages welcome) non-drop group rides, Bike demonstration by Brooks Adventure, ladies competitions, prizes, raffle, burgers, and drinks provided. Donations recommended. Event is open to all but activity sessions are just for the ladies.
    • June 18th: Kletzsch Trail Opening Event: Come out Tuesday night for a social, ribbon, cutting, and ride Milwaukee County’s newest mountain bike trail. Metro will be grilling, and beverages will be provided. Donations encouraged.
    •  June 20-23rd: Minority Mountain Bikers: 4 days of activities:
    Thursday at Trek
    Friday at John Muir
    Saturday party at Bayview Wheel and Sprocket
    Sunday WORS race at Minooka.
    •  June 22 & 23rd: WORS Collectivo Classic at Minooka: Mountain Bike races for all ages and levels. Stop by the Metro tent and say Hi! Fun for racers and for those that just want to spectate.
    •  July 11- 14th:  Metro Field Trip to Trek Trails at Mt Telemark (Cable, WI):

    Join us in Cable WI and the Chequamegon National Forest to ride the premier new Trek Trails Powered by OTM and the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) trail system the weekend of July 11-14.
    Trek Trails by OTM are a new machine-built trail system based in the Mt Telemark Village. The Trek Trails features 16 miles of cross-country, downhill, Enduro trails as well as a skills area and a pump track.

    CAMBA is a regional XC trail system featuring 130 miles of pristine classic deep-forest XC trails in and around the Chequamegon National Forest. Ride for days and never do the same trail twice.

    Metro will publish times for rider meet-ups of different skill levels over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Metro will host a fire-pit social at the Home Base at Mt Telemark on one evening, and, publish a time to connect as a club at a local tavern one evening.
    The lodging and travel are DIY, to keep things loose.
    Stay tuned to this FB Event page for additional details

    Date: July 11-14, 2024

    Trek Trails by OTM at Mt Telemark Village, Cable, WI.
    CAMBRA trail system
    Home Base at Mt Telemark - firepit social
    Sawmill Saloon, Seely - a primary social hour option
    Trek Trails by OTM at Mt Telemark Village, Cable, WI.

    Who: All Metro Mountain Bikers and their peeps! There are trails to meet everyone's MTB sweet spot.

    Respond to the Facebook Event so we have a feel for participant numbers. Book your lodging and camping options early for the best locations!

    Our goal is to keep the weekend loose and informal, while providing the opportunity to socialize and explore new trails together

    • September 13-15th: NICA at Minooka

    February 2024 Trail Fairy of the Month goes to Tom Vomastic! Tom V has been out day after day to our Tosa Trails to clear Oak Hill 4 solely after the January storms. Thank you, Tom V, taking on and owning the Oak Hill 4 loop!!

    Krist Crew Saw Blades Fundraiser! Melissa created a Facebook fundraiser to replace the saw blades for the famous Kirst Family Trail Fairies, that have been out clearing all the dead falls on Metro’s longest trail. The Facebook fundraiser raised over $1,200! And we presented the Kirst Family with a fleet of replacement blades. Thank you, Glenn and family for all your work!!

    2023 Volunteers

    • 275 Volunteers participated in 2024!
    • 6,400 Hours!!! A Metro MTB record of volunteer hours!
    • Recognition of our 58 Trail Fairies for 2024 (Volunteers with 20 or more hours for the year):
    Steve Schoen
    Tom Hartman
    Gavin MacLeod
    Melissa Clark
    Kevin Eccles
    John Slawny
    Mike Vance
    Jeremy Deitzel
    Glenn Kirst
    Chris Shay
    Bob Meurer
    Andrew Kirst
    Steve Giles
    Craig Ruhland
    Andy Van Sistine
    Marty Weigel
    Darrin Jaeger
    Kyle Ferkans
    Chris Cooper
    Tom Vomastic
    Kayla Weiss
    Mackenzie Kirst
    Lindsay Carlson
    Ron Stawicki
    John Schultz
    Maddie Kirst
    Matt Weege
    Dan Kutz
    Cole Pfeiffer
    Nathan Allen
    Steven Spenner
    Armando de la Torre
    Danielle Cychosz
    Josh Pollack
    Kollin Kozik
    John Buran
    Harold Schmidt
    Joe Schuster
    John Archer
    Beth Cruz
    Ben Jilek
    Chris McArdle
    Isaac Olson
    Scott Phelps
    Bill Nelson
    Bryan Douglas
    Dave Culbertson
    Maggie Attoe
    Nick Kelnhofer
    Matt McKenney
    Scott Zinky
    Chris Wold
    Dave Burch
    Earl Gesling
    Jennine Pufahl
    Nick Meulemans

    Heritage Trail Updates:

    • We finished 3 new trails with features in 2023!
    • Mike Vance is coordinating trail volunteers for 2024, If you’d like to be part of the Heritage Trails Volunteer crew, please reach out to Mike on Facebook messenger or at :
    • Future Trail Projects:
    1. Finish the Flow Rider return trail
    2. Build out the Skills Area (fundraised in 2023)
    3. Improve Take on Me (the blue trail)
    4. Return to Double Dragon
    • Fundraising is needed for Heritage to continue building.

