Glacial Hills

2019 NMMBA Trail Series Schedule

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All three of our races are confirmed! We’ve got three dates for you to circle in deep blood red on your calendar this summer and fall.

The NMMBA Trail Series is all about celebrating and enjoying our trails. Northern Michigan offers some incredible riding opportunities, but it isn’t always easy to make the drive or plan the trip to a new place to ride. Summer and fall as insanely busy for cyclists, plus day-to-day life tends to make long drives to different trails tough without having it set in stone weeks or even months ahead of time. Races make it easy to ride a marked trail, often designed to let you enjoy the best sections designed by NMMBA or the local trail crews to make sure you leave smiling from ear to ear.

This summer, we’ll be offering the same trio of trails you enjoyed last year, though you can count on some big changes at each event to keep them fresh and to help you discover new trails, new sections, and more fun than ever.

Traverse City Trails Festival, July 20. We’re headed back to Ranch Rudolf for the third edition of the TCTF! Tom White’s pipe dream has turned into the premier singletrack event in the state, offering 25 or 40 miles of racing or more laid back touring! The race plays a vital role in adding more singletrack to Traverse City’s ever-expanding network of both marked and unmarked trail at the Vasa Singletrack, Vasa Pathway, and all over the Pere Marquette Forest. As always, the race will finish alongside the creek at Ranch Rudolf, with great food and beer to help you recover and enjoy the day!

Short’s Glacial Hills Challenge, August 18. The second leg of the triple header, Glacial Hills is in prime shape in August! Under sunny skies and with flying-fast conditions, Brent Walk and the Fun Promotions LLC. crew is back with another event that not only draws some of the best riders from around the state, the event also raises money for the trails. The local trail crew does an incredible job getting the trail in simply perfect condition, and riders of all ability enjoy their one or two laps on course. It’s also the event that brings us all to Short’s Brewing Company’s backyard, and while our friends at Short’s have a massive presence at every event, it’s a little extra special when you can hit the pub after your race!

Bear Claw Epic, September 28. The summer racing season caps off at the Bear Claw Epic, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Cadillac Pathway. Few races have grown as consistently as the BCE, and with good reason. Offering tons of categories and a course that is equally challenging to elite racers and beginning riders, the event has morphed into the perfect way to cap off summer and bridge into the fall campaign in the long lead in to the Iceman Cometh Challenge.

Racing one, two, or all three of these events supports the local trails and NMMBA, and we challenge everyone to hit all three. Pre-register for every NMMBA Trail Series event and you’ll pick up an exclusive water bottle, which you’ll be able to proudly show off at Bear Claw Epic. Race, tour, explore, and support these trails by showing up and having fun. Questions? Let us know!

Don't Wonder, Know: Get Your Grooming Badge AND Get Trail Reports In Your Inbox

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Your grooming badge doesn’t just put gas in the tank of our grooming sleds. It doesn’t just help us build and fix grooming equipment. It doesn’t just put well-earned beer in the cooler. It also gives you access to the most up-to-date trail reports around!

It’s weeks exactly like this that having timely, accurate trail information to decide whether or not to make the trip to the trail. Freezing temps overnight, sunny and above freezing daily highs, and only the odd chance of snow makes nearly every day this week a bit of a crap shoot. Luckily, those who have already purchased their grooming badges have been getting grooming reports!

It’s a system we’ve implemented for years now, and it’s proven to be one of the most useful tools fat bikers can use to plan their rides. Unless you’re lucky enough to live right next to the Winter Sports Trail, the Cadillac Pathway, the Winter Sports Trail at Leelanau State Park, or Glacial Hills, it’s often just a bit of a hike to get the trail head, and knowing the conditions before you head out can be key.

We offer grooming reports every single time we head out to work on the trails. Our groomers all over northern Michigan relay what they see on the ground so that we can direct riders to the best places to ride, alert them of any trail issues, and keep everyone in the loop for trail events. It’s definitely a great tool when we have a lot of snow, but it’s these more uncertain days that we can often help you save a trip to the trail for less than ideal, or even dangerous, conditions due to weather.

