The recent freeze/thaw conditons have made for some great fat biking. There are tons of great places to ride and you won’t have to wash the mud off your bike.

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Fat Bike Winter Etiquette

We swiped this from the VASA site because we think it’s important as ambassadors of cycling that we try and present a good image of cyclists everywhere. These are rules for riding the ski trails on Friday nights in TC, but should be adhered to everywhere we’re allowed to ride really. Help support the VASA Friday Night Lights program by buying a grooming badge whether you plan to ride or not.

Fatbike Friday Rules of Etiquette

•Ride the Vasa Pathway on Fridays, conditions permitting.
Click here to find other places that welcome fatbikes. http://www.traversetrails.org/fatbike-trails/
•Support grooming with the Fatbike Fridays Badge – only $25 gets you the Fatbike Fridays Grooming Report and a high-vis zipper pull to show your support. The grooming report includes trail conditions and advisories on when riding would cause damage to the trail. Please abide by these advisories.
•Riding will not be allowed if conditions are too soft. If you are leaving a rut deeper than an inch, having a hard time riding in a straight line, or pushing your bike, the snow is too soft and you absolutely should not be biking on the trails.
•Tires must be 3.7″ or bigger.
•Tire pressure must be under 8 psi.
• Do not ride on any classic tracks.
• Ride the trail in the direction that distance markers indicate. i.e. clockwise for 25k and 10k, counter-clockwise for the 5k. This way everyone is going the same direction.
• Bikes yield to skiers.
• Stay to right side of trail (not in the classic tracks) at all times
• Give skate skiers a wide berth.
•Be an ambassador for the sport – stay polite, educate other bikers, discourage bad behavior, follow the rules, support grooming, and we’ll all have a good time this winter.

If you have any questions about Fatbikes using the Vasa Trail contact TART Trails, Inc., PO Box 252, Traverse City, MI 49685 — info@traversetrails.org — (231) 941-4300

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Fat bikes and the Victorian Sleighbell Parade

More to come, but a GOOD TIME was had by all.

Part of the group assembles at Duane and Darla's before the parade.

Part of the group assembles at Duane and Darla’s before the parade.

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Celebrate Global Fat Bike Day with the SCC

14 inches of snow on the race course for the Singletrack Showdown at the moment. Working on options.

14 inches of snow on the race course for the Singletrack Showdown at the moment. Working on options.

We have two things going on during Global Fat Bike Day (December 7th).

In the morning is a group ride going point-to-point between Manistee and Camp Douglas-Smith on Hamlin Lake (direction will be determined a few days before the ride based on wind). We are shooting for two routes. One about 25 miles and the other about 35 miles. Both will have around 10 miles of beach riding and will be marked. The rest of the riding will be all trail, two tracks and a bit of gravel road. A shuttle will be provided back to the start location. Ride starts at 9am. Sign up for updates by emailing globalfattyday@mifatbike.com.

That evening is the Sleighbell Parade in downtown Manistee and fat bikes are going to feature in the parade. To ride in the parade you need to wear something Victorian or lumberjack-ish and be ready to have a great time. We are meeting by the post office on US31 around 5:15 and the parade starts at 5:30.

Hope to see you out for at least one of the events. Spread the word!

Download the Global Fatty Day 2013 Flyer

More information.

So it looks like Mother Nature is going to turn down the thermostat a bit for Saturday’s Global Fatty Ride. Predicted temps will drop to about 20 degrees for the ride and we may or may not have snow to ride on. The southern portion of the course got about 14″ of snow last week so it is tough to know how much of that will stick around or if we will get any additional snow of significance.

We are going to start the ride in downtown Manistee at the Outpost. They have lots of really good coffee there so we should be able to well fortify ourselves for the ride south. Speaking of which, it is highly likely we will have wind coming out of either the north or west so there is a good chance we should get a tailwind going down the beach. Hopefully it won’t be coming straight out of the west!

