While we were out prepping the next section of trail for building, our fatbike task force leader Glen Ruczynski received a wonderful call from the DNR. As of this afternoon, the trail proposal has been officially approved so we can continue working toward bringing you killer winter fatbike fun.
You can purchase your grooming badge here.
Next work bee is Sunday November 2 at 2:00 PM at the Single Track parking lot. Come on out and help us wrap this puppy up!
For Immediate Release
October 17, 2014
Short’s Brewing Company Fundraiser a success for the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association
Bellaire, Mich. – Riders took to Glacial Hills under sunny skies and brilliant fall colors this past Sunday afternoon for a group ride to raise funds for the Vasa Winter Single Track grooming program. This program will launch during the 2014 / 2015 winter season and will provide the community with an official fat bike trail.
A post ride party was held at Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association to help cover the capital expense of purchasing a utility snowmobile and grooming equipment.
Funds raised by the pub were rounded up to $7,000 and another $154 was taken in via cash donations to NMMBA. When asked about Short’s involvement with fundraising efforts Brian Beckwith, company CFO, said, “Many of us at Short’s are avid fat bikers and we are thrilled to be able to utilize these trails in the winter. Additionally, NMMBA shares our vision of making this region a year-round epicenter for outdoor recreation, so this was an important way for us to support that vision. The Vasa is clearly an asset to our community and we want to help increase access to it whenever possible.”
“We are overwhelmed by the response of the riders and participants that came out.” Said Glen Ruczynski, “Short’s has always been a strong supporter of ours, but the donation of the pub proceeds for the evening was beyond anything we could have imagined.”
For more information about the Vasa Winter Single Track or Northern Michigan Mountain Biking association please visit http://northern.mmba.org/.
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Bellaire is the place to be the afternoon of October 12th. Short’s Brewing and the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association would like you to join us on a fun ride at Glacial Hills followed up with food, beverages and music at Short’s. All proceeds after 5:00 go to support the purchase of grooming equipment for the new Vasa winter single track.
See you in downtown Bellaire at 2:30!
It’s taken hundreds of hours of volunteer work between various organizations, but as of today the official Vasa single track fatbike trail proposal has been submitted to the DNR. While it works it’s way through the approval process in Lansing, we still have much that can be accomplished ahead of the official approval.
Please join us for a Vasa single track work bee this Saturday September 20th at 9:00 AM for three hours of trail widening and re-routes to help facilitate winter use and general improvements to the trail. Handy things to bring are work gloves, safety glasses, water and anything you need to be comfortable to work in the morning. Small hand saws and loppers can be helpful and we’ll have some more tools for you to assist with. We will be working rain or shine.
Hope to see you at the supply road single track parking lot this Saturday!
The Northern Michigan Mountain Biking Association is currently seeking volunteers to help with spring trail maintenance on northern Michigan trails. We need your help getting the following trails back into shape for the 2014 riding season:
High Country Pathway #1: Saturday April 26, 2014: Join us the weekend of April 26th for a full day of trail work beginning at 9AM Saturday on the Atlanta side of the Pigeon River Forest. Camping will be provided at Tomahawk Lake campground off route 634, east of M33 near Atlanta, MI. on Friday and Saturday night. Snacks and meals will also be provided on Saturday. Bring camping gear, your bike, water, and anything you need to work and be comfortable on the trails all day. Expect back country conditions, the HCP is remote. Click on “Contact” in main header bar to send us notice if you plan on attending or have any questions.
Aspen Park: Saturday May 3, 2014: We will meet at 9AM on Saturday at Aspen Park trailhead in Gaylord. Bring water, work gloves, loppers, handsaws, and whatever you need to work comfortably. Plan for 4-6 hours of work. Click on “Contact” in main header bar to send us notice if you plan on attending or have any questions.
High Country Pathway #2: Saturday May 17th, 2014: Join us the weekend of May 17th for a full day of trail work beginning at 9AM Saturday on the west side of the Pigeon River Forest. Lodging will be provided along with food and snacks at the DNR bunkhouse off Sturgeon Valley Road in Vanderbilt. We’ll be staying overnight on Friday and Saturday. Bring sleeping gear if you plan to camp, also bring your bike, and anything you need to work and be comfortable on the trail all day. Click on “Contact” in main header bar to send us notice if you plan on attending or have any questions.
VASA Single Track: Saturday May 31st, 2014: We will meet at 9:00 AM on Saturday at the VASA Single Track parking lot off Supply Road. Bring work gloves, safety glasses, loppers, handsaws, and whatever you need to work comfortably. Plan for 2-3 hours of work. Contact John Roe at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Volunteer assistance is what the NMMBA is built on. Giving us a few hours on a weekend is what makes great trails possible!
Join us on Saturday the 21st for this awesome fun event!! A point to point ride on the NCT, ending in Kalkaska with food, camping and of course Short’s Beer. The route changes year to year, and there are multiple mileage options available. Go to www.longandshorts.com/ to register and get additional information and updates.
Join us on Monday the 28th at 5:30pm at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center at 1213 W. Civic Center Dr. Traverse City, MI 49686. The DNR is looking for your input on Fatbikes on the Vasa. Please come support the cause.
Our access is under pressure!
We have had a very successful season mixing fatbikes with skis on the Vasa this winter with smiles on the faces of both skiers and cyclists alike. While the long term plan is a fatbike route in the same section of forest, losing access to the Vasa is not an option.
If you dig fatbikes and have had a blast on the Vasa this winter, please sign our petition to the DNR and take a few minutes to email Todd Neiss at the DNR with your support.
See you on the trails!
Join NMMBA’s Take a Kid/Mom Mountain Biking Day Celebration on Oct. 5
The Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association (NMMBA) will host young riders, ages 4 to 17, for a youth mountain biking event. The ride is part of a nationwide celebration known as Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, supported by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).
Saturday October 5th, 2:00PM to 5:00PM
Timber Ridge Resort
4050 Hammond Road East
Traverse City, Michigan 49696
All parents and kids welcome!
Fun singletrack loops, skills course, Helmet and bike check, cosmic dodgeball, food, bike blender smoothies, swag and more. All riders must wear helmets to participate.
More event info at http://www.facebook.com/nmmba
See you there!
Thanks everyone that completed a survey – your input has been greatly received.
Read the proposal: here
View the proposed map: here