Trail reports come from trail crews at all of our trails, including the trails at Leelanau State Park and Glacial Hills. Because most folks don’t live close to these trails, they’re perhaps the most important to have accurate information on so you know you’re getting to experience the very best of these two very fun and unique winter trails. It’s been a ton of fun working to bringing you these opportunities, and we really hope you make the trip to all of our trails over the course of this winter!

We’re only just getting started for what looks to be a beautiful winter if we can hold on to the snow that we have! As always, use your best judgement as we roll into what could turn into a weekend warm-up; riding Monday through Wednesday in the morning may provide the best riding conditions. We should also note that muzzle loader season is still open, so while you’ll see fewer hunters in the woods, make sure you have plenty of blaze orange or bright colors to help keep everyone safe out there.

Don’t have your grooming badge yet and want to get those Grooming Reports in your inbox? There’s a lot of winter left to enjoy! Get your badge today and help us get things rocking as we await a long overdue blizzard.

Glacial Hills Signage Fundraiser at Short's Brewing!

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Join us Sunday, October 21 for an afternoon of fun, bikes, food, beer, and a great cause!

Glacial Hills grew quickly, and while balancing the interest of multiple user groups, our signage needs have changed, ebbed, and flowed since day one. One of most common pieces of feedback from mountain bikers over the past few years is to alter signs to make putting together loops easier, without having to slow down and check trail markers.

After some small-scale testing this summer, we’ve not only got a color-coordinating solution, we’ve got a few loops already in place for you to check out! But that’s just the start; we’re going to upgrade and update signage at Glacial Hills across the board, but we need your help to make it happen! Luckily, we’ve got Short’s Brewing to make it really, really easy and really, really fun to support our new signs.

On Sunday, October 21 from 2pm until close, proceeds from all sales at Short’s Brewing Company’s pub in downtown Bellaire will go directly to our signage fundraiser! Yep, just by grabbing a beer and some grub, you can help us bring the new look we’ve all been hoping for to Glacial. For those who’ve ridden here before, it’s a great chance to get up and ride the trails, spin out the legs from Peak2Peak the day before, or bring a friend to the trail for the first time, this is really the perfect chance as our autumn season comes to a close in the next few weeks.

We’re making it easy to get out to the trail, too. We’ll be leading a guided hike from Eckhardt Road at 2pm, and a guided, relaxed pace mountain bike ride from Orchard Hill at 2pm as well. Feel free and encouraged to get your group together for a ride on your own schedule, too, and make sure everyone meets back at the pub to help make this signage fundraiser a big success!

For updates, make sure you follow along on the Facebook event page, and post up your ride, run, or hike plans for the day if you want to make it open to more people!

Michigan Trails Week: Glacial Hills

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If you ever want proof that trails can change a community, look at Glacial Hills and Bellaire.

Glacial Hills might look like a seamlessly run trail network, but it was born out of collaboration and vision, and plenty of hard work. This is a trail system made from local businesses and governments working together to support one of the best trails in the country, not just the Midwest.

Glacial Hills is really a lot of organizations turned into one. With nearly 800 acres of forest and now 31.5 miles, representatives from Antrim County, Forest Township Home Township, and the Village of Bellaire, as well as the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, and members of the community. Like all of the NMMBA trails, Glacial is a registered non-profit that is dedicated to providing non-motorized recreational opportunities for hikers, bikers, and everyone with a love of the forest. Of course, Short’s Brewing Company has also played a vital role in support Glacial Hills, and it’s fitting that many rides end at their pub. That has almost become a part of the experience when you ride at Glacial!

Just a short ride or drive up from Bellaire, Glacial Hills offers rolling, flowing singletrack that is a blast to ride. No matter what your skill level, Glacial is just fun; it’s the only mountain bike race each summer that you’ll hear riders hooting, hollering, laughing, and cheering each other on just because they’re enjoying it so much!

There are a couple of trail heads at Vandermark, Orchard Hills, and Eckhardt Roads, and one of the exciting improvements this summer has been parking lot expansions and bathroom installations that should be finished soon.

Also new this fall is the signage. With so many little loops, it was always tough to put together different circuits without stopping; however, you can now use color coordinated signs to put together expertly loops from Vandermark, and that will expand to other areas throughout the winter and spring.

