Even in the U.P, spring is here. For many mountain bikers in Michigan, May brings some mixed emotions. On one hand, we’re all missing the spring races and rides that bring our community together. Many of those races, like the Yankee Springs Time Trial, have been a sign of spring for years and, in that race’s case, serve as a vital fundraiser for its local trail association.
Friends, the novelty of our times is not lost on anyone who rides a bike. While many lives have already been affected, there is every indication that more will be touched in the weeks and months ahead. As cyclists, we know just how much health matters to the daily enjoyment of even the most simple things, and that includes pedaling a bike.
A few weeks back, we got a short note from the folks at the Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge. They just wanted to give us a heads up that they’d be offering their racers a chance to donate to MMBA during checkout for their registration. Cool, we thought. That’s nice.
Spring isn’t far off, and many trail systems in Michigan are already facing the challenges of the freeze and thaw cycle. Damage from riding or running on muddy trails can have a lasting impact on the trail experience and require a whole load of extra maintenance to repair. We take a brief look at what the cycle is and the best way trail associations can communicate trails conditions to prevent issues.