Fort Custer Trail Days

Join SWMMBA and help maintain the Fort Custer Recreational Area mountain bike trails.

Tools will be provided, but you can always bring your favorite trail tool. Meet at 9a at the trailhead. Work typically until 1p. We recommend you bring gloves and water.

PARTY at the FORT

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

Everyone,

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

Lecture, Meet and Greet, and Ride with Sonya Looney

WMU’s College of Engineering Custer Lecture Series welcomes MTBer Sonya Looney on Wed., October 10 at the Parkview campus. She’ll give a talk about being an electrical engineer (BS & MS) and a professional mountain biker and entrepreneur. This is followed with a meet-and-greet at Pedal bike shop in downtown Kalamazoo and she’ll lead a group ride of Maple Hill Trail.

1:30p.m. Lecture
WMU Floyd Hall – D-132

4:00-4:30p.m. Meet and Greet
Pedal, 611 W. Michigan Ave.

5p.m. Group Ride
Maple Hill Trail