And it’s winter that is getting us excited. Glacial has the most well-organized team of trail crew around, and while that group is incredible all spring, summer, and fall, the groomers in the winter make Glacial a great place to fat bike. Along with the Cadillac Pathway, Vasa Winter Sports Singletrack, and Northport State Park, our region has the best winter trails around!

Glacial Hills offers almost any distance loop, so if you’re new to riding, you can duck in for a three mile ride, or ride all day! There are also weekly guided hikes and, in winter, snowshoe tours! It’s a trail that offers a unique, fun, experience that’s become an integral part of the Village of Bellaire and Antrim County, and if you haven’t check out Glacial yet, you need to!

Learn more about Glacial on their website, and you can also stay up-to-date on Facebook and Instagram.

September Board Meeting Minutes

NMMBA  Board of Directors Meeting 

Date and Location: Wednesday September 12th, 2018 Keen Loft

Board Present: Chad Jordan, Tim Reicha III, Tom White, John Roe, Michele Andrews, Cotopaxi Sprattmoran, Steve Mentzer, Mike Walters, Kim White and Tim Jenema.

Board Absent: Dustin Webb and Don Clewley

Chad called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.

Before heading into the agenda Chad recognized newest board member Tim Jenema and also Tim Reicha as NMMBA V.P.

With a motion from Tim R. and a 2nd from Tom the minutes from August were approved. Unanimous vote.

 

Our mission statement was a part of our agenda. And will appear on all future agendas. A slight revision bringing attention to our trail building will be inserted.

 

Michele started out with great news. Her trail proposal which had been awaiting approval from the DNR was approved after 2 years!!

 

Online Voting:

Some topics that need approval that fall in between scheduled meetings require a majority vote to proceed. This requires online discussion and voting.

Topics are outlined with brief discussion then a motion is made. Further discussion then occurs. A 2nd  to the motion is then made.

Chad then makes the call as to when a vote is made. These email threads should be confined to the topic and nothing else.

 

Bear Claw Epic:

Michele stated that all is set for the race. A 10 x 10 tent is needed. Also feather banners would look great as well.

Merchandise to be sold at event.

Michele expressed a need for an announcer. Some names were suggested. Among those were Tim Brick.

 

In other Pathway news the pavillion architectural drawings were still being reviewed.

 

 

 

Camp Greilick Update:

Tim and Chad met with Nick Killian. They currently have a 3 mile walking trail now. Lot's of potential to build additional trail and connect to VST via Muncie Lakes trail.

Many amenities for a variety of activities.

 

Some questions came up as to what is expected of NMMBA and what do we expect in return for our services.

 

Do we just build trail and walk away? Or do we dictate when we use the trail? When connected we could host many events from CG.

 

And would we serve on an advisory committee to decide future events?

 

And should we enter into further discussions with Nick to develop a trail network. Yes!

Committee formed. Cotopaxi S., Tom, John and Dan Novak.

 

Pure Michigan Trail Designation:

There were some discussions with Melissa Werkman and because of concerns this topic was tabled.

 

Emergency Response Plan for VST:

All felt this was critical to have a plan in place.

Anything from downed trees to someone needing attention requires a precise mapping system.

Iceman and Vasa Ski club have similar plans in place.

 

Pat Parker from G.T. Fire Dept. has a GPS device to help with mapping. Downside is for it to be effective one can go no faster than 6 mph.

 

More to follow.

 

Naming the Unmarked trails:

What do we call this trail system?

Traverse City Trail System

Traverse City Trail Network

Pere Marquette Forest Trails.

 

Decision can be made over the winter.

Excel spreadsheet to be accessible by all.

 

 

 

Tom:

Tom had a handout (attached) of various projects and task trackers.

 

Discussion centered around TCTF and possible venue change and sponsor dollars.

 

It was agreed that NMMBA was committed to the Ranch for 2019. If any venue change would be made it would not come until 2020. But we would need a new model if venue changed.

Also brought up was that if race/tour switched to Sunday, Ranch waives fees. So in an effort to cut costs we could switch to Sunday.

