How You Can Save The Day, Every Day, In Just Five Seconds...

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This one goes for anyone on the trails. And that’s any trail. Please, pick up a stick.

While we host a number of trail days, most of the trail work that make the woods fun to bike, run, walk, and explore happens by our own trail volunteers. They spend hours each week heading deep into the forest to make structural changes or clear big, dangerous issues. Clearing downed trees, carefully pruning face slappers, fixing damage to trail, marking and recording future trail plans…they have a lot to do, and they squeeze all of it into daily life. They’re already sacrificing saddle time (which is dramatic enough), but they’re also missing time with family, friends, even work time to make sure we have a place to ride!

Can’t make that commitment? You don’t have to. You can join NMMBA, and you can trade those five hour work days for about five seconds per ride. How? Pick up a stick.

No, seriously. Picking up sticks, gel and snack wrappers, or any trail debris that you can address with your strong, bare hands is a huge help to our trail volunteers. Especially this spring, strong winds and a few weeks of ice and rain have brought down a lot of sticks, limbs and branches. If you can kick those clear, you’ll not only save our volunteers a ton of time, but you might also save one of your pals, too. Those sticks are rear derailleur killers, and if everyone can help out, we might be able to save a few of our friends a very long, sad, and expensive walk back to the parking lot.

Get out and ride! With the Cadillac Pathway almost completely clear and 90% of the unmarked trails in Traverse City ready to roll, this is a great week to sneak out and put in a few miles. Take a hot second each time to pick up a stick or two, pocket any stray wrappers, and let’s get things in pristine shape for the rest of spring and summer.

Want To Help Us Throw A Party? Beard of Zeus Is Almost Here!

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On March 2, we’re putting on the biggest party of winter, and one of the most fun fat bike races around!

This year’s Beard of Zeus Fat Bike Race at Timber Ridge is 100% our thing, with 100% of proceeds going right back into the trails. We’re aiming to make this year’s race the most fun edition yet, and that’s no small feat. The circuit-style course on Timber Ridge’s property makes for fast, exciting racing for athletes and spectators alike, and there will certainly be spectators. The original winter party in the woods, Suds’n’Snow, starts just as we’re wrapping up, which gives us plenty of enthusiastic fans for the final few laps.

It’s the fourth stop in the Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series, which means it’s the final chance for riders looking to pocket a few valuable points before wrapping up the season. After the Dogman Challenge, standings are tighter than ever, the Men’s and Women’s Open categories couldn’t get much tighter! Expect to see some aggressive, competitive racing from the Series regulars, as well as plenty of folks out taking on their first race ever; it’s one of the most accessible events of the whole year, so if you haven’t toed the line before, make it a priority to join us on Saturday!

If you aren’t planning on racing, we could use a few folks to help us make this party one folks won’t soon forget! If you’re available Saturday from 10-11:45 to assist with day-of registration and packet pick-up, and could even stick around to cheer, shout, and heckle, we might have some goodies for your efforts.

Registration for the SBFBS Beard of Zeus is open right here.

If you can help out, email us at communications@nmmba.net and we’ll be in touch!

They Survived! High Country Pathway Work Crew Enjoys Steamy Weekend

It was a real scorcher for the crew working on the High Country Pathway! 

We had ten brave, hearty souls deep in the woods this Memorial Day Week, all sacrificing leisure and the creature comforts of home for some tough trail work deep in the Pigeon River State Forest. With temperatures in the 90s, swarms of bugs and mosquitoes, and only a rustic cabin as their refuge, everyone made it through two nights and three days of trail work in good spirits. 

The High Country Pathway remains the only IMBA Epic in the state, and a true 'backwoods' experience for bikepackers and hikers seeking the most remote trail experience. NMMBA has assisted a number of other trail organizations over the year to keep certain sections, like this one near Vanderbilt, in great shape! 

A big thanks to all our volunteers, the DNR, and everyone involved to make sure the HCP stays awesome! 

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