Yeah, we're less than a week away from Christmas. It's a good time to start, continue, or finish your holiday shopping with a thought to supporting local trails and healthy, active trail users.
We're partial to gifts that make it easier to get outside, especially this year. It's crazy to think that just over two weeks ago, the Farmland 5k and Free For All saw most of us racing in long sleeves and bare legs, with temperatures into the 50s! Flashforward, and we're nearly two feet deep in snow on the Winter Sports Singletrack, Glacial Hills Trails, and Cadillac Pathway. Shoot, there's even enough snow for incredible conditions at the Leelanau State Park!
A long winter means plenty of time to enjoy the trails, but with it means more expenses in fuel and maintenance. It's more important than ever that folks pick up grooming badges, and there's no better chance than to get them for Christmas! Grooming badges make it possible for groomers to do their thing; all you need to do is wear your badge, ride, and have fun!
You can purchase your grooming badge at Brick Wheels, McLain Cycle and Fitness, City Bike Shop, and Einstein Cycles. You can also order a WST badge, or a Combined Bade that includes the Vasa 25km, right here. Closer to Cadillac? Put down your G&D Pizza and order your badge here. Support all things Glacial, including winter grooming efforts, here.
Of course, your support doesn't end when the snow melts. If the cyclist on your list already has a grooming badge, consider picking up their annual NMMBA membership. They'll get up-to-the-minute news for all things trails in Northern Michigan, special pricing on 2018 events, and offers from our corporate sponsors. 100% of memberships stay right here in Michigan; the vast majority of those funds will never leave Northern Michigan! You can purchase an annual membership here.
Need something a bit warmer? Consider picking up some cool gear from our partners at Short's Brewing Co., and make sure you tell them you love ridin' bikes! Got a youth to buy for still? We're big fans of the good work being done by Norte Youth Cycling. Maybe that kid needs a fuzzy orange hat this winter?
Watch the weather this week, and enjoy a wonderful holiday with your friends and family. We'll see you out on the trails of Northern Michigan!