 

Sponsor fees and how that money is spent was also discussed. Tom's model was that fees would decline thereby making cost cutting efforts paramount.

 

Also talked about was beer/food sales.

 

Discussion centered around a Winter Fat bike event at the Ranch. Some discussion.

Tim R. made a motion to hold a Fat Bike event this winter, Cotopaxi 2nd the motion. Unanimous vote. Details to be worked out by November meeting.

 

The Summer Fiesta was a huge success and will be an annual event. Time Trial format to remain.

 

Membership committee to hear study results. Kim spearheading this.

 

VST MOU. Kasey along with Scott Slavin from the DNR have prioritized this and Chad will follow up with any new info.

 

Website update: Questions board members are getting are “why are the trails not listed on our website?”

 

We can start with core trails then add Vasa(TART). Drop down links would identify BCE, Glacial Hills, Bike Leelanau and VST.

 

Was decided to continue this discussion online.

 

Another marketing tool was brochures. Seasonal brochures promoting summer and winter biking options.

 

 

 

 

Winter Badge Program:

Badge program specifics to be hashed out by committee.

 

Costs of badges to the public were discussed.

Currently Glacial Hills charges $39.00. Cadillac Pathway charges $25.00 and TC charges $60.00

 

It was decided that badge sales for Bike Leelanau would not go far in sustaining their expenses so they can be lumped into TC in that regard. Still to be sold for $39.00

 

Any combo sales would result in $10.00 off total. CP to mull over raising their price to match GH at $39.00

 

John to order 500 badges.

 

Some brought up a possible design change to the grooming badges. One idea was a “mother” badge with room for 4 stickers depicting the four different trail systems.

 

Questions arose as to how these would be distributed to the trails and who would absorb discounts on multiple badge sales. Each trail would absorb the discount?

 

More discussion needed.

 

Bike Leelanau:

Talk of hiring an Executive Director. Would be a paid position. This person would be responsible for grant writing among other duties.

 

Decisions needed on payroll, benefits, multi-year commitment. What expenses are reimbursed: cell phone, travel, etc.

 

Bentonville MTB Summit:

Cotopaxi S. and Chad are willing to attend on behalf of NMMBA. Then present upon their return. Summit is In October. Also going is Brian Beauchamp of TART.

Cotopaxi and Chad are looking to have some of their expenses reimbursed.

 Discussion as to mode of travel, entry fee, housing, etc.

 

Kim made a motion to budget $700.00 for each. Tim R. with the 2nd.

Unanimous vote.

 

 

 

 

 

MTB Summit in Grand Rapids:

Event will be the week after Iceman. Tuesday through Thursday November 6th – 8th.

 

Cost is $175.00 each. Rooms are $142.00 apiece but better deals can be had.

6-7 board members may attend. More to follow on this.

 

Attachments:

GH Update:

Glacial Hills update:

·     e-bike sign installation happening (see attachment)

·     building moving paid for and waiting to be scheduled for vault toilets/changing rooms and new ATV shed

·     Glacial Hills Challenge, 303 racers, up from 235, $2015 check received

·     also received several donations from racers to the ATV challenge

·     consider course change/ alternate direction for 2019

·     grant writing: any small grants on anyone's radar? Skills clinic, bike fix stations (4)

·     ATV challenge update $11,501 received, ATV and shed purchased

·     ten new marked loops being mapped and installed this fall

 

Bike Leelanau Update:

Now on to the Bike Leelanau notes:

Flow Track has made huge headway at Palmer Woods and the trails are beyond beautiful. A volunteer orientation is scheduled for this Thursday from 6-8 to get volunteers on-boarded and ready to go. There will be a trail opening party at some point in October, keep an ear out for dates and more info.

 

We have been given approval to build an initial 1 mile of multi-use trail at Provemont Pond just outside of Lake Leelanau.

Thanks to Chad, the application for a permit for the 2018/2019 winter sports trail has been sent in. We are waiting to hear back from the DNR regarding the position.

As officially written in the Leelanau Enterprise, the National Park Service has the environmental assessment for the Echo Valley Trails on the books for the 2019 fiscal year.

