1:00 PM13:00

2018 Cadillac Pathways Open House


Join NMMBA-Cadillac Pathway Committee for a day of activities! Whether you are an XC skier, snowshoer or fatbiker, we want to celebrate our wonderful trails and season hobbies together. 

We have completely revised our Winter Sports Trail so it would be a great day to check it out and maybe even try something new. 

Plus, McLain Cycle & Fitness will be there with fatbike demos AND we will have snowshoes for you to borrow if you don’t already have a set. 

We also will have a toasty fire going along with hot chocolate and snacks. 

FREE event ! Spread the Word!

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11:00 AM11:00

2018 Cathead Trail Open House


The Cathead Trail officially opened on December 1st with a series of 2-3 mile groomed trail loops that offer fun and adventure to fat tire bikers, xc skiers, snowshoers, and winter hikers. The multi-use trail is meant to support a wide variety of activities, and has been developing over time through a volunteer partnership between Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association (NMMBA), North Shore Outfitters, Suttons Bay Bikes, rangers at Leelanau State Park, and an organized group of bike advocates from Bike Leelanau. 

The Trailblazing Open House is family-friendly and teens and youth are encouraged to come and explore their newest community trail system. This event will feature members from the community talking about proper trail etiquette and use of the trail, free fat tire bike demos from Suttons Bay Bikes that can be taken out by riders throughout the day, food from Northport Outfitters, and information about Leelanau County biking opportunities from Bike Leelanau. 

There will be two group fat tire bike rides offered, one 3 mile loop for beginners and one 7- mile loop for a bit more of a challenge. The group rides will begin at 11:30 AM. Those wishing to test a demo for the event should call Suttons Bay Bikes at (231) 421- 6815 ahead of time to reserve their bike. 

Attendees can find parking at Leelanau State Park, at the Densmore Road Trailhead, located at the end of Densmore Road, past Woolsey Airport. 

Adults ages 21 and older are invited to continue the festivities at The Mitten Brewing Company in Northport for an after party happy hour  from 2 - 4 PM. The Mitten Brewing Company is located at 112 W Nagonaba St, Northport, MI 49670

For event details, questions, and media inquiries, please contact Cody Sprattmoran via email at c.sprattmoran@gmail.com.

Learn more about the Cathead Trail and other winter recreational opportunities at www.bikeleelanau.com.

Event Sponsored By: Bike Leelanau, Suttons Bay Bikes, North Shore Outfitters, Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association (NMMBA), Leelanau State Park, and The Mitten Brewing Company.

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12:30 PM12:30

2018 Vasa Fat Bike Race


Again this year, the North American Vasa Fat Bike Races will be part of the Short's Brewing Company Fat Bike Race Series. 

There will be two fat bike race distances, the 42km Grand Fat, and the 18km Short's-N-Fat. The courses will highlight the beauty of the Vasa Pathway, Riley's loop, Timber Ridge and the new Winter Sports Single Track.   Helmets are required.  Tires must be a minimum of 3.7 inches wide.

For more info, head here. 

To register for the 42k or 24k Fat Bike races, head here. 

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5:30 PM17:30

Catching Up with Dave Wiens


Catch up with IMBA Executive Director and legendary mountain biker Dave Wiens after a fun day at the Vasa. Dave will be on hand at Timber Ridge for awards, and we're all heading to Brew after the race to talk bikes, trails, and endurance racing with the man himself. 

Wiens is a MTB Hall of Fame inductee, a former US National Champion, and the winner of two World Cup MTB events. Of course, he's best known as a six-time winner of the Leadville 100, including besting Lance Armstrong. 

Wiens is now the IMBA Executive Director and has spearheaded the effort to bring world-class trails to more places, as well as supporting existing trails through advocacy and education. 

Stop by Brew Saturday evening, grab a beer, and chat a very important voice in the mountain biking world! 

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9:00 AM09:00

2018 Traverse City Trails Festival present by Short's Brewing Company


Let's celebrate our trails! NMMBA is partnering with Short's Brewing Co. to bring highlight the trails of the Pere Marquette Forest in Traverse City, Michigan. With the start and finish at Ranch Rudolf, we have a day to bring the community together, ride, and relax afterwards. 

TCTF offers a 40 mile race, a 40 mile tour, a 25 mile race, and a 25 mile tour. It's the same route that's expertly marked, with well-placed aid stations along the way. You can hop in to race, or take the ride at your own pace with friends on a self-supported adventure! There's even a 15 mile short cut off the 25 mile route, in case you want to get back to the beer quicker! 

Proceeds from TCTF will go to NMMBA's trail building efforts, including projects like Summer and Winter trail building, trail events, and trail advocacy. 

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9:00 PM21:00

2018 Bear Claw Epic


It's back! The Bear Claw Epic has become a mainstay of the Northern Michigan race calendar. Don't miss a fast, challenging race for beginners and pros on the Cadillac Pathways. Proceeds go right back to the maintenance of the trail system, which is also groomed during the winter! 

Expect an 8-mile loop with rolling hills and many passing opportunities to keep the race wide-open. 

For more information, check out the BCE website or contact us for details! 

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2:00 PM14:00

2018 Annual Meeting and Fat Bike Ride!


Join us at Timber Ridge on January 13 for the NMMBA Annual Meeting! We'll kick things of at 2pm with a fun, no drop adventure fat bike ride on the Winter Sports Singletrack! Back at the warm and cozy Banquet Hall, we'll enjoy a potluck dinner, conversation, and updates on all the new stuff NMMBA has cookin'. Come one, come all, and let's kick off 2018 in style! 

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5:30 PM17:30

MMBA Fundraiser Night at Brew TC


Michigan Mountain Bike Association is the state-wide organization that represents YOUR interests in Lansing. To help keep mountain bikers and all non-motorized trail user heard where it matters most, our friends at Short's Brewing Company and Brew hosting a fundraiser night! 

Join us at Brew at 5:30 for a fun, casual ride over the Commons at back with lights! We'll have two groups, ride for a while, and wheel back to Brew no later that 6:45 for some well-earned refreshments. 100% of the sales of two Short's Brewing beer options will go to MMBA! Plus, take advantage of the raffle to win some sweet prizes from our sponsors. 

Can't make the ride? No worries. All Short's Beer sales between 6-8pm will go toward the fundraiser, so swing by when you can. Our raffle drawings will be done between 7-730, but you don't need to stick around to win. 

To learn more about MMBA head here. While you're on the site, make sure you join NMMBA, your local chapter! 

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4:30 PM16:30

Glacial Hills Winter Trail Grooming Benefit p/b Short's Brewing Company


Join us at Glacial Hills for your Iceman recovery ride (or just a fun ride) then meet at Short's Brewing Company for a meal and a pint or two! Short's will donate proceeds from 4:30 until close to the winter fat bike grooming fund for Glacial Hills. Chat with board members from the Friends of Glacial Hills, purchase GH merchandise or grooming badges, and support the grooming effort all while enjoying great company and some live local music! Watch for information on raffle ticket sales too. We will be raffling off a brand new Jamis fat bike thanks to our friends atPaddles & Pedals down the road!

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