Rides

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.

The Perfect Cycling Weekend In Northern Michigan....

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The ultimate cycling weekend in Northern Michigan is coming up quick! 

This July, there’s one weekend that offers riders of all abilities a chance to get out and experience the diverse offerings for cyclists in our region. On July 19, 20, and 21, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to amazing cycling events. 

It all starts on Friday with the Tour de TART. It’s one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for Traverse Area Recreational Trails, an organization that’s dedicated to offering paved rail-to-trail routes, advocate for non-motorized transportation, and get moving! The ride is a one-way, 17 mile adventure along the Leelanau Trail. Make the most of the numerous food stops, meet new friends, and stick around for a treat at the end before getting a ride home. Proceeds go to support TART programs and projects like the proposed trail to Elk Rapids. 

Save a little something for Saturday, though. Saturday cranks that adventure up to eleven with the Traverse City Trails Festival presented by Short’s Brewing. As we’ve mentioned, it’s a really unique event that offers 40, 25, and 15 mile race routes, as well as the option to tour the 25 and 15 mile courses at your own pace with all your friends. All proceeds go to Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association to support their mission to build, maintain, and protect mountain bike trails across the region. The 40 and 25 mile routes utilize miles of unmarked trails; this is the only day of the year you’ll find them marked and easy to follow! Add new singletrack to your repertoire the rest of the year by learning it on July 20! 

If you can’t make it Saturday or if you’re looking for a fun ride to spin out the legs. Sunday is the Cherry Capital Cycling Club’s Ride Around Torch, one of the most beautiful rides on the Midwest. Take in views of Torch Lake and choose from 20, 40, 60, and 100 mile distances and don’t ride past those food stations; if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you won’t want to pedal by! The ride offers a great mix of flat roads on the 20, 40, and 60 mile routes, with the 100 mile option tying in a few fun climbs to the north and east of Torch Lake. 


Do one, do two, or tackle all three rides and make experience the full menu of riding we have to enjoy here in Northern Michigan. Each event supports programs that help our cycling community thrive, and we all benefit from these organization’s hardwork.