    Ozaukee County: Introducing our new Port Washington Trail Stewards: Dwight Maynor & Alex!!!

    Milwaukee County:

    Kletzsch Park!  Our newest MTB trail:

    •  THANK YOU:  Steve Giles, Jennine Pufahl, Nate Allen, and Craig Ruhland!!
    • Approximately 1+ -mile of new built last fall and trail will be completed this spring
    • Awaiting final review with Park and Signage installation this Spring to Open

    We Need Support:

    • Manage An Event (like tonight!)
    • Coordinate a Membership Drive (online, at a trailhead, or at a public event)
    • Support a Trail Work Day
    • Be a Trail Steward or Adopt a Trail Section
    • Approach Sponsors & Corporate Donors
    • Design & Manage New Metro Swag
    • Identify and Apply for Grants
    • Host a Group Ride
    • Expand our Social Media Presence
    • Coordinate with NICA
    • Become a Board Member this Fall!

    Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm

  • November 08, 2023 7:00 PM | Melissa Clark (Administrator)
    Nov 8, 2023 | 7:15pm  Metro MTB Public Meeting
    Ray’s Growler Gallery
    5 Board Members in attendance

    40 Attendees

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Board Members

    Chris Shay, Co-Chair – not present                                                                 
    John Slawny, Treasurer
    Melissa Clark, Secretary
    Kevin Eccles
    Tom Hartman

    Lindsay Carlson


    Thank you to our host, Ray’s Growler Gallery!

    Trail Fairies Trio for the Month Award for August, September and October:  Mike Vance, Jeremy Dietzel, and Darrin Jaeger!

    • These three guys have put in countless hours building and fine-tuning Young Guns, Double Dragon, Dirt Waves and Gunslinger at Heritage Trails County Park. To construct these types of trails, it takes a lot of experience and physical work. We cannot thank these guys enough for helping to make Heritage a regional MTB destination!!!

    September Heritage Metro Meet & Social

    • We had a beautiful day to celebrate the opening of Dirt Waves. Thank you, Low Key BBQ (Rider Tom Smith), for donating & volunteering to cook up over 90 pizzas on site to help us fundraise over $1,000 for our Phase 3 Skills Area at Heritage! Thank you, Armando de le Torre, for the great photo captures!

    Dig-In Campaign – Heritage Skills Area

    • We met and exceeded our $21,000 fundraising goal to raise $23,005!! Huge thanks to all 180 individuals that donated! We met our $5,000 minimum to receive our $5,000 match from the IMBA grant. A number of individuals donated more than once, and the majority of the donors were non Metro Members. We will begin construction on the skills area Spring/Summer 2024.

    Heritage Trails Updates:

    • Our newest trail, Gunslinger, has just opened! This is Metro’s first ever double-black diamond trail and rated for expert riders only. Thank you, Gavin and Dirt Waves, for your latest masterpiece!
    • What’s next? We are working with Washington County Park on our Master Plan for our future trail projects. Gavin’s next projects include working the Double Dragon return, a new trail called Flow Rider, and the new Skills Area.

    New Double Dragon T-shirts:

    • Congratulations, Katie B, for the winning Double Dragon t-shirt design competition! We have shirts here with us for sale, along with new winter hats (beanies). Stay tuned for pop-up merch sales on site at Heritage to get your shirt! Proceeds go back to our trail projects.


    • Thanks, Magellan’s on Main and Ron Stawicki for hosting another fun Bik-E-Shaw social ride on November 4th. The ride raised $450 for our Minooka MTB Trails. For those that have not been to a Bike-E-Shaw, it’s a social casual ride on paved paths (some road riding) out to Fox River Park  where there’s beverages and then the group returns to Magellan’s for free pizza and a social.

    2024-25 Board Member Nominations: Accepting nominations for the Open Board Positions (Chair, Co-Chair, Club Secretary and 3 Members at Large positions)

    Board Nominations:

    • Marion Gottschalk: Lives in Shorewood and coaches for North Shore NICA team.
    • Mike Golden: Lives in Ozaukee County and expressed interest in running.
    • Melissa Clark: Current Club Secretary announced she will be running for the Chair position.
    • Kevin Eccles: Current Board Member at Large shared he is interested furthering help the organization and running.

    Minooka Update:

    • It’s Berm Rehabilitation Month! Final workdays scheduled for Sunday, 1112 and next Sunday, 11/19 from 9am-Noon. After we have volunteer, Ryan Edwards, grilling up brats and beverages to share.
    • NICA Race at Minook. A record 700 kids participated in the race at Minooka. We held a post card campaign at our Metro tent and had 150 post cards filled out to send to representatives to advocate for more trails. We did a second post card campaign at the NICA Trek race and got another 150 post cards filled out which we’ll send to the event hosts and sponsors thanking them. Thank you, Kevin Eccles, for organizing and leading our post card campaign!

