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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.

Gear Up For The Traverse City Trails Festival on July 20!

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We’re a bit partial to the woods. With so many incredible trails, awesome events, and wonderful people to ride with, being a mountain biker in Traverse City is kind of a no-brainer.

We have a lot of people to thank for all those trails and races, but Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association deserves a lot of the credit for giving us so many great places to ride. For over a decade, NMMBA has led the way as our local trail stewards, advocates, and now, race promoters with the third edition of the Traverse City Trails Festival presented by Short’s Brewing.

The TCTF is a special event for a number of reasons. First, it’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for NMMBA, a vital way to support their trail efforts across the region. It also offers rider a chance to ride up to 40 miles of unmarked trails; for 364 days of the year, this singletrack has no signage due to DNR regulations. Just one day a year, you can explore the trails with arrows and a group of friends! And that’s another plus; in addition to 40, 25, and 15 mile races, you can also opt to tour the 25 and 15 mile courses at your own pace with friends, without worrying about competing.

It’s extra special to City Bike Shop because the TCTF is the labor of love of long-time team leader and racer Tom White. Tom has dedicated so many hours of his life to offering others an incredible trail experience. His mountain biking and trail building efforts span over three decades and have served as the basis for nearly every inch of riding we enjoy in Traverse City. His efforts to spearhead the TCTF, on top of his every day trail work, is a massive investment of time and we all owe him a ton. Want to say thanks? It’s as easy as signing up for the TCTF.

This past Saturday, riders took an early look at the 2019 TCTF course, including our own Bryan Warner, John Duby, plus Tom White led the 25 mile ride. The word on the 2019 route is really encouraging. Some of the rougher, newer trails from 2018 are ridden in and much faster, and the way Tom has woven in a great mix of old favorites and new places to ride, like the Strombolis Lake Loop, really make for a fun day in the woods, whether you’re racing, touring, or just rolling around the woods.

To learn more about the TCTF, head here. Make sure you get signed up and we’ll see you on Saturday, July 20!

Duby's Impress at Dogman Challenge

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After three races, both John and Cindy Duby are looking golden in the Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series.

This past weekend, the Dogman Challenge saw 75 racers take on a two-mile circuit race for a full two hours of tough, snowy racing. Even with warm temperatures and the chance of rain, the course held up exceptionally well, as did our two Master-category crushers, the Dubys! Even with some of the best racers in action, our duo put in strong rides to bring home top results and keep City Bike Shop on the podium.

Cindy picked up another win in the women’s Master’s category, staying perfect this winter in that category and all but assuring herself the Series win with just one more race to go. It wasn’t easy, either; Cindy spend most of the day trying to stay out of the clutches of Amelia Hasenohrl and Kamie Wade, both of whom finished just a few minutes back, even after two hours of tough racing. Cindy will head into the final race of the Series with a comfortable lead, but she’ll want to make a clean sweep of things and make it a perfect four wins in 2019.

John finished second in the Master’s category, a huge haul of points that should see him inch closer to the lead of the Series. He’ll be hard-pressed to leap front Saturday’s winner and the Series leader, Paul Olson, but John has been the revelation of the Series this winter and has put in some top ten finishes since things kicked off in January. John was just three minutes behind the day’s overall winner, Rick Wetherald, and was one of the just 15 riders to put in a sub-10 minute lap!

The final fat bike race of the winter is back home in Traverse City on Saturday, March 2. Beard of Zeus is one of the most fun events of the season, with a short, circuit-style course offering fast racing and plenty of entertainment if you can make it up to watch at Timber Ridge. We’re going to see a ton of City Bike Shop racers jump back in the fray, and after getting a hefty snowstorm Sunday night, we’re going to have plenty of snow and ideal conditions for racing!

Also important to note, proceeds from Beard of Zeus go to Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association, the organization responsible not just for our groomed trails all winter, but for the miles and miles of trails we enjoy all summer long in Traverse City, at the Cadillac Pathway, Glacial Hills, and the new trails at Palmer Woods. Your race this weekend can help give you a place to ride this summer; you can’t beat that!

Registration is open, sign up and say hi to the City Bike Shop racers you line up with at Timber Ridge this Saturday!