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See You At The Vasa Singletrack Ribbon Cutting + Celebration!

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No doubt you've heard about it, and now it's time to get even more excited about it! Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association is inviting everyone and anyone with a love of the trails to join us at the Vasa Singletrack on Supply Road this Thursday, August 9 at 6pm to unveil the refreshed, retooled, revisited VST! 

As you may know, we've spent over two years getting permission to change and re-route certain worn out sections of this trail system in order to offer a more fun and enjoyable experience for riders of all abilities. The exposed roots, sandpits, unsustainable sections, and just plain tired portions of the VST needed to be redone. After working with the Michigan DNR and putting in countless hours of digging, trimming, and reshaping, the trail is better than it has ever been! 

This Thursday, the weekly Speed of Light ride that normal does a lap of the Vasa 25km Pathway is moving over to Supply for a one-lap time trial of the VST! They'll be going all out, one at a time, to see who can put in the fastest time on the trail. Want to give it a shot? Show up at 6pm and they'll get you queued up for your shot at a flying fast time! Riders will start at 30 or 10 second intervals, depending on where in the start list you're at. 

Don't want to give it the beans? We'll let anyone who wants to go as a group start together as soon as the last time trialer heads out; we're expecting this to be no later than 6:20pm. Ride with friends, meet new people, and take this chance to ride the VST on its 'debut' night at your own pace! We'll have the legendary Brad Miller from City Bike Shop Racing riding as our designated sweeper, so you're guaranteed not to be left in the woods (and to hear some great riding stories if you end up with him!). 

We'll also have plenty of kids taking on the 3-mile Kinglet Loop directly after the adults are off! This is very much a family-friendly night in the woods, so bring the lil' shredders out for a ride and some food when they finish up! 

You will want to get back to the parking lot, however, because we're going to have food and drink provided by Keen Technical Solutions and Short's Brewing Company! Hang out, eat really good food off the grill from Max's Service, and meet all your fellow mountain bikers. We're also going to spend just a little time thanking all of our wonderful volunteers! From trail work to board meetings, grooming to trimming face slappers at the height of summer, this is your chance to thank the men and women who make our world-class trail experience possible! 

Riders with Speed of Light WorldTour points will start first, with unseeded riders starting based on their own seeding after all the SOLers are off; if you're feeling good, try to be toward the front! You can see the WorldTour standings, which serve as a sort of start list, here

 Questions? Send an email to communications@nmmba.net and we'll help you out! 

2018 Groomer Appreciation Party

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Well, it looks like a wrap on grooming for 2018! This winter has been a huge success, and we're celebrating the men and women who made it happen at Blue Tractor on Wednesday, March 14! 

When the snow started falling in the middle of December, we knew we were in for a good one. The 2017-2018 grooming season has had its highs and lows, warm-ups and deep freezes, but through it all, we enjoyed some of the best conditions we've seen in years. Through it all, groomers have been up at early hours, late hours, blizzards, frigid temperatures and everything else you can think of to give us a place to fat bike, ski, and snowshoe all winter long. 

Every year, we come together to thank those groomers while enjoying great food and a beer (or two). Join us at Blue Tractor on Wednesday, March 14 from 5:30-7:30 to celebrate groomers from all over Northern Michigan, including those who have spent their mornings on the Vasa Pathways and Winter Sports Singletrack. Last year, we had hundreds of trail users on hand to thank the volunteers, and you know it's going to be a ton of fun, too! 

Stay in the know by following the event updates on the Facebook event.