    Milwaukee County Update:

    • Kletzsch Park: Metro’s newest MTB trail is about to begin construction! Kletzsch is one of the eleven parks the County gave us to look at for the potential of adding mountain bike trails. Our first Trail Workdays are next week, Saturday & Sunday Nov 11 & 12th. Please sign up on the link shared on our Facebook pages.
    • We have a 5-year renewal agreement completed with Milwaukee County which includes provisions for 3 renewals. This is a huge gain, as previously our agreements with the County were only for one year. Thanks to all our Volunteers, Marty, for putting in years of great ground work with the County to make this possible!
    • Kevin Eccles and Craig Ruhland are working to put together a bike trail opportunities for Milwaukee County.
    • Glendale ARPA Funds Meetings: Not a great response. They want any pump track or bike projects to have shared funding from neighboring municipalities (Shorewood).

    Giving Tuesday

    • Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, November 28th. If you work for one of the many companies that gives or does donation matches, please think of Metro. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization and all the money raised will go to tools and trails equipment.

    Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm

  • July 12, 2023 7:00 PM | Melissa Clark (Administrator)
    July 12, 2023 | 7:15pm
    Metro MTB Public Meeting
    Wheel & Sprocket - Franklin
    4 Board Members in attendance

    40 Attendees

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Board Members

    Chris Shay, Co-Chair                                                             
    John Slawny, Treasurer
    Melissa Clark, Secretary
    Kevin Eccles
    Tom Hartman – not present

    Lindsay Carlson – not present

    Thank you to our host, Wheel & Sprocket!

    • Thanks for letting us use their space for tonight’s meeting!
    • Thank you for tonight’s discounts for Metro MTB Members!
    • Wheel & Sprocket has donated $5,000 for our trail building projects!

    Trail Fairies of the Month Award for June: Bob Meurer and Ron Stawicki!

    • The Bob and Ron duo started over a decade ago when they teamed up to advocate for dedicated mountain bike trails at Minooka Park. 10 years later, they’re still advocating for Minooka's MTB Trail, leading the trail maintenance and build activities.
    • June has been a special month for Minooka with the celebration of the trail’s 10th year anniversary, dedication of the Burch Barn and approval from Waukesha County Parks to build a new section of trail for the ‘Green Bailout.’ Wasting no time, Ron and Bob, organized and led 4 weeks of June Thursday Evening trail workdays to get this new section of trail cut and completed! All we celebrated and accomplished this month is because of these two outstanding Trail Directors!
    • Fun fact: It took 2,936 hours when Minooka was originally built, to build 5 miles of trail purely by hand!
    • Bob and Ron, thank you for all you do for Minooka and Metro Mountain Bikers!


    • New green bypass has been added. This was requested by NICA folks to keep the youth riders’ wheels on the ground. The green bypass was completed just in time for the WORS race to get thousands of wheels.

    Milwaukee County:

    • This spring we were able to mark 1 new trail a Kletzsch Park. Potentially start building this fall, depending on environmental review.
    • Trails Coordinator, Jessica Wineberg, took a new position. They are currently interviewing to fill her position.
    • Right of Entry Permit will be issued to Metro MTB tomorrow.
    • Oak Hill 3 & 4  workday will be led by Marty on Sunday morning.
    • We took Milwaukee County Parks out to Hoyt to review where trails are caving in and flagged a reroute.

    Ozaukee County:

    • We are looking for Ozaukee County Trail Stewards and Trail Directors. Please reach out if interested!


    • Our Heritage Trail Director, Steve Schoen, is working on the green trail
    • Steve and his crew are out working almost every weekend if folks want to get some trail work in.
    • Dirt Waves volunteer crew working on some hard-core stuff:
    • Young Guns trails just opened last weekend!
    • We had 200 riders out last weekend checking out the new trail!
    • Currently working on 3 more trails we hope to open this summer:
    • Gunslingers – a true double black diamond trail, for expert riders only.
    • 2 more Intermediate Trails: Dirt Waves & Flow Rider
    • There will be a Grand Opening to the trails – probably this August once the trails are approved and opened.
    • Phase 3: A Progressive Skills Parks: Small intermediate skills for folks/ kids to learn these skills.
    • Metro has re-joined IMBA as an Affiliate earlier this year and because of this we are able to submit for IMBA grants.
    • IMBA has a program called Dig-In, a Matching grant which matches up to $5,000.
    • We are looking for a total of $21,000 to fully-fund the Skills Park.

    Treasurer update: we have a New Treasurer, John Slawny!

    • Membership remains flat. We currently have 155 current members.

    We need your Help!

    • We have more trails, more events, and have more to get done on more trails! Some areas where we really need more support are:
    • Events: Neon Nights, Heritage Grand Opening
    • Need Trail Stewards at Pleasant Valley and Port Washington Trails.
    • Approaching sponsors and donors
    • Coordinating with NICA
    • Membership mailings
    • Organizing and leading Group rides
    • Milwaukee County: especially – expanding our community engagement.
    • Becoming a Metro Board Member – Fall Elections for the 2024 Board!
    • We have an open position right now for Co-Chair. Position’s role is to assist the Chair with the Goal that the Co-Chair will be the future replacement of the Chair.

