It’s been a busy and rewarding season for the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association, looking back it’s hard to believe 2013 is upon us as the year seemed to go by in a flash.
Thanks to our supporters and volunteers we have been able to accomplish a huge amount of work and generate more awareness of the fantastic riding opportunities here in northern Michigan. Below are a few of the highlights of 2012.
- For the first time ever we were able to clear all but one mile of the High Country Pathway from deadfall and large debris during the spring clean up. We had volunteers come from as far as Ann Arbor and Grand Haven to assist on this epic 80+ mile loop.
- Assisted the Grand Traverse Hiking Club by removing the storm damage from the Lake Ann trail while their normal trail maintainer was recovering from surgery.
- NMMBA volunteers took part in the inaugural TART trail snow clearing initiative. Our efforts helped keep Traverse City bike friendly all winter.
- Cleaned up and opened the Vasa Singletrack loop in mid April thanks to a huge turn out by volunteers. It took over 30 man hours to remove all the snow damaged trees and re-open the trail corridor after the most destructive snow fall the region has seen in years.
- Assisted in re-opening the VASA 25k after the large snowstorm. It took literally hundreds of man hours to get the trail system open again and we were glad to be a part of it.
- The IMBA trail crew visit was a huge success. The shared event with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy helped train new trail builders from all over the state. Beyond that, it generated awareness around the Glacial Hills trail which is well on it’s way to being a destination trail for riders from all over the state and beyond. Our hat’s off to the land conservancy and we are happy to have helped be a part of this wonderful community supported gem.
- The Long and Short’s ride was awesome! Thanks to those that rode, the volunteers and sponsors that made it possible. Our events help generate revenue to do things like buy tools, signage, pay for volunteer food, camping etc. While volunteerism and memberships are our number one priority to keep the lights on, finances are a close second. Beyond keeping us on a strong foundation, the event also helped expose dozens of riders to riding trails that are often overlooked. The North Country Trail and Muncie Lakes are just two of the fun rides that we are lucky enough to have in our region that don’t get the accolades they deserve.
2013 has lots of work on the horizon and we’ll need your help. We have a trail proposal nearing the approval stages inKalkaska, bridges and boardwalks to replace on the High Country Pathway, VASA Singletrack Re-routes and plenty of ongoing maintenance on all the trails we help manage.
We thank you again for your support this past season and hope you make it your new year’s resolution to come out for a trail day or two in 2013!
Happy new year!