• Home
  • News & Meetings
<< First  < Prev   1   2   3   4   Next >  Last >> 
  • 12 Apr 2018 10:08 PM | Metro MTB (Administrator)


    Metro Mountain Bikers

    South Shore Cyclery

    Welcome by Ron Stawicki (Chris McArdle out of town)

    Club Financial Status – Insurance discussion

    501©3 status – Derek said that IMBA recommends that we get our own EIN. Marty said we have an EIN and he will be locating the information for this. Marty stated that this tax-exempt status was part of the IMBA deal as a chapter status. Sara Stum also recommended that we need 501©3 status as part of our fundraising. We will continue this discussion at our next board meeting.  MOU Discussion – haven’t scheduled meeting with the parks department. Trail council meeting is March 13 at 10 am.

    Updates from the Rock on the Wednesday night cross country races – none. South Shore Cyclery will also send an email to their contact at the Rock inquiring about the status. Metro’s new insurance will enable us to do racing for a fee but people would still have to be Metro members. Question was if any IMBA members could race or just Metro members. IMBA requires $500 for the chapter (includes $1 million umbrella), $4.75 per member per year, $2.50 inland marine coverage. Costs historically have been much less than that. Events like the Odd Tuesday right would require Metro membership. Question was if there were any other options for insurance? Insurance is not yet set for 2014.

    Committee Updates:

    Marketing – update on socks, shirts, flyers. Tom completed the flyers and now Waukesha parks needs to approve. Socks are ordered and should be here for the bike expo. We worked with the Bike Fed on the sock order. They will be available for $10. Brochures are ready to go as well.  Matt Gissibl from the Bike Fed showed us the new design available for mountain biking specifically and discussed how working with local bike shops can help drive sales. The Bike Fed sells their t-shirts for $25.00 retail at the local shops. The bike shops will order can order from the Bike Fed. Metro long- sleeved t-shirts are still available for sale.

    Fundraising Updates:

    We need the 501©3 status in order to hold our fundraising raffle.

    Volunteer Coordinators:

    Expo is the next big thing for us. We’re hoping the tent will be available for Expo. There are still a few times to fill with Metro volunteer and the schedule was passed around. Volunteer t-shirts still need to be ordered. We’ll need to inventory before and after. Cash box can go to Benno’s or with Derek for safekeeping. Trailbuilding will probably start later than normal this year due to the weather. Watch Facebook, Twitter, and email for dates. We’re still looking for ride marshals for the Ride for the Arts. 

    Social Committee – Spring Social Ride is April 26. At this time, the thought is to have the social ride leaving from St. Martens and ride towards Burlington on trails.

    Trail Team Updates:

    No updates

    Grant Park – there’s enough interest for trails in Grant Park. We still have to get the County Parks department to sign off in order to have official trails. We need a plan of where we want to ride and the Parks department would have to review. We would be adopting existing trails. South Shore Cyclery is working with their City of Cudahy departments and there seems to be interest in developing insurance.  We need South Shore cyclists and businesses to call Pat Jursik and offer their support.  Discussion of multi-use trails

    Amber from South Shore Cyclery said their Fatbike and Snowshoe race was awesome. They are going to be looking for ways to make it bigger and better for next year.  Port Washington/Ozaukee – city is putting in a new pump track near the skate park. Cedarburg trail at pleasant valley park 3 mi down 4.5 total finishing this summer. Ozaukee county parks department is trying really hard to get mountain biking trails on county parks land but it’s come up against huge backlash – according to residents at the meeting, mountain bikers are apparently into drugs and murders. Having support from mayor or aldermen has been a huge bonus.