    Expanding the number of Board Member positions
    • A lot of different rolls and a lot of different skills sets are needed to make our organization work.
    •  Board will be voting to possibly add 1-2 more positions to the Board for 2024.

    Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm

  • May 25, 2023 2:00 AM | Melissa Clark (Administrator)

    May 24th 2023 | 7:00pm
    Metro MTB Meeting
    Location: Milwaukee County Park's Wil-O-Way Underwood facility in Tosa 
    5 Board Members in attendance

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Board Members

    Chris Shay, Chair
    John Slawny, Co-chair                 
    Melissa Clark, Secretary
    Kerry Norman, Treasurer – not present
    Tom Hartman
    Kevin Eccles
    Lindsay Carlson – not present


    Thanks to Raised Grain Brewing, John Slawny, Nick & Shaunie Meulemans and Melissa Clark for tonight’s refreshment donations

    Recent Events Recaps

    April 22nd Earth Day Trail Clean Up

    • We had a great turnout of 30 volunteers to help us clean the litter up on our Oak Hill trails.
    • Trail Clean-up days are a great opportunity for families/ youth to get Metro MTB trail volunteer hours.
    May 6th International Women’s MTB Day Event
    • We had at least 100 attendees and another 2-dozen or so Volunteers and vendors.
    •  Event included: Pre-ride stretch with Today Wellness, Mini-women’s skills clinic with Revolve MTB, Long jump competition hosted by Ninja Mountain Bike Performance, Non-drop women’s rides for 3 skills levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced). 
    • Minooka Night riders volunteered to do our grilling and food serving and bike maintenance. Thank you, Night Riders!
    • Event was hosted at Southern Kettle Moraine’s John Muir Trail this year, a non-Metro trail. Attendees were very pleased with John Muir trails being a great central location between Milwaukee and Madison. The trail system offered something for all levels/ all skills.
    • SKORR (the new Southern Kettles Off-Road Riders) group was there and the trails were in great shape! We encourage folks to follow SKORR and become Members to support these great trails! Note: Metro MTB and Leadership was involved in building and creating this trail system. Many of our Volunteers are also part of SKORR and maintaining the Southern Kettles trails.
    • An Event feedback survey was emailed out to attendees earlier this week. For those that joined, please complete the survey for a chance to win prizes from Ninja MTB.

    IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) - MMB is now an IMBA affiliate. 
    Metro was Charter Member of IMBA in the past. Why we left IMBA:
    • Cost was significant per Member to be part of IMBA. Much of the Charter cost was for their website, membership tools and insurance. When Metro became a 501(c)3 non-profit, we had obtained our own Website, Membership software and Insurance. So, we were double paying for these organizational expenses being an IMBA Charter Member.

    Metro re-joined IMBA this month as an Affiliate Member. 

    • Affiliate Membership allows us to manage and keep our Membership dollars and donations, while benefiting from IMBA’s expansive network of resources
    • Important – IMBA is NOT taking over dues - all dues go to Metro, and 100% stays with Metro.
    • Re-joining IMBA allows us to submit for IMBA grants and utilize them as a resource. 

    We encourage Members to follow IMBA on Link-in and social media. A lot of great resources. Download the new book for Free from IMBA’s website- geared more for landowners.

    May Trail Fairy of the Month: Kayla Weiss!

    • Kayla did her first ever trail work day at Heritage Trails MTB Trail at the end of last year and she hasn’t missed a weekend Heritage trail work day since! She currently holds Metro’s best Trail Work Day streak outside of our Trail Directors!! In fact, her new found love for trail work led her to creating a Facebook Group for sharing regional MTB trail work days: WI MTB Trail Work Network! Join and help sustain and maintain your favorite local trails! 
    • For those that made our event at John Muir, Kayla was there with Ninja Mountain Bike Performance! She planned and led our longest jump competition! She also reached out to Athletic Brewing Company for the N/A beer raffle package and free samples for our event!
    • Metro is 100% Volunteers, and when a friend of Metro reaches out to say, “hey! Can I do some fun jumps competitions at this years event? And BTW, I’m reaching out to this company for a donation for your raffle.” - this is HUGE!

    Milwaukee County Trails Update
    • We have a 5-year renewal with potential 15-year contact.
    • New clause in this year’s agreement for Metro MTB to use machines.
    • Parks gave us a list of 11 Milwaukee County parks to look at for future bike opportunities (trails, pump track)
    • Craig Ruhland has volunteered to be a new Trail Steward for our River Glen MTB Trails.
    • The County is working with us for trail expansion at Kletzsch park.
    • We would love to move more towards a bike preferred lines like we did with Kegel-Alpha 2.0.
    • We’d love for someone from group join Friends of Kletzsch Park to help approval process for more trails.
    • Milwaukee County Parks has budgeted for 2 staff to go this year’s IMBA summit. This is a great investment of staff for mountain biking trails.

    Heritage Trails Mining Proposal – change of plan

    • Washington County and Lannon Stone are not moving forward with a mine at Heritage Trails Park. The mining project would have funded our mountain bike project. Now that there will not be mining revenue, Washington County has stated that they want to help fund mountain biking at Heritage Trails Park.
    • We have 3 flow trails we are finishing once we get the County to approve.

