Spring is finally here and we're ready to hit the dirt!
Of course, some of that dirt is still buried under some ice and snow. We'll be keeping you up-to-date on course conditions for Saturday's Mud, Sweat and Beers as much as we can through race day. We want to thank everyone who has spent time with a shovel in hand to make the course safe; if you're out riding, take a second to break up some snow or ice, pick up sticks, and watch for missing arrows, too.
There are plenty of great events beyond Saturday, and you don't have to wait long! While you're cleaning up your mountain bike, consider heading out the Jolly Pumpkin for the Spring Pumpkin Pedal on May 6 at noon. Donations go to our friends at TART, with 20 and 40 mile routes to choose from and a few hundred riders to roll with.
Next weekend, Glacial Hills is calling all hands on deck for their Spring Work Day! Originally planned for Earth Day, the long winter meant the big work bee- and most trail work- has been pushed back May 12. We're going to need all the help we can to get Glacial in primo shape. You can lend a hand at 10 am, with plenty of more details here.
After a weekend of racing and a weekend of working, why not relax a bit? Bike Leelanau has organized a ride that the gourmand is sure to love. Hop in for a bike tour, dinner, and wine tasting with some of Leelanau County's finest culinary experts! May 19 is a great chance to indulge at Spoke'n'Fork, the first of what we hope with be a recurring event to ride, eat, and make merry!
If you've still got a bit in the tank by May 19, consider making the short drive south for the Arcadia Grit & Gravel! Our friends at the Grand Traverse Regional Conservancy work hard to keep Arcadia in great shape, and this annual race features fast gravel roads before putting racers onto the singletrack. It's a treat to race in the blooming trilliums, too!
Riding conditions at Cadillac Pathway are already great, so make sure you keep up to date on future trail days and rides on their Facebook page.