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:

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


For further information: 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




Short’s Brewing Company

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Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association

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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!

Show your support of Fatbiking on the Vasa!

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!

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day – October 5

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

See you there!