    Waukesha County - Minooka updates
    • We have an approval for a Green re-route to the finish, the new “Green Bailout.” from Waukesha County. We have an okay to re-do redo some features.
    • Erik’s employees are volunteering to cut green exit. 
    • Ron and Bob will be scheduling some mid-week June trail work sessions.
    • Next Tuesday Erik’s is hosting a Demo day at Minooka.

    Club Positions – Help Wanted

    • Trail Stewards for Ozaukee County trails (Port Washington/Guenther Park and Cedarburg/Pleasant Valley)
    • Membership
    • Social Media
    • Events
    • Treasurer & Co-Chair Roles

    Insurance Renewal

    • Overall insurance cost remained the same as last year.
    • Cost for Events (non-race events) increased considerably. Prior our Members were no additional costs for events, non-members were an additional $3 per event.
    • Our renewal quoted us a $8 per person cost, regardless of membership status, for Events such as Women’s Day and any social group ride we lead.
    • We listed 3 events for the year in our insurance renewal. We will be unable to host additional social rides due to the cost increase per person for any events and rides we host.

    Non-Metro PSA’s:
    June 17th – West Allis Bike Rodeo looking for children’s skills instruction and bike repair volunteers . 67th & National; 10am-Noon

    July 8-9th – WORS race at Minooka “Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic”

     July 18  - Ride to Ferda Balls (Minooka Night Riders)

    Meeting adjourned at 9:00pm

  • November 16, 2022 7:00 PM | Melissa Clark (Administrator)

    Nov 16, 2022 | 7:15pm  Metro MTB Public Meeting

    Raised Grain

    4 Members in attendance

    45 Attendees

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Board Members

    Chris Shay, Chair

    John Slawny, Co-chair                                            

    Dan Kutz, Treasurer       

    Melissa Clark, Secretary

    Tom Hartman

    Isaac Olson – not present

    Lindsay Carlson – not present

    Eric Hackbarth, Ozaukee County Representative – not present


    Ron Stawicki presented Metro a $920 check representing donations collected from the October Bik-e-Shaw social ride and June’s Bike for Bruch ride. Thanks for Magellan’s on Main Street in Waukesha for hosting these community social rides, providing pizza, to fundraise for our bike trails at Minooka.

    Minooka Storage Shed is currently being permitted and precured. An image of the prefabricated shed was presented. The shed model and color was selected to go with aesthetics of existing park buildings.


    •  Washington County have given Metro $13,000 this year for our Heritage Trails
    • Wheel & Sprocket has given a Metro a gift of $5,000 and continues to be a great partner
    •  Metro received an anonymous $5,000 donation
    • Trail work at Heritage is currently mostly donated by our trail builder, Gavin.
    •   We are currently at $37,000 in donations for the year which is phenomenal!

    Hugh Jass Fat Bike Race Series overview

    • Started in 2014 for people to get out and ride in the winter months by Wheel & Sprocket
    •  3.7” or wider tires needed to podium in the races. Narrower tires are allowed to race but you need to have a fat bike to win.
    • 5 events per season
    • t’s the State of Wisconsin’s biggest fat bike race series
    • Usually, 200-300 riders per race
    • Hammerschlagen occurs after each lap (drive a nail into the stump at the end of each lap)
    • First race is this Saturday at our Metro’s Kegel-Alpha Trail in Franklin, flannel theme
    • $40 registration per race

    Trail Fairy of the Month Award presented to Andy Van Sistine. Andy has been leading weekly night rides at Minooka for 5 years! All are welcome. Andy has hosted riders ages 3-72 on the same group ride. Social rider every Thursday at 7:30pm. Typically 20-30 riders/

    Don’t Ride Mud Trails

    • The annual problem during this freeze and thaw time of year when the trails take the worst abuse.
    • Chris Copper shared a fantastic Facebook post about freeze thaw (copied below):  

    A reminder for those that have been around for a while and a little education for those folks newer to the best sport ever. Enjoy. Throughout the winter, but especially in the late Fall and early Spring, you'll often see Freeze/Thaw in the trail conditions. When the temperature is dropping at night, but near or above freezing during the day, the trails can be either fabulous or terrible, so please keep the following in mind:
    • Most of the soil in this area is clay. When this clay soil freezes, the water in the soil expands. When it thaws again, the water contracts and the soil has been aerated. This aerated soil holds more water and becomes mud.
    • When mud gets ridden through, tires push it to the sides of the trail creating ruts. When it freezes overnight then thaws again the next day, riders push the mud further to the sides, creating deeper ruts.
    • After a few cycles of this, the trail is permanently cupped, holding water all the time. With every storm, it erodes more and then trail volunteers must spend valuable time repairing it.
    • As soon as trails start to thaw, which can even happen well below freezing if trails are in the sun, they'll turn into a particularly soupy form of mud and do the most damage to the trail.
    Please only ride the frozen trails early in the day or after dark and avoid anywhere you're leaving a rut and you'll be rewarded with trails that are fast, grippy, and fun. Your trail volunteers and fellow riders will thank you!

