Plans for projects on two trail developments will advance this summer thanks to grant funding from the Oleson Foundation. The Vasa Skills Building Trail, a collaborative project between TART Trails and Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association (NMMBA) to create a 2-mile youth mountain biking trail on the Vasa Pathway, has received $5,000 toward project costs.
We really wanted to take a second to point out a little something you may have missed in your state of oxygen deprivation. As racers flew up the opening climb out of Ranch Rudolf, you may have noticed a little extra horsepower.
On race day, we were joined by a few cheerful and encouraging members of the Northwest ORV Association. This group of guys and gals represent motorizes trail users across the region and work, like NMMBA, to protect trail access for their members. We have been working side-by-side with Northwest ORV Association for months to help determine safe places for both non-motorized and motorized trail users, establish communication between groups, and develop safe trail practices to minimize anything that could harm our trails or trail experience.
We asked the ORV guys to stop by on race day and help to show our mountain bike community that we're all working on this thing together. Of course, they stole the show, with a great show of support for the racers at the height of the race's excitement and with its biggest group of the day.
NMMBA is working with many organizations locally to better represent our members to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources both right here and in Lansing. While our mission supports non-motorized recreation, we also understand that working together and making sure that the stewardship of our natural spaces, and the enjoyment of these spaces, takes a full community to ensure.
Thanks to the Northwest ORV Association for being at the Traverse City Trail Festival and for all your cooperation and enthusiasm!
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!
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