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Support The Trails at the VST TT This Thursday!

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This week is special. We’ve spent all spring and summer enjoying some of the best maintained, most fun, all-around amazing trails right here in Traverse City, and even further afield. If we ever need a change a pace from the Vasa Singletrack or the nearly 60 miles of unmarked trails in the Pere Marquette Forest, there’s always Glacial Hills in Bellaire, the Cadillac Pathway, Palmer Woods in Leelanau County, plus the High Country Pathway! 

All of those amazing trails have one thing in common, and that’s down to the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association maintaining each and every inch of them. We are incredibly lucky to have so many choices when it comes to our recreational experiences, and to have so many top-notch mountain bike trails so close is something we can’t ever take for granted. This Thursday is a chance to celebrate NMMBA and the trails at the 2nd Annual VST TT...with a twist. 

This Thursday, NMMBA is hosting the second edition of the Vasa Singletrack Time Trial. Starting at 6pm from the Supply Road Trailhead, riders will put down a hot lap of the Vasa Singletrack, skipping the Strombolis Loop, to see who is the king and queen of the VST! Some people go all-out, some people just go and have fun, but everyone is invited to join us to celebrate not just the second season of a refreshed VST, but all the work NMMBA has done. Become a NMMBA member online or at the event and help keep these trails going strong! 

That’s not the only competition of the night, either. Starting around 7:30pm, make sure you stick around for the first-ever Taco Competition! Ten local teams and clubs will nominate their champion to take on ten tacos as fast as possible. The winner will live with bragging rights for a full year...and a decidedly full belly, too. We’ll also have food from Keen Technical Solutions, cider and beer from Short’s Brewing and Starcut Ciders, plus dishes from riders, but don’t feel obligated to bring anything! 
The VST TT is about having fun and celebrating peak summer with friends, bikes, and great trails. This is a great chance to bring a new cycling pal to shake some hands and down some tacos; it’s all about building trails and community! We’ll have plenty of City Bike Shop riders on hand, including Mike Walters and Tom White on the grill.

Traverse City Trails Festival Recap: Podiums and Plenty of Fun!

The City Bike Shop Racing Team had a huge turn out this past Saturday to support Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association at the Traverse City Trails Festival.

At the start of both the 40 and 25 mile race, the blue kits of City Bike Shop were everywhere! Our squad had July 20 earmarked for months. We’ve been looking forward to the TCTF since last year, and a big part of that enthusiasm comes from how involved some of our members are. Tom White, a trail-building legend, runs nearly every aspect of the TCTF and plays a big role in trail development with NMMBA. Our own Mike Walters has grown into Tom’s right-hand man and has put in countless hours creating and maintaining the trails that make up the course.

Our riders wanted to make all that hard work count. On the grueling 40 mile race, we had a tremendous showing! On the Expert 50+, John Duby nabbed third just ahead of Vince Mack, giving us two riders in the top five of one of the most competitive fields of the day. Meanwhile, Dan Packer Jr. took the singlespeed win and really impressed by finishing under the three-hour mark, while his old man was second in his category with a time just over three hours! We also had Alex Pina go for second in the Sport 30-39, with DJ Kenney and David Haapala second and third in the Sport 40-49.

In the 25 mile race, Beth Grassa took on some of the best singletrack riders in the state and came home fourth with a time of 2:02 in the Expert category. Nate Farran put months of Norte coaching to good use and may or may not have let one of his pupils, Brody Day, edge him out on the line. He slid through for 9th in the Expert field in a time of 1:52:53. Eric Grassa also broke the vaunted two hour mark with a time of 1:56:20, good enough to be in the top thirty overall!

Dave Walston kept the team’s singlespeed street cred alive in the 25 mile race, too. He put down a second place finish, just behind a flying Matt Fain. Matt won the 30-39 category in 1:55, one of our team’s top times of the day. We also saw top tens from Scott Kuhns, Sue Welton, and an on-form Jim Hills.

Check out the full results from TCTF and give your pals some kudos! We had a ton of fun catching up with riders from Traverse City and across the state this weekend, and we’re already looking forward to the even in 2020!

"Silly Ka-Neg-Its" :: City Bike Shop's Wild Wednesday Knights

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"Silly Ka-Neg-Its".

City Bike Shop is certainly a cast of characters, and there’s no better example of that than our Wednesday night team rides. Sometimes on the road, often on the trails, occasionally on the gravel; the rides are decided on a whim and decidedly whimsical. They are always fun. Sometimes, we share Captain Bradferd’s recaps here on the blog, and this one is a can’t miss. Don’t know who he’s talking about? It hardly matters.

"Beware ye that show up to a Joust with a pen knife."  Searching for the West Side Grail required the right bike as was evident when guest leader Tim the Enchanter arrived sitting atop his mountain bike. In fact all Mud Lake residents arrived on them. The quest started out civil enough , at least terrain wise, with a mixture of actual gravel and pave. However, shoot outs began early as Pac Man Jr flexed his muscle on the first climb. Throughout the knight, Pac Man Jr rained hell on all-comers much like Sir Lancelot . Charges were made by Vlad the Impaler ( formerly Vicenzo ), the Dead Pirate , The Admiral, Deano ,Contador, and Tim the Enchanter. Not far off the back, tapping out a steady Tempo, was Cindy Lou Who  and off in the distance Roy silently pulled Steve O and Jeff "Rube" Hall back to the quest Caravan. Speaking of Rube he was no  brave Sir Robin as he suffered intensely throughout the quest.

For approximately 30 miles Tim the Enchanter led flyers, throwing one mile gaps within two mile distances. The logging road from Hell known as " Bad Naughty Zuet" took a serious toll as experienced sand master Steve O was forced to throw it in into a 130 rpm spin at the start. The Admiral was able to throw a flyer in at the end of Bad Naughty Zuet however his valiant effort was thwarted by a neutralized peloton.  The final shoot outs were initiated by Tim the Enchanter; however Jr Pac Man bridged huge gaps to lay siege on the rest of we Ka-Neg-Its. As most of the Ka-Neg-Its laid over at Camelot de Duby for grog, Contador , Rube and Insano made their  way through the forest of 'Ni" as twilight settled in. As fate would have it Rube decided to take his own route back to the lot as we crossed the Spillway of the Black knight and ended up making a horrid Sandy* trip back,,,, one more pineapple for the road.

So Here you go the best Quest players. Special thanks to Tim the Enchanter for kicking our coconuts.

Sadistic Rider-                          Tim the Enchanter  Llama

Masochistic Rider-                    Rube Hall  Llama

High RPM in Sand-                   Steve O  Llama

Team Player-                             Roy  Llama

Agitator-                                    The Admiral  Llama ( a trend is a foot)

Chase Group-                           Dead Pirate  Llama and Deano Llama

White Jersey-                            Contador  Llama

Best Mt Biker-                           Cindy Lou Who Llama

Best Sr Rider-                           Vlad the Impaler Llama

Best Rider-                                Jr. Pack Man  Llama