    Snow Grooming Update

    • Metro will be snow grooming at Heritage, Minooka and Pleasant Valley this winter
    • Please speak with Bryan Douglas if you’d like to help with grooming:

    Metro Winter Riding Event in the Works

    • Neon Nights – “Lets Glow Crazy”
    • Save the date for Saturday, January 14th, at Minooka
    • Family event
    • Drinks, food, glow sticks
    • Different group roll outs at different times

    Outgoing Board Members & Trail Director Recognition

    • Dan Kutz, Treasurer: Thanks DAN! Dan also led our insurance policy renewals each year.
    • Isaac Olson, Board Member at Large: Managed everything on our website, Trail bot app system, all our of on-line donations. Isaac has served 8+ years on Metro’s board. He is also one of the original trail builders at Minooka.
    • Eric Hackbarth, OCMB (Ozaukee County Mountain Bike) Club Leader for 6 years: Managed all our trail work in Ozaukee County. Our Trail Director at Pleasant Valley.

    2023 Election Results

    • Kerry Norman elected as Metro's new Treasurer
    • Kevin Eccles elected as Board Member at Large

    Meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm

  • October 19, 2022 7:15 PM | Melissa Clark (Administrator)

    Oct 19, 2022 | 7:15pm

    Metro MTB Public Meeting

    Ray’s in Tosa

    7 Members in attendance

    62 Attendees

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Board Members

    Chris Shay, Co-Chair                                                             

    Dan Kutz, Treasurer       

    Melissa Clark, Secretary

    Tom Hartman

    Isaac Olson

    Lindsay Carlson

    Eric Hackbarth, Ozaukee County Representative – not present


    Finance and Membership

    • Metro is fundraising $6,000 for a storage shed at Minooka
    • Heritage fundraising for equipment upkeep and to continue building new trails

    Memberships and Donations are our primary source of funding,

    Trails Update

    Milwaukee County:

    • Trail Work Day this Saturday, 8:30-11am to work on berms at Kegel-Alpha
    • Chris Kegel Foundation working on plans and fundraising on a trail and bike park at Washington Park in Washington
    • Conversations about bike trails development at Milwaukee County’s Doyne Park
    • Hoyt trail re-route from trail erosion from this summer’s flooding is waiting on Milwaukee County Parks’ plant review before trail re-route can be approved. May take weeks or a month. Once approved, the reroute will take a couple work hours and a couple volunteers to re-route.


    • We are currently fundraising for storage shed, $6,000
    • A couple trail work days for entry re-route maybe a berm work session is fall.

    Ozaukee County

    • New features at Port Washington Trails


    •  Our trail builder, Gavin, has been busy working away. He’s built a fly-over and working on a large cannon.
    • Built a bypass over the steep downhill and uphill on switch back on the blue trail.

    Trailbot App for Trail Status

    • Metro has joined the Trailbot app, which has other Wisconsin and a lot of Minnesota trails on the app. The plan is to get out of the work of updating images on Facebook banners and to use Trailbot for trail open/ closure status.

    New Wauwatosa Parks Project –116th Street Park

    • Has Public support
    • Open House, October 27th, 5-7pm open public input/ charrette on park design at the Tosa Department of Public Offices.
    Washington Park Bike Park Loop/ Skills
    • In Milwaukee
    • Sarris foundation has earmarked money for this park
    • Median household income is $27,000 in around the park. We want to bring cycling to an underserved community.
    • Pump track, skills features, and also a green/ blue 1 mile loop around the park.
    • Brainstorm session Nov. 6th at Wheel and Sprocket – we will share with on Metro’s Facebook page.
    • Why Washington Park? The Urban Ecology Center is there and they already run youth programs and rent bikes out to the Community.


    • Join Metro and be sure to renew if your membership is expiring.

    Swag (“Stuff We All Get”). Metro is currently taking pre-orders for 3 merchandise items. Proceeds from mech sales goes to our trails:

    • T-shirts
    •  Carhartt stocking hat
    • Sweatshirt

    New Board Nominees

    • 1 Open Board Member at Large and Treasure position
    • Nominations are Open and we are taking nominations until Nov. 2nd:

    o   Kevin Eccles was nominated.
    o   Brent Railsback was nominated
    o   Nick Meulemans was nominated
    o   Ken Cole was nominated

    Snow Grooming

    •  Looking for folks to volunteer to operate snow dog
    • Will be grooming 3 trails: Pleasant Valley, Minooka and Heritage
    • Winter bike events in the works
    • Metro currently owns 2 snowdogs
    • Please contact Bryan Douglas at: or on Facebook if interested in joining Metro’s Snow Grooming Committee.

    Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm

  • July 28, 2022 7:30 PM | Melissa Clark (Administrator)

    July 28, 2022 | 7: 30pm

    Metro MTB Public Meeting & Kegel-Alpha 2.0 Opening

    Wheel & Sprocket, Franklin

    Mission Statement

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Board Members

    Chris Shay, Co-Chair                                                             

    Dan Kutz, Treasurer       

    Melissa Clark, Secretary

    Tom Hartman – not present

    Isaac Olson- not present

    Lindsay Carlson

    Eric Hackbarth, Ozaukee County Representative – not present

    Vote for Open Co-Chair Position:  John Slawny voted in as new Metro Co-Chair

    County Updates:

    Minooka Trails

    • Gateway signage installed, re-directing trail entry through gateway.
    • Working on getting e-bikes allowed on the trail officially

    Milwaukee County

    Relationship well with the Parks Department

    Kegel-Alpha 2.0 Update: 
    • Original lap open 25 years ago. Realized that shortly after opening the that the trail that ran along the river was an issue as it often was flooded
    • Metro worked with the Parks Department, environmental analysis, and County Supervisors to get the revised lap open.
    • Downhill switchback were professional machine built by Gravity Logic when the Rock was looking at building a downhill MTB park
    • Trails are not done. We are getting feedback. We will be adding berms.
    Doyne Park, 9-hole golf course which is now closed. County currently getting input for what to do with the park. Would be a great location for a bike park. Can read more here:

    Ozaukee County

    • Storage shed installed
    •  Trails are in good shape

    Washington Co

    $20,900 forecasted contributions in 2023 for Mountain Bike trails from the County.


    • Single use, one-directional trail.
    • Fantastic relationship w/ Washington Co.
    • Opened Jump Line flow Trail on May 5th
    • New News:
    • Double Dragon extended another .5 mile on July 3rd
    • Added another drop
    • Added 9+ jumps
    • Now total of 16 jump
    • New Section of trail opened last night back to the parking lot.
    • What’s Next? A Continuous jumpline along blue to the south. Mandatory progressive jumps, no ride around.
    • Heritage is fundraising priority this year

    Treasure/ Budget Update: Most of this year’s expenditures are supporting Heritage, Snowdog and Insurance.     

    New Award:

    • Volunteer of the Year of Award 2021 awarded to James Mattox!
    • Introducing the Inaugural Volunteer Year Award, named after Marty Weigel. We awarded Marty Weigel with Metro MTB’s Lifetime Volunteer Award!

    Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm

  • May 25, 2022 7:00 PM | Melissa Clark (Administrator)

    May 25, 2022 | 7: 00pm

    Metro MTB Public Meeting

    Ray’s in Tosa

    4 Members in attendance

    Mission Statement: Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling opportunities.  Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail maintenance.

    Board Members

    Chris Shay, Co-Chair                                                           

    Dan Kutz, Treasurer       

    Melissa Clark, Secretary

    Tom Hartman – not present

    Isaac Olson- not present

    Lindsay Carlson

    Eric Hackbarth, Ozaukee County Representative – not present 

    County Updates:

    Minooka Trails

    • o   Trail head signage has been installed
    • o   Metro Storage shed is in progress
    • o   Metro communicated to Waukesha County Parks Department that we are not able to fund a parking lot at Minooka as previously agreed to. The Club targets raising $50,000 annually and a $200,000+ expenditure would preclude any trail development for about four years.

    Milwaukee County

    •  Oak hill 4 is completed. Signage will be coming in next couple of weeks
    • Kegel-Alpha
    • Scheduled works days to be announced.
    • 3-hour works days, Saturday workdays starting at 1pm
    • Kegel-Alpha trail extension should be completed this weekend
    • Eagle Scout signage is ordered; signage install should happen in June. Eagle Scout Go-Fund me to be up and shared soon.
    •  There’s only a few Milwaukee Co trails: Kegel-Alpha, Tosa and River Glen. All multi-use.
    •  New Facebook group BIPOC of MTBers (now renamed MKE Urban MTB Connection) working to bring trails to more urban locations. Metro made a major push for Milwaukee River Trails years ago. Lots of tough obstacles. May be worth a revisit now.
    •  Parks department announced they’re closing the golf course at Doyne Park. Milwaukee Co is seeking input on future use. Great spot for a multi-sport park including MTB, BMX, cyclocross and pump track. Central urban location may help with previous topic.

    Ozaukee County

    • Storage shed installed
    • Trails are in good shape

    Heritage Trails

    If you haven’t been up to Heritage Trails, get up and ride the trails! The County relationships has been great! Mountain Biking is the #1 priority for Heritage Trail Park. Heritage has SE Wisconsin’s first flow trails and jumps.

    We just opened the new Black Line, Double Dragon. The new flow trail getting all the attention which has 7 jumps and 4 drops!

    What’s coming up this year?

    • Adding another ¾ of a mile this year to Double Dragon
    • Adding dedicated jump line
    • Take on me, steep decent will get a bi-pass bridge
    • Training features- on agenda to get added built like the wood features borrowed from Pleasant Valley for the International Women’s MTB Day Event
    • Winter grooming, adding bi-passes for the steepest assent and decent for winter groomed trails.

    Thanks to Washington County Parks! Their Parks are 100% park admissions passes funded, zero tax dollars go the Parks.

    Plan is to have our trails at Heritage built out in the next 1-2 years. Goal of Club, what is next after Heritage is built out? Where do we want to build trails next? What Counties?

