Well, after a frigid and nearly perfect start to winter in Northern Michigan, we're sat home and hoping for snow. After temperatures in the 40s all weekend and rain to bring us into the final full week of January, we're thumbing the calendar and refreshing the weather app to see what comes next.
For now, we're hoping there may be some riding Tuesday, January 23. With temperatures up again by the end of the week, we may have a tough time getting the trails in any sort of state to enjoy without some serious snowfall and temperatures below freezing to help it set up.
Unfortunately, we've had to make a tough call and cancelled the Cadillac Pathways Open House. There is too little snow and too much warm weather in the forecast to make it happen. We have a bit more time ahead of our first big event at the Winter Sports Trail at Leelanau State Park on February 3. Again, we'll keep everyone informed of event changes as those decisions are made.
Just three weeks away, we're gearing up for the Vasa Fat Bike Race on February 10! We just need a bit of snow and some more riders on the start line to make this year another incredible edition of one of the fastest, most beautiful races of the fat bike season. You can also go for the Fatathalon title, taking on both the 28k freestyle ski and 42k fat bike race, a rather illustrious crown for the ultmate nordic athlete.
And you won't want to miss the Short's Brewing Beer Tent after for awards! Have a beer, catch up with all the friends you couldn't catch up with during the race, and toast everyone who took on the challege.
The fun doesn't stop there! We're taking the party down to Brew for a very casual and laid-back chat with IMBA Executive Director and mountain bike legend Dave Wiens. Dave will be talking trails and the future of the sport, as well as recounting his career as one of the most succesful mountain bikers in US history. In addition to six Leadville 100 victories, he also has won NORBA and World Cup races over the course of his memorable racing days.
Watch for more trail updates, cross those fingers, and continue to be smart about how and when you access your local trail!