Glacial Hills Challenge and ATV Fundraiser Updates

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Have you ever seen a more perfect mountain bike race? The weather for Sunday's Glacial Hills Challenge was phenomenal, and there's no wonder why over 150 riders signed up day-of for one, two, and even three laps of one the most fun, flowy trails in the state! 

Brent Walk and the Fun Promotions team brought a lot of riders from all over Michigan north to Bellaire this past Sunday. Many of those riders were looking to pick up some Championship Series Points as the season nears its final few events of 2018, and those that made the trip were rewarded with a simply amazing day in the woods. The trail was very dry, but the hard-working trail crew has done a wonderful job of keeping it fast and fun! 

The morning's race saw the Elite, Expert, and a few Sport classes in action, with demanding uphill start from John R. Rodgers Elementary. After completing their prescribed number of laps, every racer got to enjoy some well-earned speed on the pavement for a two-mile drag race to Downtown Bellaire.  We were especially excited to see NMMBA board members Chad Jordan and Mike Walters, as well as trail helpers extraordinaire Kyle Macdermaid and Dan Ellis drop their loppers and get in on the action! 

Of course, it still took a lot of help to make the race happen, with Glacial Hills trail rep Tim Reicha joining nearly all of the Glacial Hills trail crew marshal the course! They don't just make the trails happen, they make the events happen, too! 

That's why this month's August ATV fundraiser is so important. The Friends of Glacial Hills are working to purchase an ATV to help carry and pull the heavy equipment needed to keep these trails in such great shape. Even with the myriad access points, reaching different sections of trail in the steep, tight terrain of Glacial Hills is more difficult than many trail systems, and transporting tools up and down those ravines or even along the trail is always tough and sometimes even dangerous. 

An anonymous donor has generously offered to match up to $5,000 toward the ATV fund, and we want to make sure we get the full $10,000 we need for a new machine. If you can contribute, you money is essentially doubled from now until August 31! 

All those riders from the Glacial Hills Challenge sure do appreciate the trail crew's hard work; between the Rubber Ducky Days and Sunday's Race, plus previous donations this month online, we're at $2,800 with just over a week left until the matching donations end. Now is the time to see this thing through!

If you can donate, please do so here, with a reference to the ATV in the donation's memo. Glacial and Bellaire have a truly special thing going, and we can all enjoy the fruit's of that labor all season long! 

Time To Sign Up for Your Favorite Races!

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We know you're busy, so we've put a few things together to make sure planning your summer and fall events is as easy as possible! 

The NMMBA Trail Series offers three events that celebrate the diverse and challenging trail networks that dot Northern Michigan, and to make sure it's easy for you to check each one of your list, registration for the Traverse City Trails Festival, Glacial Hills Challenge, and Bear Claw Epic is open and ready for you to get on board! 

Each event offers a different challenge, and with one race per month, you've got plenty of time between races to preview the next course, put in miles, and enjoy the trails. We're excited to have the chance to highlight a different city for each race, too. It offers a chance for riders to explore Traverse City, Bellaire, and Cadillac, meet new people, and stay motivated for a full season of racing and riding. 

Registration for all three events is open, and we it helps it make planning your season a little easier.

Traverse City Trails Festival

Glacial Hills Challenge

Bear Claw Epic  

For more on the NMMBA Trail Series, head here. 

Glacial Hills Report 2/15/18

Patrick made it out to smooth out some deep footprints and add texture before the temperatures dive overnight. We expect the surface to be hard and fast tomorrow and most of Saturday. If the forecast for the weekend is accurate, the surface may soften later Saturday into Sunday. Use caution on the corners and even some straight aways along ridges where the lip has deteriorated leaving some off camber drop offs.

 

Looking at the long term forecast, we expect that this will have been the last groom of the season. We will keep you posted if that changes.

 

Thank you so much for supporting the grooming efforts at Glacial Hills. We truly hope that you have been able to enjoy the trails this winter!

Glacial Hills Report 2/13/18

If you have a chance to ride, today is the day. After a Sunday morning groom by Patrick, the groomed trail is in decent to good shape. With the warm up expected for Wednesday and Thursday, we will ask trail users to work off their Paczkis off of the groomed trails. We hope to groom shortly before and after the warm up which should set us up for great conditions this weekend.