Metro Mountain Bikers
Welcome by Chris McArdle
Treasurer Report - We have a number of recent purchases yet to clear for the new Metro socks and canopy, to name a few. General Liability insurance is in place starting Thursday, April 10 – needed especially for trail work. Insurance dictates no one under 12 at club events. New waivers for 2014 will be have to be signed at every club event – nothing really different here, however, some people hadn’t signed in the past. New waivers are not yet available but will be ready for next month.
Fundraising – working towards a raffle with more information next meeting.
Volunteers – shirts are available and were handed out at the meeting. Ron Stawicki will be taking the Waukesha members shirts. The shirts are in high-vis color and say Trail Volunteer on the back so we should be wearing them during trail work times. Chris Cooper ran through volunteer hours and sign up
for additional volunteer positions. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Chris Cooper. Ride for the Arts ride marshal program was discussed – three volunteer hours will be available for anyone who will commit to a ride marshal. Trail work season will be starting soon and we’ll need plenty of people to help.
Marketing – Derek showed off the new Metro socks we’re selling for $10 each and he also discussed the newly-revised trail maps. Comments were made that a lot of people at the Expo were happy that the Minooka trails are available for riding.
Social Committee – Social Ride on 4/26 will be leaving from St. Martins church parking lot in St. Martins with the ride being in that general area and moving southwest. Additional information will be posted at Facebook and our website.
Trails Council Meeting – was held on March 13. Marty and Harold suggested inviting the County Parks Director to our next meeting in Milwaukee. They have both talked with him and Marty was invited for a sit-down meeting with him.
Bike Patrol – Mike received a lot of inquiries at Expo and is hoping that generated interested that will get more volunteers. The Bike Patrol is now handling marathons, half-marathons, triathlons in additional to the trails and they are looking for additional people with a medical background who like to ride.
Trail teams – Reminder that all trails are still closed. People tried to ride at the Southern Kettles this past weekend and were ticketed and fined. The question was raised about using Round Up on the Milwaukee County trails. We discussed hitting garlic mustard soon as that is normally the first thing that greens up. Minooka has a busy weekend coming up – Saturday, April 12 there is a Kohl’s Cares team coming (potentially up to 35 people) to work at Minooka at Noon in area 3 where the Rugby fields are. Going forward, trail work will be Sundays from 8 – 11. There will be some trail work happening at Estabrook Park that Harold will be leading.
Wednesday Night @ the Rock – Marna joined us to discuss. Racing will start June 4 through September (based on daylight). The Rock bike park should be open – weather permitting – by mid-May. Marna is now the bike park operator for the BMX track. June 5 – 7 will be a huge event for BMX racing and The Rock will contact us if volunteers needed (they probably will need volunteers). The Rock is projecting the price for Wednesday racing at $15.
Open Forum – Harold discussed Biking with Barley for Memorial Day weekend – talk to Harold for more details.
High School Mountain Bike League training event - April 26 – 27 at Trek
Regional IMBA Summit 5/16 – 18 in Madison – we are looking for someone to attend this, contact Chris McArdle
IMBA World Summit in Steamboat Spring, CO 8/20 – 24 – if anyone is going, please contact Chris McArdle