Urban Friday Night Lights: Thank You!


The second edition of the Urban Friday Night Lights was even better than last year! We had nearly 60 riders join us for a nocturnal romp behind the historic Old State Hospital Grounds to kick off winter in style, and raise some funds, too!

With rifle season in full swing, this is the second time we’ve opted to kick off fat bike season in town, and the first time we lucked out with perfect weather for it. Day-long temperatures in the mid-to-low 40s made the riding rather comfortable, but didn’t do much to melt the linger snowfall in the woods just a few blocks away from our start and finish spot, Brew.

We had nearly 60 riders light up Seventh Street on the way over to ride, with all sorts of groups sorting themselves out and putting in some very vertical loops. We were lucky to have Brew owner Sean Kickbush show us some of his favorite singletrack circuits, and Norte’s Varsity super-star, Kyan Olshove, absolutely shred the downhill descents.

Once back at Brew, we had dozens more friends and NMMBA members join us for some Short’s and Starcut Ciders refreshments. The Mosa cider was the hot (or cold?) ticket for the night, pairing surprisingly well with Brew’s famous homemade Cheeseburger-and-Beer Soup. We also got a chance to show-off our full line-up of NMMBA hoodies, t-shirts, hats, and memberships.

Altogether, we raised nearly $2,000 on the night, a huge help as we gear up for some ambitious projects, including supporting the proposed 11 miles of new singletrack in Cadillac, trail proposals at Lake Dubbonet, new permanent signage at Glacial Hills, plus winter grooming at all our trail networks!

Thanks to Brew and Short’s for hosting this event, and thanks to everyone who showed up and took the opportunity to reconnect with all their biking buds for the first time since Iceman at the start of the month.

Did you miss the chance to join up? You can always become a NMMBA member online right here!

Urban Friday Night Lights at Brew!


It’s back! We’re heading back to Brew on Friday, November 23 for a fun, casual night ride at the Commons and chance to support Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association the easy way…with Short’s Brewing beer.

Last year, we had dozens of riders join us for jaunt into the darkness in spite of the rain for 60-75 minutes of fun, giggle-inducing riding behind the State Hospital. Because it can be tough to keep everyone together, make sure pick a riding buddy (dibs on Don Marsh) and meet-up at the Green Spire School before we roll back to Brew, where the ride starts and finishes.

Once back, you’ll have two Short’s Brewing options that will be good for 100% of proceeds going directly to NMMBA! This money will go to help NMMBA gear up for the ambitious grooming season head, as well as support trail projects, our NMMBA Trail Series, and a whole lot more.

2018 was our most ambitious year yet, and we’re ready to bring you even more in 2019. From new trails at the Cadillac Pathway, more miles at Palmer Woods, trail proposals in Traverse City, and the peerless perfection of Glacial Hills, Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association is working to bring you fun trails that you can ride year-round. We’re proud of what we’ve done, and more motivated than ever to do even more.

Bring the kids, too. Brew will have deals on food and drinks, and no one makes a hot chocolate like Sean Kickbush. No one.

No time to ride? Short’s Brewing proceeds from 5:30 until 9 pm go toward the fund, so stop by for dinner!

The snow is here, the fat bikes are out, and it’s time to fight the darkness with bright lights and great friends!

NMMBA Fundraiser 5:30- 9 pm at Brew. 108 E. Front Street

Optional bike ride from 5:30-6:45. All skills welcome. Bring lights.

We’ll regroup at Greenspire School at 6:20 to roll back to Brew together.

You DO need to wear a helmet and ride with a light. Dress for the conditions and remember, it’s not a race, it’s a rolling party! Let’s see those bikes lit up!

For updates on the ride, check the event page here.

Brewin' Up Something Good: Friday Night Fundraiser A Smash Hit

We want to thank everyone who attended our fundraiser this past Friday at Brew! 

Even with a sprinkle starting an hour before the scheduled ride, we still had about sixty riders willing to head off into that great known, brakes squealing and rain pouring. The right clothes made it just another ride in Northern Michigan....we're a remarkably hearty breed. With riders in their 60s down to two Norte heroes, we were also joined by Velo City Cycles owner and profession road racer Brad White and reigning US National Road Race Champion Larry Warbasse!

We kept the big guys relaxed and enjoyed a soggy but very fun circuit behind the State Hospital. The trail held up very well, with riders testing their headlights and nerves on a few steep and perilous descents, but as far as we know, everyone made it out alive. Probably. 

Back at Brew and out of the rain, Kim, Michele and the rest of the NMMBA crew smart enough to stay out of the weather had a wonderful display set up featuring grooming badge sales, raffle prizes, and information about the trails. Sean, Missy, and Erin from Brew had something even more important: Short's Brewing Company beer. It was flowing in copious amounts as our 60 or so riders were joined by over one hundred other local riders relaxing, catching up, and trying to recognize each other off the bike and out of the woods! 

And those raffle prizes went really well; M22, Glacial Hills, 45NRTH, Short's, and Clif Bar all donated bundles of sweet stuff to win for just a few bucks! 

Irma won! 

Irma won! 

We also heard from Tom White about the mission of the night, which as to allow NMMBA to make a donation to Michigan Mountain Bike Association. MMBA is our voice in Lansing, and we're proud of the Traverse City Cycling Community for recognizing how valuable it is to have a presence and voice in so many committees in the capital. 

The event was a perfect chance to get together and enjoy an evening together, and also gets us very excited for the winter riding season. With snow in the forecast a few days a week, it's only a matter of time before it sticks and we're out grooming some of the best winter singletrack in the world, right here in our backyard! 

Thank you for supporting our mission, for giving to a worthy cause, and for being wonderful company on a rainy night in Traverse City. We'll see you on the trails! 




Kicking Off The 'Off-Season' In Style: Friday Night Lights Ride and Fundraiser 11/17


No doubt you've heard about the next big thing you won't want to miss! On November 17, we're rolling into these short days and dark rides the only way we know how, with a lot of lights! Bring yourself, your bike, and your friends for our Friday Night Lights fundraiser at Brew! 

We'll leave Brew at 5:30 for a few laid-back laps behind the Commons before returning to Brew for some well-deserved refreshments. Thanks to Short's Brewing Company, we'll have two SBC's on tap, with 100% of proceeds going to support Michigan Mountain Bike Associations' efforts on our behalf in Lansing. MMBA is our voice at the highest level of state politics and plays a vital role in legislation dealing with trail access. We couldn't do what we do without that support, and we're doing our part to keep it going. 

We'll also have great raffle items and giveaways, so make sure you're there! 

Have you ridden the trails at night? It's a blast! Get yourself a decent light (450 lumens is a great place to start) and head out. Riding with a group at night is even more fun. You can typically see a little better from more headlights on the trail, but it ratchets up the fun factor by quite a bit, too! It's also very cool to look back and see a whole string of lights bouncing along through the trees. 

With short days, more and more of our rides in November, December, and January are in total darkness. We're so lucky to have trails to enjoy that keep our riding going year round, especially as that transitions over to immaculately groomed trails once the snow falls. 

For more about this event, make sure you RSVP on Facebook or feel free to email us with any questions. 


NMMBA Fundraiser at Brew November 17!



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 and back with lights! We'll have two groups, ride for a while, and wheel back to Brew no later than 6:45 for some well-earned refreshments. 100% of the sales of two Short's Brewing beer options will go to MMBA! 

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. 

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