I started this group to share my new-found love of mountain biking.
We ride 3 or more times per week, on some days in multiple locations.
With an open group, I expect to get people of varying skill levels. All our normal group rides are "no-drop", no one is left behind or waiting on the trails. "Drop" rides will be labeled, along with the ability level.
Sometimes after the ride, we head to a local establishment for food and drinks.
We can also meet at races, rides or any gathering that has to do with cycling of any kind.
The primary focus of this group is mountain biking. However, from time to time, we will offer up different activities, such as paddle boarding. And during the winter months, we mainly ski and snowboard.
Lastly, as with most other biking groups, we are responsible and will not ride trails that are in a bad condition, i.e. soft or muddy. Also, we clear and clean-up the trails when we can.
I acknowledge I have voluntarily requested to participate in a mountain biking activity with the meetup Metro-Detroit Mountain Bikers (MDMB).
I AM AWARE THAT MDMB MEETUPS ARE INFORMAL MEETINGS OF MOUNTAIN BIKERS AND I SHOULD HAVE NO EXPECTATIONS OF OTHER INDIVIDUALS OF THE GROUP. My participation in the group rides is analogous to meeting strangers at the trailhead and making the choice to mountain bike with them.
MDMB GROUP RIDES ARE NOT INSTRUCTIONAL IN NATURE. Any such instructional clinic will be advertised as such, conducted by a certified professional, and will include its own waiver.
MOUNTAIN BIKING IS A DANGEROUS SPORT AND REQUIRES PHYSICALLY STRENUOUS MOVEMENTS REQUIRED TO CONTROL A MOUNTAIN BIKE ON NATURAL SURFACE TRAILS AND MAN MADE FEATURES. I AM AWARE THAT I COULD BE SERIOUSLY INJURED OR EVEN KILLED IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH. I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THESE ACTIVITIES WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE DANGER INVOLVED, AND AGREE TO ASSUME ANY AND ALL RISKS OF BODILY INJURY, DEATH, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, WHETHER THOSE RISKS ARE KNOWN OR UNKNOWN.
WAIVER: In consideration of permission to participate in the MEETUP GROUP RIDES I, on behalf of myself, my heirs, personal representatives, or assigns DO HEREBY RELEASE, WAIVE, DISCHARGE, AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE THE ORGANIZERS OF THE GROUP RIDE, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS, AND AGENTS FROM LIABILITY FORM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS ARISING FROM THE ORDINARY NEGLIGENCE OF RIDE ORGANIZERS OR ANY OF THE AFOREMENTIONED PARTIES AS PART OF THE GROUP RIDE. This agreement applies to 1) personal injury (including death) from accidents or illnesses arising from participation in the clinic and to 2) any and all claims resulting from the damage to, loss of, or theft of personal property.
ASSUMPTION OF RISK: Mountain biking, by its nature, carries with it inherent risks that cannot be eliminated regardless of the care taken to avoid injuries. Group Rides will also involve other participants and trail users which present hazards associated with multiple users in a defined space.
The specific risks involved in mountain biking can range from 1) minor injuries such as scratches, bruises, and sprains to 2) major injuries such as concussions, broken bones, and heart attacks to 3) catastrophic injuries including paralysis and death.
I AGREE TO FOLLOW ALL POSTED AND/OR ANNOUNCED SAFETY RULES, AND ALL RULES COMMON TO MOUNTAIN BIKING. I agree to report any unsafe practices, conditions, or equipment to the event management.
MEDICAL HISTORY: I certify that 1) I possess a sufficient degree of physical fitness to safely participate in Mountain Biking. 2) I understand that I am to discontinue any activity at any time I feel undue discomfort or stress, and 3) I will indicate to ride organizers any health-related conditions that might affect my ability to safely participate.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE: In the event of a medical emergency, I authorize and give my consent and permission to organizers to provide any and all medical assistance, including but not limited to first aid, arranging treatment by medical personnel, physicians, nurses, or paramedics, and to authorize any emergency medical treatment. I further understand that in the event of a medical emergency that I WILL BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY EXPENSES INVOKED.
INSURANCE: I understand that I am solely responsible for any medical, health, or personal injury costs relating to my participation. I understand that I am strongly encouraged to have a medical physical examination and purchase health insurance prior to any and all participation in the clinic.
IMDENIFICATION AND HOLD HARMLESS: I also agree to HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY ORGANIZERS from all claims resulting from my negligence and to reimburse them for any expenses incurred as a result of my involvement. I further agree to pay all costs and attorneys’ fees incurred by organizers in investigating and defending a claim or suit if my claim is withdrawn, or to the extent a court or arbitration determines that organizers are not responsible for the injury or loss.
I have read the previous paragraphs and I KNOW THE NATURE OF THE ACTIVITIES of Mountain Biking. I UNDERSTAND THE DEMANDS of those activities relative to my physical condition and skill level, and I APPRECIATE THE TYPES OF INJURIES that may occur as a result of activities made possible by the mountain biking. I HEREBY ASSERT THAT MY PARTICIPATON IS VOLUNTARY AND THAT I KNOWINGLY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING: I HAVE READ THIS WAIVER of liability and indemnification agreement and fully understand its terms. I UNDERSTAND THAT BY CONTUING WITH MY MDMB MEETUP REGISTRATION AND ACCEPTING THIS DOCUMENT SERVES AS MY LEGAL SIGNATURE AND THAT I AM GIVING UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING MY RIGHT TO SUE. I acknowledge that I am accepting this agreement freely and voluntarily, AND INTEND MY ACCEPTANCE TO BE A COMPLETE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL LIABILITY.