Long and Short’s 2015

It’s almost time for our June 20th chapter fundraiser the Long and Short’s.  16, 30 or 67 miles of scenic trail, fully stocked aid stations, rolling support, cold Short’s brew, awesome food from Georgina’s and a night of camping.  Brought to you by Short’s, NMMBA and a whole host of awesome sponsors.

Get registered today at longandshorts.com!

Join us!


Cycling Club Hosts Bike Film Festival & Expo

For Immediate Release                                                              Contact: Pete LaPlaca (231)409-4421

Traverse City, MI – Cherry Capital Cycling Club will host a two-day film festival as part of a week of activities April 17-25 to welcome the summer cycling season.

The two-day Bike Film Festival runs April 24-25 at Lars Hockstad Auditorium. The program is in partnership with the Bike Film Festival organization from New York City, which will provide 32 films.

The films depict the history of bicycles as well as athletic, commercial, and recreational uses from Scotland to South Africa and many points in between.

The Bike Film Festival has staged over 250 major shows in 75 major cities around the world. They expect over 250,000 people to participate in events during 2015 and Traverse City is one of the few small towns that will host one of these events. They have over 1,500 films and shorts in their inventory. A video on the 2012 Bike Film Festival in Istanbul provides a glimpse of their programs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g55bvAE1N6Q.

The Traverse City festival has three screenings over two evenings, one for families and two others for a all cyclists.

Friday, April 24: A safety-oriented program for all local students and parents.

Saturday, April 25: Two different programs at 7:00 and 9:00 pm will feature films of greater interest to adult cyclists and are open to the general public.

“This is a community outreach to engage cyclists of all ages and disciplines,” said Darcie Pickren, Cherry Capital Cycling  Club president. “We celebrate cycling as a healthy lifetime activity and excellent mode of transportation. We are especially dedicated to educating everyone on safe riding practices.”

Other events during Bike Film Festival week include:

  • Bike Expo from 5-7 pm prior to each evening of movies featuring antique bikes, new 2015 bikes from several bike shops, clothing and accessories, a bike repair station, a slow bike race, and a professional bike-fitter.
  • Free Tweed Ride on Saturday April 25starting at 3 pm from Clinch Park.
  • Technical course event hosted by the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association on April 22.
  • Afterglow parties at the Filling Station Microbrewery after all events.

Admission to the April 24 safety program is free to students and parents.

Tickets for the April 25 screenings can be purchased at https://events.bytepro.net/tcbikefilmfest


For further information:  http://TCBikeFilmFest.org or call: (231)409-4421

NMMBA Annual Meeting and Elections

Come Join us for NMMBA’s Annual Meeting and Board Elections.

Tuesday, February 24, 7:00 – 8:30pm at Timber Ridge Resort in Traverse City, MI. 

This year we have accomplished so many great things. Some exciting news of plans for 2015 will be announced. Don’t miss your chance to effect the future of NMMBA.

NMMBA will provide refreshments.

Winter Vasa Single Track, Approved!

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!

Short’s Fatbike Fundraiser a Huge Success

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/.




Short’s Brewing Company

Matt Drake


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Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association

John Roe


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It’s a party!

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!

Go Joe!

Vasa Single Track Trail Work Bee September 20th

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!

Spring of 2014 Trail Days Announced

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 john.roe@nmmba.net 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!