The Leelanau Bike Library is almost out of bikes. We are currently accepting donations for more balance bikes. Huge thanks to Suttons Bay Bikes for matching donations up to 10 balance bikes. Anyone you know want to donate a kids bike in good condition?

 

Pending approval from Suttons Bay Township, the Leelanau Bike Library will move from Chad's barn to a Suttons Bay Township Park. Thanks to Bahle's Storage of Suttons Bay for donating the mobile storage units.

 

We are looking at a match grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to build a pump track at Herman Park in Lake Leelanau.

Submitted by

Steve Mentzer, secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 NMMBA  Board of Directors Meeting

 

Date and Location: Wednesday September 12th, 2018 Keen Loft

Board Present: Chad Jordan, Tim Reicha III, Tom White, John Roe, Michele Andrews, Cotopaxi Sprattmoran, Steve Mentzer, Mike Walters, Kim White and Tim Jenema.

Board Absent: Dustin Webb and Don Clewley

Chad called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.

Before heading into the agenda Chad recognized newest board member Tim Jenema and also Tim Reicha as NMMBA V.P.

With a motion from Tim R. and a 2nd from Tom the minutes from August were approved. Unanimous vote.

Our mission statement was a part of our agenda. And will appear on all future agendas. A slight revision bringing attention to our trail building will be inserted.

Michele started out with great news. Her trail proposal which had been awaiting approval from the DNR was approved after 2 years!!

Online Voting:

Some topics that need approval that fall in between scheduled meetings require a majority vote to proceed. This requires online discussion and voting.

Topics are outlined with brief discussion then a motion is made. Further discussion then occurs. A 2nd  to the motion is then made.

Chad then makes the call as to when a vote is made. These email threads should be confined to the topic and nothing else

Bear Claw Epic:

Michele stated that all is set for the race. A 10 x 10 tent is needed. Also feather banners would look great as well.

Merchandise to be sold at event.

Michele expressed a need for an announcer. Some names were suggested. Among those were Tim Brick.

In other Pathway news the pavillion architectural drawings were still being reviewed.

Camp Greilick Update:

Tim and Chad met with Nick Killian. They currently have a 3 mile walking trail now. Lot's of potential to build additional trail and connect to VST via Muncie Lakes trail.

Many amenities for a variety of activities.

Some questions came up as to what is expected of NMMBA and what do we expect in return for our services.

Do we just build trail and walk away? Or do we dictate when we use the trail? When connected we could host many events from CG.

And would we serve on an advisory committee to decide future events?

And should we enter into further discussions with Nick to develop a trail network. Yes!

Committee formed. Cotopaxi S., Tom, John and Dan Novak.

 

Pure Michigan Trail Designation:

There were some discussions with Melissa Werkman and because of concerns this topic was tabled.

Emergency Response Plan for VST:

All felt this was critical to have a plan in place.

Anything from downed trees to someone needing attention requires a precise mapping system.

Iceman and Vasa Ski club have similar plans in place.

Pat Parker from G.T. Fire Dept. has a GPS device to help with mapping. Downside is for it to be effective one can go no faster than 6 mph.

More to follow

Naming the Unmarked trails:

What do we call this trail system?

Traverse City Trail System

Traverse City Trail Network

Pere Marquette Forest Trails.

 

Decision can be made over the winter.

Excel spreadsheet to be accessible by all.

Tom:

Tom had a handout (attached) of various projects and task trackers.

Discussion centered around TCTF and possible venue change and sponsor dollars.

It was agreed that NMMBA was committed to the Ranch for 2019. If any venue change would be made it would not come until 2020. But we would need a new model if venue changed.

Also brought up was that if race/tour switched to Sunday, Ranch waives fees. So in an effort to cut costs we could switch to Sunday.

Sponsor fees and how that money is spent was also discussed. Tom's model was that fees would decline thereby making cost cutting efforts paramount.

Also talked about was beer/food sales.

Discussion centered around a Winter Fat bike event at the Ranch. Some discussion.

Tim R. made a motion to hold a Fat Bike event this winter, Cotopaxi 2nd the motion. Unanimous vote. Details to be worked out by November meeting.