    National Mountain Bike Patrol – Mike Crabb said the Wisconsin Bike Patrol is broadening their name to “just” bike patrol because they are patrolling other events like triathlons and marathons. They are looking for more people to get involved. TOaD has approached them but they don’t have to staff to help. They are also looking for people who have professional training as EMTs, nurses, doctors, etc. March 13 from 6:30 – 8:30 at Steinhafel’s conference room – Waukesha County Bike/Transportation Plans

    Upcoming Events:

    April 4 – 6 – Wheel &amp; Sprocket Expo

    April 8 – Metro Meeting @ Benno’s

    April 13 – Metro Board Meeting

    April 26 – Spring Social Ride

    May 16 – 18 - Regional IMBA Summit in Madison

  • 12 Apr 2018 10:07 PM | Metro MTB (Administrator)

    Metro Mountain Bikers

    Welcome by Chris McArdle
    Meeting with Ozaukee was postponed and may be rescheduled in March or April.
    Active Business:
    Bike Fed t-shirts – Metro would get profits from local sales, but the question was if we could get Metro identifying information on it? Various opinions on the design and wording of the t-shirts, but some suggested they liked the wording Tread on Me showing on the t-shirt. Pricepoint was close to $15 for most to be interested in purchasing. Chris will contact Matt Gissibl of the Bike Fed for more information about the sales. Fundraising – a separate meeting was held to discuss. Marty discussed offering to the Parks Department that one of their staff members go to the IMBA summit in Colorado this summer and the fundraising effort to do that. We need approximately $2500 for carsonite signage for the local signs and a possible $500 - $1000 for the IMBA Summit. We also discussed Wednesday racing at the Rock in terms of fundraising. Volunteers:
    We passed around the sign-up sheet for Expo. Chris Cooper suggested getting a 10x10 pop-up tent to use at Expo. Chris McArdle will discuss with Collectivo about the vendor they’ve used and suggestions for a tent. There was a suggestion of getting a black canvas tent with white lettering. If anyone is interested in volunteering to be a ride marshal for the Ride for the Arts the process this year is to go to the website and sign up. Free entry, ride marshal t-shirt, and beer and food afterwards. The Ride for the Arts is the first Sunday in June.

    Derek discussed and showed everyone the re-designed brochure to get Minooka trails included. Tom has to add copy for Minooka but otherwise it’s ready to go. Derek should email to Ron for Ron will show Waukesha County Parks staff. Derek also discussed socks. DeFeet minimum order of 6 dozen, our cost is $6/pair + $25 setup charge. $10/pair breakeven at 46 pairs. We may be able to partner with the Bike Fed, but we’re not counting on it. Sock Guy $5/pair, we have to order 10 dozen minimum + $50 setup.
    We can mix sizes to order as well. We discussed colors too. After initial order, can we order more?
    Derek will verify. We should continue the Metro branding and most liked the DeFeet option. Chris will ask Matt Gissibl of the Bed Fed for information on which style of sock sells more – tall or short? Order needs to be completed within the next couple of week so we have available for Expo. A suggestion was to sell at a different rate for signing up for an IMBA membership but no decision was made about that.
    Social Committee: Good turnout for tubing at the Rock on 2/8. Spring Social Ride is scheduled for April 26.
    Trail Meetings – meeting with County (Ramsey and Mark). Meeting again in two weeks to discuss Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for all three of the currently-approved trail systems. Every year

    we’ll have to have a new MOU to discuss the trail systems. No new trailbuilding until after May 15. No discussion on South Shore. Menomonee River Parkway meeting is scheduled by the Parks department for 2/12 at Mount Mary College. We discussed having Metro business cards available when doing trail work so we can pass our information on to people that ask about our work or want more details of our projects.
    Waukesha County:
    Nothing new at Minooka – but there has been a lot of fat biking going on. Nathan Guerra and Marty Tank have been talking to the land owners of Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc to develop mountain bike
    Upcoming Events:
    Waukesha Bike Swap 2/15
    Fatbike race at Sheridan Park 2/22
    Regional IMBA Summit in Madison 5/16 – 18
    Marty spoke to Marna at The Rock and she said they would be doing Wednesday night racing again. We don’t have any other details. We need to find out the details and figure out who is going to do timing, pricing, etc.
    Open Business – is the club willing to support the Oak Leak Discovery Tour for about $100? Yes, we’ll sponsor.
  • 12 Apr 2018 9:23 PM | Metro MTB (Administrator)


    Metro Mountain Bikers


    Welcome by Chris McArdle

    Review of the some of the changes from the board meeting. Introduced new board members.