Currently the beach is in great shape. Not icy and really firm with a ribbon of snow to ride almost its whole length. That said, it is bound to be a lot different a week from now. There is a good chance it will be frozen and good riding on Saturday too but you never know with the beach.

There will potentially be a couple creek crossings while riding down the beach. Generally these are not bad and we will check flow rates later in the week to make sure they can safely be crossed. We have some options if the bigger creeks are flowing too much. Regardless, it is recommended that you use a waterproof boot for the ride if possible.

We will be finishing the ride at Camp Douglas Smith. This is an old Boy Scout camp right on the shore of Hamlin Lake. It is a really beautiful location. The approximate GPS coordinates are 44.078622,-86.417257. We will do our best to make sure a fire is raging so you can get changed and warm up after the ride. We should be able to have some food and beverages too! We are trying to line up a bag drop for warm after-ride clothing. Ideally this drop location will be the morning of the ride at the Outpost but we may have to push the drop-off deadline to the night before. More details to come on that.

We are still coming up with the exact routes but tentatively are looking at a shorter 16 mile version and a longer 35 mile route. The two will be the same for the first 12 miles and then will branch off. This seems like a good way to have a bail out option if the cold is getting to someone. More info to follow.

More details to come on the parade too.

Spread the word to anyone you think may be interested in the ride. Hopefully we can get a good crew together for the ride!!

Ride update #2

Here are some basic details for Saturday’s ride:
9am start time from the Outpost in downtown Manistee. There is a parking lot behind the shop that will be a great place to park.
We have a shuttle setup to transport dry clothing, beverages and anything else (within reason) that you want post-ride. The bag pickup will be in the parking lot behind the Outpost but we will get things coordinated in the warm and caffeinated confines of the Outpost.
We have two ride routes established.
Here is a link to the short version: http://app.strava.com/routes/91607 – just under 16 miles
Here is a link to the longer version: http://app.strava.com/routes/91593 – just under 32 miles
The two routes follow the same route for approximately the first 12 miles.
There are lots of good cut-offs for the longer ride if the temperatures necessitate cutting it short.
We will have a fire going at the camp so people can warm up, get changed and hang out post ride.
There will be a shuttle for bikes and people back to the Outpost. We will play the timing of the shuttle by ear based on ride times and when people need to get going.
So far the snow is holding up and we should have some great riding!

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MittCrit is successful

While most of the cyclists in Michigan were most likely out enjoying the trails on a beautiful fall day that was the morning and early afternoon of October 12, 2013 a small group of dedicated, and not-so-dedicated, riders lined up for the first annual Mitt Crit in Ludington, Michigan. The race was part of the Oktoberfest celebration that included some fine adult beverages from our friends at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo. The race featured three heats of mens racing and one heat/final of the ladies and then a men’s final. The race was a great time.

Watch the men’s final from the perspective of Shoreline Cycling Club member Todd H. For more upcoming Ludington races see the Singletrack Showdown website.

Watch the Ladies race.

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Ride Guide Online

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Local Rides and Races

Whether you’re a road biker or a mountain biker there are a bunch of great events coming up in our own backyard.  Since most of you probably missed out on the Lumberjack 100 at the Big M,  you will have another chance to get you’re singletrack fix with the Big M Challenge coming up on July 28th.

On August 17th is the annual H.E.L.P.  M.A.D. Ride.   There are tons of different options with outstanding aid/rest stations along the way.  The best part is that it supports a great cause.

Next on the calendar is the Big Bear Butt Cruise  on August 24th.  With a name like that how could you not participate in this inaugural road ride/race starting in Kaleva.  There is a course distance to suit everyone.

It’s back to the Big M on September 28th for the 3rd annual Du North off-road duathlon.  This is a run/bike/run event that can be done individually or as a team.  Yes, a team, that means there are no excuses for missing this event.  The course is challenging but the post race food and prizes make it well worth the effort.