The Summer Fiesta was a huge success and will be an annual event. Time Trial format to remain.

Membership committee to hear study results. Kim spearheading this.

VST MOU. Kasey along with Scott Slavin from the DNR have prioritized this and Chad will follow up with any new info.

Website update: Questions board members are getting are “why are the trails not listed on our website?”

We can start with core trails then add Vasa(TART). Drop down links would identify BCE, Glacial Hills, Bike Leelanau and VST.

Was decided to continue this discussion online

Another marketing tool was brochures. Seasonal brochures promoting summer and winter biking options.

Winter Badge Program:

Badge program specifics to be hashed out by committee.

Costs of badges to the public were discussed.

Currently Glacial Hills charges $39.00. Cadillac Pathway charges $25.00 and TC charges $60.00

It was decided that badge sales for Bike Leelanau would not go far in sustaining their expenses so they can be lumped into TC in that regard. Still to be sold for $39.00

Any combo sales would result in $10.00 off total. CP to mull over raising their price to match GH at $39.00

John to order 500 badges.

Some brought up a possible design change to the grooming badges. One idea was a “mother” badge with room for 4 stickers depicting the four different trail systems.

Questions arose as to how these would be distributed to the trails and who would absorb discounts on multiple badge sales. Each trail would absorb the discount?

More discussion needed.

Bike Leelanau:

Talk of hiring an Executive Director. Would be a paid position. This person would be responsible for grant writing among other duties.

Decisions needed on payroll, benefits, multi-year commitment. What expenses are reimbursed: cell phone, travel, etc.

 

Bentonville MTB Summit:

Cotopaxi S. and Chad are willing to attend on behalf of NMMBA. Then present upon their return. Summit is In October. Also going is Brian Beauchamp of TART.

Cotopaxi and Chad are looking to have some of their expenses reimbursed.

 Discussion as to mode of travel, entry fee, housing, etc.

Kim made a motion to budget $700.00 for each. Tim R. with the 2nd.

Unanimous vote.

MTB Summit in Grand Rapids:

Event will be the week after Iceman. Tuesday through Thursday November 6th – 8th.

Cost is $175.00 each. Rooms are $142.00 apiece but better deals can be had.

6-7 board members may attend. More to follow on this.

GH Update:

Glacial Hills update:

·     e-bike sign installation happening (see attachment)

·     building moving paid for and waiting to be scheduled for vault toilets/changing rooms and new ATV shed

·     Glacial Hills Challenge, 303 racers, up from 235, $2015 check received

·     also received several donations from racers to the ATV challenge

·     consider course change/ alternate direction for 2019

·     grant writing: any small grants on anyone's radar? Skills clinic, bike fix stations (4)

·     ATV challenge update $11,501 received, ATV and shed purchased

·     ten new marked loops being mapped and installed this fall

 

Bike Leelanau Update:

Now on to the Bike Leelanau notes:

Flow Track has made huge headway at Palmer Woods and the trails are beyond beautiful. A volunteer orientation is scheduled for this Thursday from 6-8 to get volunteers on-boarded and ready to go. There will be a trail opening party at some point in October, keep an ear out for dates and more info.

We have been given approval to build an initial 1 mile of multi-use trail at Provemont Pond just outside of Lake Leelanau.

Thanks to Chad, the application for a permit for the 2018/2019 winter sports trail has been sent in. We are waiting to hear back from the DNR regarding the position.

As officially written in the Leelanau Enterprise, the National Park Service has the environmental assessment for the Echo Valley Trails on the books for the 2019 fiscal year.

The Leelanau Bike Library is almost out of bikes. We are currently accepting donations for more balance bikes. Huge thanks to Suttons Bay Bikes for matching donations up to 10 balance bikes. Anyone you know want to donate a kids bike in good condition?

Pending approval from Suttons Bay Township, the Leelanau Bike Library will move from Chad's barn to a Suttons Bay Township Park. Thanks to Bahle's Storage of Suttons Bay for donating the mobile storage units.

We are looking at a match grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to build a pump track at Herman Park in Lake Leelanau.

 

 

 

 

Submitted by

Steve Mentzer, secretary