Choose Your Champion: Taco Competition Added To VST TT!

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On Thursday, August 15, we’re having a fiesta. It’s part time trial on our reworked, beloved Vasa Singletrack, located on Supply Road in Traverse City, Michigan. It’s also partly a membership drive, a way to bring people together and get them face-to-face with other members, volunteers, and our board. But just as importantly, it’s a fiesta, and since we take our fun very, very seriously, we’re adding a not-too-competitive twist on it this year: a taco competition. 

While you may not be able to threaten the leaderboard on the Vasa Singletrack, don’t worry, this is your time to shine. Around 7:30, once the bulk of the day’s riders are back from their hot lap around the VST, we’ll come together to enjoy another form of athleticism, the ability to throwdown ten tacos in no time. 

Here’s how it works. We’ve identified ten clubs or teams in Traverse City, and we’re inviting each squad to nominate a champion. In ancient times, tribes and nations would send their strongest warrior against the best fighter from another tribe, with a winner-take-all, single combat showdown deciding everything. It’s kind of like that, but with ten champions. Each champion will face ten tacos, and whoever knocks them down first is the winner. 

We’re asking each team to donate $200 for a chance at this amazing honor, with all the money going straight to NMMBA and the trails. Then, we want you all to show up to cheer on your champion, whether you’re up for putting down a hot lap on the VST or not. Yell, scream, and urge your teammate to glory...or at least not vomit. To cover your $200 entry fee, show up with cash or check, or indicate your team champion in the notes when you donate online here

If you do want to earn those tacos, or give the refreshed Vasa Singletrack a go, make sure you’re at the Supply Road Trailhead by 6pm. This VST TT is a big deal; it’s the only night of the year that the Speed of Light crew leaves the Vasa Pathway and hits the tight stuff. They’ll kick stuff off first, with their top WorldTour riders going in points-order. The first ten riders will go in one-minute intervals, with everyone else taking off in thirty-second intervals. We’re encouraging everyone to seed themselves; if you’re going for it, get up front. If you’re there to party, make light a mullet and hang at the back. 

You in? Of course you are. Here are all the details you might need to know. 

-The latest Speed of Light WorldTour standings are here. Check to see who is ahead of you and behind you to make it easier when you line up. 

-Sign up your CHAMPION right here.

-Want to join up? Make our August membership drive a success join OR renew right here.  
-RSVP to the event on Facebook, and stay in the loop with any changes.

Thank You For Attending the Vasa Singletrack Ribbon Cutting


Wow! We had no idea how many people would make it out to our Vasa Singletrack Ribbon Cutting last Thursday, but we were blown away! 

Over 100 riders showed up and enjoyed a rip on the reworked Vasa Singletrack. As you know, we've spent over two years getting the right permissions, studying usage and traffic, and making the right changes to the beloved Vasa Singletrack, located on Supply Road in Traverse City. Thursday's ride welcomed the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to see just how much we love our trails, plus that we can get around the 12 mile loop pretty quick, too. 

The Speed of Light Ride made its first-ever trip to the VST Thursday night, inviting riders to see how fast they can make it around the VST. The ride saw riders from young teens to wily veterans into the their 60s take on the route, posting times from as fast as 50 minutes to over 90 minutes, and everywhere in between! 

All the chatter in the parking lot, aside from the delicious grub from Keen Technical Solutions, was just what reworked section was their favorite. Maybe the most vociferous camp campaigned for the new re-route around the Saplings, and it's hard to argue. The new trail by-passes the sandy, rooty, blown out section and replaces it with more elongated and sustainable trail that is a lot more fun to ride! 

There are also a few new section between posts 1 and 2 that are really getting really well ridden in, which everyone commented has eliminated the numerous sandpits that totally changed how the opening miles of the trail rode. Those sections were especially important to fix because of who rides it; the 3 mile Kinglet loop sees a lot of beginners and kids, so giving them a fun, smooth ride is important for growing the sport and encouraging them to stick with it and take on longer and longer rides. 

Dave 'Sunset' Scott and Beth Grassa earned the prestigious Golden Sombreros for their speedy times! We're hoping to make this an annual event, so make sure you stay tuned for a day next year. 

We have a TON of photos, so make sure you grab one of you or your pals! There's a full Google gallery here. 

The ReViSiT Ribbon Cutting :: August 9


If you ridden the Vasa Singletrack recently, you've probably noticed plenty of changes and re-routes on Traverse City's most beloved singletrack system. After decades of heavy use, it was time for a refresh; it was time to reViSiT. 

Chad Jordan, Tom White, Mike Walters, and dozens of volunteers worked closely with the DNR and trail users themselves to help make some smart, sustainable changes to the trail in order to enhance the user experience, reduce our impact, and make a trail that requires less work while also holding up to more riding! 

With major changes to the Saplings and less-noticeable changes on other parts of the trail, we've accomplished 99% of what we set out to do. That 1% missing? That's the party to unveil it! 

Nobody knows how to throw a party like the guys at Keen Technical Solutions, and we've tagged in their paella experts to offer up the grub at an historic night on the VST. For the first time ever, the weekly Speed of Light ride is moving to singletrack for the ultimate bragging rights. We're inviting all riders in Traverse City to join us on August 9 at 6 pm for a laid-back but still very fast time trail of the new-look VST! 

Riders will start at 30 second intervals, then 10 second intervals for a full loop of the Singletrack. Bring the kids, too; miniSOL will take on the 3 mile Kinglet Loop as soon as the adults are all off into the woods. 

The full loop is 14 miles long, with the fastest times around 55 minutes, with a 65 minute lap considered very strong. 

No matter how long it takes you, there will be a gigantic pan of paella and free beer from Short's Brewing awaiting your finish. Everyone is a winner when we come together in the woods! 

We'll be joined during and after the ride by representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The DNR is eager to see the reception of the trail updates and enthusiasm for mountain biking as a whole; the more bikes on hand, the better for the future of the trails! Make sure you show up, bring a friend, and display the inclusive, supportive, and safe riding that makes Northern Michigan the best place to be a mountain biker in the whole state! 

For more details on the ride, as well as a start list, make sure you head over to the event page on Strava, and check back to our Facebook page for more details.