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.