SWMMBA Camping Trip – Brown County

We have reserved Brown County Rally #4 group campsite for September 30th and October 1st. Camping fees are provided by SWMMBA for this event.

Campground Check-in/Check-out times are 2 PM Friday and 5 PM on Sundays.

No need to RSVP, just show up at the group site with your bike and camping gear on Friday. Night ride scheduled at 8 PM from camp on Friday, wheels roll at 10 AM from camp for Saturday ride.

Hope to see you there!

Sub-24 Overnight Bikepack (Trip Review & Gear Discussion)

On Friday, July 30th SWMMBA is hosting a Sub-24 Overnight Bikepack trip. Meet like-minded friends and be home the next day in time for lunch! The cost is free (campsites covered by SWMMBA) and space is limited. Spot preference will be given to current SWMMBA members.

On Wednesday, July 14th, we will kick things off with an information night to discuss gear, food, the route, etc.. Both activities will originate from Texas Corners.


  • July 14 – 6:00p – 8:00p – Trip review, gear discussion and other bikepacking topics – Texas Corners Farmers Market Pavilion, located behind Zebs restaurant.
  • July 30 – 5:00p – Depart Texas Corners to Cranberry Lake Campground in Marcellus, MI.
  • July 31 – 9:00a – Return trip to Texas Corners

All are welcome to the information night. If interested in one of the limited spots, please email Travis Bell, at vpresident@swmmba.com

Hair of The Dog Bike Ride

When: Wheels Rolling at 1:00 PM, 1/1/2020

Where: Old Dog Tavern

Fee: $10 (Cash Only)
(50% to cover light snacks, 50% toward donation to Open Roads)

About this ride:

This is a celebration of the new year, cycling, and downtown Kalamazoo. The ride will take us through parks, parking ramps, campuses, and courtyards around the city. Ride length is typically less than 10 miles and is dictated by the weather and thirst of the riders. The ride will be led by the friendly folks from PEDAL. Amy, Shawn, and the ever-attentive staff at Old Dog will have a selection of food and beverages available for purchase for your pre and post ride pleasure.

Additional Donations:

Open Roads will make good use of your “gently used” bike parts within their in-shop programs (https://www.openroadsbike.org/). Any parts you can part with (😊) are greatly appreciated.



Join us for our End of Year Party at Fort Custer!

We’ll have a bonfire, a big ol’ grill full of meat and meat like substitutes, do some riding if the conditions permit, vote on the upcoming board election, and generally enjoy each others company.

Bring something to drink and a dish or dessert to pass if you’d like (totally optional.)

This event will be on no matter what the conditions, so let’s bundle up and embrace our lovely Michigan weather. It would be amazing to do some groomed fat biking, but if the trails permit we’ll ride singletrack, or even roll on the park roads for a group spin.

Please RSVP via Facebook or e-mail so we know how much to buy for the grill 🥩

Hair of the Dog Ride

Attention, this is a Non-SWMMBA Event – information here is provided for reference only. Please contact the race director with any questions.

Annual Hair of the Dog ride benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo.

Doors open at noon. Ride starts at 1.

8 -10 miles through downtown Kalamazoo … Candy Cane Lane, “top of the ramp” group photo, and a few hills to justify post-ride beer and food.

Bring a dish to pass.

A $5 donation is suggested for each participant.

Rupert’s Brew House will be donating $1 from each beer purchased.

Culver’s Frozen Custer Fat Bike Race

The 2019 CULVER’S Frozen Custer Fat Bike Race presented by Culver’s
Dec 15th @ Fort Custer Rec. Area Augusta, Mich,

Event Description: 2019 Michigan Fat Bike Racing Series Opener
Course Description: approx 6.5 miles single & two track trails
Race will Start & Finish Eagle Lake Beach area @ Fort Custer Rec Area

Time Schedule: Saturday DEC 15TH The Culver’s Frozen Custer Fat Bike Race will Start & Finish Eagle Lake Beach area
9:00am – 10:30am Pre-Registration # Pickup Race #1
10:45am Mandatory riders meeting
11:00am Start Race #1 Open Mens, Jr 17 & under, Open Women & Master 45+, 2 laps approx 6.5 miles per
Noon Approx 1st race riders Finishing
12:30pm Start of Expert$, Expert 40+$, & Expert Women$ 3 laps approx 6.5 miles per
12:30pm – 3pm Racer post race chilli & Soup & Awards for The Culver’s Frozen Custer FatBike Race

Required Equipment: No License Required, ANSI Approved Helmet, Warm clothing,
No mountain OR half fat bikes, Fat Bike with both wheels @ a 3.7 inch mim.,
and a Competitive spirit. Fat Bikes ONLY!!!

General Information: Pre registration – Please, helps with post race food
$150 A$’s purse to top 3 in Three Expert$ classes ($450 total purse) Awards to top 3 in all other classes
Post race Culver’s Soup or Chili for all racers – SWMMBA is the Event charity/FatBike Grooming support – Donations to support the trails & FatBike Grooming @ Fort Custer

Event Sponsors: Culver’sTP LogosSWMMBA

Prize Drawings for all participants! Ideal Family fun, Spectators welcome!

Your best 3 races count for the 2019 Michigan FatBike Racing Series!

Contact & Additional Information: Fun Promotions LLC 616-453-4245 www.funpromotions.com

Event Fees & Classes: Open Expert$, Expert Women$, Experts 40+$, Open Men, Jr 17 & UNDER, Masters 45+, & Open Women

Awards to top 3 in all classes receive awards Pre-Reg $35 / $40 Day Of Jr 17 & UNDER $25 $30 day of

Please send Pre registration to: Fun Promotions LLC 2225 Lk Michigan Dr NW Grand Rapids, Mich 49504

Volunteer Opportunity: Culver’s Frozen Custer Fat Bike Race


The Culver’s Frozen Custer fatbike race is this Saturday the 15th (Fun Promotions LLC). We need to assemble a group of about 7-8 total volunteers for the race. We are planning on marking the course very early Saturday morning and could use a hand or two for course setup. Then for the race, we will need some marshals out on the course to help direct racers and serve as somewhat of a safety post to help any riders that need it.

Course setup: Sat. 7:30am to 9:30am (2-3 people)
Putting up tape and flags to define the course.
We will have all tape/ flag supplies ready to go.

Course marshals: Sat. 10:00am to around 3:00pm (6 total, probably get done sooner than 3:00pm)
Set at a designated post for the entire race and have a mobile phone on hand for any emergencies

Let us know if you can help by emailing president@swmmba.com 🤟

Fort Custer Tree Cleanup

There are TONS of trees blocking the trails at the Fort, and if we want any chance of enjoying the trail system this winter we need to get them cleaned up ASAP.

We’ll be meeting at the Eagle Lake parking lot (upper lot), and will attack the green trail nearby. If we have enough volunteers, we can mobilize the two 6×6’s we have and split up the group into 2 crews.

There is some chance of rain, so please consider some rain gear in the event we get some precipitation.

The scope of this work day will be to cut and remove any tree/ brush damage that is blocking the trail. Please bring loppers and to be prepared to do a lot of work throwing sticks, branches, and logs off of the trail.
We will have volunteer waiver forms ready for newbies to sign.

Follow this event on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2164597083585462