Let's Ride: June Events You Won't Want To Miss


Block it off, circle the date on your calendar, and grab a friend. On June 15 and 16, you’re going to be riding.

June is the real start of summer, and we’re making it easier than ever to get out in the woods with three different rides to choose from!

Traverse City Trails Festival Recon Ride presented by Team Bob’s

First up is our TCTF Recon Ride on Saturday, June 15 at 8 am. This is your chance to join NMMBA Board Members on group rides of July 20’s Traverse City Trails Festival 40, 25, and 15 mile routes. Each group will roll out to take a closer look at route favorites and new sections added just for 2019. Every ride will have an established speed based on the goal finish time; go fast, go slow, but either way, you’ll find a few folks your speed.

The TCTF is all about getting people out in the woods and learning new trails and new ways to appreciate the Traverse City Trail Network. The recon ride won’t just give you an idea of what to expect on race day. It’s an opportunity to add new trails to your portfolio with the added assistance of the people who know these trails best.

You can RSVP and stay up-to-date with ride plans by joining the event on Facebook.

Bike Leelanau Women’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinic. June 15.

For the second year, our pals at Bike Leelanau are hosting a weekend of skills clinic. On Saturday, it’s all about the ladies! Head out to Palmer Woods for a full day of fun, great instruction, and plenty of knowledge. Packed with skills, tricks, and tips, this is a safe, supportive place to learn more about handling your bike and stepping up your game on features and obstacles. Saturday’s June 15 clinic is all about getting more women on bikes; if you identify as a woman and want to get more comfortable in the saddle, you can sign up here.

Bike Leelanau / NMMBA Skills Clinic

On Sunday, the fun is open to everyone! Spin out Saturday’s TCTF pre-ride with a day at Palmer working on your skills and learning how to shred that little bit harder. Sunday’s clinic is open to men and women, as well as kids over 16. You can expect some delicious food, great instruction, and the cool comfort knowing you’re going to leave the day a better bike rider than when you showed up. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Sign up here.

It’s a BIG weekend for bikes in northern Michigan, and we hop you can join us for these and all our events throughout the year!

Coming This Summer: GRIT Clinics For Women!

Women shred. NMMBA, Bike Leelanau, and Grit Clinics are teaming up to get more women ripping the singletrack in Northern Michigan. You've got two chances to up your skills with trail experts and get yourself ready for the NMMBA Trail Series!  

Choose a 1-day clinic over the course of a single weekend in Traverse City. The clinics are set for July 7, 2018 and July 8, 2018 from 10am to 4pm.

We're working on establishing a meeting spot, but plan on being on the singletrack in TC! 

Registration is $175 and is open to any woman looking to improve her bike handling skills and overall ability out in the woods! 

You can register for the class of your choosing here: 

1-Day Grit Clinics for NMMBA in Traverse City, MI (July 7, 2018)

1-Day Grit Clinics for NMMBA in Traverse City, MI (July 8, 2018)

GRIT is sending a great group of experienced, fun, and encouraging coaches to led the clinics. Read on to meet them! 



Growing up in the small town of Houghton, Michigan, Emily has been riding bikes in this little piece of mountain bike heaven since she was very young. She has worked at a local bike shop for 8 years, where her passion first sparked for mountain biking. Riding has changed her life and her perception on the world around us, and she is passionate in showing people the freedom that can come from the sport. Now she is a racer, rider, and PMBI certified coach to spread this sport to all levels of riders. She has been coaching and traveling with Liv Ladies Allride for 3 years, and is a Liv Cycling ambassador.



Lianna is a recovered cross country and enduro racer (okay, some days still recovering) who now enjoys helping riders gain the confidence and skills to ride the way they dream they could. She got started coaching back in 2006 with the USA Cycling Junior National Selection camps in Colorado Springs, and now calls the promised land of Michigan’s UP home. She holds her PMBI Level 1 certification, coaching both ladies’ and coed camps. In her regular life she is an engineer, and in the off-season, you can find her volunteering with the Ski Patrol or attempting to nordic ski. 



Lori Hauswirth s a passionate advocate for trails and gets to spend her days promoting and supporting the Copper Harbor Trails Club in Michigan's Upper Peninsula as their Executive Director. A native "yooper", Lori's roots are in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and can't remember a time that trails weren't part of everyday life. Lori is a Level 2 IMBA ICP coach, has been organizing the sold-out Copper Harbor Ladies Weekend for the last five years and directed the Liv Ladies Clinic at the 2016 IMBA World Summit. Over the years she has been a mountain bike racer, an alpine ski racer and coach, avid trail volunteer, and has served as a race director for over 20 years. Lori covets rocky, technical rides, adventuring with her furry kids, Meeko and Ryder, and can be found exploring mountain bike trails from Utah to Florida during the off-season

For more on GRIT Clinics, check out their site right here