    Question about liability? Drops?

    • Safety is our Club’s #1 Mission. We were not allowed to open the trail until we had emergency markers every 8th of mile. Every jump had to be properly signed with bypasses. Part of it is us educating others, educating the community. County has the liability. The state of Wisconsin has recreational liability statutes. Metro doesn’t operate the trail; we donate to build and maintain the trails.

    Treasure/ Budget Update:

    Larger 2022 expenses:

    • Liability insurance
    • Heritage Trail Development
    • Gateway signage at the trail heads


    • Donations double where we were last year, largely in-part of the second Snowdog purchase this year
    • Membership is essentially flat

    International Women’s Day Event at Heritage: Great turn out! 71 riders, 15 volunteers. Had 7 join Metro MTB at the event!

    Website Refresh: (see attached presentation showcasing website updates!)

    Announcing our 2021 Trail Fairies! (see attached presentation) Trail Fairy awards go to Volunteers that put in at least 20 hours for the year. Thanks for all 200+ trail volunteers for 2021!

    Grand Total for Volunteer hours for 2021: 4,408 hours = $125,796 in value!!

    How can YOU help Metro Mountain Bikers?

    • Open co-chair position             
    • Social media coordinator
    • Workday trail volunteers and/ or workday support (help with refreshments, food for volunteers)
    • Social events
    • Grant writing
    • Legal advice
    • Equipment operators, skilled excavators

    Open position: Co-Chair position is currently open. Voting will occur at our next Public Meeting in July. Please send nominations to any Metro Board Member.

    Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm

  • May 24, 2022 7:00 PM | Isaac Olson (Administrator)

    Mission Statement 

    Metro Mountain Bikers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of  mountain biking through the preservation and promotion of responsible off-road bicycling  opportunities. Which includes the education, sponsoring events, trail construction, and trail  maintenance. 

    Board Members 

    Chris Shay, Co-Chair  

    Dan Kutz, Treasurer - virtual  

    Melissa Clark, Secretary  

    Isaac Olson – virtual  

    Tom Hartman  

    Lindsay Carlson  

    Eric Hackbarth – OCMB  

    Attendance: 25 in person + 3 Virtual 

    Minooka Update- Ron Stawicki  

    Snow has melted, trails currently icy, be sure to have studs. Hoping to schedule 6 trail work days this  year. May host another clean-up work day before the trails open, early spring, to get folks amped up for  year. If we have enough time after our trail work days, we may look at adding a couple of new features.  

    Be sure to have a Waukesha County Parks pass. This year Waukesha County Parks is going by license  plates and will ticket folks that come in after hours that don’t have a pass.  

    Questions/ Comments:  

    Request to bring back the old trail exit. Not everyone wants to go back up and do that  new last bit of trail extension that was added last year.  

    Can we add “an upper, upper powerline berms”? NICA does this for their trail races.  

    Event Updates: Melissa Clark  

    Photo slide show presented, attached. 

    Hugh Jass New Fane Race Snow Grooming  

    Waukesha Janboree Fat Bike Demo: Great turn out. We had about 80-100 folks out to demo fat bikes.  Some folks had never been to Minooka Park before!  

    Pleasant Valley Fat Bike Ride: Good turnout of about 30 riders. Fermentorium Brewing was there  offering beer samples. 

    Snow dog – Bryan Douglas  

    We have the second snow dog! See attachment for photos #SnowDog2022  

    Heritage Update – John Slawny 

    Digital presentation presented, attached  

    We are excited to bring in machine groomed modern trails to the area! Last year’s volunteer efforts  have a combined value of over $60,000! Metro is working on a RTC DNR grant asking for $86,000 grant  for further trail development and expansions. Opening of the flow trail is pending installation of signage.  Official Opening Event will likely be in June or July to ensure trails will be dry and open. Trail work days  cadence typically alternates Saturdays and Sunday.  

    2022‘s projects include the flow trail return line and bike park  

    Other future projects:  

    Green line, “experiential features”. 10’ of armored climbed. Putting in skinny bridge.  

    Milwaukee County update – Marty Weigel  

    Oak Hill 4, built last year, will be finished this week. Typically trail work starts around April, figure 4 more  trail work days.  

    Kegel-Alpha Trail: Kegel-Alpha 2.0 was essentially approved 2 years ago and trail work will begin this spring.  

    Reminder that all Milwaukee Co trails all need to be non-directional and multi-use trails.  

    Other Updates:  

    Third Space Brewing wants to do an event in the city. Reach out to Bryan Douglas on Facebook if you’d  like to be involved in planning an event.  

    Metro is in need of a Volunteer Coordinator to track all our volunteer hours for the year.  We need Operational Directors for the Milwaukee Co Trails.  

    Meeting adjourned at 8:20pm

    Here is a complete PDF containing presentation materials as well.

  • January 06, 2022 3:39 PM | Metro MTB (Administrator)

    Demand is high for grooming our trails and it's tough to cover our widespread system with one machine. We're now raising funds for another SnowDog. Please check out the project page to donate!

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