The last race on the local calendar is the Singletrack Showdown.   As the name implies, this is a mountain bike bike race……but with a twist.  It starts in downtown Ludington and after a short jaunt on the pavement, winds through the School Forest singletrack and finishes up back downtown.  Great fun.  Great prizes.  Great way to end the season.  Bring your toe warmers because this years race is on November 30th.

Check out the Shoreline Cycling Club’s  new DIRTroad publication for maps and other information on local road and mountain bike rides in our area.

 

 

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CLUB UPDATE

We all know what great riding opportunities we have in our area and the Shoreline Cycling Club decided to get the word out to the rest of the cycling community. For the last year, a small committee has been working to produce the area’s first ride guide, the DIRTroad. The DIRTroad is a 36 page guide to 10 of the best MTB and road rides in our area with detailed maps and descriptions of each ride. 20,000 copies of the publication will be distributed to Michigan Welcome Centers, local Convention & Visitors Bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, regional bike shops, local motels along with many other locations. The DIRTroad committee sought out local grants, donations and advertisers in order to produce the guide. It is the Club’s intent to continue producing the DIRTroad in the future with additional rides and information for the cyclist. In the short term we are relying on membership dues and donations to make this project happen. In the long term we hope to actually generate income through advertising.

The next step for the Club is to generate an electronic version of the DIRTroad and update our website to host the e-version. The cost for this will be at least $500 and again we are seeking advertising, donations and membership dues in order to make this happen. If you would like more information about the e-DIRTroad let us know.

In other news, the Club is continuing to develop the Non-Motorized trail park in Manistee into an off-road amusement park with dirt jumps, a pump track and more singletrack. This past winter also saw a considerable increase in skier traffic on the XC ski trails.
The School Forest singletrack in Ludington will be completed this year with a total of over 5 miles of family friendly trails.
The Club is also involved with:
• Awesome looking new bike racks in downtown Ludington.
• Ludington Optimist Bike Rodeo.
Healthy Active Manistee week in Manistee.
• Special Olympics
• Andy Klevorn’s Singletrack Showdown race.
• Trail upkeep and maintenance with the North Country Trail Assoc. and Manistee and Oceana Ski Councils.

As you can see, the Club has accomplished quite a lot in a few short years. We need your support to continue these projects and to begin new ones.
We will not be sending out invoices to existing members so unless you signed up at last fall’s meeting, you are up for renewal. All business members will be recognized on our website so include your logo. Memberships can be handled by using the PayPal button or print the membership application from the “join” page and send it in.

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Your next bike?

Here’s a video of Jeff B. and Andy K. riding fat tire bikes on the beach north of Ludington the other day. Certain conditions don’t necessitate a fat tire bike, but if conditions change then you can be left riding soft sand in a normal mountain bike. I think it’s a for sure third bike in the quiver, ahead of a cross bike, but that’s just me. Discussion  on our Facebook page?

In the meantime, here’s a video of a portion of our ride.

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Singletrack Showdown

Greetings fellow mountain bikers,

I had an idea last weekend while I was riding some new singletrack that our club, the Shoreline Cycling Club, built in our school forest. We need a bike race in town, and it didn’t seem like there was anything going on the weekend of Thanksgiving. So, I’m trying to pull one off. If you have a club or personal mailing list, calendar or Facebook page and could post the details of this race I’d surely appreciate it. We won’t have FINAL approval to use the school forest until Monday the 19th. So registration won’t start til Monday night. We expect approval.
Details.
Singletrack Showdown, 7.6 and 12.6 mile events, 1.3 of road and 5 or 10 miles of really nice trail (longer next year, just can’t shut down city on two weeks notice…)
November 24, 2012, 3:15 start time.
Over $1,000 in prize money, free Kenda water bottles to the first 100 entrants.
$30 entry fee.
If approved registration starts Monday November 19th.
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