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.

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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

Custer’s Last Stand MTB Time Trial race

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

Mountain Bikers: A time trial is coming back to Fort Custer!!

A challenging, fast and fun 9 mile course using the RED and GREEN loops has been designed. Elite, Expert & Sport classes do 2 laps, and Beginner class does 1 lap.

Here’s what we’ve got in store for you:

– cash prizes for Elites
– awesome medals for the top 3 in each race class
– long sleeve technical shirt you’ll be proud to wear
– free lunch for every racer

You don’t wanna miss out on this amazing event…whether you’re staying in shape for Ice Man or entering your first Mountain Bike race, you’ll enjoy this event. We want to see you there.


SWMMBA Invades Brown County!

Let’s ride Brown County!

SWMMBA reserved Brown Country Rally Camp 4 for everyone (Friday and Sat night), so bring your gear and we’ll enjoy this amazing trail system and good company for a couple days.

Campground details are here:

Campground  map:

Trail details are here:

Fort Custer Xterra – Volunteers Needed

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

In years past we have helped  John with the MTB portion of the course. Lots of opportunities exist, course setup, tear down, course marshals, etc…

If you would like to volunteer please contact John directly using the contact form here:

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