Night Ride

Urban Friday Night Lights at Brew!

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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!