Call To Serious Action: High Country Pathway Work Weekend

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NMMBA past-President Glen R is leading another ambitious work bee on the High Country Pathway, and you can help! 

The High Country Pathway is one of the really wonderful trail systems that remains an undiscovered gem for far too many mountain bikers. This spring, we're heading back to the remote forests that serve as the backdrop of this wonderful trail to fix, clear, and enjoy a few select parts of the pathway on Memorial Day Weekend. 

The DNR has given us access to the Staff Bunkhouse, giving us overnight accommodations for both Friday and Saturday night. We'll meet Friday at 9 am for the first of two days of trail work. Because of this unique location, volunteers need to remember that this is especially tough work. We'll have to ride in to access work sections, as well as be prepared to carry all our own tools and water for four or more hours of work per day. 

The meet-up location and where we'll be bunking is right here: 9966 Twin Lakes Rd, Vanderbilt, MI 49795 

All food and lodging will be covered by NMMBA, but that muscle and elbow grease comes from trail stewards like YOU! For more information about this unique trail day, make sure you email Glen at gdasher@gmail.com Spots are limited, so if you're interested, let us know as soon as you can. 

For more information about the High Country Pathway, head here

May Rides, Fundraisers and Trail Days In Northern Michigan

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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

2017 Bear Claw Epic Volunteer Sign-Up!

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It takes everyone to put on one heckuva show! The 2017 edition of the Bear Claw Epic in Cadillac is under a month away, and our pals are looking for a few helping hands to make the race a hit. 

Not racing? There are still plenty of reasons to head to Cadillac on September 23. Donating your time to the biggest fundraiser for the Cadillac Pathways is an incredibly useful way to help the trail become better and better. There's certainly plenty on the horizon for the Pathways, including a trail proposal for more singletrack and features that is making its way through the DNR right now. 

The race itself is worth watching, too. Some of the best riders in the state will be on the start line, with many of them using the Bear Claw Epic as THE race to kick off their fall build up towards other Nothern Michigan classics like Peak2Peak and the Iceman Cometh Challenge. 

What do we need help with? Our volunteer needs include registration and packet pick-up, course marshals, as well as course set-up and course tear down. 

If you're able to help, please fill out our 2017 Volunteer Form here. Don't forget to pick your t-shirt size so you're looking fresh for the whole day..and every time you wear it.