Looking Ahead And Hoping For Snow

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Well, after a frigid and nearly perfect start to winter in Northern Michigan, we're sat home and hoping for snow. After temperatures in the 40s all weekend and rain to bring us into the final full week of January, we're thumbing the calendar and refreshing the weather app to see what comes next. 

For now, we're hoping there may be some riding Tuesday, January 23. With temperatures up again by the end of the week, we may have a tough time getting the trails in any sort of state to enjoy without some serious snowfall and temperatures below freezing to help it set up. 

Unfortunately, we've had to make a tough call and cancelled the Cadillac Pathways Open House. There is too little snow and too much warm weather in the forecast to make it happen. We have a bit more time ahead of our first big event at the Winter Sports Trail at Leelanau State Park on February 3. Again, we'll keep everyone informed of event changes as those decisions are made. 

Just three weeks away, we're gearing up for the Vasa Fat Bike Race on February 10! We just need a bit of snow and some more riders on the start line to make this year another incredible edition of one of the fastest, most beautiful races of the fat bike season. You can also go for the Fatathalon title, taking on both the 28k freestyle ski and 42k fat bike race, a rather illustrious crown for the ultmate nordic athlete. 

And you won't want to miss the Short's Brewing Beer Tent after for awards! Have a beer, catch up with all the friends you couldn't catch up with during the race, and toast everyone who took on the challege. 

The fun doesn't stop there! We're taking the party down to Brew for a very casual and laid-back chat with IMBA Executive Director and mountain bike legend Dave Wiens. Dave will be talking trails and the future of the sport, as well as recounting his career as one of the most succesful mountain bikers in US history. In addition to six Leadville 100 victories, he also has won NORBA and World Cup races over the course of his memorable racing days. 

Watch for more trail updates, cross those fingers, and continue to be smart about how and when you access your local trail! 

 

TC WST Grooming Report 1/17/2018

With the predicted warm-up the trail is going to get very soft over the weekend. Please use your best judgement when riding. With a very thin base in some areas we will be unable to fix any damage to them.

So you might have to just stay inside and drink Short's.

2018 Annual Meeting: Perfect Trails and Delicious Meatballs

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This past Saturday, over 80 riders joined us for a fun fat bike ride and to learn more about Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Associations big goals for the future. 

With temperatures near 20 degrees and the trails in simply immaculate shape, we were excited to see riders of all abilities get out to enjoy a fun afternoon jaunt on the Winter Sports Singletrack in Traverse City. With a half-dozen crockpots plugged in and doing their thing, we had just enough time to make the most of a firm base and an inch or two of fresh snow mixed in. For many riders, it was a chance to see groomers getting to enjoy the trails by bike, rather than snowmobile, with Mike Walters, John Roe, Chuck Hathaway, and Heath Day all giving us a lesson in bike handling. 

Back at Banquet Hall, we settled in for some delicious food and great conversation. Folks on hand were able to enjoy a plethora of meatball options, pizza, salads, and all those potluck classics that we've been lucky to enjoy every winter season in Traverse City. We also got a sneak peak at the new NMMBA logo (no spoilers!) and plenty of talk about trail plans for 2018. 

Of course, the biggest news of the night was the election of Chad Jordan as your new President. Chad has led the ReViSiT committee, working to reshape and enhance the Singletrack, as well as offered his time and expertise to the growing Winter Sports Trail at Leelanau State Park. He takes the reins from the hard-working Don Clewley. Don's energy has been instrumental in invigorating NMMBA and expanding our reach, our influence, and our purpose to more trails and more communities. 

We're also excited to welcome Cody Sprattmoran to the board as the Bike Leelanau trail representative. She joins Tim Reicha from Glacial Hills and both Michele Andrews and Dustin Webb from Cadillac Pathway as the voice and muscle behind developing and very exciting trails systems all over Northern Michigan. 

And if you're excited about see these trails for yourself, we've got some good news! With support from Short's Brewing Company and the directors of all three events, we're excited to announce the NMMBA Trail Series for 2018! The Series hopes to highlight the diverse, beautiful, and enjoyable riding in our region by encouraging racers and riders to try our three events. Anyone who pre-registers and takes on the Traverse City Trails Festival, Glacial Hills Challenge, and Bear Claw Epic will earn themselves a special edition NMMBA Trails Series water bottle, complete with a checklist of each event. Whether you're a serious racer or an adventurer, we invite you to see our great trails for yourself- and bring a friend, too! 

If you're excited about 2018 and the years to come, we invite you to become a member of NMMBA and add your voice and support to our mission of making Northern Michigan a mecca for cycling and a pillar of our community.