    Explained Functional leaders. Explained breaking out Trail Leaders differently.

    Active Business:

    Fundraising – Matt Gissibl from the Bike Fed explained some of the Bike Fed’s fundraising efforts by targeting bike shops. Talked about t-shirt sales. Chris Cooper will provide Sara’s email to Matt.


    22 people qualified for shirts in 2013. City Print said pricing pretty much the same as last year. Lesspeople qualified for a shirt than in 2012. 1700 volunteer hours total, 60 people total. Minooka being big volunteer-hour winner. Next meeting, we’ll be talking about working the metro booth at Expo.

    Marketing: Collateral and Signage and Mapping. Derek has Templates for sock guy. Old logo may not show up great on the socks. Might be worth sending anyway and see if the company can give us options. Will look into pricing per quantity. May look into DeFeet per Matt @ the Bike Fed. Matt explained how the t-shirts/socks work to sell at bike shops. Socks cost $5/bike shops re-sell for ~$12.

    Maps – working on posters and maps. Any dates to have ready for printing? We need brochures now.

    Derek committed to printing brochures. Chris will email Tom and have him send artwork to Derek.

    Do we have a separate map of the Alpha? What about Bubba’s Woods? Bubba’s not approved.

    Signage – Marty put link up on the Facebook page. Carsonite signs Social Committee: officially recognizing Odd Tuesday, Spring/Fall social rides, also a monthly ride at a trail system. May – August. May would be Minooka. Showcases the various area trails, try to get new people to ride the trails. We’re looking for more people to be a part of the marketing team. Derek put together a survey

    Trails: tosa trails are icy, Ron said he’s posting trail conditions Waukesha Bike Alliance facebook page and will post to Metro page as well South Shore – Harold brought up at the trails meeting. May not be accessible to mtn bikers unless people can speak to county supervisors, etc. Need to find a way to get it legitimized. Harold went to Port to the Ozaukee County group. 2 mi mtn bike loop wanted there.  Already have committed $60,000 a pre-fab pump track and a skills course near skateboard park. Hope to have approval for it by the end of March. Chris has reached out to this group to have a combined meeting. Ozaukee County is looking at a combined IMBA chapter with a number of bike groups in that area – all groups will operate independently and combine to form the chapter. At Hoyt MMSD will be taking out the steps and the carwash soon.

    County Trails Council – effort to encourage groups to prepare and develop trails within the county, City of Milwaukee has purchased two trail counters to getting data about trail usage. Ramsey wants to get moving on the memorandium of underwriting of bike trails 2/4/14. County Trails meets the 2 nd odd month at 10 am at the county parks building.


    2014 Fatbike Access – 70 advocates attended – Hansi has a post about this event IMBA event is Jan 19 – 20 at Rays. If you go to Ray’s on Saturday you get Sunday free.  Waukesha Bike Swap - 2/15 proceeds go to Waukesha Bike Alliance not sold out yet 75 – 80% sold out.  Fatbike race in Sheridan Park

    Bike Expo – volunteers needed May 16 – 18 Regional IMBA in Madison @Trek will open up the Farm for riding IMBA World Summit in August in Steamboat Springs, CO. Club would like to pay registration fee for several people to go to the sessions and encourage Metro members to go as sort of club ride.

    February meeting will start 50/50 raffle for cash, tires, and metro t-shirt

    New business: Marty emailed Marna @ the Rock re: Wednesday night racing. We’d like to see a series like this continue but we don’t want to compete with the Rock and we’re not sure what their intent is. These event prices are based on insurance and county parks issues.

<< First  < Prev   1   2   3   4   Next >  Last >> 
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software